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Birds Canada – Ontario

Long Point Bird Observatory Migration Internship

Website: www.birdscanada.org/lpbo

Location: Long Point, Ontario, Canada.

Job Type: 9 month contract position.

Application Deadline: February 28, 2022

Job Description:

Birds Canada is seeking a highly motivated and skilled early-career person to assist in the implementation of programs and day-to-day operation of the Long Point Bird Observatory. This position will give the successful candidate the opportunity to build a solid foundation of field skills and ornithological knowledge. Programs the Intern will participate in will include:

  • Migration Monitoring Program (April 1-June 15 & August 15-November 15)
  • Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas surveys (April-June)
  • Great Lakes Marsh Monitoring Program (April-June)
  • Ontario Shorebird Survey (April-November)
  • Herptile species at risk surveys (April-November)
  • Tree Swallow Project (May-June)
  • Young Ornithologists’ Workshop (August 1-14) and Internship (August 1-30)
  • Latin American Training Program (August 15-November 15)

In addition to the above programs, the Intern will assist LPBO staff with facilitating collaborative research projects, and the operation and maintenance of three research stations. Operations and maintenance duties include maintaining facilities and equipment in clean and working order, vegetation trimming and lawn care, as well as occasional carpentry, plumbing, painting and other manual labour tasks under supervision, as the need arises.

The suitable candidate will have the following qualities:

  • Avid birder – able to ID most species of birds expected at LPBO by sight and sound
  • Some previous experience counting and estimating large numbers of birds
  • Some previous banding experience
  • Previous experience working or volunteering at a migration monitoring station, or similar research/field station
  • Comfortable with public speaking and guiding
  • Sc. in biology or a related diploma program (can be in progress)
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Highly organized
  • Exceptional communication skills and willingness to provide detailed daily updates to supervisors
  • Demonstrates initiative and is self-motivated
  • Good interpersonal skills and an affinity for living in a communal setting
  • Canoe, ATV driving experience and first aid training all assets
  • GPS, compass and map experience
  • Driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Basic maintenance and construction skills
  • Willingness to work and live at remote field stations for weeks at a time (minimal cell phone coverage at times, outhouses, bag showers, bugs, and wild weather
  • Loves working outdoors

The starting monthly wage will be $3000-3500 CDN (plus health and dental benefits) depending on qualifications and experience. Anticipated start April 1, 2022. Costs of field food, accommodation, and travel are provided during the field season.

Birds Canada requires all employees in the workplace (field and office) to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide documentation for verification. 

Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

 

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 postings. 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 apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume (including names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of two references) to:

Mark Conboy

Program Manager

Long Point Bird Observatory

Birds Canada | Oiseaux Canada

PO Box 160, 115 Front Rd. Port Rowan, Ontario, N0E 1M0.

Mobile: (519) 429-0540

Email: lpbo @ birdscanada.org.

Visit our web site at www.birdscanada.org/lpbo to learn more about LPBO and Birds Canada. Closing date for competition: 28 February 2022. Only eligible candidates will be contacted.

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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