Sagebrush-Obligate Bird Research Technicians
University of Waterloo – Sage-grouse and their Predators Project, Wyoming, USA.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be taken until March 29, 2022, or until the positions are filled. Further questions can be directed to email@example.com or Dr. Brad Fedy (principle investigator; firstname.lastname@example.org) https://uwaterloo.ca/scholar/bfedy.
Nathan A Joakim
Dr. Fedy Wildlife and Molecular Ecology Lab
School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability
University of Waterloo, ON, Canada N2L3G1