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Posted by Stephanie Rogers on March 13, 2019 in News

Position Type: On-campus Summer Employment
Number of Positions:      1-3
Job Title: Innovative Waste Management Research Intern
Job Location: Dalhousie University - Truro
Rate of Pay Type: Hourly

Job Description:

The Innovative Waste Management Research Program is based out of the Department of Engineering in the Faculty of Agriculture, Dalhousie University. The focus of this research program is to understand soil chemical transformations and dynamics from managed environments and to evaluate ways to increase value of organic by-products normally considered wastes. The research program has field and laboratory-based activities to help accomplish the goals set out by different projects. Our interest is in developing measures and insights into soil health parameters, studying organic matter decomposition dynamics, evaluating and designing new technologies to process organic materials to extract added value, and to support new areas of opportunity related to organic materials considered to be waste. We are looking for undergraduate students who are looking for experience over the summer (2019) working in a research laboratory conducting a wide range of activities, both indoors and outdoors.


The research intern(s) will support a range of field and laboratory activities in the IWM Research Program, as directed by the Principal Investigator or assigned supervisor. Typical responsibilities can/will include:

Soil sampling in a field setting from research plots using soil corers;

Plant tissue sampling and analysis in the field;

Preparation of soil and plant samples for analysis;

Chemical extraction of soils or plant materials for analysis;

Collecting water samples and preparing for analysis;

Preparing materials and setting up laboratory or greenhouse based experiments;

Inputting data from analyses into computer spreadsheets;

Support cleaning field research facilities, laboratories, glassware, and any other maintenance tasks as required;

Working in an outdoor composting facility will be part of the job and will involve working with decomposing organic matter. Personal protection equipment is provided but potential candidates should be aware of potential for working under conditions of significant odours.  All other tasks will be as directed, and where relevant training has been provided to accomplish the tasks.

Job Requirements:

Candidates should be enrolled in an undergraduate university degree (BSc, BEng, BASc), at any stage in program, and be prepared to work in a dynamic research environment conducting work related to organic wastes, analytical chemistry, environmental management, and composting. Candidates should be able to work outdoors and perform physical tasks, including soil sampling, carrying moderately heavy items/equipment. Candidates will also be able to conduct work in the laboratory such as weighing samples, conducting chemical extractions of soils or plant materials, grinding soils or plant materials, and potentially operating analytical instrumentation. Candidates should have experience working with computers and preference will be given to individuals who have experience working in a research environment.

Additional Information: The preferred candidate will have a science, environmental science, biology, chemistry, agricultural science, soil science, or engineering background. However, other qualified candidates will be considered.

Preference for individuals with a valid driver’s license. First Aid Training, WHMIS certification, and Occupational Health and Safety certification (optional assets)

Application Deadline:     Mar 27, 2019 11:59 PM

Apply by email to:

Please ensure you include your Cover Letter, Resume and References

Position Type:   On-campus Summer Employment

Number of Positions:      1-2

Job Title: Engineering Student Assistant
Job Location: Dalhousie University - Truro
Rate of Pay Type:             Hourly

Job Description:

An enthusiastic student is needed to work in the Engineering Department at Dalhousie Agricultural Campus. The work will consist of various project assignments; Tasks can include administrative and promotional work, development and testing of lab materials for academic and research purposes and a variety of other duties as needed.  Tasks may be related to:

 •Basic Office Tasks (filing, event organization, and planning)

•Construction and Repair of project materials

•Research and preparation for project work

•Research and design of future course labs

•Website and marketing material development

The assignments will provide opportunities for engagement with engineers, managers, and others in different departments within and outside of Dalhousie’s Faculty of Agriculture, and provide an understanding of some of the workings of the engineering department and other administrative and academic groups at Dalhousie University.

 Job Requirements:       

- Successful completion of at least 29 credits of a Diploma of Engineering or BSc Agr (Integrated Environmental Management)

- Strong verbal, written, and presentation skills

- Manual dexterity required to use desktop computer and peripherals

- Strong technical and computer skills, specifically in SolidWorks and Office Suite

- Ability to sit, stand, kneel as necessary

- Ability to lift and carry up to thirty (30) pounds

- Demonstrated ability working comfortably alone or as a key contributor to a team

- Outstanding organizational skills (demonstrated by an ability to handle multiple priorities)

 - Valid Driver License (without restrictions)

- Ability to climb ladders and work at heights

Preferred Experience, Skills, and Abilities

​- GPA above 3.0

- Experience in an office environment

- Experience working with 3D Printing Technology

- Experience in woodworking and/or metalwork is an asset

Application Deadline:     Mar 21, 2019 11:59 PM

Application Procedure:  Through myCareer (Posting 81769) or by email to:

Please include: Cover Letter, Resume, Transcript/Academic Record and Reference