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Long-billed Curlew Field Assistant – British Columbia

Bird Studies Canada (BC) is looking for a field assistant for a Long-billed Curlew nesting and migration study in the Nechako Valley near Vanderhoof, BC. This position lasts for 6 weeks, beginning May 6th and ending on June 14th 2019.

The candidate will be required to search grassland and agricultural sites in central British Columbia for Long-billed Curlews, a nationally and federally listed Species at Risk. Duties also include nest finding and monitoring while working closely with Bird Studies Canada staff, and communicating with local landowners and naturalists. The Field Assistant will gain valuable skills working with other staff in a scenic environment in the Nechako Valley near Prince George, BC.

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 by sight and sound
  • Nest finding and observation skills, particularly of grassland 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
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Valid First Aid Certification
  • Bear safety training

Salary: $1,800- $2,200 per month, based on experience. Accommodation, food allowance, and transport while in the field are also provided.

Deadline for applications:  Sunday, March 31st, 2019

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 Applications that fail to highlight relevant experience will not be considered further.

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.

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


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