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Birds Canada – Atlantic Region


Are you looking to channel your skills into meaningful, energizing work that will directly contribute to protecting our natural world? Birds Canada is the country’s only national organization dedicated to bird conservation. Every day, our thousands of caring donors, 60+ passionate staff, and 70,000+ outstanding volunteers are taking action to help us better understand, appreciate, and conserve birds and their habitats. Together, we are Canada’s voice for birds – will you join us?

The Conservation Data Analyst will assist in the delivery of Birds Canada’s Nova Scotia Piping Plover Conservation Program by providing analyses, and data and mapping products that support project planning, reporting and publications. The candidate should possess a Master’s degree in environmental sciences (geography, natural resources, biology, ecology, or related) and/or technical and analytical skills related to wildlife data analysis (statistical and data modelling) and working knowledge of R. Practical experience with ArcGIS or other GIS software would be considered an asset.



The Conservation Data Analyst will play a lead role in developing a model to support Piping Plover conservation in Nova Scotia. The goal of the model is to identify key characteristics that impact Piping Plover abundance and habitat selection over time. Tasks include:

  • Work with Birds Canada and other project partners to define key objectives and data sources
  • Research other models and methodology
  • Identifying and gathering relevant data from a wide variety of sources (eg. Land use cover, beach size and width, index of human use, protection status, stewardship indicators, etc.)
  • Build and run the model
  • Provide regular updates to project partners
  • Interpret results to inform future conservation strategies



  • A MSc. in biology, ecology, wildlife conservation, program management, or related field.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with R.
  • Technical and analytical skills related to wildlife data analysis (statistical and data modelling).
  • Exceptional research skills and knowledge of potential data sources.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to communicate ideas and methodology to individuals of diverse backgrounds.
  • Practical experience with ArcGIS or other GIS software is an asset.
  • Fluency with Microsoft Office suite of programs.

The position is remote from any Birds Canada office. The chosen candidate will work from home and/or be responsible for providing their own workspace.  This position reports to the Nova Scotia Program Coordinator (Laura Bartlett).



Contract is anticipated to pay between $900 – 1,000 per week, depending on time, qualifications, and experience



  • A well annotated R code for the model and accompanying datasets that can be archived for future use
  • A short report (2-5 pages) interpreting the results of the model with relevant maps and/or figures and references used for model development.

Applicants should send CV, cover letter, and 2 references to Laura Bartlett (lbartlett @ by December 31, 2021.  The position is available immediately and will be filled as soon as possible with deliverables to be completed no later than March 15, 2022. Only those candidates who qualify for an interview will be contacted.

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.

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