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Long Point Bird Observatory Program Coordinator

Bird Studies Canada


Location: Long Point, Ontario, Canada.

Job Type: Full-time position.

Application Deadline: June 30, 2018


Job Description:

Bird Studies Canada is seeking a highly motivated and skilled person to coordinate the programs and day to day operation of the Long Point Bird Observatory. This includes the Migration Monitoring Program, Young Ornithologists’ Workshop/Internship, Tree Swallow Project, Breeding Bird Census Project, Latin American Training Program, facilitating and conducting collaborative research projects, and the operation and maintenance of three research stations and associated equipment.  This is a permanent position.

The position is well suited for someone who is an excellent birder and naturalist and loves working outdoors and coordinating and doing fieldwork, enjoys excellent physical health, is very well organized, demonstrates initiative, and has an exceptional work ethic and interpersonal skills. The starting monthly wage will be $3000-3500 CDN (plus health and dental benefits) depending on qualifications and experience. Costs of field food, accommodation, and travel are provided.

Bird Studies Canada welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities.  Accomodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

We are looking for applicants with the following qualifications and skills:

  • Excellent bird identification skills by sight and sound.
  • Knowledge and enjoyment of all other aspects of natural history.
  • Excellent working knowledge of migration for all taxa, specifically landbirds, stopover ecology and conservation, bird monitoring techniques (censusing, counting and estimating, banding), and following standardized field protocols.
  • Previous banding (at least 5000 birds banded of ~100 species) and bander training experience with a strong emphasis on passerines is required. Experience working or volunteering at a migration monitoring station, or similar research/field station.
  • Certification as a Bander or Trainer by the North American Banding Council is highly desirable.
  • Comfortable with public speaking and guiding.
  • A BSc. in biology (or exceptional field experience).
  • Strong leadership and mentoring skills needed to oversee a large cadre of volunteers and seasonal field staff and take charge of a major research and monitoring operation.
  • Canoe, motorboat, and 4×4 experience, driver’s license, basic handy-person skills and an excellent working knowledge of windows-based computer programs.
  • Analytic and writing skills are also highly desirable.

To apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume (including names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of 3 references) to: Stuart Mackenzie, Migration Program Manager, Bird Studies Canada – Long Point Bird Observatory. 519-586-3531(x 162); Fax: 519-586-3532; Email: Visit our web site at to learn more about LPBO and BSC. Closing date for competition: 30 June 2018. Only eligible candidates will be contacted.


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