Position: Napanee Field Assistant/Captive Technician – ELOSH Wild Population Monitoring and Releases of Captive-Reared Young

Wildlife Preservation Canada is seeking one Field Assistant/Captive Technician. This position assists the Napanee Shrike Biologist with survey efforts and monitoring of the wild population of Eastern Loggerhead Shrike in Napanee, Ontario. Some work may also occur in Smiths Falls, Pembroke and Renfrew. The Eastern Loggerhead Shrike is critically endangered with a total of only 23 known pairs breeding in Ontario in 2013. The greater Napanee area is one of the two core areas where ELOSH continue to breed, while ELOSH sightings in Smiths Falls and Pembroke/Renfrew still occur. This position also includes the care and soft-release of groups of captive young (transferred to Napanee from one of the program’s breeding facilities over July-August); this offers a unique opportunity to work first hand with an endangered species and the chance to gain experience in captive breeding and animal care in a field setting.

Responsibilities:
• Road-side and on-site (with prior permission) surveys to locate breeding pairs of Eastern Loggerhead Shrike
• Wild population monitoring (nest searching, behavioural monitoring, collection of productivity data)
• Identification and reporting of all colour banded ELOSH
• Landowner communication and outreach
• Daily care and husbandry of captive young prior to release (behavioural observations and provision of live food)
• Soft-release of young; post-release monitoring and supplemental feeding
• Release site and enclosure preparation and maintenance
• Data management and monthly reports
• Assist Biologist with volunteer coordination
• Additional tasks as required

The Napanee Field Assistant may also have the opportunity to assist with the banding of captive young and the attachment of geolocators onto a subset of young to be released.

Qualifications:
Applicants should have prior experience with bird monitoring/surveying and have completed an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline (or possess equivalent knowledge/experience). Experience with nest searching and colour band identification preferred, as is familiarity with call play-back surveys. Previous experience with animal care and/or captive breeding is ideal. Bird rehabilitation experience is a major asset. Qualified candidates must also be able to navigate in the field using a map, compass, and GPS, work independently, and be willing to work long hours. Applicants should be physically fit and able to endure working in variable weather conditions with exposure to biting insects. A valid driver’s license is required and access to a vehicle and local accommodation for the duration of the contract is preferred.

Most Eastern Loggerhead Shrikes breed on private lands, so considerable landowner contact is required. The successful candidate must have good interpersonal skills and the ability to maintain positive relationships with private landowners.

Position runs from early April through late August/early September, 2013. Some opportunities for contract extension and/or supervisory positions the following field season may be available. Compensation is Cdn$1200-1700/month, depending on experience. WPC may also be able to subsidize housing costs if the successful candidate does not have access to local accommodation. To apply please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to: Jessica Steiner, Species Recovery Biologist, jessica@wildlifepreservation.ca or Wildlife Preservation Canada, RR#5 5420 Highway 6 North, Guelph, Ontario N1H 6J2. Email applications preferred. Please submit your application as a single PDF or MS word file and include the email subject heading “Napanee Field Assistant Application”. Please apply ASAP as the position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found (applications will not be considered after March 1, 2013). All applicants must be legally eligible to work in Canada.

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