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  • Sagebrush Bird Research Technicians

    • Employer: University of Waterloo
      Location: Buffalo, Wyoming
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/18/2019
      Open Until Filled: No

    Job Description

    The University of Waterloo’s Natural Gas Reclamation in the Sagebrush-Steppe Project is seeking two avian research technicians to assist with avian point counts, monitoring greater sage-grouse fitted with GPS-VHF transmitters, songbird nest monitoring, and vegetation sampling. The research will be conducted in large-scale natural gas reclamation areas in sagebrush habitat in the Powder River Basin, Wyoming. The objective of this component of the research is to better understand the response of sagebrush obligate birds to landscape scale habitat reclamation. The overall goal of the project is to identify the chain of reclamation events necessary for greater sage-grouse recovery and recovery of sagebrush songbirds in areas being reclaimed. Lodging will be provided in Buffalo or Sheridan, Wyoming. The work term for most crew members will be from approx. 01 May to 31 August, 2019 (exact start and end dates are somewhat flexible).

    Primary Duties

    • Greater sage-grouse capturing
    • Greater sage-grouse monitoring and tracking (telemetry)
    • Conducting avian point-count surveys
    • Songbird nest searching
    • Microhabitat vegetation sampling
    • Data entry and data proofing
    • Operating 4x4 vehicles
    • Operating ATV’s

    Work will require long hours in the field (> 40 hour weeks) in adverse weather conditions, working alone and hiking long distances. Technicians must be able to work well with others, live side-by-side with coworkers and have good communication skills.

    Required Qualifications

    • Completion or enrolment in, a college/university program in wildlife ecology/management, biology, zoology, or other natural resource related fields
    • Have the ability to legibly record field data and enter data into a computer (Excel, Word, etc.)
    • Understand the use of GPS equipment and basic navigation with a compass
    • Have experience conducting field work
    • Be willing to work long days (> 8 hours) in the field and often 6 day weeks
    • Valid full driver’s license
    • First Aid and CPR training

    Preferred Qualifications (training is provided)

    • Ability to identify birds by visual and auditory clues
    • Experience tracking wildlife using telemetry
    • Experience handling wildlife


    Technicians will be paid $1900 USD per month ($2400 CAD) and lodging will be provided. Technicians will be responsible for their own living expenses (e.g., food). How to apply If you are interested in joining the project and spending the summer near the Bighorn Mountains in Wyoming, please email a cover letter, resume, and at least two professional references to ckirol@uwaterloo.ca. Applications will be taken until 18 March 2019, or until the positions are filled. Further questions can be directed to ckirol@uwaterloo.ca, Natasha Barlow (master's student; nlbarlow@uwaterloo.ca), or Dr. Brad Fedy (principle investigator; bfedy@uwaterloo.ca).

    Chris P. Kirol
    PhD Candidate
    Dr. Fedy Wildlife and Molecular Ecology Lab
    School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability
    University of Waterloo, ON, Canada N2L3G1

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