BANDING STATION ASSISTANT required for a very busy Migration Monitoring Station in Ontario, Canada.
A long term person is required for the fall season in 2018 (1st Sept - early Nov) to help with the banding and migration monitoring at Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory (PEPtBO) in Ontario, Canada, the Observatory is located on the north shore of Lake Ontario, 125 km east of Toronto (it is 30 km to Picton, the nearest town).
All the operations are carried out within the Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area and we are located within the local IBA. Duties will include helping the Bander-In-Charge with carrying out the daily field protocol, some data entry, some light maintenance around the building/netting area, greeting visiting birders and some other light duties as required. PEPtBO adheres to the NABC guidelines when banding and follows a standardized protocol with a daily operatation of 19 passerine nets, 7 hawk nets and 10 owl nets plus a J-trap and 6 ground traps.
Very large numbers of migrants can occur within this area and some days of 2-400 birds banded can be expected in the fall, the most we have banded in a day is 689. Nearly 6000 birds of 109 species were banded at this single station in fall 2017. Over 260 species and forms have been observed at the observatory over the last ten years.
A strong work ethic is required for this job as you are expected to be here seven days a week. If you find you need to keep checking your phone/emails/facebook every five minutes during the morning then this is not the position for you. The normal daily routine involves opening the nets at sunrise with banding (ringing) and casual observations continuing until six hours after sunrise, volunteers are expected to keep written notes of birds seen during the day and contribute to the log.
Some data entry, helping to keep the house clean and tidy, greeting visiting birders, helping with school visits and other light duties as required also takes place. The rest of the afternoon and evening is free time.
A Northern Saw-whet Owl banding program takes place at night from mid-Sep to the end of the season and up to 1500 owls have been caught in a season although 7-800 is more normal. The Owl banding starts 1/2 an hour after sunset and continues for at least 4 hours (roughly 7/8pm to11/12pm), weather permitting.
Other required duties are occasional mowing of the lawns and servicing the public toilets (10 mins/day) all supplies and equipment are provided.
Food and basic accommodation is provided on site at the observatory which has most modern amenities including wifi.
Qualifications: this is a very demanding position and we are looking for people experienced with banding (i.e. they must have banded or ringed more than 1000 birds) and preferably have some knowledge of identification of eastern North American birds although the ID knowledge is not essential as long as they have the relevant banding experience, as training on North American birds will be given. This position is open to people from anywhere and training will be given to bring people up to standard. Applicants must be available for the entire period.
Remuneration: $2000 for the entire period (1st Sept - end Oct). Food and basic accommodation is also provided on site at the observatory which has most modern amenities including wifi.
If you are interested, please send a resume with banding experience (including banding/ringing permit details) and the contact information for two references, to the Bander-in-charge DAVID OKINES (EM:firstname.lastname@example.org) ASAP, this position will continue to be open until a suitable candidate is found.
The PEPtBO website is http://www.peptbo.ca
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