Due to the situation with COVID-19 PIBO regrets to announce that we are not accepting any volunteers for the spring season in 2021. Please check back for the fall season.

PIBO regularly accepts applications from individuals interested in assisting with migration monitoring /banding. We can offer shorter stays of one week to longer stints of several weeks. Ideally, you will have some fieldwork experience with banding songbirds and or be keen birders. We can offer free rent in our staff house, but food and transportation is your responsibility. Volunteers are required to work long hours, seven days a week assisting with the various migration monitoring programs. Also required is the assistance with daily upkeep, cooking, cleaning, etc. The field season runs from early April to early June (spring) and from early August to mid-November (fall).  Volunteers will report to the Bander-in-Charge who will provide training and advice on PIBO protocols.

Volunteer Avian Field Assistant for spring/early summer 

Volunteer opportunity open from April 15-June 15 (June 1st for banding)

Volunteer positions will be considered for one week for experienced banders and two-three weeks for those with some experience.

Location: Pelee Island Ontario

Job Description PIBO’s Field Assistant (FA) will carryout constant-effort mist netting and bird banding every morning during their stay on Pelee Island. Depending on experience, the FA will help conduct the daily census, extract birds from nets and band the birds, serve as data scribe, and other duties associated with PIBO’s migration-monitoring program.

The volunteer will also be responsible for helping with the daily chores at the PIBO cottage: cooking, cleaning, dishes, shopping, taking out compost, driving trash to the landfill, etc.

Perks/Conditions: The volunteer will be provided with free housing and food but transportation to and from the island are the responsibility of the volunteer. Volunteers should bring their own field gear- rubber boots, mosquito hats/shirts and clothing for warm and cold weather, etc. Although this position starts in April, it can still be quite chilly on the island in the spring.  Driver’s license is not essential but helpful. Must be okay with snakes, spiders, variable weather and biting insects. Must be an early-riser! Work starts almost every day before dawn. Must be mature and dependable. Most afternoons will be free time apart from data entry and station upkeep.


  • The Field Assistant will have some songbird banding and extraction experience, ideally, and be familiar with birds of the Great Lakes region.
  • The Field Assistant will assist with welcoming visitors at the banding station, data entry and proofing, and be familiar with at least excel data entry.
  • Assist with the upkeep of the PIBO staff cottage and field station, help with shopping, cleaning, etc.
  • Assist with PIBO island education programs and events- banding demonstrations, annual picnic, etc.

Please send cover letter and resume to by March 15, 2020