Interested in gaining hands-on field research experience in a unique study system? We are looking for 1 student research technician to be part of a long-term study out of the University of Manitoba evaluating the impacts of oil and gas extraction noise on the behavior of grassland songbirds in the mixed-grass prairies of southern Alberta. Technicians will be working in a small group (4-5 people) led by a graduate student collecting data on the impacts of unpredictable noise on abundance, nesting success, and nestling body condition of grassland songbirds, with Chestnut-collared longspurs and Savannah sparrows being of focal interest.
Primary duties will include conducting grassland songbird abundance surveys and nest searching for Chestnut-collared longspurs and Savannah sparrows. Research technicians will be trained in identifying grassland birds by sight and sound, nest searching for focal species, monitoring nests overtime, and measuring nestlings.
Research technicians must be prepared to work early mornings and long hours in hot and cold weather, be comfortable working alone, have a good driving record, to show patience, positivity, and mental fortitude in the field, with an ability to carry heavy equipment for short periods at a time. Research technicians must also be willing to live in shared housing with respect to others working closely together every day and adhere to University of Manitoba and Alberta provincial government COVID guidelines.
Preference will be given to applicants with previous experience in grassland songbird identification and nest searching. However, please apply if you do not have these experiences but are willing and interested in developing new skills in the field of wildlife and avian ecology research. We want to create an inclusive and educational experience for students who are passionate about wildlife and developing field skills.
Applications from members of communities that are underrepresented in STEM are highly encouraged. Otherwise, applications must fit the EcoCanda hiring criteria of being under 30 years old, and a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or Canadian refugee status.
Off-site housing and field vehicles will be provided. This position runs from early-May to early-August, with some flexibility in start and end dates. Please note that this is a paid position but is pending funding, and as such is not guaranteed at this time. To apply, send a single PDF file titled with your last name that includes a cover letter, resume/CV, and 2-3 references to Johanna Alpert: email@example.com, by March 20th, 2022.