Website Owl Moon Environmental Inc.

Owl Moon Environmental (OMEI) promotes the advancement of environmental research and monitoring based on sound scientific principles. Team Members thrive in having the opportunity to work with a top environmental consultancy in a safety-conscious and respectful environment.

We seek highly motivated and experienced avian biologists to conduct waterfowl monitoring in the oil sands region near Fort McMurray, Alberta. This field-based position extends from April 2nd to October 31st, 2024.

Biologists will work independently or in a small team recording birds from land-based monitoring locations and by boat. The work environment is within an industrial mine and requires strict adherence to safety standards and client site rules.

Biologists will adhere to OMEI safety and industrial site requirements, including government agency and client directives relating to pandemics. We will provide safety training courses (e.g., First Aid, OSSA Common Safety Orientation, Bear Awareness).

Monitoring will require 11-hour days, in an 8 days on/8 days off shift schedule (under an Alberta Hours of Work Averaging Agreement). This position is located in Fort McMurray. Accommodations would be the responsibility of the successful applicants.

Successful candidates would have a Degree or Diploma in Biology or Environmental Science or equivalent experience. Experience identifying waterfowl, wading birds, and landbirds is required. Successful candidates must possess a valid Class 5 Driver’s License or equivalent, a clean driving record demonstrated by a driver’s abstract, and a 3-year documented vehicle insurance history from an insurance agency or equivalent insurance history document that qualifies for coverage under OMEI’s vehicle insurance policy. Experience driving a four-wheel drive vehicle under difficult off-road muddy and sandy conditions is also required. Candidates must pass an industrial site pre-access Alcohol & Drug test at the start of employment.

Qualifications include tolerating long field days and sometimes tricky field conditions while nurturing a healthy team atmosphere. Candidates must also demonstrate attention to detail in data recording and excellent time management and communication skills. We are providing a competitive wage, and sick leave of 40 hours (equivalent to 5, 8-hour workdays) throughout employment.

To apply or receive further information, please contact Shirley Zhang (

Applications must include:

  • A cover letter
  • Resume
  • The name and contact information of three persons as references

Applications will be received until all positions are filled, but no later than March 15th, 2024. The entire application process should take approximately 2-3 weeks. Qualified applicants will participate in up to 2 interviews; then, the outcome will be made and communicated with the applicant.

We thank all who apply; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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