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Position: Waterfowl Research Technician
Type: summer job / summer student position
Organization: Delta Waterfowl Foundation
Location: Viking and Bashaw, Alberta (with shared housing)

Salary: $1800-$2200/month. Additional funding pending

Duration: 3 months, end of April through July 31

Job Description: I require 3 motivated field technicians, including one crew leader, to assist with data collection in support of my MSc research on duck nesting success in the prairie parkland region. Field work is centered around nest searching, using 2 person teams and ATVs to drag a chain designed to flush nesting hens. Once a nest is found, technicians candle eggs to determine incubation stage and mark the nest using a GPS unit. Nests are revisited weekly to monitor progress of incubation and fate. In addition to nest searching, technicians will conduct breeding pair and brood surveys (requires extensive walking). Other duties include equipment maintenance and data entry. Technicians are expected to work long hours with limited days off and still be able to collect reliable data.


  • Strong waterfowl ID skills are essential, especially hens. Plant identification an asset
  • Willingness to work long hours and many days in a row, in all weather conditions
  • ATV experience is strongly preferred
  • Ability to drive a 4WD truck with trailer
  • Mechanical skills and ability to make field repairs on equipment is very highly regarded
  • Experience with navigation, GPS and compass use
  • Ability to work and live well with others (technicians share housing)
  • Ability to work unsupervised
  • College diploma or bachelor’s degree in resource-related field (obtained or working towards)

For more information, and to apply to the position, please send resume, cover letter and contact information for 3 references in a single document to Emily Blythe (blythe mask*) with “Waterfowl Research Technician” in subject line. Closing Date: February 15, 2017.

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GoodWork ID: 37384       Date posted to Jan 6 2017