[sust-mar] Avian Field Technician, f/t, accom., Wildlife Preservation Canada, Sackville NB & Halifax NS

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Position: Avian (Swallow) Field Technician
Organization: Wildlife Preservation Canada
Location: near Sackville, New Brunswick and Halifax, Nova Scotia

Internship Description

This project is part of a multi-year study aimed at identifying the threats to four species of swallows that breed in the Maritimes. The Research Technician will spend the first three months in the field (at sites within ~1 hour of Sackville, NB) collecting field data and then work for an additional three months at Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS aiding with data entry/analysis, sample preparation, and drafting reports.

Field work (mid-May to mid-August)

If the field, the Research Technician will conduct frequent (every 2-3 days) checks of swallow nests to determine breeding success and the timing of breeding activities. The Research Technician will also aid with capturing and banding of adult and nestling swallows to determine survival rates, and collect feather and blood samples. The Research Technician will participate in all aspects of the project and will be asked to enter data and conduct other small tasks.

Almost all of the research sites are on private properties. Therefore, the Research Technician must possess strong interpersonal and communication skills to maintain positive relationships with landowners.

The Research Technician must be willing to work on a flexible schedule with irregular hours (particularly early mornings) and long days. Field work will be conducted under a variety of conditions ranging from cold and wet to hot and humid, with high winds, biting insects and around livestock. Applicants MUST be comfortable climbing ladders to heights of 10 m. Applicants should be comfortable working alone or in a small team.

Office work (mid-August to mid-November)

In the office, the Research Technician will aid with data entry and preliminary analysis of data collected in 2016. The Research Technician will also aid with preparing reports on project activities and results. To complete these tasks, the Research Technician will use computers and, at minimum, should be familiar with Microsoft Office (i.e., Word and Excel).

The Research Technician will also prepare and sort feather and blood samples collected in the field for stable isotope, corticosteroid and telomere length analysis.


At minimum, all applicants must demonstrate or possess:
• A strong interest in bird biology
• Ability to identify all four species of swallows and their nesting sites
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills
• Attention to detail
• Experience with Microsoft Excel and Word
• A driver’s license

Preference will be given to applicants with the following experience:
• Monitoring bird nests
• Bird capture using mist-nets, handling and banding
• Experience with ArcGIS, statistical analysis software (especially R) and BandIt

Accommodations will be provided for field work, but the Research Technician is expected to find accommodations for office work. The Research Technician will receive $1,883/mo.

Applicants must be eligible for a Clean Tech Internship. Check the Clean Tech Internship website to ensure that you meet the qualifications: http://cleantech.collegesinstitutes.ca/interns/

To apply, follow the instructions on the Clean Tech Internship website: http://cleantech.collegesinstitutes.ca/interns/. You will first need to create an account on the website and then submit your resume and cover letter for this position. The position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

To learn more about Wildlife Preservation Canada, please visit our website at http://www.wildlifepreservation.ca. If you have additional questions about this position, please contact tara.imlay[*AT*]gmail.com


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