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  • Canada Jay Field Assistant

    Guest Ryan Norris
    • Employer: Simon Fraser University
      Location: Mount Washington, Vancouver Island
      Country: Canada
      Last Date to Apply: 02/15/2023
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Principal Investigators: Mr. Dan Strickland, Field Supervisor; Dr. John D. Reynolds, Simon Fraser University; Dr. Ryan Norris, University of Guelph

    Description of Study: This study, which began in 2016, seeks to document and understand the social behaviour, demography, ecology, and susceptibility to climate change of a colour-banded population of the Pacific morphotype of Canada Jays (Perisoreus canadensis obscurus). This population is at Paradise Meadows, Strathcona Provincial Park, on Mount Washington, Vancouver Island, BC. The Canada Jay’s Pacific morphotype differs from the continent-spanning Boreal morphotype (P. c. canadensis) in being slightly smaller, having different plumage, and in having much larger social groups that often include two or even three separate breeding pairs. In fact, it may deserve separate species status.

    Duties and Qualifications: Duties will include recording of individuals in social groups, nest searching, performing nest watches, video recording of intragroup behaviour, and data entry (on days with poor field conditions). Coordination of daily activities will be by prior arrangement, cell phone, and/or portable radio. Much of the on-site travel will be by snowshoes (supplied) but preference will be given to candidates who also have demonstrated cross-country skiing experience.

    Remuneration and Working Conditions: Compensation (through Simon Fraser University) will be $2500-$3000 per month depending on experience. Accommodation in Courtney and use of kitchen is free but the successful applicant will be responsible for cooking their own meals and for associated food costs. The assistant will also be responsible for costs associated with travel to Courtenay from their normal place of residence and return at the end of the contract.

    Questions? Please send CV and contact information of two references to Dan Strickland (perisoreus1@gmail.com). Interviews may be conducted by phone or Zoom. Copies of annual progress reports from this field study are available on request.

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