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  • Migratory Bird Conservation Field Assistants (Wood Thrush and other forest birds)

    • Employer: University of Guelph
      Location: Waterloo, Ontario
      Country: Canada
      Last Date to Apply: 03/26/2021
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    The Norris Lab at the University of Guelph is seeking 1-2 technicians to assist with research on forest birds this summer as part of a project studying the impacts of residential development on Wood Thrush and other declining migratory songbirds. 

    The Norris Lab and the University of Guelph are committed to ensuring that applications for members of underrepresented groups are seriously considered under the University’s employment equity policy, and that a safe workspace is made available for all.

    Pay: fixed stipend based on a rate of $15 - $17/hr (CAD) for 40 hrs/week


    Who is eligible? Anyone who loves being outdoors and enjoys the sound of a singing bird. Attention to detail and problem solving skills are major assets. Experience nest-searching or identifying Eastern forest birds by ear are highly useful but are NOT requirements of this job. We encourage ALL to apply. Must be eligible to work in Canada due to COVID-19.

    What are the job duties? Counting birds at fixed locations, searching in dense vegetation for Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) nests, monitoring nests with a mirror pole and ladder, and scouting woodlots for singing male Wood Thrushes. Training will be provided for all duties listed.

    When: May 17 through July 9, 2021. Schedule typically 5:30 AM-11 AM, 6-7 days per week.

    Where: Private and public land across Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada. Must be willing to relocate to Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph or surrounding area for the duration of the job. A driver’s license and access to a vehicle would help with logistics but is NOT mandatory. 

    Why: Understanding the role of urbanization in driving population declines of Wood Thrush and other migratory birds breeding in forest fragments. This is an exciting opportunity to spend your summer outdoors while contributing to an important conservation initiative.

    How to apply: send your CV and cover letter with contact info for 2 references to Karl Heide (MSc Student) by March 26, 2021 (kheide@uoguelph.ca)

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