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  • Bander-in-Charge

    Guest schernick@naturesask.ca
    • Employer: Nature Saskatchewan
      Location: Last Mountain Bird Observatory in Last Mountain Regional Park, Saskatchewan
      Country: Canada
      Last Date to Apply: 08/04/2023
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Join us at Last Mountain Bird Observatory and gain valuable experience banding boreal breeding warblers.

    About the position: We are seeking a skilled Bander-in-Charge to join our Fall 2023 team as soon as possible until October 7. Last Mountain Bird Observatory annually bands around 3000 birds every season, the majority of which are boreal breeding warblers. This is a unique opportunity to learn more about migration of songbirds in Saskatchewan and to contribute to a long-running banding program.


    -          Setting up and monitoring mist nets from 0700 to 1300 each day, weather dependent

    -          Safely extracting birds from mist nets (mostly songbirds, but can also include hummingbirds and raptors)

    -          Accurately record all banding data in paper form and in Excel

    -          Conduct banding demonstrations for visitors and provide information about the birds we capture

    -          Assist Field Manager in maintaining net lanes, data management, and social media content creation

    -          Work with Banding Assistant to run Last Mountain Bird observatory following station protocols under the Canadian Migratory Monitory Network

    -          A census of birds along an established route, as per protocol

    -          A daily log of net hours, weather, and volunteer hours

    Skills Required:

    To be considered for this position:

    -          Be able to identify songbirds in hand

    -          Use Pyle to age/sex songbirds using the Humphrey-Parkes system

    -          Be able to extract birds from mist nets safely and efficiently

    -          Have or be able to obtain a sub-permit for banding passerines

    -          Be able to work 5 days a week


    -          Meals: Up to $15 per day with receipts. A fridge, stove, microwave and BBQ will be on site for use.

    -          Travel: Mileage to and from the Last Mountain Bird Observatory at $0 .43/km or cost of gas with receipts

    -          Daily rate: $165 per day

    -          Accommodation: A non-serviced shared tenting site and Regional Park Annual Permit will be provided.

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