Avian Field Assistant (volunteer)
Anticipated start date: As soon as possible
Anticipated end date: October 31st 2018
Location: Pelee Island Ontario
Job Description: PIBO’s Field Assistant (FA) will carry-out constant-effort mist netting and bird banding every morning during their two month stay on Pelee Island. Depending on experience, the FA will help conduct the daily census, extract birds from nets and band the birds, serve as data scribe, and other duties associated with PIBO’s migration-monitoring program.
The volunteer will also be expected to help out with the daily chores at the PIBO cottage: cooking, cleaning, dishes, shopping, taking out compost, driving trash to the landfill, etc.
Perks/Conditions: Candidate will be provided with free housing and food but transportation to and from the island are the responsibility of the volunteer. Candidates should bring their own field gear- mosquito hats/shirts and clothing for warm and cold weather, etc. Although this position starts in September, it can still be quite chilly on the island in the fall. Driver’s license is not essential but helpful. Must be okay with snakes, spiders, variable weather and biting insects. Must be an early-riser! Work starts almost every day before dawn. Must be mature and dependable. Most afternoons will be free-time apart from data entry and station upkeep. There are two friendly resident cats at the field house. They are indoor only.
· The Field Assistant will have some songbird banding and extraction experience, ideally, and be familiar with birds of the Great Lakes region.
· The Field Assistant will assist with welcoming visitors at the banding station, data entry and proofing, and be familiar with at least excel data entry
· Assist with PIBO island education programs and events- banding demonstrations, etc.
Please send cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org . Position is open until filled.