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Research technician - avian movement ecology

Mount Allison University


  Publié: April 27, 2021

  Emplacement: Sackville, New Brunswick

  Programme de stages: Clean Tech

  Échelle salariale: $30,000 - $40,000

  Heures par semaine: 35

  Date de début: July 18, 2022

  Date de fin: February 24, 2023

Description de l'emploi

Coastal New Brunswick provides critical habitat for migrating shorebirds. A diverse shorebird community uses habitat on the Northumberland Strait, New Brunswick, PEI, and Nova Scotia, each year in late summer. We are undertaking a study to examine movement, habitat use, and duration of stay of multiple shorebird species in the region. We want to identify critical habitat, understand how birds move among these habitats, and determine paths taken when they leave the Northumberland Strait. We also want to examine whether birds that spend time at inland sites in the Chignecto Isthmus area (between NB and NS) move across land to coastal sites. The primary application of this work will be to assist in with assessment of suitability of potential wind farm sites in the region. Data gathered will be integrated with existing tracking and radar data to map avian movements in the region.

Devoirs et responsabilités

During summer and fall, the research technician will work in the field with a research team consisting of graduate and undergraduate students and researchers from several institutions. In later fall and winter, the technician will complete associated lab work at Mount Allison University. This internship is designed to provide a wide range of experiences. Specific duties and responsibilities will include:
• Assisting with set up and maintenance of radio tracking towers.
• Assisting with capture, tagging, blood sampling and tracking of migrating shorebirds.
• Collecting and uploading of radio tracking data. This will entail working extensively with the MOTUS Wildlife Tracking System (motus.org).
• Collecting and processing data on prey community composition, primary production and abiotic properties of sites important to shorebirds.
• Assessing the potential to use remote sensing imagery to assist in identifying key habitat.
• Data entry and analyses of collected data.

Connaissances et compétences

Experience in ecological field work is required. Bird banding experience is desirable but not essential. Additional useful skills include experience in management of large databases, some background in analysis of satellite imagery, and experience with sediment and invertebrate sampling. A strong general interest in conservation-oriented field research is important, as is an ability to work collaboratively with a large team under sometimes challenging conditions.

Éducation requise

B.Sc. in biology or envoronmental science or equivalent training

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