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Birds Canada (BC office) is looking for an Assistant Wildlife Biologist for a nesting and migration study of Long-billed Curlews in and around Lillooet and Cache Creek, BC. This position will initially last for six weeks, beginning May 11 and ending on June 19, 2020, with a potential extension described below.

The position will initially entail searching grassland and agricultural habitat at field sites in British Columbia for nesting Long-billed Curlews, a provincial and federally listed Species at Risk. Duties include nest finding and monitoring while working closely with Birds Canada staff, and communicating with local landowners and naturalists. The Assistant Wildlife Biologist will gain valuable field skills working with other staff in a scenic environment.

Depending on the candidate there is a possibility of a work extension to the end of August conducting marsh monitoring in the BC Interior, so candidates with a well-rounded skill set are preferred.

This position is specifically for someone who will be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment, and is legally entitled to work in Canada.

 

The following skills and experience are essential:

  • Ability to identify Long-billed Curlews and marsh birds by sight and sound
  • Nest finding and observation skills, particularly of grassland and wetland nesting birds
  • Experience working with landowners and local naturalists
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Be comfortable working long days, sometimes including extensive driving
  • Ability to navigate by map and GPS in rural areas and on rough roads
  • Ability to work in a team environment, or at times to work independently with little supervision

 

Additional asset skills:

  • Bird capture, handling and banding, especially with shorebirds and/or grassland birds
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Valid First Aid Certification
  • Bear safety training

 

Salary: $2000–$2500 per month, based on experience. Accommodation, food allowance, and transport while in the field are also provided.

 

Deadline for applications:  Friday, April 10, 2020

 

To apply, please send a brief cover letter highlighting your field experience, as well as your resume, as a single file to David Bradley at dbradley@birdscanada.org. Applications that fail to highlight relevant experience will not be considered further.

Birds 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. While Birds Canada thanks all applicants, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.