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Atlantic Aerial Insectivore Technicians

Bird Studies Canada (BSC) – Atlantic Region is seeking a skilled field biologist to identify and assess nesting sites of aerial insectivores and raise public/landowner awareness regarding the stewardship of these sites. The position would begin May 15, 2018 and run for 10 weeks.

The candidate will be required to travel to towns and agricultural areas of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick to visit and assess potential aerial insectivore nesting/roosting sites (mainly Chimney Swifts and Barn/Cliff Swallows) and to provide stewardship information to landowners/members of the public. The candidate will also be responsible for coordinating citizen scientists to search for Chimney Swift roost and nest sites. Other duties may include: assisting with the delivery of educational presentations about aerial insectivores, and recording information provided by landowners regarding nests on their property. Rustic accommodation (field stations, campgrounds, motels), food allowance, and transport while in the field are provided.

The following skills and experience are essential:
• Identify Chimney Swift, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow and Tree Swallow by sight and sound
• Excellent communication and public speaking skills, experience liaising with landowners and volunteers
• Fluent in English and French
• Able to work in a team environment
• Able to work independently and with little supervision
• Experience entering and proofing data using MS Excel and MS Access
• Comfortable working long days, sometimes including extensive driving
• Ability to navigate by map and GPS in rural areas and on rough roads
• Candidates must also be legally entitled to work in Canada and have a valid driver’s license
• First Aid Certification (successful candidates must obtain first aid certification prior to start date)
• Able to begin work by May 15, 2018

Additional asset skills:
• Experience working with Arc GIS software

$2,600 – $2,800/month based on experience, plus food, rustic accommodation, and transport while in the field.

Application deadline:
February 25, 2018

To apply please send a brief cover letter, highlighting your qualifications, and resumé (as one document) to program coordinator Allison Manthorne at
Bird Studies Canada welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities.

Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Applications that fail to highlight relevant qualifications and experience will not be considered further. While Bird Studies Canada thanks all applicants, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.


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