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Position: Sharp-tailed Grouse Field Technician
Employer: University of Regina
Location: Swift Current and Weyburn Saskatchewan (with accommodations and food, see below)

Last Date to Apply: February 3rd, 2019

Description:

Salary: $2000 – $2400 / month (plus accom., more, see below)

Start and End Date: March 25th till June 7th, 2019

Project Overview:

The University of Regina is looking for three field technicians to assist in a Master’s research project on Sharp-tailed Grouse in Saskatchewan. Field technicians will be conducting lek surveys in the early morning looking to find and count attending sharp-tailed grouse. The data collected is being used to create models of habitat suitability across the province as well as models on population trends and anthropogenic influences on sharp-tailed grouse leks.

Field technicians will have the opportunity to explore and view a wide portion of Saskatchewan’s prairies and will get to view a wide variety of plants and animals, including a large flocks of shorebirds and waterfowl during their annual spring migrations.

Accommodation will be provided along with a monthly food allowance for groceries while working on the project. Accommodations will be in and around Swift Current and Weyburn and travel between the two will be common.

Responsibilities:

The primary responsibilities of field technicians will be the conducting lek surveys in the early morning (1 hour before sunrise till 2 hours after) which will include the locating of previously surveyed lek sites as well as surveying for new leks. After which data will need to be entered into our sharp-tailed grouse database. Field technicians may be required to work independently, though will generally be working in teams of two. To cover a wider distance surveys will be conducted primarily by driving and field technicians will be required to drive long distances and on off-road/ poor road conditions.

Due to the short lekking season field technicians should be prepared to work most mornings including weekends, though afternoons and evenings will be open for free time or exploring Saskatchewan. Surveys are also fairly weather dependent and as such days with poor weather may also be taken off.

As mentioned, accommodations and food will be provided for and it is expected that field technicians will aid in the cooking and cleaning.

Desired Qualifications/ Experiences:

  • Previous field experience preferred but not required
  • Valid Drivers License in Saskatchewan
  • Experience getting a truck unstuck from mud or snow is an asset
  • B.Sc. degree in biology or related fields, undergraduates encouraged to apply if available for full work term
  • Must be willing to work in rural or remote locations in a small team environment
  • Experience using maps and compasses

To Apply:

To apply please send a cover letter and resume along with contact information for three references to Brandon Burda at brandonburda@gmail.com , please include your last name in the document title.

When applying, please indicate that you saw this posting at GoodWork.ca.
 

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Nov 22 2018    ID: 49373