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Saskatchewan Breeding Bird Atlas Positions

Atlas Point Count Technician

Bird Studies Canada invites applicants as seasonal point count technicians for the Saskatchewan Breeding Bird Atlas. Contract length is approximately 9 weeks between 15 May-19 July 2019.

Technicians will be responsible for conducting point counts and general atlassing every suitable morning between June 1 and July 7. Technicians will be responsible for surveying atlas squares to record all birds detected by sight and sound and coding breeding behaviors; work will occur in Atlas regions 15 and 16 (boreal biomes) requiring professional aptitude and personal fortitude for conducting work in remote/back country off-trail places.

Field duties involve navigating to places of work, hiking off trail, canoeing/kayaking, enduring bugs, conducting avian point-counts, operation of bioacoustics recorders, and general atlassing. Office tasks include maintenance of bioacoustics equipment and data entry.

Successful applicants will have exceptional bird identification skills (before applying), a high proficiency in outdoor skills (e.g. navigation, map reading, survival, common sense), possess a strong work ethic, be meticulous in collecting and recording data, and able to maintain a positive attitude while working long, irregular hours (morning surveys can begin before 4 a.m.). The work is physically demanding and requires that candidates be in excellent physical condition; some off-trail travel during hours of darkness and intermittent working alone is required.

Successful candidates will demonstrate, during examination, proficiency at identifying western boreal forest birds by sight and sound, they must hold a valid driver’s license and be eligible to work in Canada. Salary $2,900-$3,100/month (Cdn).  Desirable aptitudes include: first aid, driving 4WD trucks, traveling by kayak or canoe, backcountry camping, interacting with rural landowners, and navigating using maps and GPS.

Field accommodations will consist of a combination of camping, hotels, and/or cabins.

To apply, send application materials to Bird Studies Canada at addressed to

 Dr. Kiel Drake. Include a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references. In your cover letter, provide a self-assessment of your bird identification skills and highlight how your previous experiences qualify you for the position. While not a requirement for the position, please indicate if you will be a returning student in Fall 2019. Applications accepted until 28 February 2019. Applications will be reviewed as they are received so some candidates may be selected prior to 28 February.


Saskatchewan Breeding Bird Atlas – Travel Grant (Remote Surveys Volunteer)

Bird Studies Canada is looking for individuals and/or teams of birders to volunteer to conduct Atlas surveys over short periods of time (~3-14 days) in remote areas of Saskatchewan (Atlas Regions 15 & 16). We are looking for back-country savvy individuals/teams with at least one individual able to conduct avian point counts. The Atlas can help to cover some travel expenses when trips aim to conduct surveys in priority squares between 28 May and 7 July. There are several northern paddle routes that access priority atlas squares, some require float plane drop-off or pick-up, while other routes may have road accessibility on either end.

Northern trips require substantial planning and the Atlas Office can help you with some of the planning and logistics. Travel grants are available to Atlas volunteers to help defray trip costs (including float plane), we just need ample time for planning. Please send your expression of interest as early as possible (before 31 March 2019) to the Atlas Office via email to If applying as a team, provide the names of all team members. Address correspondence to LeeAnn Latremouille, and outline your birding and outdoor experience. Include a description of your bird identification experience, and the names and contact information of two references who can speak to these skills. If you have made trip plans, indicate the dates of anticipated travel and list the remote atlas square(s) you would survey. If you need help with making trip plans, indicated dates of availability and your back country experience, and the Atlas Office can help to plan a trip.


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