[Tweeters] Fwd: Bander Positions at Rocky Point Bird Observatory, Victoria, BC

Executive Director execdir at rpbo.org
Sat Mar 13 18:44:16 PST 2021

Hi Everyone.

Rocky Point Bird Observatory has two openings for
passerine banders.


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

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.

QUALIFICATIONS - please address all of these in your resume or cover

* Experience banding passerines and near passerines,
(preferably more than 500 birds), including extracting birds from
mistnets, identifying, ageing, sexing, and completing all standard
* 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


* NABC certification
* Current
Canadian passerine banding permit
* Experience working in a volunteer
* Experience training others
* Recognized degree or
diploma in an environmental or related discipline.
* Mistnet setup
and repair skills
* Strong computer skills


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 at rpbo.org [1] 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.


RPBO reserves the right to fill the position before the stated
closing date.

Ann Nightingale
Rocky Point Bird Observatory

[1] mailto:jobs at rpbo.org
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