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


Coastal Stewardship Biologist – Southwest NS 

Bird Studies Canada (BSC) is seeking applicants for the position of Coastal Stewardship Biologist starting early May (13-14 wks x 40 hr/wk @ $15-16/hr depending on experience and funding). Based out of the Shelburne-Barrington Area, NS, the position will coordinate Piping Plover monitoring and stewardship on SW NS beaches.

As part of BSC’s NS Piping Plover Conservation Program, the Coastal Stewardship Biologist will gain skills in bird monitoring, habitat management and stewardship, and species at risk recovery techniques 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, research, outreach, collaboration and networking with diverse partners, including Canadian Wildlife Service, NS Natural Resources and Parks Canada. Learn more about our work: and

Position Requirements: 

  • Access to a personal vehicle (mileage to field sites will be reimbursed at $0.45/km).
  • Your own accommodation in Shelburne County (Please note: reasonably priced accommodation during spring/ summer is difficult to find in this area, so position is best suited to someone with local housing).
  • Experience working both independently and with a team.
  • Experience conducting biological and/ or scientific studies, following protocols and managing data.
  • Excellent ‘people’ skills and ability to approach the public and partners with professionalism.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and develop monitoring schedules.
  • 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 and flexibility 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 coastal wildlife and beaches in SW NS and experience in field biology.
  • Knowledge of Atlantic Canada coastal ecosystems and shorebirds.
  • Experience working with species at risk


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

  • Conduct beach surveys to identify threats; locate and monitor breeding plovers, nests and chicks; and locate/ re-sight banded plovers (as part of an ongoing mark-recapture research project).
  • 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;
  • Collect and manage data on plover bands, other beach wildlife, and human activities on beaches;
  • Enter and proof all data using an online data portal and MS Excel;
  • Assist in the coordination and training of volunteers on beaches;
  • Collaborate and regularly communicate with BSC partners about the status of Piping Plover on beaches, including NS Natural Resources, Canadian Wildlife Service, Parks Canada, and private landowners; • 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 continuing at college/ university in fall 2018.
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. Early applications are encouraged.

For more information, check out the Bird Studies Canada website