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  • Avian research field assistant (2)

    Tara Imlay
    • Employer: Acadia University
      Location: Sackville, NB
      Country: Canada
      Last Date to Apply: 03/31/2019
      Open Until Filled: No

    These jobs are part of a multi-year study to understand the ecological and behavioural drivers of bird movements during the post-breeding and early migratory periods.  The avian research field assistants will assist with several research activities during the spring and summer of 2019.


    The specific duties of these positions include monitoring the nests of breeding swallows every 2-4 days; catching, banding, and deploying tags on different bird species; conducting behavioural observations; setting up and retrieving audio and video recording equipment; setting up and checking Motus Wildlife Tracking System receiving stations; and data entry. All of the study sites are on private properties; therefore, the assistants must maintain positive relationships with landowners.


    All applicants must be willing to work on a flexible schedule with irregular hours (particularly early mornings) and long days. Field work will be conducted under a variety of conditions ranging from cold and wet to hot and humid, with high winds, biting insects, and frequent encounters with animal manure. Applicants MUST be comfortable climbing ladders to heights of 8-12 m.  Applicants should be comfortable working alone or in a small team.  


    At minimum, all applicants must demonstrate or possess:

    -      A strong interest in bird biology

    -      Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills

    -      Attention to detail

    -      A driver’s license


    Preference will be given to applicants with the following experience/qualifications:

    -      Monitoring bird nests

    -      Bird capture using mist-nets, handling, banding, and deploying tags

    -      Conducting behavioural observations

    -      Working with recording and/or other electronic equipment in the field

    -      B.Sc. in Biology or a related field


    Research will be conducted at several locations within an hour of Sackville, New Brunswick. 


    Applicants will receive $1,800 - $2,500/month depending on qualifications + housing at theBeaubassin Research Stationin Aulac, New Brunswick. If using a personal vehicle for travel to field sites, then mileage will also be covered.


    Tentative start/end dates: 13 May – 23 August 2019


    To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Dr. Tara Imlay (tara.imlay@gmail.com). Your cover letter should explicitly address your qualifications for the position.  


    Closing date for applications is 31 March 2019. However, applications will be reviewed as they are received, and hiring decisions may be made before the closing date.  Therefore, applicants are encouraged to apply before the closing date.

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