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    Pelee Island Bird Observatory
    • Employer: Pelee Island Bird Observatory
      Location: Pelee Island
      Country: Canada
      Last Date to Apply: 03/16/2020
      Open Until Filled: No

    1 April through 10 July, 2020 – 3 months (start and end date may be flexible)

    Job type:


    Application deadline:

    March 16 2020

    Job description:

    Participants will assist with the Pelee Island Bird Observatory’s research and education programs on Pelee Island from 1st April to 10th July 2020. Primary duties include but are not limited to: daily constant-effort migration-monitoring including census and passerine bird banding in April, May, and early June (70 days); summer breeding bird studies (20 days); species-at-risk monitoring (10 days); marsh bird and amphibian surveys (6 days), and additional spring and summer research activities. Candidates will also assist with on-island education and outreach programs including bird banding demonstrations, open-house events, and visiting school and naturalist groups. Other responsibilities include: the entry and proofing of research data collected during the season including PIBO’s Daily Totals (DTs), bird banding records, species-a-risk data, marsh bird surveys, amphibian monitoring, etc.; writing bi-weekly migration summaries, assisting with the upkeep of the PIBO staff cottage (help with shopping, cooking, cleaning, etc.), and maintaining a welcoming environment for visitors. Pelee Island is a premier location to study and observe hundreds of migratory species and dozens of breeding birds with limited ranges in Canada.


    An experienced field birder able to identify 70-90% of the majority of species found in the Great lakes region by sight and sound. Previous bird banding experience (ideally more than 5000 birds banded) and familiarity with CMMN migration monitoring, the Great Lakes Marsh Monitoring Program and Breeding Bird Census (BBC) are a plus, but not essential. PIBO’s staff and volunteers must be prepared to sometimes work ten-hour days for up to 70 days in a row without a day off, in both cold, as well as hot, humid, buggy conditions. Candidates must be good with the public, easy to live with, and willing to work hard.   


    Total compensation is up to $2778/month (CDN), minus deductions, depending on experience. During their employment, participants will live rent-free with other staff and volunteers at PIBO’s field station.

    To apply:

    Please send your resume, a cover letter describing your experience and interest in the position, and contact information for three references, to Suzanne Friemann at: suzanne.friemann@pibo.ca  

    Number of openings:


    Must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents and legally entitled to work in Ontario. 

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