To work as a member of our team of banders, interns and volunteers at Rocky Point Bird Observatory (RPBO) in Metchosin, B.C. (near Victoria). The Bander is responsible for banding, processing and censusing birds, as well as recording, reviewing and proofreading all data according to the migration monitoring protocol and any other protocols established for the RPBO sites. The Bander will be required to work at both of the two migration monitoring sites and complete a variety of related assigned tasks. The Bander will typically work six days per week, for approximately 7 hours starting about 45 minutes before sunrise. As such, actual start and end times change over the course of the season.
The Bander will often work with a second bander, but will frequently be required to work as the senior or sole bander (with volunteer field technicians), so must be prepared to manage all aspects of the operations.
RPBO has a dedicated group of volunteers to assist the banders, helping with extraction, banding, and scribing directly into electronic databases. Supervising and training volunteers and interns is a component of the bander’s job, subject to Covid protocols.
Although currently limited due to Covid-related public health orders, the Bander will be involved in, but won’t be required to organize public observation and education activities.
Required qualifications – please address all of these in your resume or cover letter:
Experience banding passerines and near passerines, (preferably more than 500 birds), including extracting birds from mistnets, identifying, ageing, sexing, and completing all standard measurements
Familiarity with western North American Bird species, including an ability to identify species by ear for daily observations and census work
Have or be eligible to obtain a Canadian passerine banding permit
Comfortable working outdoors under a wide range of weather conditions
Attention to detail
Record of accuracy, both in banding and data management
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Good judgment skills
Good oral and written communication skills
Own transportation to the banding location (it is not on a public bus route)
Be legally entitled to work in Canada
Have no impediment to working on restricted federal sites
Current Canadian passerine banding permit
Experience working in a volunteer organization
Experience training others
Recognized degree or diploma in an environmental or related discipline.
Mistnet setup and repair skills
Strong computer skills
The Bander will be an employee of Rocky Point Bird Observatory. Compensation is in the $100 to $120 per day range, based on previous experience, for professional services satisfactorily performed between July 18, 2021 and October 18, 2021, to a maximum of $9400 (80 days). Vacation pay will be 4%. Accommodation is not provided but a $400 per month housing/transportation allowance will be paid.
Please contact Ann Nightingale at firstname.lastname@example.org with your resume (including references). Short-listed candidates will also be asked to provide a sample of their written work. Lesser qualified candidates MAY be considered for an assistant bander position.
Closing date: 28 Mar 2021.
RPBO reserves the right to fill the position before the stated closing date.