Research Technician/Bander

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Rocky Point Bird Observatory Society Published: April 5, 2018
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$1650 Bi-weekly (prior to deductions)
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Technician/Bander to assist with the Fall Migration Monitoring Project. This is a 6-month position, starting 16 July 2018. Fieldwork will occur at our main monitoring sites on southern Vancouver Island (Rocky Point and Pedder Bay). Data will be collected to track the population trends, productivity, and survival of more than 95 species of migratory land birds and owls. During this internship, the intern will learn how to identify land bird species by sight and sound and how to safely hold and handle birds. Additionally, the intern will become knowledgeable in accurately ageing and sexing birds, as well as identifying the ecological and biological concepts behind the observed patterns. In order to make use of the data collected interns will learn data management and statistical analysis programs, including the software programs required for data submission by the Canadian Wildlife Service.

After the field season, the intern will be expected to undertake an independent research project using RPBO data, with a focus on understanding and tracking the cumulative effects of environmental stressors, including climate change, on wildlife and ecosystems of national interest.

Duties and responsibilities

This position will involve approximately three months of fieldwork and three months of data analysis and report writing. Responsibilities include:

- Assisting at the banding site to monitor birds and collect data on birds. Banding site activities include setting up mist-nets, monitoring nets, bird extractions, bird banding, census walks.

- Vegetation data collection

- Data entry, management and analysis using statistical software

- Communicating with the general public

- Assisting with other fieldwork and project tasks as required

Knowledge and skills

Although not required for this position, the preferred knowledge and skills include:


Strong interest in ecology and conservation

Auditory and visual bird identification skills for western Canada

Experience handling birds

Data management:

- Strong organizational and record keeping skills

- Proficient in Microsoft Excel

- Familiarity with statistics, ability to use R and/or JMP


- Comfortable working early mornings and in demanding field conditions

- Valid driver’s license, good driving record, and access to own vehicle with valid insurance.

- Experience doing vegetation surveys


- Self-motivated and able to work with little supervision

- Able to work both independently and in a team environment

Education required

College diploma or university degree in a related discipline (biology, ecology, zoology, environmental science)

Certification required

Standard First Aid and CPR an asset

Valid driver’s license and good driving record, access to own vehicle with valid insurance.

Security Clearance may be required.

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