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RESEARCH CREW LEADERS AND RESEARCH TECHNICIANS - Ducks Unlimited Canada’s Institute for Wetland and Waterfowl Research is seeking up to 7 Research Crew Leaders and 38 Research Technicians to work on a variety of waterfowl nesting studies in Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories in 2007. Duties may include waterfowl nest searching, pair and brood surveys, wetland and upland inventories, habitat mapping, capturing and marking waterfowl, telemetry, invertebrate sampling, and data management. Candidates must be able to pursue rigorous fieldwork, cope with poor weather and live in rural or isolated locations. Positions are 3-6 month terms beginning Feb to May 2007; some positions may be extended. A degree plus relevant work experience in biology, ecology, zoology or related field is required. Visit the Ducks Unlimited Canada website at www.ducks.ca (click Careers at the top of Home page) for further information and application procedures. Application deadlines are between 2 Jan 2007 and 15 Feb 2007.

FIELD ASSISTANT- needed late March to mid June 2007 for a study on the consequences of winter diet on reproductive success in two colony nesting Pacific seabirds, the Cassin’s and Rhinoceros Auklets. Field work will be conducted at Triangle Island, BC. Triangle is the outermost island of the Scott Islands Group and is located some 45 km off the northwestern tip of Vancouver Island. Candidates should either be pursuing or have a bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology or a related field. Prior field experience is necessary, particularly experience in rugged and remote conditions. Field work will include but not be limited to mist netting and banding adult birds, taking feather and blood samples, collecting prey samples from adults returning to the colony, weighing and measuring chicks and installing temperature dataloggers in burrows. Applicants must have a strong work ethic and be able to work long hours (especially at night) under poor weather conditions (e.g. low temperatures, high winds, heavy rain). The entire work period (Mar-Jun) will be spent at the field site so days off will also be spent on site. Applicants with a passion for ecology and ornithology, and those with a positive attitude and a good sense of humor are strongly encouraged to apply. Pay will be based on experience and range from $1500-1700$/month. Housing and food will be provided. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, CV, and names and contact info for three references to MARJORIE SORENSEN, MSc Candidate, Department of Integrative Biology; University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, N1G 4T9. Email submission is desired and applications can be sent to (EM: msorense AT uoguelph.ca). The position will be open until filled. Please feel free to contact us via e-mail with any questions. For further information on the study site see www.sfu.ca/biology/wildberg/bertram/triangle/trgindex.html. Triangle Island is the location of a long term seabird monitoring project with the Canadian Wildlife Service.

AVICULTURE/FIELD INTERN (2), and AVICULTURALIST (1-2) needed for Eastern Loggerhead Shrike Recovery Project in Ontario, Canada. AVICULTURE/FIELD INTERN will assist with wild population monitoring, captive breeding (in large field aviaries), and release of young in the Carden Plain. Primary tasks for wild population monitoring will include habitat assessment, surveying for wild pairs, and collection of breeding information i.e. nest searching and monitoring of nesting attempts. Primary tasks for captive breeding and release will include husbandry duties such as diet preparation (live food), behavioral observations of birds in the field enclosures, and soft-release of young. Applicant should have prior experience with captive birds, surveying and/or nest searching, be able to work independently, and have a willingness to live in rustic field quarters. Position runs from early April through 31 August 2007. Housing plus Cdn$600-$1100/month is provided depending on experience. AVICULTURALIST will be responsible for the captive breeding and release of shrikes in Dyer's Bay. Tasks include husbandry duties such as diet preparation (live food), behavioral observations of birds in field enclosures, and soft-release of young. Tasks will also include monitoring area for wild shrikes and shrikes released in previous years. Applicant should have prior experience with captive breeding (of endangered species preferably), be able to work independently, and have a willingness to live in rustic field quarters. Position runs from early April through 31 August 2007. Housing plus Cdn$600-1,100/month is provided depending on experience. FOR BOTH POSITIONS people skills are a must - most Eastern Loggerhead Shrikes breed on private lands, so considerable landowner contact is required. Field experience and banding skills a plus. An undergraduate degree is preferred, but not required, as is prior experience handling endangered birds. Applicant should have a valid driver's license, and access to a vehicle for the duration of the contract is preferable, but not required. To apply, please send a cover letter (specify position applying for), resume, and the names and contacts of three references to: JESSICA STEINER, Wildlife Preservation Canada, RR#5 5420 Highway 6 North, Guelph, Ontario N1H 6J2. Email applications preferred (EM: jessica AT wildlifepreservation.ca and copy to elaine AT wildlifepreservation.ca). Application deadline for all positions is 1 March 2007, but please apply ASAP as positions will be filled as suitable candidates are found.

FIELD TECHNICIANS (2) needed 15 March-15 August (with flexibility on end date) for greater sage-grouse study in eastern Montana, USA, and Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan, Canada. Study will evaluate survival, habitat-use, and movement of sage-grouse in the Milk River Basin; part of the eastern sage-steppe/ short grass prairie ecosystem. Duties include capturing and monitoring radio-marked females, conducting lek counts, collecting vegetation data, spotlighting, monitoring nests, and data entry. Preference given to applicants with experience in telemetry, and operating 4WD trucks and ATVs on low-maintenance roads. Applicants must enjoy working in remote areas with a diverse group of people (Bureau of Land Management, private landowners, Border Patrol, Parks Canada). Conditions include extreme temperatures and other adverse conditions. Work schedule extremely dynamic and demanding, including late nights and early mornings. A strong work ethic, good physical condition, and sense of humor are a must. Salary is $1,500 per month plus free housing. Application Deadline is 20 February. Top applicants will be interviewed and hired prior to the final deadline, so early applications are strongly encouraged. Email cover letter and resume with 3 references as a MS Word attachment to (EM: jason.tack AT umontana.edu). Email or call in questions to JASON TACK, MS Student, Wildlife Biology Program, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana 59812 (PH: 406-544-8023).

BANDER-in-CHARGE (BIC)-- Innis Point Bird Observatory (IPBO) is seeking a qualified BIC for its Spring Migration Monitoring Program (SMMP), from 24 April to7 June 2007. Innis Point Bird Observatory is located on the south side of the Ottawa River about 15 km west of downtown Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It has been in operation since 1982, with a Spring Migration Monitoring Program (SMMP) since 1997. The SMMP, run under a fixed protocol, consists of a standardized banding program using mist nets, a standardized one hour census, general observations of birds, and the determination of Estimated Daily Totals (EDT). The total remuneration will be $3,300 (including legal benefits such as vacation pay), paid in four instalments during the course of the program. The BIC will be responsible for the fieldwork from Sunday to Friday during the SMMP period. This will include coordinating the fieldwork of all volunteers assisting with the program. The BIC will train volunteers in extraction, as well as other aspects of the monitoring and banding process. The BIC will be required to demonstrate observatory activities to occasional groups of visitors. The BIC will be responsible for completion of the EDT sheet and the Daily Log during the days that he/she is present, and also for computer entry of banding and EDT data for all days during the entire SMMP period. The BIC will be asked to provide a brief report at the completion of the project. Basic spartan accommodations will be provided on site at no charge. The BIC must hold or be eligible for a Banding Permit. Experience of work at other bird observatories is highly desirable. Interested candidates are invited to apply, with CV, to CELIA BODNAR (PH: 613-836-7907; EM: bodnarm AT magma.ca).

FIELD TECHNICIAN(S) (1, possibly 2) needed from May through Aug to conduct avian point counts in the boreal softwood shield of northern Saskatchewan, Canada. This region contains some of the richest breeding bird communities in North America, and still remains relatively pristine. Primary duties will include: 1) conducting point counts in remote locations; 2) conducting vegetation surveys; 3) performing data entry, management, and analysis using ArcView GIS, Access, and Excel; 4) basic data summary and report writing; 5) preparation and maintenance of field equipment. Qualifications: We are seeking enthusiastic biologists with a strong avian field research background who can function independently in very remote and highly primitive conditions. The successful candidate will have earned, or be working towards completion of a B.Sc. in wildlife biology, zoology, ecology, or a related natural resources degree with knowledge and experience in avian biology. Applicants should have experience conducting standard avian point counts and be familiar with the vocalizations of boreal breeding birds. Applicants should also be familiar and comfortable relying on GPS for navigation. A valid driver's license is required and experience operating 4-wheel drive trucks on muddy roads is preferred. Applicants should be in excellent physical condition and comfortable hiking in excess of 10 km/day. Employees will need to maintain a positive attitude and be comfortable working in close quarters as part of a very small research crew. Applicants should also be prepared to encounter black bears at relatively close range and be comfortable with the use of non-lethal bear deterrents. Compensation: Approximately $3400/month (Cdn), as well as room and board while in the field (1 month). Housing and food will not be provided while based out of an office in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (approximately 3 months). Applicants must be Canadian citizens. To Apply: Send a cover letter and resume, along with and the names and contact information (phone number, e-mail, and work address) for at least 3 professional references that can verify your experience to KEVIN HANNAH (EM. Kevin DOT Hannah AT ec.gc.ca) (email applications preferred) or via snail mail to Canadian Wildlife Service, #200, 4999 98 Avenue NW, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T6B 2X3 Application deadline is 28 Feb 2007.

VOLUNTEER FIELD BIOLOGISTS Needed for Long Point Bird Observatory’s spring and fall migration monitoring program: Located on the north shore of Lake Erie, Long Point is one of the last wild areas left in southern Ontario. The region is an internationally recognized World Biosphere Reserve, a Globally Important Bird Area, and supports a fantastic diversity of habitats, plants and animals. During migration huge numbers of birds (and monarch butterflies) are funneled down Long Point. Founded in 1960, Long Point Bird Observatory (LPBO) is North America's oldest bird observatory and has banded over 750 000 birds. The core program is centered on monitoring populations of migrating birds through daily census and banding routines at three field stations. Volunteers staying for at least 1 month have food and accommodation fees waived. Short-term volunteers are required to pay a nominal fee covering housing, food and training. Up to 14 volunteers are required for all or a part of the spring (1 Apr to 10 Jun) and fall field seasons (10 Aug – 15 Nov). Previous ornithological work (including bird banding) and excellent bird identification skills are preferred, but not essential. All participants will experience intensive and diverse training in field ornithological techniques. International applicants with good English skills are encouraged to apply. Email or mail your resume with three references (include phone and e-mail addresses) and completed application form which can be downloaded from our website www.bsc-eoc.org/lpbo/lpbovol.html to: STUART MACKENZIE, LPBO Landbird Programs Coordinator, Long Point Bird Observatory c/o Bird Studies Canada, P.O. Box 160 115 Front Rd., Port Rowan, Ontario, Canada N0E 1M0, (PH: 519-586-3531 ext. 231; FX: 519-586-3532; EM: lpbo AT bsc-eoc.org). Visit our web site (URL: http://www.bsc-eoc.org) for more information about Bird Studies Canada and the Long Point Bird Observatory.

VOLUNTEER BREEDING BIRD CENSUS ASSISTANT POSITIONS (2): Located on the north shore of Lake Erie, Long Point is one of the last wild areas left in southern Ontario. The region is an internationally recognized World Biosphere Reserve, a Globally Important Bird Area and supports a fantastic diversity of habitats, plants, and animals. Founded in 1960, Long Point Bird Observatory (LPBO) is North America's oldest bird observatory. For the 2006 field season two field assistants are needed to work on the Breeding Bird Census (BBC) project (25 May to 5 Jul). They will receive accommodation and food, as well as intensive training from LPBO staff. BBC assistants must have excellent skills in identification of eastern North American birds by sight and sound. LPBO has established 15, 10-hectare plots in various vegetative communities across the dunes and marshes of Long Point, with four sampled each year. Assistants rise very early and commute by ATV, boat or foot, to arrive at their study sites at dawn. Over the next few hours they map the locations of all singing birds, look for nests, and then determine the number of bird territories on the plot. Previous ornithological work conducting point counts, spot mapping or nest searching is preferred. Email or mail your resume with three references (including phone and e-mail addresses) and completed application which can be downloaded from our website www.bsc-eoc.org/lpbo/lpbovol.html to: STUART MACKENZIE, LPBO Landbird Programs Coordinator, Long Point Bird Observatory c/o Bird Studies Canada, P.O. Box 160 115 Front Rd., Port Rowan, Ontario, Canada N0E 1M0 (PH: 519-586-3531 ext. 231; FX: 519-586-3532; EM: lpbo AT bsc-eoc.org). Visit our web site (URL: www.bsc-eoc.org for more information about Bird Studies Canada and the Long Point Bird Observatory. Closing date for competition: 1 Apr 2007.

VOLUNTEER BANDER-IN-CHARGE (one or more): The Long Point Bird Observatory seeks one or more volunteer Banders-in-Charge (BIC) to aid in the delivery of the Migration Monitoring Program at Long Point for all or part of the spring and fall seasons (1 Apr to 10 Jun or 15 Aug to15 Nov). Located on the north shore of Lake Erie, Long Point is one of the last wild areas left in southern Ontario. The region is an internationally recognized World Biosphere Reserve, a Globally Important Bird Area and supports a fantastic diversity of habitats, plants, and animals. Founded in 1960, Long Point Bird Observatory (LPBO) is North America's oldest bird observatory. LPBO's three field stations are run largely by trained volunteers from around the world. All field stations are modern and fully equipped. The BIC aids in the operation of LPBO's three field stations and helps train volunteers, helps provide logistical support, helps maintain field station facilities and equipment, helps computerize data, and generally helps to ensure that the Observatory's landbird programs are being conducted to the highest possible standards. Previous motor boating experience and general handy-person skills are desirable. Experience working or volunteering at a migration monitoring station is desirable. With over 20,000 birds banded annually at LPBO, a great deal of mist netting experience (i.e. at least 2,000 landbirds banded) is essential. The position is a perfect fit for someone who loves birding and working in a remote setting, is an excellent bander, can personally oversee the direction of volunteers, can capably follow well-established field protocols, is very well-organized, has an exceptional work ethic, and is ready for the challenge of helping to oversee the oldest bird observatory in North America. Costs of field food, accommodation, and field travel are provided. Qualified candidates are invited to submit a or resume with three references (include phone and e-mail addresses) and completed application form which can be downloaded from our website (URL: www.bsc-eoc.org/lpbo/lpbovol.html to: STUART MACKENZIE, LPBO Landbird Programs Coordinator, Long Point Bird Observatory c/o Bird Studies Canada, P.O. Box 160, 115 Front Rd., Port Rowan, Ontario, Canada N0E 1M0 (PH: 519-586-3531 ext. 231; EM: lpbo AT bsc-eoc.org). Visit our web site www.bsc-eoc.org for more information about Bird Studies Canada and the migration-monitoring program at Long Point Bird Observatory. Closing date for competition: 1 Apr 2007.

RESEARCH TECHNICIANS NEEDED to work on project examining productivity of songbirds in agricultural field margins, close to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Field work will include territory mapping, nest searching and monitoring, behavioral observations, colour-banding of adults and nestlings, habitat surveys and insect trapping. Lab work will include identification of insects to order/family and preparation of samples for stable isotope analysis. Experience with any of the following would be an asset: bird surveys, nest searching and monitoring (particularly for sparrows), banding/handling of adult and nestling songbirds, behavioral observations, insect identification, plant identification. One or two positions are available, depending on funding; positions will run from early May till late Aug – start and end dates are negotiable. Pay will be $10-$12/hour, depending on experience and funding. Please send a cover letter, CV and names/contact info of two references to (EM: jude.phillips AT gmail.com) by 28 Feb 2007.

EXPERIENCED BANDER-IN-CHARGE needed for songbird migration monitoring station. The Delta Marsh Bird Observatory (DMBO) is looking for an experienced Bander-in-Charge to band songbirds from late Apr to 30 Sep. Located on a narrow ridge of forest between the southern shore of Lake Manitoba and Delta Marsh, (Manitoba, Canada) DMBO is a HIGH VOLUME migration monitoring station. DMBO operates daily during spring migration between 1 May and 6 Jun, and in the fall between 8 Jul and 30 Sep. In 'high' years, DMBO has processed 3000+ birds in the spring and over 6000 in the fall, (a record 7,378 in fall 2006). During migration peaks, big bird days with 200 to 300 birds are not uncommon. Prospective applicants MUST have, or be eligible for a banding permit, know how to age and sex birds using the Pyle Guide, have previous experience at a banding station, be able to run a banding station without supervision, help train volunteers, have superior banding skills, be familiar with the Band Manager Program, have the ability to remove birds from nets quickly and process large volumes of passerines, be able to identify birds by song, be familiar with the birds of the region, be well organized, have an exceptional work ethic and work well with others. The successful candidate will be responsible for making sure the daily data entry and paperwork are completed and also supervise other banders. The banding site is not physically demanding. Salary is $1,750-$2,000 CDN/month (depending on experience), and includes your room and board (=$450/mth) at the Delta Marsh Field Station (University of Manitoba). The station has many comfortable amenities including full service dining room, email access, laundry facilities, a beach and lake and is located about 30 minutes from Portage la Prairie, a small city with a population of about 10,000 (see www.umanitoba.ca/delta_marsh). Other than a few mosquito bites, you will not suffer at Delta - if you love birding, you will love Delta. Applicants must respond by 28 Feb 2007 to (EM: hdenhaan AT cc.umanitoba.ca).

EXPERIENCED VOLUNTEERS needed for May, Jul, Aug, and Sep for songbird banding at Delta Marsh Bird Observatory (DMBO). Located on a narrow forest ridge between the southern shore of Lake Manitoba and Delta Marsh (Manitoba. Canada), DMBO is a high volume banding operation with up to 3000 birds being banded in the spring and big bird days with 200 to 300 birds banded. You can expect high numbers and a good variety of warblers, flycatchers, vireos and thrushes. If you love birding, you will love Delta! The banding site is not physically demanding but you will need to be able to ride a bike for net checks. Volunteers will be provided with room and board at the Delta Marsh Field Station (University of Manitoba). The station has many comfortable amenities including full service dining room, email access, laundry facilities, a beach and lake and is located about 30 minutes from Portage la Prairie, a small city with a population of about 10,000 (see www.umanitoba.ca/delta_marsh). Please submit a letter of interest to (EM: hdenhaan AT cc.umanitoba.ca) outlining your previous banding experience including, stations visited, number of birds banded and extracted, abilities to identify birds by sight and sound, plus two references.

NEST SEARCHERS (4-6) needed to study the effects of pipelines on the nesting success of songbirds in the boreal forest regions of northern Alberta and/or the Northwest Territories, Canada. The position will focus on locating and monitoring the fate of all boreal songbirds nests. Applicants with songbird nest searching experience are preferred; experience with boreal songbirds is a plus. Other duties include: point counts (depending on experience), nest predator surveys, insect sampling, vegetation surveys, assisting with the set-up and maintenance of video nest cameras, data entry, and camp chores. Applicants must be in excellent physical condition and should have a demonstrated ability to live in a remote camp setting for an extended period of time and to have worked alone and/or in small groups under diverse and often adverse conditions including biting insects, heat, cold, wet, and bears. A valid driver’s licence is preferred but not required. Positions run from 1 May to mid-Aug 2007. Salary ranges between $1700-2500 CDN/month DOE. Food, lodging, and transportation between Edmonton and the study site are provided. Send a cover letter, resume, and the names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of 3 references to: ERIN BAYNE, Department of Biological Sciences, CW-405 Biological Sciences Centre, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada T6G 2E9 (PH: 780-492-4165; FX: 780-492-9234; EM: bayne AT ualberta.ca). Electronic submissions are preferred. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled.

FIELD ASSISTANTS (1-2) needed for research on the demographics and breeding biology of a long-distance migratory bird, the American redstart. Field work will be conducted in mixed deciduous/coniferous forest at the Queen's University Biological Station (QUBS; http://biology.queensu.ca/%7Equbs/), Chaffey's Lock, southeastern Ontario. Strong applicants will have experience in some or all of the following areas: bird observation, territory mapping, nest searching, handling and bleeding birds. Applicants should also be meticulous in collecting and recording data and be willing to work long hours in the field, six or seven days a week. A competitive salary, plus room and board at QUBS will be provided. Positions will be for approximately three months, starting May 1st and ending in mid to late Jul. Please send cover letter, CV, and the names and addresses of two references to MATTHEW REUDINK, Department of Biology, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6, or e-mail (EM: reudinkm AT biology.queensu.ca) by 30 Mar 2007. For more information, please visit: http://biology.queensu.ca/~reudinkm.

MARITIMES BREEDING BIRD ATLAS ASSISTANT COORDINATOR - The Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas Assistant Coordinator is being staffed initially as a 6-month position with Bird Studies Canada – Atlantic Region, subject to the availability of funds and demonstration of good performance, with the potential for extension. The Assistant Coordinator reports to the Atlas Coordinator on behalf of the Atlas Steering Committee. The Assistant Coordinator’s primary responsibilities are to assist with the recruiting, training and support of atlas participants and Regional Coordinators, and to assist in the development of atlas materials for participants. The Assistant Coordinator will be the primary contact for French-speaking atlas participants. The Assistant Coordinator is based at the BSC Atlantic Region Office, co-located with the Canadian Wildlife Service in Sackville, New Brunswick, and will be required to travel within the three Maritime provinces. REQUIREMENTS: The Assistant Coordinator should hold a B.Sc. or M.Sc. in biology or a related field, and have relevant work experience. The position requires strong organizational and communication skills (written and oral); the ability to communicate effectively in both French and English; and computer skills (familiarity with website design and MS Office including Word, Excel, Power Point and FrontPage). The Assistant Coordinator should be knowledgeable in bird identification, bird survey techniques and the Maritimes birding community. Preferred candidates should be eligible for the Environment Canada’s Science Horizons Youth Internship Program (www.ec.gc.ca/sci_hor/). A valid driver’s licence is required. SALARY: $2500.00 per month plus legal benefits (EI, CPP and vacation pay). Contact the Atlas Coordinator (EM: bstewart AT bsc-eoc.org) for application details.

BANDER IN CHARGE NEEDED for spring migration monitoring at the Albert Creek Banding Station in southeast Yukon 15 km west of Watson Lake. Season runs from late Apr to mid Jun. Lodging provided. $125/day. Applicants must have good knowledge of boreal birds and be willing to work alone at times. Please send letter and resume to TED MURPHY-KELLY c/o Southeast Yukon Proper Land Use Society(PLUS) ,4B Gillis Place, Whitehorse, Yukon ,Y1A 5R2, tel:(867) 456 7431. Or e-mail (EM: plus AT northwestel.net).

VOLUNTEER BANDING ASSISTANT required for a busy Migration Monitoring Station in Ontario, Canada. A long term volunteer is required to help with the banding and migration monitoring at Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory (PEPtBO) on the north shore of Lake Ontario, Canada, for both the spring and the fall seasons in 2007 (early Apr – early Jun, and mid Aug – mid Nov). Duties will include helping the Station Manager with carrying out the daily field protocol, data entry and some light maintenance around the building/netting area. PEPtBO follows a standardized protocol and runs 19 passerine nets plus 6 ground traps daily (plus in the fall an additional six hawk nets). We also follow the NABC guidelines when banding. All the operations are carried out within the Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area which is a part of the local IBA. Large numbers of migrants can occur within the area and up to 700 birds have been banded in a day. Nearly 12,500 birds of 115 species were banded in 2006, and approximately 260 species and forms have been observed at the observatory over the last ten years. A strong work ethic is required, as the job is seven days a week during the season. The normal daily routine involves opening the nets at sunrise, a one hour daily census, banding and casual observations until six hours after sunrise, and with one hour of data entry in the afternoon. The rest of the afternoon and evening is free time. In the fall we also band Northern Saw-whet Owls from mid-Sep to the end of the season, and up to 850 owls have been caught in a season. We normally net for owls for a minimum of four hours each night, and usually band all night, weather permitting. A volunteer who can cover all or most of a full season is preferred. Food and basic accommodation is provided on site at the observatory which has all modern amenities (30 km to Picton, the nearest town). Qualifications: people experienced with banding (i.e. have banded more than 500 birds) and with skills in identification of eastern North American birds would be preferred. If you are interested, please send a resume with banding experience and the contact information for two references, to the Station Manager, David Okines (EM: davidokines@aol.com). The PEPtBO website is www.peptbo.ca. This position will be open until filled.

ORNITHOLOGICAL RESEARCH TECHNICIANS (8) needed May to Jul (2 month contract with possibility of extension) to survey avian communities and bird-forestry interactions by means of point counts, nest searching, and/or vegetation sampling near Prince George, British Columbia. Seeking applicants with strong identification skills of birds by sight and sound, specifically birds of north-central and northeastern British Columbia, ability to drive 4x4 vehicles, good physical condition (ability to hike over rough and uneven terrain), and the ability to tolerate biting insects, heat, cold, and isolated living conditions. The desired applicant will also be able to work well both independently and in a team environment, have bear safety and first-aid training, be able to work long hours, sometimes in 7-10 days shifts, be able to adjust to changing and sometimes unexpected conditions, have experience operating ATVs, and have completed or currently enrolled in a biology, ecology, or related degree program. Canadian citizens under the age of 30 who have completed a university degree are encouraged to indicate this in their application as additional funding and increased contract durations may be available. Work is for Manning, Cooper and Associates Ltd., an applied forestry and wildlife habitat management consulting firm. Pay is D.O.E., starting at $3000 CDN/mo. Use of personal high-clearance vehicle optional, but reimbursed at $75 CDN/day plus fuel. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled. Please email a cover letter and resume to AARON DEANS at (EM: adeans AT manningcooper DOT com) with "Ornithological Research Technician" in the subject line. Only potential candidates will be contacted, but all eligible individuals will be kept on file for future considerations.

 


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