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  • Assistant Bander Position

    Mackenzie Nature Observatory (MNO)
    • Employer: Mackenzie Nature Observatory
      Location: Mackenzie, BC
      Country: Canada
      Last Date to Apply: 03/26/2021
      Open Until Filled: No

    Mackenzie Nature Observatory requires an Assistant Bander for our 2021 Fall Migration Season.

    We offer an opportunity to work on site at our well equipped and maintained station located on scenic Mugaha Marsh north of Mackenzie BC.  Excellent remuneration and accommodation included.

    Mackenzie Nature Observatory (Mugaha Marsh Banding Station) is located approximately 14.5 km north of Mackenzie BC.  The station follows a standardized protocol that meets the scientific requirements of the Canadian Wildlife Service and the Canadian Migration Monitoring Network.   Mackenzie Nature Observatory is an incorporated society and a registered charity.

    The purpose of the society includes researching, conserving, restoring and assisting in the management of the natural resources found in the Mackenzie area, promoting the understanding and enjoyment of nature by providing opportunities for public participation and education and encouraging and engaging in the protection and restoration of threatened and endangered species.

    The Position

     We are looking to fill 1 position for the upcoming season.  Please send your resume and application to: 

    Applications should be submitted by Friday March 26, 2021.
    Any questions can also be sent to the above address.

    Assistant Bander 2

    The Assistant Bander 2 position is for 4 days per week.  These workdays will occur when one of the other banders has days off and may occur on weekends or weekdays.
    Nets open at sunrise and are open for 6 hours.
    This position will commence Saturday July 17, 2021 and conclude Sunday September 26, 2021. 


    ·        Canadian master banding permit or Canadian sub-permit or you need to be eligible for a sub-permit under Mackenzie Nature Observatory’s station permit. When applying please list the qualifications that are listed on your permit (for example: use mist nets, band passerines, band raptors, band hummingbirds, etc.)

    ·        Good knowledge of Western Birds by both sight and sound.
    ·        Knowledge of molt, hybrids (we are in the overlap zone for some species & subspecies), and juvenile birds
    ·        Know how to take measurements – we get several empidonax flycatchers and at times measurements are needed to separate them.
    ·        Ability to work with others - banders and volunteers of all skill levels and ages
    ·        Willingness to share knowledge with others

    ·        Under the direction of the BIC or the Assistant Bander 1, you will assist in the day to day running of the banding station.  Such duties to include extracting birds, maintaining nets, identification and data collection of birds, working with volunteers and public
    ·        You will be required to adhere to the Mackenzie Nature Observatory Covid 19 Safety Plan.

    Location:  Mackenzie, BC, Canada.

    Mackenzie Nature Observatory’s banding station is at beautiful Mugaha Marsh.  Mugaha Marsh is located 14.5 km northwest of Mackenzie via a logging road. The banding lab is a 12 x 20 frame building.
    Living conditions at Mugaha are rustic. There are older travel trailers and a camper that provide accommodations. Each bander has their own trailer or camper. If needed, bedding is available for banders however it is recommended that banders supply their own bedding if possible.  There is a kitchen building that is for volunteers and the banders. It has a stove, fridge, microwave, kettle, coffee maker, some dishes and pots and pans. There is electricity on site, but no running water. Water must be brought out from town and banders are asked to fill water jugs when they are in town. Volunteers also help by bringing out water. Free showers are available at the municipal campground in town. Banders and volunteers supply their own food.   As the banding station is 14.5 km from town it is beneficial if banders have their own transportation. 

    Any questions should be directed to mackenzienatureobservatory@gmail.com

    Bander Ad - 2021.docx

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