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Birds Canada – British Columbia

Motus Wildlife Tracking System – British Columbia Migration Technician

Birds Canada is looking for 1 motivated individual to assist with the expansion and maintenance of the Motus Wildlife Tracking System ( in British Columbia for 16 weeks beginning in early May 2022. Primary responsibilities will include constructing, installing, and repairing Motus stations in northeastern BC and liaising with landowners and communities in May and June. Secondary responsibilities may include data entry and management, assisting with local research projects (capturing birds and attaching radio-transmitters), and analyzing data. Field conditions will be rugged and physically demanding, may be remote, and work hours in the field can include early mornings, evenings, and weekends. Applicants should be organized and detail-oriented, motivated to learn, and willing to interact with collaborators, landowners, and the public in a respectful manner. Travel and accommodation will be provided during fieldwork in northeastern BC.

Under the supervision of the British Columbia Motus Coordinator, the technician will:

  • Assist with the design, planning and logistics of installing Motus stations in British Columbia
  • Assist with the construction and installation of Motus stations in British Columbia, especially northeastern BC
  • Enter and proof data in the Motus database
  • Other tasks as needed; e.g. assisting with tagging birds if the opportunity arises


Essential qualifications:

  • Interest in wildlife conservation, especially birds and bats
  • Able to work independently and with little supervision
  • Able to lift heavy objects
  • Comfortable working with metal hardware
  • Comfortable using power tools and non-power tools
  • Comfortable working in a team environment
  • Comfortable working early mornings and evenings, and working in inclement weather
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills
  • Willing to travel within British Columbia
  • Valid Canadian driver’s license
  • Standard First Aid (if the successful candidate does not yet have first aid certification, they must obtain certification and Birds Canada will reimburse the cost)


Asset qualifications:

  • Experience with radio telemetry
  • Experience with data entry
  • Experience in construction
  • Experience driving a 4×4 vehicle on Forest Service Roads
  • Experience working in remote areas



~$3,000/month, plus food, accommodation (may include tent camping) and transport while in the field.

Covid-19 policy:

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 their home, which can be anywhere in British Columbia.

To apply:

Applicants should send a resume demonstrating how they meet the position requirements, cover letter, and 2 references in a single PDF to Amie MacDonald ( Candidates will be recruited as soon as possible but the job posting officially closes on April 4, 2022. Please note that some preference may be given to those who meet Canada Summer Jobs’ eligibility criteria*. Please indicate whether you meet Canada Summer Jobs’ eligibility criteria in your cover letter.

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.

Applicants with accommodation requests or questions are encouraged to contact Pamela Poole (ppoole @ Applicants with questions about the position are encouraged to contact Amie MacDonald (

*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.

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