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  1. 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 Desired qualifications: NABC certification 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 Compensation: 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 jobs@rpbo.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.
  2. Happy New Year! Would it be appropriate to post a job posting for a Lead Educator at Rocky Point on your platform? The job posting can be found at rpbo.org: Stay safe, Kathleen -- Kathleen E. Burton Executive Director Rocky Point Bird Observatory Suite # 170 1581-H Hillside Ave Victoria BC V8T 2C1
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