With our Migration Monitoring Program, our staff may be able to provide some training with your work experience. However, due to the nature of the work and our small team, we encourage ornithologists, field biologists and birders with previous banding experience to apply. Applicants must be able to identify at least 85% of the migratory and non-migratory birds in the Great Lakes region. The seasonal coverage period is from April 1st- June 15th and from August 1st to November 15th. We accept applications for both seasons. The daily coverage period consists of six hours of fieldwork each morning, starting one-half hour before sunrise.
If you have a passion for birds, island living, intense storms and an abundance of wildlife including butterflies, snakes and bats, then PIBO could be the place for you! Must enjoy or at least tolerate communal living, lots of insects, both hot and cold working conditions, long hours, rustic work and living conditions, spotty internet service and irregular supplies of fresh food. PIBO will provide a free place to stay for the duration of your work period; however, transportation to and from Pelee Island is your responsibility.