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Birds Canada – Prairie Region

Grassland Bird Technicians

Dates: May 15 – Aug. 15, 2022

Where: Grasslands of Saskatchewan and Manitoba

Salary: $2800 – $3300 per month, depending on experience

Job Description: Technicians will be working on a series of projects to monitor grassland birds on private and public land in southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Field duties will involve conducting avian point counts and vegetation assessments as well as working with acoustic recording technology. Other tasks include data entry and maintenance of equipment. Applicants should be independent, physically fit, show attention to detail, be able to problem solve, and enjoy camp life. Technicians will need to work early hours and fieldwork may include some overnight backpack travel to access road-less survey sites.

Applicant Requirements:

  • Experience identifying birds by sight and sound
  • Comfortable hiking off-trail on rough terrain between 5 – 10km a day
  • Comfortable working alone in sometimes remote conditions
  • Careful and accurate data collection, entry, and management.
  • Strong communication skills for working effectively with supervisors, co-workers, and landowners.
  • Valid driver’s license and eligible to work in Canada

Preference for applicants with:

  • At least one field season conducting point counts or other types of bird surveys
  • Native prairie plant identification skills
  • Ability to safely drive rough and sometimes unmaintained roads using a 4×4 truck
  • Ability to navigate with GPS, maps and compass
  • First Aid and CPR C

Accommodations will be provided for the season and will be primarily rustic tent camping. Birds Canada requires all employees in the workplace (field and office) to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide documentation. Please email a single document that includes a cover letter, resume and three references to  by March 1, 2022. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Birds Canada is committed to improving levels of diversity among its volunteers, membership, staff, and board to reflect the diversity of Canada. In an effort to do so, we are actively tracking and seeking to improve our ability to reach all candidates with our job advertisements. Applicants belonging to racialized groups; who identify as Indigenous, LGBTQ+; or who have differing abilities are therefore invited to self-identify in their cover letter.

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