Birds Canada Atlantic Region is seeking 2-3 skilled field biologists to conduct surveys for Bicknell’s Thrush and other high-elevation bird in remote regions of northern New Brunswick. Field work will primarily consist of early morning and/or dusk point count surveys along pre-determined routes, and deployment of Automated Recording Units. The terrain is rugged and candidates should be in good physical condition, as some surveys will require several hours of hiking, bushwhacking, and overnight camping. For more information on BSC’s Bicknell’s Thrush research, please click here: Bicknell’s Thrush Conservation Program
The following skills and experience are essential:
· Ability to identify Bicknell’s Thrush and other high-elevation bird species by sound (and visually)
· Comfortable working long days (early morning and late nights)
· Comfortable working alone in areas with wildlife (moose, bear) and in the dark
· Able to work in a team environment
· Able to work independently and with little supervision
· Navigation in remote areas with map, compass, GPS
· Camping and working outdoors in all weather conditions (cold, heat, rain, biting insects)
· First Aid Certification (successful candidates must obtain first aid certification prior to start date)
Additional asset skills:
· Tent-camping (especially in remote areas)
· Bilingual French and English
Salary: $2600 – $2800 per month (depending on experience) PLUS food, accommodation and transportation during the field season.
Dates: May 22 – July 17, 2023 (exact start and end dates somewhat flexible).
Deadline: Candidates may be recruited as applications come in; job posting officially closes on February 24.
Please send a cover letter, resume, and two references as a single file to Laura Achenbach at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications that fail to highlight relevant experience will not be considered further. We encourage all candidates with the required qualifications and skills to apply, but note that some preference may be given to those who meet Canada Summer Jobs’ eligibility criteria*.
While Birds Canada thanks all applicants, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.
Please note that fieldwork and in-person activities may be impacted by Covid-19 restrictions. Additionally, all staff entering Birds Canada workplaces (including field camps) are required to have proof of vaccination. When not in the field, the chosen candidate will work from home and will be responsible for providing their own workspace.
Birds Canada is committed to improving levels of diversity among its volunteers, membership, staff, and board to reflect the diversity of Canada. In an effort to do so we are actively tracking and seeking to improve our ability to reach all candidates with our job advertisements. Applicants belonging to racialized groups; who identify as Indigenous, LGBTQ+; or who have differing abilities are therefore invited to self-identify in their cover letter.
*To be eligible for Canada’s Summer Jobs and similar funding programs, applicants must:
· be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
· be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment*; and,
have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations
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