MSc Position in Avian Ecology/Behaviour/Bioacoustics

Erin M. Bayne, C. Lisa Mahon

Employer: University of Alberta; Canadian Wildlife Service-Environment and Climate Change Canada

Location: Edmonton, AB, CAN (University of Alberta); Whitehorse, YT, CAN (CWS-ECCC)

Country: Canada

Last Date to Apply: February 28, 2019

Open Until Filled: Yes

Seeking applicants for a Master of Science candidate to join the Bayne lab at the University of Alberta in Fall 2019 or Winter 2020. Student will have the opportunity to develop an independent project within the scope of alpine ecology and bioacoustics. Student may also have the opportunity to join the CWS-ECCC monitoring and research program in Southern Yukon Territory, Canada during spring-summer field season 2019 (June-Sept). We use a combination of observer and bioacoustic field techniques to address ecological and behavioural questions. This project will align with new monitoring and research examining breeding and post-breeding communities, species-habitat associations, habitat and stopover use patterns, and breeding phenology across elevational gradients in Southern Yukon Territory. University of Alberta is located at the edge of the boreal forest in Edmonton, Alberta and field sites are located in the rugged and beautiful boreal and subalpine forests in the coast mountains of Southern Yukon Territory near Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.

Applicants should possess a strong understanding of basic principles of ecology and avian biology and should have prior research and field experience including experience with boreal landbird identification (visual and audio) and survey methods (observer and Autonomous Recording Units). Required qualifications include a good academic record, experience with R-scripting, database management (Access, Excel), and bioacoustic processing and management (using Audacity or Raven Pro and Wildlife Acoustic SongMeters). Additional asset qualifications include:  ability to work in remote, rugged, physically challenging field sites; ability to work independently; ability to work cooperatively in a small team setting; effective communication skills (verbal, written); operational analytical skills; initiative and enthusiasm for avian research in the field and in the office. Successful applicants must meet the Department of Biological Sciences graduate program requirements (https://www.ualberta.ca/biological-sciences/graduate-studies).

Formal applications are due February 28, 2019 but potential candidates should contact Dr. Erin Bayne (bayne@ualberta.ca) or Dr. C. Lisa Mahon (lisa.mahon@canada.ca) by email and include: brief statement of research interests (max half page); resume/CV; 3 relevant references. Please include your current contact information in your email correspondence. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate or candidates are found.

 

Wildlife Technician Positions

The Bioacoustic Unit is seeking skilled technicians with strong fieldwork knowledge for work in the boreal and foothills regions of Alberta

 

When: May 1 – July 31 with the possibility of extension until August 31, 2019

Where: Boreal and foothills regions of Alberta

Salary: $2700 – $3000 / month (dependent on experience)

Application Opening: January 25, 2019

Application Deadline: March 15, 2019

Open to those already with Canadian work permits, residents and Canadian citizens only

 

Duties: Technicians will be working with acoustic recording technology to survey vocalizing animals and species-at-risk in the boreal and foothills regions of Alberta. Other duties include but are not limited to the following: equipment maintenance and preparation, data entry and interpretation of audio recordings. Applicants should be physically fit, independent, self-starters, problem-solvers, show attention to detail and have good morale.

 

Applicants must be able to endure:

• Off-trail hiking (5-10 km/day) on unstable ground and in wetlands
• Carrying heavy loads up to 40 lbs.
• Inclement weather, biting insects, and early mornings (dawn)
• Working alone in remote conditions

 

Applicants with the following experiences and abilities will be preferred:

• A minimum of 2 years experience working in remote conditions
• Ability to sustain camp life for long periods (cooking, cleaning, etc.)
• Experience driving 4×4 trucks, trailer hauling, and driving ATVs
• Ability to navigate using compass, maps, and GPS
• Data entry using MS Office products

 

Applicants with the following additional assets will be preferred for a banding project on Lesser Yellowlegs and Common Nighthawk:

• A minimum of 2 years experience banding in remote conditions in difficult to access environments (wetlands, burns)
• Experience with setting up and extracting non-passerines from mist-nets, banding, taking morphological measurements and taking brachial blood samples
• Ability to obtain a sub-permit for banding within Alberta

 

Accommodations & Schedule:

Accommodations in the field (rustic camps), food, and travel to field sites will be provided. Applicants must provide their own accommodations in Edmonton during field preparation days and days off. Applicants can expect to spend long periods of time in the field and those with flexible schedules will be preferred. Strong knowledge of bird and amphibian vocalizations may result in extension into fall 2018.

 

Please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae and three references to bioacoustichiring@gmail.com by March 15, 2019.