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Forest Birds at Risk Field Technicians (4) – Ontario

Bird Studies Canada (BSC) is hiring experienced, highly-motivated, and personable field staff to survey for forest birds at risk beginning in May 2018. BSC will be hiring a minimum of two, 2-person field teams, to conduct surveys in southwestern Ontario (Norfolk and Elgin counties) and/or in the Frontenac Arch (based out of Queen’s University Biological Station).  Positions will run from May 1 to July 31 and from May 22 to July 20, respectively.


The Field Technicians for the Forest Birds at Risk Program (“Technicians” hereafter) will survey for several forest birds at risk, specifically Cerulean Warbler, Acadian Flycatcher, Louisiana Waterthrush, and Prothonotary Warbler.  Technicians will conduct point counts and/or site surveys, habitat surveys and threat surveys, on a daily basis.  Technicians will be responsible for planning day to day activities and ensuring that a core set of sites are surveyed.  In addition, technicians will be directly involved with landowners, including seeking permission to conduct surveys on their properties, and may be involved in some outreach work (e.g., hosting a booth at a local community event).  Finally, the position will involve some data entry.


Most candidates will be in the process of completing, or have already completed, a B. Sc.


  • Solid knowledge of Ontario forest birds including the ability to identify birds by sight and sound (e.g., must have experience identifying birds outside of coursework)
  • Experience conducting point counts and/or surveying birds using other sampling techniques
  • Experience working in the field
  • Organized with a high attention for detail
  • Able to take clear and detailed notes
  • Able to use GPS
  • Personable with good communication skills
  • Able to work in a team environment as well as independently
  • Valid driver’s license
  • First Aid Certification or able to obtain certification prior to start date
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft programs excel and word


  • Surveys for forest birds at risk, vegetation, and threats
  • Coordinate with supervisor and/or field crew leader to plan day-to-day activities
  • Help create and maintain good relationships with landowners and other stakeholders
  • Data organization and entry

SALARY: $2,700 – $3,000 (CDN) per month, plus legal benefits and accommodation (bunkhouse or tent-camping).

We encourage all candidates with the required qualifications and skills to apply to the position(s).  However, note that some preference may be given to those who meet Canada Summer Jobs’ eligibility criteria.


APPLICATION DEADLINE: 11:59 pm EST, February 15, 2018.

 INTERVIEWS:  Held between February 21 and 27, 2018

START DATE:  May 1 (Norfolk and Elgin county positions) and May 22 (Frontenac)

TO APPLY: send a short, one-page cover letter, resume and two reference contacts in a single document to  In your cover letter and resume, please highlight qualifications and skills.   Applications that fail to demonstrate required qualifications and skills will not be considered.  In addition, please indicate if you meet the Canada Summer Jobs’ eligibility criteria in your cover letter. While Bird Studies Canada welcomes all applications, only those applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted.



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