Work With Us

We are not currently hiring. Fall jobs will be posted in this space on June 1, 2022.

Each year PIBO hires full-time seasonal staff to assist with the operation of the migration station. Participants have the opportunity to gain intensive hands-on experience working with birds, and to develop their birding skills while employed in the field six hours each day, seven days-a-week, rain or shine! While the routine can be taxing, the experience of working at a migration monitoring station will last a lifetime.

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. Applicants should be able to identify at least 85% of the migratory and non-migratory birds in the Great Lakes region.

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 will be your responsibility.

Contact us to learn more about employment opportunities.

Connor Hawey, 2018 assistant, with Prothonotary nesting box.
Photo by Sumiko Onishi