Bird Studies Canada invites applicants as seasonal point count technicians for the Saskatchewan Breeding Bird Atlas. Contract length is ~9 weeks with work between 15 May-19 July 2019. Technicians will be responsible for conducting point counts and general atlassing every suitable morning between June 1 and July 7. Technicians will be responsible for surveying atlas squares to record all birds detected by sight and sound and coding breeding behaviors; work will occur in Atlas regions 15 and 16 (boreal biomes) requiring professional aptitude and personal fortitude for conducting work in remote/back country off-trail places. Field duties involve navigating to places of work, hiking off trail, canoeing/kayaking, enduring bugs, conducting avian point-counts, operation of bioacoustics recorders, and general atlassing. Office tasks include maintenance of bioacoustics equipment and data entry. Successful applicants will have exceptional bird identification skills (before applying), a high proficiency in outdoor skills (e.g. navigation, map reading, survival, common sense), possess a strong work ethic, be meticulous in collecting and recording data, and able to maintain a positive attitude while working long, irregular hours (morning surveys can begin before 4 a.m.). The work is physically demanding and requires that candidates are in excellent physical condition; some off-trail travel during hours of darkness and intermittent working alone is required.
Successful candidates will demonstrate, during examination, proficiency at identifying western boreal forest birds by sight and sound, and they must hold a valid driver’s license and be eligible to work in Canada. Salary $2,900-$3,100/month (Cdn). Desirable aptitudes include: first aid, driving 4WD trucks, traveling by kayak or canoe, backcountry camping, interacting with rural landowners, and navigating using maps and GPS. Field accommodations will consist of a combination of camping, hotels, and/or cabins. To apply, send application materials to Bird Studies Canada at email@example.com; applications should address Dr. Kiel Drake. Include a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references. In your cover letter, provide a self-assessment of your bird identification skills and highlight how your previous experiences qualify you for the position. While not a requirement for the position, please indicate if you will be a returning student in Fall 2019. Applications accepted until 28 February 2019. Applications will be reviewed as they are received so some candidates may be selected prior to 28 February.