Owl Moon Environmental Inc. (OMEI; www.owlmoon.ca) together with The Institute for Bird Populations (IBP; www.birdpop.org) are seeking up to seven Banders-in-Charge (BIC); the number and availability of positions is dependent on confirmation of project funding. The BIC will be responsible for establishment and operation of a network of mist-netting and banding stations in the oil sands region near Fort McMurray, Alberta, for the Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) program (http://www.birdpop.org/maps.htm). This position will commence with travel to Fort McMurray on May 18, and will extend through August 8, 2020. Successful applicants must have advanced skills in mist-netting, bird banding, identifying, ageing and sexing of landbirds in the hand, ability to identify birds by song, operation of a banding station, data management, and either hold or qualify to hold a CWS bird-banding subpermit. NABC certification and previous experience with the MAPS protocol would be very useful assets. A completed Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, environmental science, or zoology (or equivalent) will be necessary for U.S. citizens to meet requirements for entry into, and working in Canada. Applicants from other countries must possess the required work visas. Successful candidates will supervise, guide, and provide advanced training to Assistant Banders on bird-banding, aging and sexing of birds, and banding station operations. Demonstrated leadership skills, attention to detail, adherence to safety requirements, and tolerance of long and sometimes difficult field days that begin before dawn, and an ability to supervise and maintain a healthy team atmosphere are required. BIC’s will be employees of OMEI and will receive payment of between CA$3,750 and CA$4,000 per month, depending on experience. Food and accommodations will be provided for the duration of the program. We will cover the costs of economy class flights (or equivalent) to Fort McMurray and return, which will be booked to and from the airport closest to your home city. BIC’s will adhere to OMEI safety and industrial site requirements for working in this region, and will be required to pass an industrial site pre-access 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. Applicants must hold a current, valid Alberta Class 5 driver’s licence (or equivalent), allowing them to drive (4x4 truck will be provided) in Alberta. Applications must include a cover letter, resume, and the name and contact information of three persons as references. Successful applicants will be required to provide a driver’s abstract demonstrating a record that qualifies for coverage under OMEI’s vehicle insurance policy. Applications will be received until all positions are filled, but no later than February 28, 2020. To apply or receive further information please contact OMEI Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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