Owl Moon Environmental Inc. (OMEI; www.owlmoon.ca) is accepting applications for Assistant Bander positions for the summer 2021 season. The number and availability of positions is dependent on confirmation of project funding. The Assistant Bander will assist in the establishment, maintenance, and operation of a remote network of mist-netting and banding stations in the oil sands region near Fort McMurray, Alberta, for the Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) program, operated collaboratively with the Institute for Bird Populations (http://www.birdpop.org/maps.htm).

Positions will commence on May 17, and will extend through August 8, 2021. These positions are available only to applicants currently living in and qualified to work within Canada. Initial training will be conducted remotely to manage and minimize the potential for COVID-19 exposure. Prior banding experience and an ability to identify birds by sight and call are required. Successful candidates will be tolerant of long and sometimes difficult field days that begin before dawn, and able to maintain a healthy team atmosphere.

Assistant Banders will be employees of OMEI and will receive payment of between CA$3,250 and CA$3,500 per month, depending on experience. Food and accommodations will be provided for the duration of the program. We will cover the costs of domestic economy class flights (or equivalent) to Fort McMurray and return, which will be booked to and from the airport closest to your Canadian home city. Assistant Banders will adhere to OMEI safety and industrial site requirements for working in this region, including government agency directives relating to COVID-19, and will be required to pass an industrial site pre-access Alcohol & Drug test. Safety training courses (e.g., First Aid, OSSA Basic Safety Orientation, Bear Awareness) will be provided. Upon completing the season adequately and responsibly and adhering to all required safety protocols, you will receive a lump-sum bonus of CA$2,500 at the conclusion of the program. No health or other benefits beyond those described herein will be included.

Applicants must hold a current, valid Alberta Class 5 driver’s licence (or equivalent), allowing them to drive (4×4 truck will be provided) in Alberta. Applications must include a cover letter, resume, and the name and contact information of three persons as references. Successful applicants will be required to provide a driver’s abstract demonstrating a record that qualifies for coverage under OMEI’s vehicle insurance policy. Applications will be received until all positions are filled, but no later than February 28, 2021. To apply or receive further information please contact OMEI Human Resources at hr@owlmoon.ca.