BSc STUDENTS/CBU BSc CO-OP ONLY – Coastal Stewardship Biologist, Bird Studies Canada – Northern Nova Scotia


Coastal Stewardship Biologist – Northern NS 

Bird Studies Canada (BSC) is seeking applicants for the position of Coastal Stewardship Biologist starting early-mid May (12-14 wks x 40 hr/wk @ $15-16/hr depending on experience and funding). Based out of Antigonish, NS, the position will coordinate stewardship and monitoring on beaches and in communities throughout mainland northern NS and Cape Breton Island.

Part of BSC’s NS Piping Plover Conservation Program, the Coastal Stewardship Biologist position offers outstanding opportunities to gain skills in wildlife management, species at risk recovery and stewardship engagement towards the conservation of endangered Piping Plover and the province’s most beautiful and rich coastal ecosystems. This position has a unique mix of field biology, community outreach and engagement, youth education, and collaboration and networking with diverse partners. Learn more about our work: and

Position Requirements:

  •  Access to a personal vehicle (mileage to field sites will be reimbursed at $0.45/km).
  •  Experience working independently and coordinating projects under limited supervision and in remote locations.
  •  Excellent ‘people’ skills and ability to approach the public and partners with professionalism.
  •  Experience conducting biological and/ or scientific studies and following protocols.
  •  Ability to prioritize tasks, schedule work plans, and manage data.
  •  Knowledge and interest in species at risk recovery and endangered Piping Plovers.
  •  Experience working with volunteers and/or willingness to train and work with volunteers.
  •  Willingness to travel and to work long days in the field and some weekends when required.
  •  Ability to walk on sand carrying heavy equipment.
  •  Standard First-Aid (current certification or obtained by start date).

Position Assets: 

  •  Knowledge of wildlife and beaches in northern NS and experience in field biology.
  •  Fluency in French.
  •  Knowledge of Atlantic Canada coastal ecosystems and shorebirds.
  •  Experience working with species at risk.


Under supervision of the Program Coordinator, the Coastal Stewardship Biologist will: 

  •  Conduct beach surveys to identify threats; monitor breeding plovers, nests and chicks; and locate/ resight banded plovers.
  •  Protect beach breeding habitat from threats and foster stewardship among recreational users;
  •  Conduct educational outreach activities that improve awareness about Piping Plovers and the value of coastal habitats, and help build community support for and action on coastal stewardship;
  •  Collect and manage data on plover bands, other beach wildlife, and human activities on beaches;
  •  Enter and proof all data using MS Access and Excel databases;
  •  Assist in the coordination and training of volunteers in northern NS;
  •  Work and regularly communicate with Program partners, such as NS Natural Resources, Canadian
  • Wildlife Service, private landowners on monitoring and stewardship activities;
  •  Deliver educational activities that share plover ecology and stewardship tips to youth and groups;  Communicate with and provide written updates to the Program Coordinator on a regular basis.

Application Details

If you are interested in making this job opportunity into a Co-op, please contact Student Placement Officer, Carly Turnbull:

Cover letters must outline the following: 

1) Whether you have access to a personal vehicle and are returning to school fall 2018; and
2) How you meet the position requirements and relevant experience.

To apply, send your CV, cover letter and list of 3 references to Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

For more information, check out the Bird Studies Canada website