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Student Employment Opportunity with Birds Canada – Atlantic Region

Southwest Nova Scotia Coastal Stewardship Assistant (Piping Plover Technician) – Barrington/ Shelburne area, NS

Birds Canada is seeking a student candidate for the position of Piping Plover Technician based out of Shelburne County, NS ($14/hr; 14 wks starting late May).  This position offers outstanding experiences in field biology, wildlife/habitat management, species at risk recovery and stewardship, educational outreach and collaborating with conservation partners.  The Piping Plover Technician is part of a dynamic team of staff, volunteers and partners working to monitor and protect breeding Piping Plovers and foster stewardship on southwest NS beaches. Learn more about our work: and


  • Currently a full-time student returning to full-time studies in fall 2021.
  • Access to personal vehicle for field work (this position requires driving to beaches in SW NS for field work; mileage reimbursed @$0.45/km).
  • Your own accommodation in or near Shelburne County (Please note: reasonably priced accommodation during spring and summer can be very difficult to find in this area).
  • Experience and/or strong interest in wildlife conservation and species at risk recovery.
  • Excellent communication skills and willingness to approach the public on beaches.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a small team.
  • Flexible schedule, including willingness to work long days and weekends when required.


  • Experience and/or knowledge of species at risk conservation.
  • Experience in data collection (ideally in biology), wildlife observation and/or education.
  • Experience and/or strong interest in environmental stewardship.

The position is remote from the NS Birds Canada office. The chosen candidate will work from home, when not in the field and will be responsible for providing their own workspace.  This position reports to the Nova Scotia Program Coordinator (Laura Bartlett).

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 (lbartlett @  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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