Owl Moon Environmental Inc. (OMEI; www.owlmoon.ca) together with The Institute for Bird Populations (IBP; www.birdpop.org) is seeking a Bander-in-Charge (BIC) for the Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) program (http://www.birdpop.org/maps.htm). The position extends from May 14 through August 8, 2018. The BIC will be responsible for establishment and operation of a network of mist-netting and banding stations in the oil sands region near Fort McMurray, Alberta. Successful applicants must have advanced skills in mist-netting, bird banding, identifying, ageing 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. The successful candidate will supervise, guide, and provide advanced training to an Assistant Bander 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. The BIC will adhere to safety and industrial site requirements for working in this region. The BIC will be an employee of OMEI and will receive payment of between CA$3,600 and CA$4,350 per month, depending on experience and field housing arrangements. Upon completing the season adequately and responsibly and adhering to all required safety protocols, the BIC will receive a lump-sum bonus of CA$2,500 at the conclusion of the program. Accommodation will be provided. No health or other benefits beyond those described herein will be included.
NABC certification and previous experience with the MAPS protocol would be very useful assets. A completed Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, environmental science, or zoology (or equivalent) will be necessary for U.S. citizens to meet requirements for entry into, and working in Canada. Applicants from other countries must possess the required work visas. Applicants must hold a current, valid Alberta Class 5 driver’s licence (or equivalent), allowing them to drive (4x4 truck) in Alberta. Applications must include a cover letter, resume, driver’s abstract, and the name and contact information of three persons as references. Applications will be received until the position is filled.