BANDER-in-CHARGE (BIC)-- Innis Point Bird Observatory (IPBO) is seeking a qualified BIC for its Spring Migration Monitoring Program (SMMP), from April 24 to June 7, 2021.
Location: Ottawa, ON
Application deadline: Feb. 15, 2021
Innis Point Bird Observatory is located on the south side of the Ottawa River about 15 km west of downtown Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It has been in operation since 1982, with a Spring Migration Monitoring Program (SMMP) since 1997. The SMMP, run under a fixed protocol, consists of a standardized banding program using mist nets (up to a maximum of 24 nets), a standardized one hour census, general observations of birds, and the determination of Estimated Daily Totals (EDT). The total remuneration will be $4000 (including legal benefits such as vacation pay), paid in four instalments during the course of the program. The BIC will be responsible for the fieldwork from Sunday to Friday during the SMMP period. This will include coordinating the fieldwork of all volunteers assisting with the program. The BIC will train volunteers in extraction, as well as other aspects of the monitoring and banding process. The BIC must maintain high scientific and ethical standards. The BIC will be required to demonstrate observatory activities to occasional groups of visitors. The BIC will be responsible for completion of the EDT sheet and the Daily Log during the days that he/she is present, and also for computer entry of banding and EDT data for all days during the entire SMMP period. The data entry must be complete before the final paycheque is issued. The BIC will be asked to provide a brief report at the completion of the project.
Basic spartan accommodations are available on site at no charge. The site is located on DND property and the facilities include a trailer equipped with very basic living amenities; although there is no running water and no telephone, there is some electricity provided through solar panels and a composting toilet. The BIC must hold or be eligible for a Banding Permit. Because the location is remote, applicants ideally will have their own transportation. An ability to communicate with visitors in French would be an asset.
Experience of work at other bird observatories is highly desirable.
Interested candidates are invited to apply, with CV that includes banding permit details, banding experience, qualifications and contact information for three references, to Celia Bodnar at (613) 297-4991; e-mail: bodnarceliaATgmail.com. Deadline to apply is Feb. 15, 2021. An assistant bander may be chosen from among eligible candidates and will receive remuneration commensurate with abilities.