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British Columbia Important Bird Areas Intern


Temporary Full Time Contract Position

Birds Canada in BC is hiring an Important Bird Areas Intern, beginning in June 2021.


Position Concept

The Important Bird Areas Intern will carry out tasks in relation to the transition of the Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) Program to the Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) Program as well as supporting the network of volunteer Caretakers. This will be a predominantly remote position, so a computer, internet access, and home office set-up is required.



The IBA program is a science-based initiative to identify, conserve, and monitor a network of sites that provide essential habitat for Canada’s bird populations. These sites are designated based on their containing a standard, statistically significant portion of a species’ population during a given time of year, in the hopes that that designation can help to guide land use to prevent harm to the species population. In BC the program is overseen through a partnership between Birds Canada and BC Nature. It includes 83 IBAs which span the province, as well as over 50 volunteer Caretakers who undertake monitoring, outreach and stewardship at the sites.

Recently a collection of prominent international conservation organizations have come together to expand the program under the umbrella of Key Biodiversity Areas. This entails applying similar standards used by the IBA Program to all taxa in an effort to create a dataset which will allow users to comprehensively understand the areas of our planet most critical to the preservation of biodiversity. As part of this, the BC IBA Program is evaluating all 83 IBAs for inclusion as KBAs, searching for additional data, and identifying sites in need of additional surveys.



Candidates should be in the process of completing, or have already completed, a Bachelor’s Degree related to conservation science and either have studied directly or have a deep knowledge of wild bird populations in B.C.


Qualifications and Skills

  1. Proficient in Google Suite applications
  2. Good communication skills (written and verbal)
  3. The ability to self-motivate, as well as work in a team environment
  4. Background in biology, ecology, environmental studies, or GIS
  5. Some volunteer and public outreach experience


Additional Qualifications and Skills

  1. Basic GIS skills
  2. Graphic design
  3. Experience working with First Nations
  4. Experience in project planning and execution
  5. Grant writing
  6. Familiarity with citizen science platforms such as eBird and iNaturalist


Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Collection, organization, and entry of bird data to help evaluate IBAs for KBA status in BC
  2. Remotely support volunteer IBA Caretakers in activities such as outreach, bird surveys, and stewardship projects (optional in-person if desired)


Additional Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Assist in creation of a webinar educating people about KBAs
  2. Developing social media content for IBAs in BC
  3. Attend regular IBA Steering Committee meetings
  4. Provide support for First Nations collaboration
  5. Assist in the writing of grant applications
  6. Assist in bird surveys of IBAs (optional, COVID dependent)


Salary: $17.50/hour (40 hours/week) plus statutory benefits.


Note: We welcome applications from all candidates with the required qualifications and skills to apply to the position. However, please note that preference may be given to those who meet Canada Summer Jobs’ eligibility criteria. Additionally, in accordance with Section 42 of the BC Human Rights code, preference may be given to candidates who self-identify as Indigenous or a member of a visible minority. Candidates from these groups who wish to qualify for preferential consideration must self-identify, but are not required to.


Application Deadline: May 16, 2021 (11:59pm)


Anticipated Start Date: June 1, 2021

Position is for 8 weeks, and candidates might be required to work some (not many) irregular hours.


To Apply:

Send a short, one-page cover letter, resume, and two reference contacts in a single PDF document to both the Birds Canada BC Director David Bradley (bcprograms AT and the IBA Provincial Coordinator Liam Ragan (liamragan AT In your cover letter and resume, please highlight your qualifications and skills. In addition, please indicate that you meet the Canada Summer Jobs’ eligibility criteria in your cover letter. Birds Canada adheres to all provincial and regional COVID-19 guidelines, which may affect the duties and responsibilities of this position. While Birds Canada welcomes all applications, only those applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

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