Job Posting: Ferruginous hawk field assistants

Field assistants needed for ferruginous hawk research project.

We are looking to hire 2-3 field assistants for an ongoing collaborative University of Alberta & Environment Canada study on the relationship between Ferruginous Hawks and industrial development in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Tasks include nest searching and monitoring, behavioural observation, capture, banding, automatic recording unit (ARU) setup. Additional duties will include landowner communication, identifying habitat characteristics, and other related tasks.

Applicants must have excellent note-taking skills (detailed and accurate), valid class 5 driver’s license with clean record, be capable of driving long distances, and cannot be afraid of heights, bugs, or heat.  Top applicants will possess: strong communication skills, raptor (and overall avian ID experience), some bird (raptor) handling experience, strong climbing ability, and aptitude for technology based work. Additional assets include driving 4WD trucks, vegetation identification experience, knowledge of Alberta’s Species At Risk, and navigational skills.

Pay rate for field assistants ranges between $2300 – $2800 CDN/month depending on experience.  Housing and food are included while in the field.  Work period typically consists of a 10 days on / 4 days off rotation; this is flexible, but overall work period amounts to 22 days/month.  Work terms starting in both early April continuing through July 31 with the possibility of extension.  Field work is primarily in southern Alberta, with some travel to southern Saskatchewan.

Apply early before the positions are filled! Applications will be accepted until March 6th, 2015. Please send a resume, cover letter, three references, and available start date to: Janet Ng (

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