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    • Employer: University of Waterloo
      Location: Wyoming
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/29/2022
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Sagebrush-Obligate Bird Research Technicians 

    University of Waterloo – Sage-grouse and their Predators Project, Wyoming, USA. 

    Job Description 

    The University of Waterloo’s Sage-grouse and their Predators Project is seeking three avian research technicians to assist with camera trapping, avian point-counts, DNA collection, and monitoring greater sage-grouse fitted with GPS-VHF backpack trackers. The research will be conducted in large-scale natural gas reclamation areas in sagebrush habitat in the Powder River Basin, Wyoming. The objective of the research is to better understand sage-grouse population connectivity and landscape influences on potential sage-grouse predators. 

    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, 2022 (exact start and end dates are somewhat flexible).  


    Install and monitor camera traps 

    Conduct avian point-count surveys 

    Data entry and data proofing 

    Operating 4x4 vehicles 

    Operating ATV’s  

    Greater sage-grouse monitoring and tracking (telemetry) 

    Sage-grouse chick night spotlight counts 

    General maintenance of field equipment 

    Work will require long hours in the field 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 enrollment 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 

    Must be in good physical shape, able to lift/carry 50lbs, and hike 10km days if need be 

    Be willing to work long days (> 8 hours) in the field and occasional 6-day weeks 

    Valid full driver’s license 

    Preferred Qualifications (training is provided) 

    Ability to identify raptors and corvids 

    Experience driving trucks, trailers, ATVs 

    Experience tracking wildlife using telemetry 

    Experience handling wildlife 

    First aid and CPR training 



    Technicians will be paid $2,000 USD ($2,500 CAD) per month 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 nathanjoakim@outlook.com. Applications will be taken until March 29, 2022, or until the positions are filled. Further questions can be directed to nathanjoakim@outlook.com or Dr. Brad Fedy (principle investigator; bfedy@uwaterloo.ca) https://uwaterloo.ca/scholar/bfedy.


    Nathan A Joakim 

    MES Candidate  

    Dr. Fedy Wildlife and Molecular Ecology Lab 

    School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability 

    University of Waterloo, ON, Canada N2L3G1 


    Sagebrush obligate tech2022.pdf

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