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Saskatchewan – 2018 Opportunities

Bioacoustic/Marsh Bird/SK Atlas Internship – Bird Studies Canada invites applicants for a 6-8 month internship as a research assistant to begin April 2018. This position requires proficiency with both field and office-related tasks as the successful applicant will transition from office-based work to field work during the summer months, and then back into the office/lab in July. Office tasks include equipment preparation, processing recordings, data entry, data summary (analysis), and report writing. Field duties involve navigating to places of work, avian point-counts using call-broadcast methods, operation of bioacoustics recorders, and avian atlassing. During the field season the successful applicant will conduct bird surveys at locations throughout Saskatchewan. The ideal candidate is detail-oriented, organized and self-motivated. Applicants should have a keen interest and a developed aptitude for birds, be in good physical condition, possess a strong work ethic, have an ability to multitask, be meticulous in collecting and recording data, and be able to maintain a positive attitude while working long, irregular hours (morning surveys begin as early as 4 a.m.). Candidates need to be able to demonstrate proficiency at identifying western birds by sight and sound (particularly wetland-associated species and passerine birds likely to occur within the region), must hold a valid driver’s license, and be eligible to work in Canada. Salary $2,800/month (Cdn).  Desirable experience includes: driving 4WD trucks, traveling by kayak or canoe, interacting with rural landowners, navigating using maps, aerial photos, and GPS, familiarity with Raven and/or R software. Field accommodations will consist of a combination of camping and hotels. Accommodations in Saskatoon are the responsibility of the applicant. Applicants must be eligible to work in Canada. To apply, contact Bird Studies Canada at skatlas@birdscanada.org; applications should address Dr. Kiel Drake. Please include a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references. In the cover letter, provide an assessment of your bird identification skills and indicate what qualifies you for the position. Position filled as soon as suitable candidate is found. Applications accepted until 28 February 2018.

 

Saskatchewan Breeding Bird Atlas – Seasonal Technician (up to 4) – Bird Studies Canada invites applicants as seasonal technicians for the Saskatchewan Breeding Bird Atlas (15 May-15 Aug). Technicians will be responsible for conducting point counts and general atlassing every suitable morning between late May and early July. Technicians will be tasked with working in Atlas regions 15 and 16 (boreal biomes); much of this work will be in remote/back country regions. Technicians will be responsible for surveying atlas squares to record all birds detected by sight and sound and coding breeding behaviors, some night work and working alone is required. Field duties involve navigating to places of work, hiking off trail enduring bugs, conducting avian point-counts, operation of bioacoustics recorders, and general atlassing. Office tasks include preparation and maintenance of bioacoustics equipment, processing recordings, data entry, and assisting with data summaries. Applicants should have a keen interest and a developed aptitude for birds, be in good physical condition, possess a strong work ethic, have an ability to multitask, be meticulous in collecting and recording data, and be able to maintain a positive attitude while working long, irregular hours (morning surveys begin as early as 4 a.m.). Candidates need to be able to demonstrate proficiency at identifying western birds by sight and sound during examination, must hold a valid driver’s license, and be eligible to work in Canada. Salary $2,400-$2,600/month (Cdn).  Desirable aptitudes includes: driving 4WD trucks, traveling by kayak or canoe, interacting with rural landowners, navigating using maps, aerial photos, and GPS. Field accommodations will consist of a combination of camping, hotels, and industry camps. Accommodations in Saskatoon are the responsibility of the applicant. Applicants must be eligible to work in Canada. To apply, contact Bird Studies Canada at skatlas@birdscanada.org; applications should address Dr. Kiel Drake. Please include a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references. In the cover letter, provide an assessment of your bird identification skills and indicate the attributes that qualify you for the position. While not a requirement for the position, please indicate if you will be a returning student in Fall 2018. Applications accepted until 28 February 2018. Applications will be reviewed as they are received so some applicants may be selected prior to 28 February.

 

Saskatchewan Breeding Bird Atlas – Remote Surveys Volunteer Travel Grant – Bird Studies Canada is looking for individuals and teams of birders who are willing to volunteer to conduct Atlas surveys over short periods of time (~3-10 days) in remote areas of Saskatchewan (Atlas Regions 15 & 16). We are looking for back-country savvy individual/teams with at least one individual able to conduct point counts (28 May – 7 July surveys), and the Atlas will help cover travel expenses. Please send your expression of interest to the Atlas Office via email to skatlas@birdscanada.org. Address correspondence to LeeAnn highlighting your birding and field experience, include your resume with the names and contact information of two references, indicate dates of availability during the period 28 May – 7 July, and list the remote atlas square(s) you would survey. If applying as a team, provide the name(s) of all team members.

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