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  • Western Screech-owl Research Technician

    • Employer: The University of British Columbia
      Location: Kelowna
      Country: Canada
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: No

    Dr. Karen Hodges with the University of British Columbia (Okanagan) is seeking a field technician to assist MSc student Megan Buers in her research on Western Screech-owls within south-central British Columbia. 

    Housing is not provided, see attachment for more information.

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    Job Description:

    With climate change, British Columbia is seeing more severe weather. We aim to look into how temperature fluctuations affect a charismatic medium forest owl, the Western Screech-Owl. The project will be based out of Kelowna, but remote work will occur throughout the Okanagan Valley. We are looking for a skilled, enthusiastic technician capable of working in remote off trail areas.

    The summer field assistant will help monitor Western Screech-owl nests, collect owl pellets, conduct owl surveys, vegetation surveys, and track tagged owls, in addition to some lab work (analyzing owl pellets, categorizing camera trap and acoustic data, etc.). Later in the season field assistants will help with mist-netting and capturing immature owls for tagging. Field work for this position includes long nights in remote areas and a good amount of driving. Field assistants are expected to safely handle small birds of prey, record and manage data, and communicate effectively with those in the field. The successful candidate will work directly with Megan Buers, M.Sc. student in the field for the full season, and will work under and report to PI, Dr. Karen Hodges.

    To apply:

    Send cover letter and CV via email to Megan Buers (megan.buers@ubc.ca). Please address email as "Western Screech-Owl Technician 2023".

    Application deadline: Feb. 28th, 2022

    Contact email: megan.buers@ubc.ca

    We reserve the right to accept late applications at our discretion, but we strongly prefer applications that are on time. * Preferred start date is mid April; however, start and end dates are negotiable.

    Location: Okanagan Valley (based out of Kelowna). Housing not provided.

    Salary: Depends on experience


    • Valid driver’s license
    • Ability to work in Canada


    • Returning or recently graduated B.Sc. student
    • First aid
    • Wildlife handling/mist-netting experience
    • Tracking/telemetry experience
    • Experience driving on small logging roads.
    • Experience working remotely at night.
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