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  1. Remote Surveys Volunteer (Travel Grant) - Saskatchewan Breeding Bird Atlas Bird Studies Canada is looking for individuals and/or teams of birders who are willing to volunteer to conduct Atlas surveys over short periods of time (~3-14 days) in remote areas of Saskatchewan (Atlas Regions 15 & 16). We are looking for back-country savvy individuals/teams with at least one individual able to conduct avian point counts and this grant is especially geared towards teams looking to access areas by canoe or kayak. The Atlas can help to cover some travel expenses when trips aim to conduct surveys in priority squares between 28 May and 7 July. There are several northern paddle routes that still need to be completed and the Atlas Office is happy to help with planning and logistics. Travel grants are available to Atlas volunteers to help defray trip costs (including float plane), we just need ample time for planning. Please send your expression of interest as early as possible (but before31 March 2020) to the Atlas Office via email to jmcmanus@birdscanada.org . If applying as a team, provide the names of all team members. Address correspondence to Janine McManus, and speak to your birding and outdoor experience. Include a description of your bird identification experience, and the names and contact information of two references who can speak to these skills. If you have made trip plans, indicate the dates of anticipated travel and list the remote atlas square(s) you would survey. If you need help with making trip plans, indicated dates of availability and your back country experience, and the Atlas Office can help to plan a trip.
  2. Avian Field Technician - Saskatchewan Breeding Bird Atlas Overview: Birds Canada invites applicants as seasonal avian field technicians for the Saskatchewan Breeding Bird Atlas. These positions offer an excellent opportunity to explore wild and scenic places in Saskatchewan, and with three flyways touching the province the birding is truly spectacular. There are two streams for the 2020 season: one in the boreal and one in prairie/parkland. Boreal technicians can expect to spend part of the season on the water and strong paddling skills are highly desired. Prairie technicians will spend part of the season in the Great Sandhills, and may need to travel extensively in the south. Field duties for both streams involve navigating to survey locations, hiking off trail, canoeing/kayaking, enduring bugs, conducting avian point-counts, and general atlassing (searching for birds and recording as much breeding evidence as possible). Successful applicants will be enthusiastic, enjoy travel and be able to maintain a positive attitude while working long, irregular hours, often hiking off-trail for ~8km a day. Qualifications for both streams include: Ability to work independently in remote areas, starting before sunrise, for the duration of the field season Strong physical and mental endurance to complete point counts and often travel between survey areas Ability to navigate off-trail in remote, densely-vegetated (or exposed on the prairies) and rugged landscapes using maps and GPS units Ability to drive 4WD vehicles safely and carefully on rough, unmaintained roads Ability to meticulously record and enter data Eligible to work in Canada Possess a valid driver’s license Additional Qualifications for Boreal Stream: Ability to identify boreal bird species by sight and sound Strong backcountry camping skills, swift water paddling skills (especially canoe) strongly desired Willingness to work in landscapes where there is the possibility of bear/moose/wolf encounters Additional Qualifications for Prairie Stream: Ability to identify grassland and parkland bird species by sight and sound Well-organized and flexible to co-ordinate with other volunteers and researchers who are working in the same area to avoid duplication of survey effort Strong interpersonal skills for communicating and working effectively with private landowners The breeding bird season is short but intense, and technicians should expect long days in the field and irregular schedules, with work days largely driven by the weather. Salary is $2,900-$3,100/month (Cdn) and the contract length is flexible between 9-12 weeks with work beginning 15 May. Accommodations (primarily camping) and food while in the field will be covered by the project. To apply: email a single document that includes a one-page cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for the position, your dates of availability, your resume, and three professional references to Dr. Kiel Drake at atlastechs2020@gmail.com. Positions will be filled as soon as suitable applicants are found; applications accepted until February 28, 2020. While not a requirement for the position, please indicate if you will be a returning student in Fall 2020.
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