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2022 Spring-Summer Employment Opportunity with Birds Canada

Atlantic Region Aerial Insectivore Technicians

Birds Canada is hiring experienced, highly-motivated, and personable field staff to assist with the Aerial Insectivore Conservation Program in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia ($15-$16/hr; 10-15 wks starting early May). The work will involve travel throughout NB and NS to communities that host significant nesting and roosting sites for Chimney Swift, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, and Cliff Swallow.

Aerial Insectivore Technicians will report daily to the Atlantic Aerial Insectivore Program Coordinator and/or the Bank Swallow Conservation Coordinator and will assist with all aspects of the programs. Responsibilities will include but are not limited to: nest and roost surveys, colony 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. Technicians must be enthusiastic about respectfully engaging with the public. Technicians must be capable of carrying equipment and walking long distances. Technicians must be comfortable spending long days outdoors in remote, rural, and urban areas. Please note that some preference may be given to those who meet Canada Summer Jobs’ eligibility criteria*.

Under the supervision of the Aerial Insectivore Conservation Coordinator, the technicians will:

  • Survey for Chimney Swift, Bank Swallow, Barn 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 field 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.


Position Requirements:

  • B.Sc. – completed or currently enrolled in biology, ecology, or an equivalent wildlife-related program
  • Experience working with species at risk or landbirds; experience or good knowledge of Chimney Swift, Bank Swallow, and Barn 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 and outreach with diverse audiences
  • Able to work in a team environment and independently with little supervision
  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a personal vehicle (mileage to field sites will be reimbursed at $0.45/km)
  • Standard First Aid (current certification or obtained by start date)


Please note that fieldwork and in-person activities may be impacted by Covid-19 restrictions. Additionally, all staff entering Birds Canada workplaces (including field camps) are required to have proof of vaccination. When not in the field, the chosen candidate will work from home and will be responsible for providing their own workspace.


To apply:

Applicants should send CV demonstrating how you meet the position requirements, cover letter, and 2 references in a single PDF to Graham Sorenson (marswifts @  Only those candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted.  Candidates will be recruited as soon as possible but the job posting officially closes on March 13, 2022.

Birds Canada is committed to improving levels of diversity among its volunteers, membership, staff, and board to reflect the diversity of Canada. In an effort to do so, we are actively tracking and seeking to improve our ability to reach all candidates with our job advertisements. Applicants belonging to racialized groups; who identify as Indigenous, LGBTQ+; or who have differing abilities are therefore invited to self-identify in their cover letter.


*To be eligible for Canada’s Summer Jobs and similar funding programs, applicants 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.
A graphic for Long Point Bird Observatory. The image depicts many birds in flight in front of a lighthouse and a clear blue sky. The graphic features birds iconic to the region, including Sandhill Crane, Redhead, Prothonotary Warbler, Bank Swallow, Tree Swallow, and American Robin
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