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  • Prairie Programs Biostatistics Analyst

    Birds Canada 2023
    • Employer: Birds Canada
      Location: Manitoba, Saskatchewan, or Alberta
      Country: Canada
      Last Date to Apply: 02/10/2023
      Open Until Filled: No

    Contract type: 2-year, full-time

    Start date: February 27th, 2023

    Location:  Manitoba, Saskatchewan or Alberta, with the opportunity to work remotely from within the Prairie provinces.

    Salary range: $57,579 - $80,379 (CAD)

    About Birds Canada

    Are you looking to channel your skills into meaningful, energizing work that will directly contribute to protecting our natural world? Birds Canada is a non-profit, national organization that since 1960 has been dedicated to bird conservation in Canada. [KD1] Every day, our thousands of caring donors, 70+ passionate staff, and 70,000+ outstanding volunteers are taking action to help us better understand, appreciate, and conserve birds and their habitats. Together, we are Canada’s voice for birds – will you join us?

    Overview of Position

    The Prairie Team at Birds Canada is currently seeking one highly-motivated Biostatistics Analyst to take on a leadership role in data curation, data analysis, research, and monitoring activities for Birds Canada’s Grassland Bird Program. This position will be integral to translating grassland and wetland bird data collected through monitoring activities into the implementation of tools to inform management and compel positive change for birds on the Canadian Prairies. Providing expertise and input into the development of these tools and analyses, to inform management will be central to this role. This position provides an exciting opportunity to be part of important and novel work in Canadian grassland and wetland bird conservation and to contribute to halting and reversing biodiversity loss in the Canadian Prairies. Anticipated start date is February 27th, 2023, and a contract duration of two years with potential for permanent employment.  

    Duties and Responsibilities include:

    • Database development and stewardship
    • Developing code to produce data summaries
    • Compiling results for reporting
    • Conducting data analyses to support current deliverables and to guide further program development
    • Providing expertise and input into appropriate analytical approaches, and helping with development of tools to inform stewardship and conservation
    • Contributing to the program design and implementation of bird surveys
    • Presenting on projects and findings
    •  Periodic travel within the prairies, including multi-day trips during the field season to support field staff or conduct field work as needed
    • Other duties may be assigned as needed, including contributing to other Birds Canada program delivery


    Successful candidate will hold an M.Sc. or Ph.D. in biology, ecology,  statistics or a related field.

    Qualifications, Skills and Experience

    • Excellent understanding and extensive experience with statistical programs (in particular R), and GIS programs (ArcView products)
    • Strong problem solving and analytical capabilities
    • Strong understanding of scientific methods and protocols for surveying birds
    • Experience collecting, managing, and analyzing data
    • Competency with prairie and bird ecology of western/central Canada
    • Familiarity with analysis of point count and bioacoustics data
    • Strong oral and written communication skills to clearly communicate complex ideas
    • Database management skills
    • Computer skills: ability to use a variety of computer programs (e.g., MS Access, MS Word, MS Excel, MS Power Point, ArcView products, R)
    • Ability to organize and carry out complex tasks
    • Self-starter able to work independently and with teams of colleagues and external partners in a decentralized work environment
    • Bird survey experience considered an asset
    • Valid driver’s license
    • Legally entitled to work in Canada

    Compensation and Benefits:

    In addition to a competitive salary, Birds Canada also offers comprehensive health, dental, and vision benefits, generous vacation and personal health day allowances, along with disability insurance and RRSP matching after 12 months of employment.  

    To Apply:

    Please submit your resume and cover letter to Dr. Kiel Drake, kdrake@birdscanada.org 

    Application Deadline:

    11:59 pm CST, February 10th, 2023

    Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and some positions may be filled prior to the deadline. Early applications encouraged.

    Please Note:

    Birds Canada is committed to improving levels of diversity among its volunteers, membership, staff, and board that reflects the diversity of communities across the country. In an effort to do so, we are actively tracking and seeking to improve our ability to reach all candidates with our job postings. Applicants belonging to racialized groups, who identify as Indigenous, 2SLGBTQIA+, or who have differing abilities are therefore welcome to self-identify in their cover letter, if they feel comfortable, although this is not a requirement.

    We thank all applicants for their expressed interest and application, however, only those candidates that are selected for an interview will be contacted.

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