Job Posting: Assistant Banders and Banders-in-Charge

MAPS ASSISTANT BANDERS IN CANADA: Open to Canadian Citizens only. Owl Moon Environmental Inc. (OMEI; www.owlmoon.ca) together with the Institute for Bird Populations (IBP; www.birdpop.org) are seeking up to six Assistant Banders, each to assist in the establishment and operation of a network of six mist-netting and banding stations in the oil sands region near Fort McMurray, Alberta, for the Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) program (http://www.birdpop.org/maps.htm). Positions extend from May 1st through August 9th, 2015. Completion of a Bachelors degree in biology, ecology or zoology, prior banding experience, and the ability to identify birds by call will be an asset. Successful candidates will be tolerant of long days that begin before dawn, possess the ability to endure sometimes-difficult field conditions, and help maintain a healthy team atmosphere in the field. Assistant Banders will adhere to safety and industrial site requirements for working in this region. Assistant Banders will be employees of OMEI, and will receive payment of between CA$2,500 and CA$3,250 per month, depending on experience and field housing arrangements. Assistant Banders completing the season adequately and responsibly and adhering to all required safety protocols will receive a lump-sum bonus of CA$2,500 at the conclusion of the program. Housing will be provided. A truck will be provided for use by each crew; a clean driver’s abstract (driving record) will be required as part of the application process. No health or other benefits beyond those included herein will be included. Applications must be received by January 2, 2015 and must include a cover letter, resume, and the name and contact information of three persons as references. To apply or receive further information please contact Lauren Helton at lhelton@birdpop.org.

 

MAPS BANDERS-IN-CHARGE IN CANADA: Open to Canadian and U.S. Citizens only. Owl Moon Environmental Inc. (OMEI; www.owlmoon.ca) together with the Institute for Bird Populations (IBP; www.birdpop.org) are seeking up to six Banders-in-Charge (BIC), each to establish and operate a network of six mist-netting and banding stations in the oil sands region near Fort McMurray, Alberta, for the Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) program (http://www.birdpop.org/maps.htm). Positions extend from May 1st through August 9th, 2015. Successful applicants MUST have advanced skills in mist-netting, bird banding, ageing and sexing of landbirds in the hand, ability to identify birds by song and call, and operation of a banding station in order to obtain a CWS bird-banding subpermit. NABC certification and previous experience with the MAPS protocol would be very useful assets. A completed Bachelors degree (or equivalent) in biology, ecology, environmental science, or zoology (or equivalent) will be necessary for U.S. citizens to meet requirements for entry into Canada. Successful candidates will lead a crew of 2-3 banders and will supervise, guide, and provide advanced training to Assistant Banders on bird-banding skills, and aging and sexing of birds. Demonstrated leadership skills, attention to detail, adherence to safety requirements, and tolerance of long field days that begin before dawn, a tolerance of sometimes-difficult field conditions, and an ability to supervise and maintain a healthy team atmosphere in the field are required. BIC’s will adhere to safety and industrial site requirements for working in this region. BIC’s will be employees of OMEI, and will receive payment of between CA$3,500 and CA$4,250 per month, depending on experience and field housing arrangements. BIC’s completing the season adequately and responsibly and adhering to all required safety protocols will receive a lump-sum bonus of CA$2,500 at the conclusion of the program. Housing will be provided. A truck will be provided for use by each crew; a clean driver’s abstract (driving record) will be required as part of the application process. No health or other benefits beyond those described herein will be included. Applications must be received by January 2, 2015 and must include a cover letter, resume and the name and contact information of three persons as references. To apply or receive further information please contact Lauren Helton at lhelton@birdpop.org.

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