Dates: July 11, 2018 – September 13, 2018
Description: We are seeking qualified field technicians to assist with surveys of endangered rufa Red Knots at remote locations along the James Bay coast. Southwestern James Bay is an important staging site for Red Knots during southbound migration and we are investigating Red Knot population ecology in this area. Field technicians will lead daily surveys of Red Knot flocks and will resight birds marked with leg flags. They will also conduct general shorebird surveys and will be expected to enter data throughout the season. Surveys are conducted on foot and the technician can expect to hike 10-20 km each day while carrying a scope and tripod. The technician will live with other crew members at a remote field camp (no phone service or internet) for the entire season (eight weeks) and will be expected to assist with camp chores and maintenance, such as cooking, cleaning, and water collection and filtering. Food for the season is provided and transportation from Toronto or Peterborough to the field sites (20-60 km north of Moosonee) and back will be covered.
Qualifications: Applicants should have bird surveying experience. Knowledge of shorebird identification, resighting experience, and remote field experience are preferred. Applicants must be physically fit (able to hike 20 km per day across mudflats and marsh) and must be able to maintain a positive attitude despite challenging field conditions (i.e. biting insects, inclement weather, bear country). A love of the outdoors and attention to detail are essential. The ability to work as part of a team and independently is required. Applicants should be comfortable sharing living quarters with a 4-8 person crew at an isolated field camp where contact with the outside world is limited. Wilderness first aid and firearms certification are an asset.
To apply: Please send (1) a cover letter detailing any experience with bird surveys and remote fieldwork, (2) a resume, and (3) contact information for two references in a single PDF to Amie MacDonald (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) by April 23, 2018. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and interviews will be conducted before and after the deadline. Unfortunately, we are only able to hire Canadian citizens.