MAPS Assistant Banders
Owl Moon Environmental Inc. (OMEI; www.owlmoon.ca) is accepting applications for Assistant Bander positions for the summer 2023 season. We are hiring up to six Assistant Banders to assist with the operations of our network of Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) banding stations, operated collaboratively with The Institute for Bird Populations (http://www.birdpop.org/maps.htm). Our MAPS program is supported by the Oil Sands Monitoring program, a collaborative initiative within Alberta’s Ministry of Environment and Protected Areas that brings researchers together across a broad range of terrestrial biological monitoring. Program objectives are to understand the effects of oil sands development and the cumulative impacts of development on songbird populations. Under this initiative, our MAPS program includes banding stations near Conklin, Lac la Biche, Cold Lake, as well as north of Fort McMurray, Alberta. The Assistant Bander will assist in the establishment, maintenance, and operation of six remote MAPS banding stations. Positions will commence on May 15, and will extend through August 8, 2023. Applicants must be qualified to live and work within Canada, and preference will be given to applicants currently living in Canada.
Successful candidates must be able to demonstrate proficiency in extracting birds from mist-nets. Prior banding experience and an ability to identify birds by sight and song are also required. Successful candidates will be tolerant of long and sometimes difficult field days that begin before dawn, and able to maintain a healthy team atmosphere. Working with a senior bander, applicants must be able demonstrate attention to detail, ability to follow directions, and adherence to safety requirements. Applicants must hold a current, valid Class 5 driver’s licence (or equivalent), allowing them to drive (truck will be provided) in Alberta.
Assistant Banders will be employees of OMEI and will receive payment of between CA$3,400 and CA$3,600 (less required deductions) per month to be paid biweekly, depending on experience. Food and accommodation will be provided. Successful applicants will receive a travel allowance to offset the costs of travel to and from Fort McMurray. Assistant Banders will adhere to OMEI safety and industrial site requirements for working in this region, including government agency and client directives relating to pandemics, and will be required to pass a pre-employment Alcohol & Drug test. Safety training courses (e.g., First Aid, OSSA Basic Safety Orientation, Bear Awareness) will be provided. Upon completing the season adequately and responsibly and adhering to all required safety protocols, you will receive a lump-sum bonus of CA$2,500 at the conclusion of the program. No health or other benefits beyond those described herein will be included.
Applications must include a cover letter, resume, and the name and contact information of three persons as references. Successful candidates must be able to provide a driver’s abstract as well as an insurance agency letter (or equivalent insurance history document) that shows at least 3 years of previous vehicle insurance coverage to demonstrate a driving record that qualifies for coverage under OMEI’s vehicle insurance policy. Applications will be received until all positions are filled. To apply or receive further information please contact OMEI Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org. We thank all who apply, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.