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Program Coordinator, Forest Birds at Risk

Bird Studies Canada is hiring a highly-motivated, personable, and experienced individual to lead the Ontario Forest Birds at Risk Program.

The Forest Birds at Risk Program Coordinator (“Coordinator” hereafter) primary role is to develop, manage and deliver the Ontario region’s forest birds at risk program, the goal of which is to improve the conservation status of several “at risk” forest birds through stewardship, outreach, monitoring and research efforts. Currently, the Forest Birds at Risk Program focuses on two key projects (details below) but there may be opportunities to strategically expand the program’s scope to additional habitats and species in the future. The Coordinator reports to the Ontario Program Manager and the position is based out of the Port Rowan office.

The Coordinator’s primary role will be to manage, develop and implement a conservation program for forest birds at risk in Ontario. This will including leading two key projects for forest birds at risk: the southern Ontario Forest Birds at Risk Project (focuses on conserving Acadian Flycatcher, Cerulean Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush and Prothonotary Warbler and their habitats) as well as the Cerulean Warbler Conservation project (focuses on conserving the species primary stronghold, the Frontenac Arch).

Specifically, the Coordinator will:
1. Build and maintain strong working relationships with a variety of partners (e.g., government wildlife agencies, land trusts) and stakeholders (e.g., private woodlot owners) to address threats and advance conservation efforts for forest birds at risk.
2. Work with Ontario Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas Coordinator to engage caretakers, local community members and other stakeholders at the Frontenac Forests IBA.
3. Coordinate standardized threat, occupancy and abundance surveys for forest birds at risk at various locations across Ontario.
4. Help develop and maintain mechanisms to evaluate the impact of stewardship and outreach efforts and ensure that these outcomes are measurable and tracked.
5. Oversee all data entry and proofing and help maintain the Forest Birds at Risk database.
6. Conduct data and mapping analyses and write project reports.
7. Identify and lead additional (i.e., other than Frontenac region) targeted outreach and education opportunities for stakeholders.
8. Develop and implement research projects to fill key knowledge gaps related to forest birds at risk management and conservation.
9. Fundraise for the ongoing maintenance and development of the program and projects.
10. Hire, train and manage seasonal project staff, including coordinating day-to-day activities while in the field.
11. Promote the forest birds at risk conservation and program through BSC website and social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), as well as through broader media releases, and through presentations to naturalist clubs and other groups.
12. Represent BSC and the Program at regional, national and international recovery meetings.
13. Other duties as assigned.

The Coordinator should have a Bachelor’s of Science, or of Environmental Studies and Development, or of a comparable field, plus demonstrated knowledge of Ontario forest birds and monitoring techniques, project design and data analysis, stewardship and stakeholder engagement.

The position requires a high amount of motivation and initiative, and the chosen candidate must be a self-starter and a problem solver. Exceptional inter-personal skills are a must. Excellent communication skills and the ability to communicate ideas and protocols to individuals of diverse backgrounds and viewpoints is required. The Coordinator should have experience working with species at risk and stewardship programs. A solid knowledge of forest birds, including the ability to identify them by sight and sound, is a must, as is experience leading field teams conducting research and monitoring projects for migratory birds. The individual should have first aid certification and be familiar with field-based safety considerations and protocols. Experience working with various stakeholders to achieve conservation goals is important. Fundraising and budget management experience are also highly desirable. The individual should be competent with multiple Microsoft programs as well as R and ArcGIS and have experience analysing and summarising data.

The Coordinator manages 1 to 3 seasonal staff.

This position requires daily travel throughout the field season (May through July). Depending on the field work being conducted, it may also require overnight stays (e.g., if conducting surveys in the Frontenac Arch). During the field season, the Coordinator will be regularly required to work long days (e.g., 10 to 12 hours) and several weekends. Throughout the rest of the year, occasional (up to 10) daytime, as well as overnight, travel will be required, to meet with partners, volunteers and other stakeholders, as well as to give presentations and participate in other outreach opportunities.

SALARY AND OTHER IMPORTANT DETAILS: $3,600 – $3,900 (CDN) per month, plus legal and medical benefits. The position is a full-time, one-year contract, renewable based on performance and funding.

Note some preference may be given to those who meet EcoCanada’s eligibility criteria:
• 30 years of age or younger
• Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or have refugee status
• Educated with a minimum 2-year diploma

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 11:59 pm EST, February 28, 2018.

INTERVIEWS: Held March 5 – 12, 2018.


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


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