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Sound technician - prairie bird conservation research

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From: Andrew Horn <>
Date: Sat, 8 Dec 2012 19:01:52 -0400
Hi all,

The advertisement below, for a job located in Manitoba and Alberta (and starting quite soon), might be of interest, especially for recent grads keen on bioacoustics.

Please feel free to forward.

All the best,
Andy Horn

Sound and conservation technician: effects of oil infrastructure noise on prairie songbirds
University of Manitoba
Start: January 3 2012
Duration: 4 months


The Landscape Ecology and Conservation of Songbirds and Prairie Ecosystems (LCSP; research lab within the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Manitoba is seeking a sound technician to help conduct research on effects of oil well noise on grassland songbirds. The project manager will live and work out of Winnipeg between January 3 and March 3, and out of Brooks, Alberta, for the rest of the contract. The position will pay approximately $3000/month.

Field work will include helping to build, test, and set up bird song and infrastructure recording field equipment, liaising with sound experts and sound engineers, designing and building sound projection equipment, data management, data analysis using software such as RAVEN, report preparation, etc.


Applicants must have a Bachelors degree in Biology or a related field. Preference will be given to applicants with (1) carpentry and/or electric wiring experience, or (2) a Masters degree in ornithology or conservation, or (3) experience in avian sound ecology or avian conservation, or (4) management of sound or electronics equipment, and who demonstrate problem solving skills and a strong work ethic. Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and writing sample to Dr. Nicola Koper atm("","Nicola.Koper");" target="_blank">. For further information, please email Dr. Koper. Applications will be considered on a first-come-first-served basis.


In January 2013 we expect to advertise for a second position, 4-year term, starting in April or May 2013, for a sound technician/project manager. For that position, either a Masters or several years of field research experience will be required. Please inquire for further information.


The University of Manitoba encourages applications from qualified women and men, including members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. International students registered in degree programs are eligible to apply for full- or part-time short term employment.
The University appreciates the interest of all applicants, however, only those under consideration will be contacted.


Dr. Nicola Koper
Associate Professor
Associate Head
Natural Resources Institute
University of Manitoba
317 Sinnott Building
70 Dysart Rd.
Winnipeg, MB
R3T 2M6
tel: 204-474-8768
fax: 204-261-0038

Andrew Horn
Adjunct Research Associate
Department of Biology,
Life Science Centre,
Dalhousie University,
1355 Oxford Street,
PO BOX 15000,
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada B3H 4R2
Phone (902) 494-2158
Fax (902) 494-3736

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