ABMI Environmental Sensor Technician Contract Work

Posted Date: May 20, 2021
Application Deadline: Jun 30, 2021

Status: Open

When: July 1, 2021 - March 31, 2022
Where: Work may be conducted remotely with a stable, high-speed internet connection
Work Schedule: Minimum 5 hours/week – maximum 20 hours/week
Contract Amount: Maximum amount for the entire term is $28,800 CAD

  • Acoustic transcription: $28.60 / hour

  • Image tagging: $18.00 / hour for image tagging; $21.00 / hour for species verification

Who can Apply: Open to those already eligible to work in Canada (citizens, permanent residents, and those with existing work permits)

Application Opening: May 21, 2021
Application Deadline: June 7, 2021

Application Process: Successful candidates must pass an online examination process in order to be considered for one of the contracts. The exam will assess the candidate’s ability to identify birds, amphibians, mammals by sound and spectrogram and positive tagging of various taxa through ABMI image tagging protocols. It will also assess attention to detail with data entry, verbal and written communication. 

Duties: Technicians will be working on transcribing raw audio and image data into species detections using WildTrax (www.wildtrax.ca). Transcription and tagging will occur using standardized protocols developed by the ABMI and the Bioacoustic Unit. Work will be on a contractual basis when data is available. Minimum work commitment is required to be 5 hours/week for the duration of the term. Maximum workload will be 20 hours/week for acoustic transcription and 20 hours/week for image tagging (total = 40 hours/week) July 1, 2021 - March 31, 2022. Alternative start dates and contract periods may be considered.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in identifying Canadian bird, amphibian and mammal species by sound; experience can be through point counts or through audio data transcription experience; and/or

  • Minimum of 1 year experience in identifying Canadian taxa on remote game cameras

  • Reliable, able to commit to long-term part-time work, have a flexible schedule and can meet deadlines

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae and three references to agmacpha@ualberta.ca by June 7, 2021. Only candidates who meet the essential qualifications will be contacted. 

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