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Birds Canada – Ontario

Long Point Bird Observatory Program Coordinator


Location: Long Point, Ontario, Canada.

Job Type: 9 month contract position, with the possibility of extension to 12 months.

Application Deadline: February 28, 2022

Job Description:

Birds Canada is seeking a highly motivated and skilled person to assist in the planning, coordination, and implementation of the programs and day-to-day operation of the Long Point Bird Observatory. Programs 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 Coordinator will assist with facilitating and conducting 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, conducting boat trips on Lake Erie and Long Point Bay to reach remote field sites, vegetation trimming and lawn care, as well as frequent carpentry, plumbing, painting and other manual labour tasks as the need arises.

The suitable candidate will have the following qualities:

  • Highly experienced birder – able to ID all species of birds expected at LPBO by sight and sound, and have deep knowledge of migration ecology and conservation
  • Previous experience counting and estimating large numbers of migrants, and conducting standardized counts
  • Previous banding experience – 5000 birds banded of 100 species
  • Previous bander training experience
  • North American Banding Council Bander or Trainer certification or ability to obtain a certification with little additional 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 exceptional field experience)
  • Strong leadership and mentoring skills
  • Highly organized and able to coordinate numerous concurrent field projects
  • Exceptional communication skills and willingness to provide detailed daily updates to supervisors
  • Demonstrates initiative and is highly self-motivated
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and an affinity for living in a communal setting
  • Canoe, motorboat, 4×4 truck, and ATV driving experience
  • GPS, compass and map experience
  • Full 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 $3500-4000 CDN (plus health and dental benefits) depending on qualifications and experience. Anticipated start in late March. 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 @

Visit our web site at 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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