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    • Employer: Vancouver Avian Research Centre
      Location: Vancouver
      Country: Canada
      Last Date to Apply: 03/01/2022
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Employer: Vancouver Avian Research Centre

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Country: Canada

    Last Date to Apply: 03/01/2022

    Open Until Filled: Yes


    Position - BANDER-in-CHARGE for a Fall Banding and Migration Monitoring Program (July 15th to October 15th, 2022).

    Location: Vancouver (Port Coquitlam), BC

    Application deadline:  March 1st, 2022


    Vancouver Avian Research Centre (VARC) is a Registered Canadian Charity (#82118 2656 RR0001) dedicated to wild bird research, conservation and education located in Colony Farm Regional Park in Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada, about 25 km from downtown Vancouver. Since 2009 VARC has operated a spring, summer and fall banding and monitoring program using a structured bird monitoring protocol, consisting of a standardized banding program with up to 40 mist nets, a standardized weekly survey, and general bird observations. VARC is seeking a qualified Bander-in-Charge (BIC) for its Fall Banding and Migration Monitoring Program, from July 15th to October 15th, 2022.

    The BIC will be responsible for the following:

    ·        The banding operation each day from dawn to 5 hours following based on VARC’s strict processes and protocols;

    ·        Completion of daily activity sheet and data input;

    ·        Data submissions to Bird Banding Lab;

    ·        Organizing volunteer schedules and training;

    ·        On site management of all volunteers assisting with the program (VARC has a very structured volunteer levels training and assessment program in place which can be viewed here);

    ·        Maintaining the high scientific and ethical standards established at VARC;

    ·        Overseeing the station visitor programs; and

    ·        Maintenance of the equipment and banding site.

    The BIC must:

    ·        hold or be eligible for a Banding Permit and qualify as a Level 4A (Advanced Bander) as per the VARC levels assessment above;

    ·        hold a valid driver’s license with a clean driving history;

    ·        have advanced net extraction skills;

    ·        be able to open and close the station independently;

    ·        have a thorough knowledge of western NA bird ID, ageing and sexing techniques using molt and plumage criteria including skulling;

    ·        have knowledge of bird physiology and stress level indicators;

    ·        have the ability to use sound judgment and reasoning to make decisions independently; and

    ·        have excellent people skills to manage a large group of volunteers while maintaining a fun atmosphere at the station.

    Experience working at other bird observatories with large databases is highly desirable.

    The remuneration will be $5000 Cdn monthly with the expectation of 5 working days per week (4 days at the banding station plus 1 day of administration/data work) with a bonus of $2000 Cdn for satisfactory completion of the entire project. The BIC will have full use of the VARC truck (Ford Ranger 4x4) and be responsible for gas during the period of the contract.

    Interested candidates are invited to apply with a CV that includes banding permit details, banding experience, qualifications and contact information for three references, to Derek Matthews (VARC Chair) at (604) 2218-1191; e-mail: derek@birdvancouver.com. Deadline to apply is March 1st 2022.

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