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Program Coordinator, Maritimes Marsh Monitoring

Bird Studies Canada is hiring a highly-motivated, personable, and experienced individual to lead Maritimes Marsh Monitoring and Nocturnal Owl programs in the Atlantic Region.


The Maritimes Marsh Monitoring Coordinator is responsible for development and implementation of the Maritimes Marsh Monitoring Program (MMMP), which aims to understand the conservation status of wetland-associated birds through monitoring, research, stewardship, and outreach. This position will also include responsibilities for coordination, development, and supervision of the Atlantic Nocturnal Owl Survey (NOS). The Coordinator reports to the Atlantic Program Manager and works closely with Eastern Habitat Joint Venture partners. The position is based out of the Sackville, New Brunswick office.


The Coordinator should have a M.Sc, or a B.Sc. with significant relevant experience, and demonstrate knowledge of Atlantic wetland and forest birds and monitoring techniques, project design, complex data analysis, stewardship and stakeholder engagement.


The position requires a high level of motivation, and excellent communication and inter-personal skills. The Coordinator will require a solid understanding of bird survey techniques (protocols, spatial sampling methods, use of automated recording devices) combined with demonstrated experience designing, coordinating and leading field programs. The Coordinator should also have a strong knowledge of wetland birds, including the ability to identify them by sight and sounds, and their habitats. This position requires advanced technical and analytical skills related to mapping and data analyses, including experience with statistical modeling, landscape/habitat analyses, acoustic recording analyses, and a working knowledge of associated software (eg., R, ArcMap; RAVEN, SONGSCOPE, Kaliedoscope). Strong communication and organizational skills, familiarly with a variety of computer applications (MS Access, MS Word, MS Publisher, MS Excel), and community outreach experience are essential qualifications. The Coordinator must also be able communicate effectively with project partners, funders, staff and volunteers. The individual should have first aid certification, preferably Wilderness First Aid, and have a valid driver’s license. Bilingualism (French, English), and practical experience with GIS software and mapping are strong assets.


The Coordinator’s primary role will be to manage, develop, and implement an established monitoring program for secretive wetland birds in the Atlantic provinces; as well as to encourage volunteer participation in wetland monitoring. The coordinator will also be responsible for implementing the Atlantic Nocturnal Owl Survey, and other tasks as required by the Atlantic Program Manager. Tasks include:

(Maritimes Marsh Monitoring):

  • Work with Atlantic Program Manager, BSC staff, and a variety of partners (eg. provincial government, EHJV partners, other NGOs) to develop and deliver the MMMP.
  • Coordinate standardized protocol, sampling design and strategy for monitoring secretive wetland birds in Atlantic Canada.
  • Hire, train, and supervise seasonal project staff, including day-to-day field activities.
  • Oversee logistics for all field activities, including coordinating wetland surveys (both people- and songmeter-based surveys) and acquiring and maintaining all necessary field equipment.
  • Oversee all data entry, proofing, database management.
  • Conduct data analyses (e.g., occupancy modeling, species-habitat associations), mapping, and write project reports.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations on MMP and other BSC programs, for education/awareness and for recruitment of citizen scientists.
  • Promote wetland bird conservation and the MMMP through BSC website, social media, media releases, and presentations to naturalist clubs and other groups
  • Work with the Atlantic Program Manager and BSC’s financial controller to develop and maintain funding for the program, manage the program budget and monitor income and expenses.
  • Represent BSC at regional and national meetings related to MMP.

(Atlantic Nocturnal Owl Survey):

  • Recruit and manage volunteers for the NOS, including updating and overseeing the distribution of survey materials (newsletter, survey protocols, playbacks) for program participants.
  • Assist citizen scientists with owl route selection and coordinating field activities to ensure route coverage in NB, NS, and PEI.
  • Respond to volunteer inquiries in a timely fashion .
  • Oversee data entry, database management (both field data and volunteer database), data analysis, and write reports and annual newsletter.
  • Promote owl conservation, the program, and citizen science opportunities through media and other presentations to naturalist clubs, community groups and/or schools.
  • Scope possibilities of expanding NOS to Newfoundland, engaging volunteers and improving support for NL naturalist/birding community to become NOS volunteers.


The Coordinator manages the activities of up to 4 field technicians, and up to 250 volunteers. Supervisory tasks will include guidance on field protocols, entering and submitting data, and safety considerations.


This position requires daily travel throughout the field season (May through July). Fieldwork frequently also requires overnight stays (including camping). During the field season, the Coordinator will be regularly required to work long days (e.g., 10 to 12 hours) and several weekends, in order to maintain survey protocols within sampling timeframes. 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.


The position is based out of BSC’s Atlantic office in Sackville, New Brunswick.


This is a Level 3 position, and offered as a full-time, 10-month 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 AST, February 23, 2018.

INTERVIEWS: Held Feb 26 – 28, 2018.


TO APPLY: send a one-page cover letter, resume and two reference contacts in a single document to Laura Tranquilla – 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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