Owl Moon Environmental Inc. (OMEI; www.owlmoon.ca) is accepting applications for Bander-in-Charge (BIC) positions for the summer 2022 season. The number and availability of positions is dependent on confirmation of project funding. The BIC will be responsible for establishment, maintenance, and operation of a remote 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, operated collaboratively with the Institute for Bird Populations (http://www.birdpop.org/maps.htm). Positions will commence on May 16, and will extend through August 8, 2022. These positions are available only to applicants currently living in and qualified to work within Canada.
Successful candidates must have advanced skills in mist-netting, bird banding, identifying, aging 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. 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. 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.
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 domestic economy class flights (or equivalent) to Fort McMurray and return, which will be booked to and from the airport closest to your Canadian home city. BIC’s will adhere to OMEI safety and industrial site requirements for working in this region, including government agency and client directives relating to COVID-19, 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.
Applications must include a cover letter, resume, and the name and contact information of three persons as references. Successful candidates 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. 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.
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