Career and Student Opportunities 2018-01-09T14:52:39+00:00

Careers & Student Opportunities

Drone Research Technicians

Delta Waterfowl Foundation is seeking two technicians to assist with ongoing waterfowl and pheasant drone research projects in the Prairie Pothole Region of the US and Canada. This pioneering research is using thermal drone technology to nest search and survey upland and overwater nesting birds. Traditional nest searching methods will also be utilized on both projects. Technicians will be trained and act as a visual observer for the drone pilot, assist in upland or overwater nest searching, ground nest verifications, record nest and weather measurements. Overwater research work will also include assisting in pair counts and brood surveys. Selected applicants will also assist in data entry, general vehicle maintenance, and other duties.

Location: Research will occur near Minnedosa, Manitoba and Egeland, North Dakota. MB work will focus on overwater nesting waterfowl and ND work will focus on upland nesting waterfowl and ring-necked pheasants.

Start and End Date:
Minnedosa, MB: 15th April – 4th of August, start and end dates somewhat flexible
Egeland, ND: Approximately a 2-month position for the months of May and June.

Desired Experience and Skills:
• Ability to drive a 4WD truck with trailer
• ATV operating experience
• Experience using a GPS

Application Process:
Application deadline is February 15th, 2018. Please email cover letter, CV and 3 professional references to Jacob Bushaw at with “Delta Waterfowl Drone Technician” in the subject line.

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2018 Waterfowl Technician

Location: Minnedosa, Manitoba, Canada
Closing Date: February 15, 2018
Start Date: April 20 – May 1
End Date: Early August

Technicians are needed to assist a project investigating the breeding ecology of Canvasbacks, as well as other nesting ducks in response to predator reduction in Southwestern Manitoba. Field work will involve conducting breeding pair surveys, extensive nest searching for both upland and over-water duck nests, and brood surveys to estimate local productivity. Work days often start around 6:00am with the majority of duties being completed by early afternoon however, it is not uncommon for additional tasks to arise requiring further attention. During the nest searching period (~6-8 weeks), work days are comprised of long hours with very few days off. Over-water nest searching is laborious and applicants should be in good physical condition with a strong work ethic. This work will be conducted alongside a project utilizing a UAV to estimate potential biases associated with traditional nest searching and survey protocol.

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The Dave Ankney & Sandi Johnson Waterfowl and Wetlands Graduate Research Scholarship

The Dave Ankney & Sandi Johnson Graduate Research Scholarship was established in 2013. Two scholarships are awarded annually to graduate students working on waterfowl/wetland issues in North America, one to a MSc candidate and one to a PhD candidate. Click Here to learn more.