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  • Northern Saw-whet Owl Bander

    Pelee Island Bird Observatory
    • Employer: Pelee Island Bird Observatory
      Location: Pelee Island
      Country: Canada
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Northern Saw-whet Owl  Bander

    October 1- November 15 2022

    Pelee Island, Ontario

    Salary: $5000 CDN for the season minus mandatory employment deductions

    Will live rent-free at a cottage on the north end of the island

    Number of openings: one



    Solely operate five mist nets for owl monitoring with target species being the migratory ones- Northern Saw-whet, but also possibly resident Screech and Great Horned and migratory, Long-eared and Boreal owls.

    Trim the vegetation around the net lanes prior to setting up the nets.

    Set up mist nets 7 days a week, weather permitting, from half hour after sunset for a 6-hour period until dawn.

    Conduct regular net checks every 30 minutes.

    Record the data in the banding log and enter the data into a excel sheet for the Bandit program.

    Host weekly “owling nights” for the public in which the public is invited to watch owls being banded and refreshments are provided.

    Write several summary reports- one for the Board of Directors, one for the annual yearend report and one for the regular PIBO newsletter.

    Write and post regular summaries with photos about the progress of the season for all of PIBO’s social media channels.



    Must have experience handling and banding owls (300 + birds)

    A Scientific Collector’s Permit (raptor banding permit) is desirable.

    Proven ageing, sexing and data management experience

    Mature, experienced and self-motivated

    Must be able to embrace and enjoy a nocturnal schedule featuring long, possibly cold nights

    Able to interact with the public in a friendly and engaging manner

    Access to a reliable vehicle and clean drivers abstract is required.

    Ability to determine when help with extraction is needed.


    To Apply:

    Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and must be legally entitled to work in Ontario.

    Applications will be reviewed as they arrive; you are encouraged to apply early. The position will be open until it is filled.

    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 



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