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    Boreal Forest Assistant Bander

    • Employer: Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory
      Location: Slave Lake, Alberta
      Country: Canada
      Last Date to Apply: 02/15/2020
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Job Type: Full Time Summer Position.

    Term:  Tentatively May 1 to September 30, 2020 with possibility of extension.

    Wage: $3250 to 3500 per month based on experience and qualifications.


    Job Description

    The Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory (LSLBO) is located in the Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park, approximately 20km north of Slave Lake, Alberta. During our spring and fall migration monitoring programs, we operate 12 standard mist-nets and 2 aerial nets. In the summer, we operate 4 MAPS stations and may be performing breeding bird surveys in remote locations. We are looking for one hard-working, enthusiastic, detail-orientated individual to assist with our long-term avian monitoring programs including visual counts and songbird banding.  Experience working with mist-nets, identifying, aging, and sexing songbirds in the hand, and identifying boreal birds in the field by sight and sound is required. Daily duties include setting up the station early each morning, conducting visual counts, extracting and banding birds, training and managing volunteers and assistants, data recording, tabulating daily totals, completing the daily log, and data entry. Additional duties include equipment upkeep, trail maintenance, and demonstrating bird banding to the public. Successful candidates may be expected to work long days, including weekends and holidays and must be flexible with schedule changes. If the candidate possesses or can obtain a permit to band Northern Saw-whet Owls using mist-nets, the contract may be extended until mid to late October. Seasonal staff accommodation is available at the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation at a cost of $295/month. More information on the LSLBO is available at www.lslbo.org .



    ·         Possess or be eligible to obtain a Canadian Scientific Permit to Capture and Band Migratory Birds (Passerines and other landbirds).

    ·         Exceptional identification skills of the birds of northern Alberta by sight and sound.

    ·         Detail-oriented with excellent field data recording and data entry skills (Microsoft Office).

    ·         Safety conscience and bear aware.

    ·         Physically capable to work long hours on your feet with lots of walking; including hiking through rough terrain in heavily forested areas using maps and GPS.

    ·         Work early mornings in poor weather conditions and tolerate biting insects.

    ·         Proven leadership and interpersonal skills.

    ·         Valid Class 5 driver’s license.

    ·         Standard First Aid and CPR Certificate prior to commencement.


    To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to:

    Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory

    Box 1076,

    Slave Lake, AB T0G 2A0

    Email:info@lslbo.org or Fax: 780-849-8239

    Open until filled, final deadline for applications is 4:30 pm MST, Feb 15, 2020.

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