Shrike Recovery Biologists (2)

Organization: Wildlife Preservation Canada

Job Type: Contract/Project/Temporary

Location: Southern Ontario

Posting Date: Jan 12, 2015

Deadline: Mar 01, 2015


Organization Description:
Job Description:

Position: Shrike Recovery Biologists (2)

 Wildlife Preservation Canada is seeking two experienced biologists to implement 2015 field season activities for the Eastern Loggerhead Shrike (ELOSH) Recovery Program.  Two positions will be filled, one each in the Carden and Napanee Alvars. Some work may also occur in Smiths Falls, Pembroke/Renfrew and Grey-Bruce/Manitoulin. The Eastern Loggerhead Shrike is critically endangered with a total of only 16 known pairs breeding in Ontario in 2014.  The Carden and Napanee Alvars are the two core areas where ELOSH continue to breed, while ELOSH sightings still occur in Smiths Falls, Pembroke/Renfrew, Grey-Bruce and Manitoulin.  Wildlife Preservation Canada has been managing a unique model recovery program for ELOSH since 2001 that includes wild population surveying and monitoring, captive breeding and release, and habitat stewardship projects.

Job Description:

Under the supervision of the Species Recovery Biologist, staff will be responsible for monitoring the wild population in their designated core area(s), and the care and soft-release of groups of captive-hatched juveniles (transferred to release sites from one of the program’s breeding facilities over July-August); this offers a unique opportunity to work first-hand with an endangered species and the chance to gain experience in animal care and population recovery techniques in a field setting.


  • Road-side and on-site (with prior permission) surveys to locate breeding pairs of wild ELOSH
  • Remote nest monitoring to determine nest productivity
  • Identification and reporting of all colour banded ELOSH
  • Initiating and maintaining landowner contact
  • Working closely with local landowners and local NGO partners to develop habitat stewardship projects
  • Coordinate volunteer survey efforts in the Carden core (Adopt-a-Site program)
  • Daily care and husbandry of captive young prior to release during July and August (behavioural observations and provision of live food)
  • Soft-release of young; post-release monitoring and supplemental feeding
  • Release site and enclosure preparation and maintenance
  • Assisting with banding of all captive young prior to release
  • Attachment of remote tracking devices to a subset of captive young prior to release
  • Data management, monthly reports, end-of-season reports
  • Effective and timely communication with program staff and partners
  • General field site maintenance
  • Additional tasks as required

Position runs from early May through September 2015, with the possibility of a contract extension into the fall of 2015.   Compensation is Cdn $2200-2500/month, depending on experience, with a housing subsidy available if the successful candidate does not have access to local accommodation. 


Applicants must have prior experience with bird monitoring/surveying and have completed at least an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline (completion of a Master’s or equivalent level of knowledge/experience is preferred).  Experience with nest searching and colour band identification preferred, as is familiarity with call playback surveys. Banding experience is an asset.  Applicants should also have some familiarity with grassland birds and the ability to identify the majority of species by sight and sound. Prior experience with animal care in a captive setting is preferred.  Bird rehabilitation experience is a major asset. This position requires strong organizational and communication skills and multi-tasking abilities.  Preference will be given to candidates with previous experience supervising volunteers and/or managing field research projects.

In addition, qualified candidates should be able to navigate in the field using a map, compass, and GPS, work independently, and be willing to work long hours and live in rustic field quarters.  Applicants should be physically fit, able to endure working in variable weather conditions with exposure to biting insects.  A valid driver’s license is required and access to a vehicle for the duration of the contract is preferred.

 Most Eastern Loggerhead Shrikes breed on private lands, so considerable landowner contact is required.  The successful candidate must have good interpersonal skills and the ability to maintain positive relationships with private landowners.

Apply To:

To apply please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to: Hazel Wheeler, Species Recovery Biologist,  Please submit your application as a single PDF or MS word file and include the email subject heading “Shrike Recovery Biologist Application”.  Please apply ASAP as the positions will be filled as soon as suitable candidates are found (applications will not be considered after March 1, 2015).  All applicants must be legally eligible to work in Canada.

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Property Superintendent

Organization: Grand River Conservation Authority

Job Type: Full-time

Location: Cambridge, Ontario ON

Posting Date: Jan 09, 2015

Deadline: Jan 30, 2015


Organization Description:

The Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) has an international reputation for excellence in managing the natural resources of the largest inland river system in southern Ontario. Encompassing approximately 6,800 square kilometres, the Grand River watershed has a population of almost one million people in 39 municipalities and two First Nations. Designated as a Canadian Heritage River, the Grand River and its major tributaries boast many outstanding human heritage features and excellent recreational opportunities. The GRCA is committed to environmental protection by delivering services that ensure the well-being of the environment and its inhabitants

Job Description:

General Accountabilities

The Property Superintendent reports to the Manager of Property and is responsible for the day to day administration of agricultural, commercial and residential leases on GRCA properties throughout the watershed as well as the cottage lot program at Belwood and Conestogo reservoirs.  Duties include the negotiation of lease agreements, administration of the maintenance program for rental properties, and reviewing / approving construction requests on cottage lots.  The Property Superintendent is responsible for conducting an annual inspection of GRCA properties and coordinating this effort with other internal departments.   An important component of this position will be building and maintaining effective relationships with our lease holders, municipal and provincial governments, and other watershed stakeholders regarding property department inquires and projects.

Specific Accountabilities

  1. Administer lease agreements for agricultural, residential, commercial and cottage lot programs, including renewals, assignments, terminations, etc.
  2. Coordinate and supervise the cottage lot programs operated at Belwood and Conestogo reservoirs.  This includes responding to inquiries, review, evaluate and approve permits for construction on cottage lots, preparation and administration of service agreements (garbage collection, etc.), preparation and distribution of program information (newsletters, information sheets, presentations, etc.), and other related items.
  3. Prepare and coordinate the implementation of an annual maintenance plan for the residential tenancy program.  Respond to any emergency maintenance calls and coordinate any external maintenance contracts related to this program.
  4. Coordinate and supervise the resolution of encroachment issues through removal, agreements, licenses or leases.
  5. Enforce Conservation Authority policies and regulations on GRCA properties pursuant to Section 29 of the Conservation Authorities Act.
  6. Prepare applications/cases and attend as a representative of the Authority, before Boards (Landlord and Tenant Board), Tribunals, Committees and Provincial Courts.  
  7. Provide necessary technical support or information as required by staff and the general public in regard to GRCA lands.
  8. Develop and maintain good working relations with external agencies, municipal staff and key stakeholders.
  9. Perform other related duties as assigned including participation in special projects and field activities related to Property Department Projects.

Technical Accountabilities

  1. Post-secondary education in Law, Business/Commerce, Real Estate, Property Management, Planning or a related discipline.
  2. Minimum six years of industry related experience (ie. Property/facility management, corporate real estate, etc.)
  3. Must possess, or be able to obtain, a Provincial Offenses Act designation.
  4. Knowledge of relevant legislation: Residential Tenancy Act and related Acts, Occupiers Liability Act, Assessment Act and Conservation Authorities Act.
  5. Familiarity with building systems (ie.  septic systems, wells, furnaces, etc.) , construction practices, real estate and property/facility management.
  6. Knowledge of farming practices and procedures.
  7. Proficient in the use of personal computers including use of GIS and property databases.
  8. General mapping and survey knowledge relating to property matters, e.g. metes and bounds descriptions, encroachments, location of Authority properties and surveys. Experience with global positioning system technology would be an asset.
  9. Excellent communication (written and verbal) skills for writing reports, correspondence, work plans and conducting presentations.
  10. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to demonstrate tact and diplomacy in dealing with tenant concerns and members of the public.
  11. Highly organized with the ability to work in a fast paced environment with minimal supervision.
  12. Related job experience with Microsoft Office Suite, ArcGIS software, Access Database Management software and Adobe Acrobat software.
  13. Valid driver’s license and ability to travel to various locations within the Grand River watershed.

The pay range for this position is Job Level G $56,645.40 - $68,911.68 and hours of work are 35 per week.

GRCA offers a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, vision care, life and disability insurance, membership in the OMERS pension plan and a pass which entitles you to free entry into all conservation areas. GRCA also offers its employees a flexible work schedule.

Apply To:

Approximate Start Date:February 2015

To Apply:  Please send a resume and covering letter to in MS Word or PDF format and quote “Property Superintendent #117” in the subject line.

Deadline for Applications: 4:00pm on Friday January 30, 2015

We thank you for your interest, however only candidates under consideration will be contacted.

Accessibility accommodations are available for all parts of the recruitment process. Applicants need to make their needs known in advance.

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Property and Approvals Summer Student

Organization: South Nation Conservation Authority

Job Type: Seasonal

Location: Finch, ON

Posting Date: Dec 24, 2014

Deadline: Feb 06, 2015


Organization Description:
Job Description:

Under the functional guidance of the Team Lead, Property, the incumbent will:

  • Assist the Property Management & Approvals department complete projects and activities directed by the Department.
  • Assist with developing and completing of new projects.
  • Comply with regulations in the SNC Personnel Policy and SNC Health and Safety Policy.
  • Ensure all staff, contractors, volunteers and visitors (working with the individual) comply with SNC Health and Safety Policy.
  • Maintain facilities in a neat and clean condition.
  • Prepare information and reports for management, committees, and the Board as required.
  • Present to groups and conferences as required.
  • Other Duties as required.
  • University/college studies in geography, planning, engineering, natural resources or related discipline.

  • Knowledge of basic forestry, fishery, water and conservation qualities and issues.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Enthusiasm, determination and the ability to work independently.
  • Familiarity with computers and Microsoft Office programs.
  • Bilingualism (French and English) is an asset.
  • Valid Class “G” Ontario Driver’s License.

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Wildlife Rehabilitator Assistant Internship

Organization: Wildlife Rehabilitation Society Of Edmonton

Job Type: Internship

Location: Edmonton and Spruce Grove Alberta AB

Posting Date: Dec 18, 2014

Deadline: Jan 30, 2015


Organization Description:
Job Description:

Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton 

Position: Wildlife Rehabilitator Assistant Intern
Time Period: April 2014
– October 2014     Number of Positions Available:  20
20 40 hrs per week         Minimum 3 month commitment       Start dates: Apr 1, May 1, June 1 

We are seeking enthusiastic people who love wildlife, the outdoors, have a strong desire to learn and work well in a team environment, to assist us in maintaining the best care possible for our patients.  

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton (WRSE) is a non‐partisan, charitable organization that provides compassionate care for injured and orphaned wildlife and educates the public on the importance of wildlife in our community.   WRSE is permitted through the Canadian Wildlife Service and Alberta Sustainable Resources Fish & Wildlife Division.  We provide a high standard of care to a wide variety of native and migratory species.  Approximately 80% of our patients are wild birds (waterfowl, birds of prey, songbirds) and 20% are mammals (squirrels, porcupines, fox – no large carnivores).  

WRSE internships are voluntary positions and there is no remuneration. Interns may apply to work at the WRSE Hospital in Edmonton or the Rehab Centre in Spruce Grove.  Positions will start in April and require a minimum of 20 hrs to a maximum of 40 hrs per week with a 3, 4, 5 or 

6 month commitment. Potential Interns from out of town or Province may apply but must provide their own accommodations and transportation.     

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton provides a number of programs out of two facilities.  The Wildlife Hospital is located in Edmonton at 12515 128 Street, where public transportation is available.  The Rehabilitation Centre is located west of Edmonton in rural Spruce Grove at 53327 Range Road 271. Public transportation is not available to the Rehabilitation Centre and Interns applying to work at the Rehabilitation Centre will require use of a vehicle. 


Working under the supervision of the Animal Care Managers at either the Wildlife Hospital or the Rehabilitation Centre Interns will be helping wildlife by: preparing appropriate species’ diets & monitoring food intake, enclosure setup & cleaning, habitat enrichment, recording & charting progress, providing intense neonate care for baby birds, mammals and duckling;  specialized waterfowl care, daily laundry and cleaning duties, indoor and outdoor facility maintenance and  gardening.  

Interns are required to follow all policy, procedures and protocols at the WRSE to ensure a high standard of animal care.

Benefits for the Intern 

   •     Some of the skills participants acquire include species identification, habitat enrichment, release site research and proper husbandry techniques, animal handling, tube feeding, dosage calculations, administering medication, performing lab work,  

•     Animal handling skills 

•     Further your career or educational goals 

•     Orientation and Training provided 

•     Learning job skills and team work 

•     Mentorship and friendships with like‐minded people 

•     Reference letters provided 

To apply please go to www.wildlife‐ 


•     Must be 18 years of age or older 

•     Must provide personal and professional references 

•     Current tetanus vaccination & good physical health & stamina

•     Academic background or volunteer experience in biological or environmental sciences, wildlife rehabilitation,    wildlife management, veterinary medicine, animal welfare or animal care is preferred but not required 

•     Rabies vaccination an asset 

•     Criminal record check 

•     Willing to be a team member 

•     Ability to be motivated, flexible and patient in a busy work environment 

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Wildlife Rehabilitation Summer Student Volunteers

Organization: Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society

Job Type: Volunteer

Location: Courtenay, British Coulumbia BC

Posting Date: Dec 17, 2014


Organization Description:
Job Description:

Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (MARS) is seeking summer student volunteers for 2015. Baby bird season in spring, summer and early fall brings us the greatest number of patients. To ensure that the animals get all the care necessary to bring them back to health, we will be offering summer student volunteer positions to interested and motivated individuals. Veterinary supervision and protocols of care are observed.

Summer student positions will be filled on a six week rotational basis, with four time frames to fill:

  • April 15 – May 31
  • June 1 – July 15
  • July 16 – August 31
  • September 1 – October 15

The work at the wildlife centre can be very demanding. Typically in the summer we work from 8 am until 10 pm, with occasional 4 am feedings. A summer student can expect to be involved in all aspects of the rehabilitation process. Most of the work for everyone is diet preparation and cleaning, but you will also be expected to take part in occasional rescues and releases, administer treatments, participate in building projects and grounds maintenance, and help with some educational displays within the community. The schedule at the centre can be intense, but you will also be given time to enjoy the beautiful scenery this island has to offer.

Summer student positions are unpaid and typically last six to eight weeks, depending on scheduling. The wildlife centre offers very basic housing and, occasionally, some meals, but for the most part you will be responsible for keeping yourself fed.  The wildlife centre is staffed by two dedicated rehabilitators and many volunteers. As a summer student you will become part of a team of likeminded people and will be treated with respect and friendship.


Previous wildlife experience is not a prerequisite. Come here with the right attitude, prepared to give 100% to our wild patients, and it will be an extraordinary experience. 

Apply To:

For more information about MARS, to read about previous volunteers' experiences, and for an application form please visit Send completed applications with your resume to: 

Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society 
6817 Headquarters Road 
Courtenay, British Columbia 
Canada V9J 1N2 

Applications by email will not be accepted.

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