Mackenzie Nature Observatory Job Posting
Mackenzie Nature Observatory has an opening for a summer student. This is part of a Canada Student employment project. We offer an opportunity to work on site at our well-equipped and maintained bird banding station located on scenic Mugaha Marsh north of Mackenzie BC.
Mackenzie Nature Observatory (Mugaha Marsh Banding Station) is located approximately 14.5 km north of Mackenzie BC. The station follows a standardized protocol that meets the scientific requirements of the Canadian Wildlife Service and the Canadian Migration Monitoring Network. Mackenzie Nature Observatory is an incorporated society and a registered charity.
The purpose of the society includes researching, conserving, restoring and assisting in the management of the natural resources found in the Mackenzie area, promoting the understanding and enjoyment of nature by providing opportunities for public participation and education and encouraging and engaging in the protection and restoration of threatened and endangered species.
We are looking to fill 1 position for the upcoming season. The position is for a Summer Student Research Assistant. Please send your resume and application to:
Any questions can also be sent to the above address.
Summer Student Research Assistant
Under the direction of the Bander in Charge or the A ssistant Bander 1, assist in the day to day running of the banding station. Such duties may include monitoring and maintaining mist nets, identification and data collection of birds, working with volunteers, greeting the public and providing facility tours, helping with daily cleaning of station, checking data, and taking photos. Tasks may include extraction of birds from nets and banding according to experience and expertise.
The Summer Student Research Assistant position is 32 hours per week, with 3 days off per week. Remuneration is 15.65 per hour.
Nets open at sunrise and are open for 6 hours, and Research Assistant hours would begin at the opening of nets. The workday would be 8 hours.
This position will commence __July 16, 2022 and conclude September 10,2022.
• Must be attending a recognized Post-Secondary Institution and must be returning to studies at a recognized Post-Secondary Institution for the fall term of 2022.
• is between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment;
• is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act*; and
• is legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations.
*International students are not eligible. Recent immigrants are eligible if they are Canadian Citizens or permanent residents.
• Knowledge of Western Birds by both sight and sound.
• Some knowledge of molt, hybrids, and juvenile birds
• Ability to work with others – other employees and volunteers of all skill levels and ages
• Willingness to share knowledge with others
• Computer skills – knowledge of, and experience using: Word, Excel
• Ability to work at times in a fast-paced environment (busy net day)
Other desirable skills:
• Previous experience volunteering or working at a bird banding station
• Knowledge of Bandit (data collection program)
• Educational experience in a related field
• Experience working with the public
• Experience living in an isolated location
The Summer Student Research Assistant will be hired as an employee of the Mackenzie Nature Observatory. You will be paid biweekly at a rate of $_125.20 Canadian per 8-hour day worked.
Rustic camper style accommodation will be provided free of charge.
The Location: Mackenzie, BC, Canada.
Mackenzie Nature Observatory’s banding station is at Mugaha Marsh. Mugaha Marsh is located 14.5 km northwest of Mackenzie via a logging road. The banding lab is a 12 x 20 frame building.
Living conditions at Mugaha are rustic. There are older travel trailers and campers that serve as accommodation, and a shared outhouse. Each employee has their own trailer or camper. If needed, bedding is available for employees, however it is recommended that employees supply their own bedding if possible. There is a kitchen building that is for volunteers and employees. It has a stove, fridge, microwave, kettle, coffee maker, some dishes and pots and pans. There is electricity on site, but no running water. Water must be brought out from town and employees are asked to fill water jugs when they are in town. Volunteers also help by bringing out water. Free showers are available for our employees at the municipal campground in town. There is a laundromat in Mackenzie. Employees and volunteers supply their own food. Mackenzie has a grocery store, some restaurants, a recreation center and a shopping mall. The area offers abundant opportunity for mountain biking, camping, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and wildlife viewing. At this time, there is limited cell coverage at the station and the station does not have internet. Free internet is available at the library in Mackenzie.
********As the banding station is 14.5 km from town it is beneficial if employees have their own transportation.
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