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Common Poorwill Field Technician

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC


Start: April 2014
End: October 2014

Assistants will aid in capturing and banding Common Poorwill and attaching temperature-sensitive radio-transmitters to them. This study will examine the effects of prey abundance on torpor use in the common poorwill through experimental manipulation with artificial lights. Assistants will aid in monitoring the birds using radio telemetry and aural observations. We are seeking enthusiastic, intelligent applicants with a strong desire to learn. Applicants should be prepared to hike and work alone in steep rocky terrain in conditions of high heat and aridity. Applicants must possess excellent hearing, as much of the work will rely on listening for bird calls. In addition, as much of this work will be conducted at night, applicants must be comfortable with working in the dark with headlights and staying up late. Experience with bird banding or radio-telemetry is an asset however it is not a requirement. The field study begins in early April and will extend to late September. Housing in the town of Oliver will be provided as well as a monthly salary of $1500 for food and other expenses. Applicants must have their full Class 5 drivers license and be comfortable driving in a standard transmission vehicle through mountains and gravel roads. Many opportunities for hiking, swimming, bird watching and other recreational activities exist in the Okanagan Valley of BC where this project takes place. Oliver, BC is a small town with many restaurants and grocery stores and larger cities such as Penticton, Osoyoos and Kelowna are within driving distance so there will be ample opportunity to explore the area. There will be lots of downtime during the day, so applicants must be prepared to entertain themselves. In addition, opportunities for side projects developed by assistants are available. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and residents of Saskatchewan.


BSc or higher in Biology or related studies (may be in process) Valid Class 5 Drivers License Preference given to Canadian citizens and Saskatchewan residents

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