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2022 Spring-Summer Employment Opportunity with Birds Canada – Atlantic Region

Shorebird Stewardship Assistant

Birds Canada is seeking applicants for the position of Shorebird Stewardship Assistant starting late June (~9 wks x 40 hr/wk @ $14-15/hr depending on experience and funding). Based near Wolfville NS, the position will support the Space to Roost Program.

In 2016, Birds Canada initiated the Space to Roost project, which aims to reduce human pressures facing Semipalmated Sandpipers and other fall migrant shorebirds at key high tide roost sites in the Minas Basin. This is done by assessing human-use patterns and collaborating with coastal users to identify and set aside mutually-agreed upon Shorebird Resting Beaches at coastal sites in the Minas Basin In this position, will be mainly responsible for conducting field surveys to collect shorebird presence and human disturbance behaviours while engaging and educating the public. The successful candidate needs to be outgoing and approachable but able to work independently and outdoors. They must have pay close attention to detail and have experience using Excel.

Under the supervision of the Nova Scotia Program Coordinator, the Stewardship Assistant will:

  • Assist in coordination of community-based stewardship activities that promote the protection of safe roosting space for migratory shorebirds in the Minas Basin;
  • Conduct field work and surveys to identify, document and map shorebird and human-use and disturbance patterns at two beach sites near Wolfville, NS;
  • Work with colleagues and partners to develop and coordinate events/activities that engage businesses, youth, community members and tourists in coastal stewardship actions;
  • Document and report shorebird band re-sightings;
  • Work on beaches is done in August around high tide and is weather dependent. Includes some evenings and weekends;
  • Engage and educate the public and visitors to the sites about the presence and importance of shorebirds and the Space to Roost project;
  • Carefully enter/proof all data in Excel database with attention to detail, send to biologist at the end of every beach shift in August;
  • Communicate with and provide regular written and verbal updates to biologist


Position Requirements:

  • Must be a full-time student and intending to return to school in Fall 2021;
  • Access to a personal vehicle (mileage to field sites will be reimbursed at $0.45/km).
  • Experience conducting field surveys, recording data in Excel with great attention to detail
  • Outgoing and happy to approach the public on beaches and outreach events
  • Be able to work productively as part of a team while responding to feedback;
  • Standard First-Aid (current certification or obtained by start date).


Position Assets:

  • Knowledge of coastal wildlife and beaches in SW NS and experience in field biology.
  • Knowledge of Atlantic Canada coastal ecosystems and shorebirds.


Most of the work will be split between field work and a home office. Regardless, a successful candidate must be able to work successfully independently and remotely. The stewardship assistant will report to the Nova Scotia Program Coordinator who is based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and is accessible regularly by phone and email but is not always on site as field work takes place at two beach sites in the Wolfville, Nova Scotia area: The Guzzle, and Avonport beaches.

Field work is weather dependent, but the successful candidate will be expected to spend 4-5 hours at a time outside in varying conditions with limited access to shelter, shade, or other facilities. Field work times follow high tide times and thus will require some evening and weekend work. While in the field the stewardship assistant will be expected to conduct shorebird surveys (training provided) while also engaging and educating the public and visitors to the site.

COVID-19 STATEMENT: Fieldwork and in-person activities may be impacted by Covid-19 restrictions. Additionally, all staff entering Birds Canada workplaces are required to have proof of vaccination.


To apply:

Applicants should send CV demonstrating how you meet the position requirements, cover letter, and 3 references in a single PDF to Laura Bartlett (  Only those candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted.  Candidates will be recruited as soon as possible but the job posting officially closes on March 1st, 2022.

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.


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