Birds Canada

Birds Canada is seeking a Conservation Coordinator to lead the development and delivery of a conservation strategy and related actions for Bank Swallow in Atlantic Canada. Candidates should possess a Bachelor’s degree (science, biology, environmental studies, ecology, conservation development, or related field) and have practical experience with wildlife conservation planning and program coordination; technical skills related to data and information management and report-writing; and interpersonal skills for collaboration, team-building, and public outreach/engagement. Candidate can expect to work in a small team environment with enthusiastic colleagues who like birds.


The Bank Swallow Conservation Coordinator will play a lead role in developing and delivering a conservation strategy and related actions for the Bank Swallow in the Atlantic region (Maritimes). The goal of the project is to improve the conservation status of Bank Swallow in Atlantic Canada through targeted stewardship, outreach, monitoring, and research efforts. Tasks include developing resources and strategies to encourage voluntary stewardship for nest and roost sites, promote compliance with legislation, and monitor Bank Swallow nest and roost sites, as follows:
  • Build and maintain strong working relationships with a variety of partners
  • Review and collate a dataset of background information for Bank Swallow, e.g. existing beneficial management practices and science-based recommendations, survey protocols, regulations, and policies
  • Use “The Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation” to develop a situational analysis for Bank Swallow conservation in Atlantic Canada
  • Develop bilingual education materials tailored to target audiences
  • Help develop and maintain mechanisms to evaluate the impact of stewardship and outreach efforts (for example, results chains) and ensure that these outcomes are measurable and tracked
  • Conduct data and mapping analyses and write project reports
  • Identify and lead additional targeted outreach and education opportunities for stakeholders
  • Assist partners with projects that fill key knowledge gaps related to Bank Swallow management and conservation
  • Assist in fundraising for the ongoing maintenance and development of the project
  • Hire, train, and manage seasonal project staff
  • Promote Bank Swallow conservation and program through Birds Canada website and social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram), as well as through broader media releases, and through presentations to naturalist clubs, industry stakeholders, and other groups
  • Other work related to aerial insectivore conservation, as determined by the supervisor and Atlantic Programs Director

  • A BSc. in biology, ecology, wildlife conservation, program management, or related field
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with coordinating working groups or collaboratives, project design and data analysis, stewardship and stakeholder engagement
  • Understanding of bird monitoring techniques
  • Knowledge of “The Open Standards for Conservation Planning” and/or Miradi software
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, communication skills, and the ability to communicate ideas and protocols to individuals of diverse backgrounds and viewpoints
  • Fluency in both English and French
  • Experience working with species at risk and stewardship programs
  • A solid knowledge of migratory birds, including the ability to identify Bank Swallow and other aerial insectivores by sight and sound, is an asset
  • Familiarity with legislation pertaining to species at risk and migratory birds, and with the geography and cultures of Atlantic Canada
  • Fluency with Microsoft Office suite of programs and experience analyzing and summarizing data

The position is remote from any Birds Canada office, but ideally, the chosen candidate will reside within the “Atlantic Bubble”. The chosen candidate will work from home and/or be responsible for providing their own workspace. The position pays $3500/mo and is being offered initially as a six-month contract, with possibility of renewal contingent on performance, opportunity, and funding. Part-time contracts will also be considered if necessary. The position reports to the Aerial Insectivore Conservation Program Coordinator (Allison Manthorne).

Applicants should send CV, cover letter, and two references to Allison Manthorne ( Only those candidates who qualify for an interview will be contacted. The position is available immediately and will be filled as soon as possible (anticipated start date January 2021). Please state your availability and preference of term type (full-time, part-time).
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