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Wildlife Technician – Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas Project

Birds Canada is hiring an experienced Team Lead to direct field staff for the Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas beginning in April 2022. Birds Canada anticipates hiring one Team Lead and three to five Field Technicians (see separate posting) to conduct bird surveys in Northern Ontario. 


Working with project Field Technicians, the Team Lead for the Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas  will collect field data on the occurrence, breeding behaviour and abundance of birds in the region. Project staff will be required to travel by vehicle, by foot, and in some instances by canoe. Accommodations will be primarily in tents, camping. Staff will spend extended periods of time in the field, enter their own data, and will write reports on their observations. The Team Lead will be responsible for helping to plan field work and arrange logistics for the field season; training and managing the Field Technicians, including planning daily activities; reporting on the field season’s activities.


Most candidates will be in the process of completing, or have already completed, a post-secondary degree or diploma in biology, ecology or a wildlife-related program.


  • Knowledge of Ontario birds, including the ability to identify birds by sight and sound
  • Experience conducting point counts and/or surveying birds using other sampling techniques an asset
  • Experience in project planning and execution
  • Experience in a leadership role
  • Advanced map-reading, navigating and GPS skills
  • Good observation and note-taking skills
  • Experience camping
  • Experience canoeing an asset
  • Good communication skills (written and verbal), and ability to lead a team
  • Driver’s license required
  • High enthusiasm and energy
  • Background in biology, ecology, wildlife or environmental studies
  • First Aid Training or Certification (or ability to secure before field season, if possible)



  • Assist in planning the field season, and arranging field logistics
  • Train, manage and direct Field Technicians
  • Plan day-to-day activities and communicate plans to Technician
  • Check in with supervisor to ensure project plans are on course
  • Survey for breeding birds
  • Data management and entry
  • Report on the field season’s activities


SALARY: $3,250 – $3,450 per month


We welcome applications from all candidates with the required qualifications and skills to apply to the position(s). However, applicants meeting Eco Canada eligibility criteria preferred:

  • under 30 years of age
  • unemployed, under employed, or a student/recent graduate, and
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident or have refugee status

APPLICATION DEADLINE:    11:59 pm EST, February 21, 2022, but early applications are encouraged.


Positions will be an anticipated 6-month 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 @ In your cover letter and resume, please highlight qualifications and skills, and clearly indicate which position(s) you are applying for (i.e., Team Lead). Applications that fail to demonstrate required qualifications and skills will not be considered. In addition, please indicate if you meet the Eco Canada eligibility criteria in your cover letter. While Birds Canada welcomes all applications, only those applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted. Please note: applications will be reviewed as they are received, and position may be filled prior to the deadline. Early applications encouraged.

Birds Canada requires all employees in the workplace (field and office) to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide documentation for verification

Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

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 postings. 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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