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Ontario Piping Plover Technician

Bird Studies Canada (BSC) is hiring an experienced, highly-motivated, and personable field staff to assist with the Ontario Piping Plover Program. The majority of work will take place in Grey, Bruce and Simcoe Counties, with regular travel to all Piping Plover sites in Southern Ontario.



The Piping Plover Technician will report daily to the Piping Plover Coordinator; and will assist with all aspects of the program. Responsibilities will include but are not limited to; beach surveys, nest monitoring, data collection and entry, implementing recovery activities, public outreach and education on beaches and at special events, volunteer coordination, and public speaking. Technician must be capable of carrying equipment on sand, and walking long distances on sand beaches. Technician must be comfortable engaging the public.



Most candidates will be in the process of or have already completed, a B.Sc. in biology or ecology or an equivalent wildlife-related program.



  • Experience working with Species at Risk or shorebirds; experience or good knowledge of Piping Plovers is an asset
  • Experience conducting bird or wildlife surveys, implementing recovery activities
  • Experience collaborating with and coordinating volunteers and partners
  • Collecting, managing, and analyzing scientific data
  • Stewardship or outreach experience, particularly pertaining to species at risk or environmental issues, and/or outreach with diverse audiences
  • Able to work in a team environment as well as independently with little supervision
  • Valid driver’s license
  • First Aid Certification or able to obtain certification prior to start date


  • Surveys for Piping Plovers, nest monitoring, and implementing recovery activities
  • Conduct stewardship and outreach with beach goers, and participate in the planning and implementation of additional outreach efforts; special events, presentations, etc.
  • Coordinate with supervisor to plan day-to-day activities
  • Help create and maintain good relationships with beach goers, residents and other stakeholders
  • Other tasks as needed; data entry, questionnaires with beach goers, etc.


$2,700 – $3,000 (CDN) per month, plus legal benefits and accommodation. We encourage all candidates with the required qualifications and skills to apply to the position(s). However, note that some preference may be given to those who meet Canada Summer Jobs’ eligibility criteria.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 11:59 pm EST, February 28, 2019.

START DATE: May 1, 2019. The position is for approximately 12 weeks.

TO APPLY: send a short, one-page cover letter, resume and two reference contacts in a single document to Andrea Gress at In your cover letter and resume, please highlight qualifications and skills. Applications that fail to demonstrate required qualifications and skills will not be considered. In addition, please indicate if you meet the Canada Summer Jobs’ eligibility criteria in your cover letter. While Bird Studies Canada welcomes all applications, only those applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted


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