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  • Wildlife Technicians - Boreal, Grassland, and Waterbird Projects

    Guest Janine McManus
    • Employer: Canadian Wildlife Service (Prairie Region), Environment and Climate Change Canada
      Location: Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba
      Country: Canada
      Last Date to Apply: 01/31/2023
      Open Until Filled: No

    The Canadian Wildlife Service (Prairie Region) within Environment and Climate Change Canada has exciting opportunities for energetic and adventurous individuals desiring a challenging and stimulating work experience. The Terrestrial Unit of the Canadian Wildlife Service needs motivated candidates for seasonal positions in three streams surveying either waterbirds, grassland birds or boreal birds. Candidates can submit one application and identify which streams they wish to be considered for in their cover letter.

    Work Term: May – August 2023

    Job Descriptions:

    Stream 1: Shorebird and Waterbird Monitoring

    Successful candidates will work as part of a team surveying for shorebirds and waterbirds in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. The majority of the season will be spent in the field in and around rivers, lakes and wetlands. Surveys will be conducted on foot, by truck, small boat, kayak, and fixed-wing airplane. Staff must be able to swim short distances.

    Stream 2: Grassland Bird Monitoring

    Successful candidates will work as part of a team capturing, banding, and surveying songbirds in some of the largest remaining areas of grasslands in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Our research program focuses on large-scale population monitoring and using the Motus wildlife tracking system to understand the migratory ecology of key grassland specialists. Staff will spend all of June and portions of May and July in the field, starting work well before sunrise.

    Stream 3: Boreal Bird Monitoring

    Successful candidates will work as part of a team conducting wildlife (emphasizing birds) and habitat surveys in the boreal forest of Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba. Staff will spend between 1-2 months (mid May through ~ mid July) in the field. During field work, staff will largely be living in tents or trailers (camping). Travel may include flights in fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, canoeing and/or boating, truck and all-terrain vehicles.

    Job Locations:

    Stream 1: Office work based in Regina, field work is located in AB, SK, and MB

    Stream 2: Office work based in Edmonton, field work is located in AB and SK

    Stream 3: Office work based in Edmonton or Saskatoon, field work is located in SK and MB

    Transportation, meals, and accommodations (mainly camping with some hotels) will be provided while travelling in the field. Technicians will be responsible for finding their own accommodations in the city where office work is based for their stream.

    Job Duties:

    • Learning to identify birds by sight and sound and/or improving these skills
    • Driving and hiking to survey sites in hot prairie, thick brush, and/or dense forest
    • Surveying birds and vegetation in a variety of habitats using a variety of protocols
    • Collecting and managing field data
    • Organizing and maintaining field equipment

    Essential Qualifications for All Streams

    • Working towards or completion of a B.Sc or technical diploma in Ecology, Natural Resource/Wildlife Management, Biology, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, or another related discipline/program
    • Enjoy working in the outdoors and are comfortable working in remote areas
    • Comfortable working in harsh environments and capable of working long hours, being bitten by insects (e.g. mosquitoes, ticks), and potentially encountering wildlife (e.g. rattlesnakes, deer, bears, moose)
    • A valid driver’s license and experience driving 4x4 trucks on rough road
    • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communications skills
    • Display tact, sound judgment, maturity, and a sense of humor
    • Self-motivated and capable of working with minimal supervision
    • Experience working with Microsoft Office and other computer software

    Desired Additional Experience .


    • Experience identifying shorebirds and waterbirds by sight  
    • Experience with small boats, kayaking, and/or canoeing
    • Experience driving trailers

    Stream 2:

    • Experience identifying grassland birds by sight and sound
    • Experience using mist nets and banding songbirds

    Stream 3:

    • Experience identifying boreal birds by sight and sound
    • Comfortable working for extended periods in very remote conditions


    Preference will be given to Canadian citizens (a requirement for all federal government positions), but all applicants with a valid work permit for Canada will also be considered.

    Hours of work are Monday - Friday, 8:30 - 4:30 (full time, 37.5h/week) while in the office. During field work, hours vary and you may be required to work weekends.

    Rates of pay will be at step 1 of the EG-03 or EG-04 level, depending on experience and qualifications: https://www.tbs-sct.canada.ca/agreements-conventions/view-visualiser-eng.aspx?id=25#toc25707225709

    Visit https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change.html to learn more about Environment and Climate Change Canada.

    Application Deadline: January 31, 2023

    Please identify which streams you wish to be considered for in your cover letter. Email your cover letter, resume and three references in a single word or pdf document to janine.mcmanus@ec.gc.ca. We wish to thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those invited for an interview will be contacted.

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