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Birds Canada is hiring an experienced, highly-motivated, and personable field technician to assist with the Aerial Insectivore Conservation Program. The work will take place throughout Nova Scotia with travel to communities that host significant nesting and roosting sites for Chimney Swift, Barn Swallow, Bank Swallow and Cliff Swallow.


The Aerial Insectivore Technician will report daily to the Atlantic Aerial Insectivore Program Coordinator; and will assist with all aspects of the program. Responsibilities will include but are not limited to; nest and roost surveys, nest monitoring, data collection and entry, implementing recovery activities, public outreach and education in urban, industrial and agricultural settings and at special events, volunteer coordination, event coordination, and public speaking. Technician must be enthusiastic about respectfully engaging the public. Technician must be capable of carrying heavy equipment and walking long distances. Technician must be comfortable spending long days outdoors in rural and urban areas. *Due to provincial travel restrictions, applicants must reside within NS. *


Most candidates will be in the process of, or have already completed, a B.Sc. in biology or ecology or an equivalent wildlife-related program.


  • Experience working with species at risk or landbirds; experience or good knowledge of Chimney Swift, Barn Swallow, and Bank Swallow (life history and threats)
  • Experience conducting bird or wildlife surveys, implementing recovery activities
  • Experience collaborating with and coordinating volunteers and partners
  • Experience collecting, managing, and analyzing scientific data
  • Stewardship or outreach experience, particularly pertaining to species at risk or environmental issues
  • Event-planning outreach with diverse audiences
  • Able to work in a team environment as well as independently with little supervision
  • Strong communication skills and organizational skills
  • Valid driver’s license
  • First Aid Certification or able to obtain certification prior to start date
  • Fluent in English and French


  • Survey for Chimney Swift, Barn Swallow, Bank Swallow, Cliff Swallow, and Tree Swallow; nest monitoring, and implement recovery activities
  • Conduct stewardship and outreach with urban and agricultural land owners/managers, and participate in the planning and implementation of additional outreach efforts; special events, presentations, etc.
  • Coordinate with supervisor to plan day-to-day activities
  • Help create and maintain good relationships with land owners/managers, volunteers, and other stakeholders
  • Other tasks as needed; data entry, questionnaires with land owners/managers, social media content creation, etc.


$2,500 – $2,800 (CDN) per month based on experience; plus food, rustic accommodation, and transport while in the field. 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.

To be eligible for Canada’s Summer Jobs, youth must:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment*; and,
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: until position is filled

START DATE: May 3, 2021 (flexible)

Position is for 12 weeks. Candidates will be required to work some weekends and irregular hours.

TO APPLY: send a short, one-page cover letter, resume and two reference contacts in a single document to Allison Manthorne at marswifts AT In your cover letter and resume, highlight your qualifications, skills, and relevant experience. 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 Birds Canada welcomes all applications, only those applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted. Birds Canada will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection, and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.

Cliff Swallow in flight
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Cliff Swallow Photo: Yousif Attia
Cliff Swallow in flight
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