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    Bander in Charge

    • Employer: PEPt Bird Observatory
      Location: Prince Edward ON
      Country: Canada
      Last Date to Apply: 02/28/2019
      Open Until Filled: No

    Duration:  15 Apr – 31 May 2019 and 15 Aug – 31 Oct 2019

    Job Type:  Seasonal

    Application Deadline:  Feb 28 2019

    Site Description:
    Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory (PEPtBO) is located on Lake Ontario, 225 km east of Toronto in the Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area and the PEC South Shore IBA.  Run by a Board of Directors, this busy station bands 10,000+ birds of 100+ species each year.  More than 260 species and forms have been observed at the observatory over the last ten years.   The NWA is open to the public and the Observatory has hundreds of visitors a year.   PEPtBO adheres to the NABC guidelines for banding and follows a standardized protocol that operates 19 passerine nets 7 days a week.  Seven hawk nets are operated during fall migration and a Northern Saw-whet Owl banding program operates in the evenings during October.


    ·         Obtain all necessary permits for the Observatory

    ·         Coordinate, oversee and assist all banding and migration monitoring activities at the Observatory.

    ·         Supervise and train a team of Assistant Bander(s), Intern(s) and Day Volunteers

    ·         Ensure the standard protocol is implemented including a daily census

    ·         Organize a daily meeting with staff to update Daily Log and observations

    ·         Submit CMMNDET data to BSC and banding data to the Banding Office

    ·         Strictly apply the Banders Code of Ethics

    ·         Interact with visitors and school groups in an enthusiastic and positive way

    ·         Prepare seasonal and annual reports

    ·         Work 6 days a week (day off arranged with the team – may be adjusted to match banding needs)

    Applicants for the Bander-in-Charge (BIC) position should possess a banding permit for passerines and other land birds.  Preference will be given to applicants with raptor authorization and provincial permit and NABC certification as a bander and/or trainer. Considerable knowledge of and experience with northeastern bird identification, ageing and sexing is required as is an ability to quickly and accurately take measurements.  Applicants must have experience with setting up, using and maintaining mist nets.   Applicants must maintain high scientific and ethical standards.  In addition to experience managing a migration monitoring station they need to have demonstrated an ability to train and motivate a team of staff and volunteers, and to provide effective public education. Because the location is remote, applicants will need to provide their own transportation.


    Accommodation and food are supplied to banding staff on site.  Pay will be commensurate with experience.

    To Apply:
    Please send a resume that includes banding permit details, banding experience, qualifications and contact information for three references, to Peter Fuller (info@peptbo.ca) before February 28, 2019.

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