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  • MSc: Impact of prescribed fire and grazing management on grassland plant and songbird communities

    Guest Samantha Knight
    • Employer: Nature Conservancy of Canada & University of Saskatchewan
      Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
      Country: Canada
      Last Date to Apply: 02/27/2022
      Open Until Filled: No

    Weston Family Conservation Science Fellowship
    The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is Canada’s leading private land conservation organization. Since 1962, NCC has helped conserve 14 million hectares, coast to coast to coast. Research by Weston Family Conservation Science Fellows supports conservation of important natural areas and biological diversity. Learn more on our Fellowship Program webpage at https://www.natureconservancy.ca/westonfellowship

    Project summary
    The objective of this project is to examine the long-term impacts of prescribed fire and grazing (bison and cattle) on species-at-risk songbird abundance in southwestern Saskatchewan. For fieldwork, the student will conduct songbird surveys and vegetation sampling from May to July each year. The student will be working with Dr. Eric Lamb at the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Steven Davis at ECCC, and NCC staff. The student will be based at the University of Saskatchewan in the Department of Plant Sciences.

    Fellowship details
    The Fellowship will begin in May 2022 and consist of up to two years of support with a minimum $22,000 annual stipend. Fellows will also be allocated up to $5,000 annually to cover costs associated with professional development opportunities and periodic Fellows meetings. Fellowship funding is not intended to be used for research costs; these costs, including field accommodation, will be covered separately.

    Fellowship requirements
    A bachelor’s degree in science or a related field is required. Successful applicants must have a strong, demonstrated interest in and knowledge of ecology and conservation. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in avian ecology or grassland ecology. Fellowships are open to international students, but preference will be given to Canadian applicants. Applicants must meet the graduate admissions criteria for the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan and applicants with a minimum 80% average are strongly preferred.

    How to apply
    NCC is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive Fellowship program. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities and from under-represented groups. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
    We value and incorporate diverse traditions, heritage, knowledge and experiences in our mission and in our workplaces. We celebrate the full participation of people from all walks of life as we work towards common goals. We strive for a conservation movement in which equity, diversity and inclusion are the norm. This is our continuous commitment: to promote healthy people, healthy communities and a healthy planet for everyone.
    If you are interested in the Fellowship, please upload your CV, contact information for three references, unofficial transcripts, and a detailed cover letter to https://1.adp.com/W2WyjJHIIs2. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Questions can be directed to Samantha Knight at samantha.knight@natureconservancy.ca.

    The Weston Family Conservation Science Fellowship Program is made possible through the generous support of the Weston Family Foundation.

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