Birds Canada is hiring experienced field staff for the Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas beginning in May 2021. Birds Canada anticipates hiring up to three Field Technicians and one Team Lead to conduct bird surveys in Central and North-eastern Ontario (Sudbury, Nipissing-Timiskaming, Parry Sound-Muskoka).
The Team Lead and Field Technicians for the Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas will collect field data on the occurrence, breeding behaviour and abundance of birds in the region. This team will be required to travel by vehicle, by foot, and possibly by canoe. Abundance data will be collected by doing point counts. The team will spend extended periods of time in the field, enter their own data, and will write reports on their observations. Part of the field season will be spent in remote areas. Accommodation will be mostly camping.
The Team Lead will be responsible for managing the team of Field Technicians, including planning daily activities and communicating plans to the team.
Most candidates will be in the process of completing, or have already completed, a B.Sc. in biology or ecology or an equivalent wildlife-related program.
QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS (for both Field Technicians and Team Lead)
- Excellent knowledge of Ontario birds, including the ability to identify birds by sight and sound (e.g., must have experience identifying birds outside of coursework)
- Experience conducting point counts and/or surveying birds using other sampling techniques
- Advanced map-reading, navigating and GPS skills
- Camping skills, preferably with wilderness survival experience or training
- Canoeing ability
- Good observation and note-taking skills
- Good communication skills (written and verbal), and ability to work in a team environment
- Driver’s license and experience driving 4X4 truck an asset
- High enthusiasm and energy
- Background in biology, ecology or environmental studies
- First Aid Training or Certification (or ability to secure before field season, if possible)
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS (for Team Lead position specifically)
- Experience in project planning and execution
- Experience in a leadership role
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (for both Field Technicians and Team Lead)
- Survey for breeding birds
- Coordinate with supervisor and/or field crew leader to plan day-to-day activities
- Data management and entry
- Report on field observations
ADDITIONAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (for Team Lead position specifically):
- Manage and direct a team of up to three Field Technicians
- Plan day-to-day activities and communicate plans to Technicians
- Check in with supervisor to ensure project plans are on course
FIELD TECHNICIAN SALARY: $2,800 – $3,000 (CDN) per month, plus statutory benefits and accommodation (tent-camping, with food allowance).
TEAM LEAD SALARY: $3,100 – $3,300 (CDN) per month, plus statutory benefits and accommodation (tent-camping, with food allowance).
Note: We welcome applications from all candidates with the required qualifications and skills to apply to the position(s). However, please note that preference may be given to those who meet Canada Summer Jobs’ eligibility criteria.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 30, 2021 (11:59pm)
ANTICIPATED START DATE: May 17, 2021
Positions are anticipated to be for 10 – 12 weeks’ duration. Candidates will be required to work some weekends and irregular hours.
TO APPLY: send a short, one-page cover letter, resume and two reference contacts in a single document to Kaelyn Bumelis: kbumelis AT birdscanada.org. In your cover letter and resume, please highlight qualifications and skills, and clearly indicate which position(s) you are applying for (i.e., Field Technician and/or Team Lead). 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. Birds Canada adheres to all provincial and regional COVID-19 guidelines, which may impact the duties and responsibilities of this position. Positions dependent on confirmation of funding. While Birds Canada welcomes all applications, only those applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted.