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Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program - Internship

Feb 14, 2021 - June 30, 2021 pending funding

The BC Conservation Foundation (BCCF) is seeking applicants for internships working on the Northern Spotted Owl Captive Breeding Program for the 2021 breeding season. Interns will assist BCCF and Provincial Government staff with the daily care of endangered Spotted Owls at the facility located in Langley, BC, for future release into the wild.

Duties Include:

Daily Captive Care

Daily captive care of the owls is required to ensure each owl remains healthy and fit for breeding. Duties will include diet preparations and feeding of owls, behavioral observations, cleaning and maintenance of owl enclosures and work spaces, and the maintenance of mice and rat colonies that are bred to feed the owls. The focus for the breeding season is on owl care and monitoring. Attentive, continuous monitoring is required to identify when eggs are laid. This can mean monotonous hours of watching camera feeds and sitting out in the cold at night. Once eggs are secured with the utmost care, they are placed in incubators where they must be carefully monitored for accurate environmental conditions and regularly checked for development. Hatched chicks required 24 hour care to headstart their growth and development prior to being returned to the adult breeding pairs. Candidates must be prepared to work a widely varied schedule, including up to 10 hour overnight shifts, and alternating between day and night shifts on a regular basis. 


The intern will assist with the writing of reports and funding proposals, as well as help keep the program social media presence up to date. Research and data analysis from the breeding season is crucial for the development and updating of protocols. Further development of and participation in education programs both on and off site will be important components.


The intern will help staff with the ongoing maintenance of existing enclosures and facilities, and may assist with the construction of new habitats. All required equipment training will be provided on site.


Wages, Accommodation and Working Conditions

Interns will be paid minimum wage ($14.60/hr) and be required to work (day and evening) up to 40 hrs per week with possibility of overtime during the chick rearing season. Interns are required to have independent housing off-site. There is no support for securing housing. Priority will be given to candidates who live with 80 km of the work site. Personal transportation to the facility in Langley is required, and interns are required to provide their own food and proper work clothes and boots for all weather conditions.

Essential Qualifications

  • Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or diploma related to fields in biology, zoology, conservation, environmental science or veterinary science.
  • Applicants must have previous animal care or husbandry experience, specifically birds and small mammals.
  • Applicants must be physically fit, capable of lifting 50lbs, and be prepared to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Applicants must be willing to work a varied schedule and be available to work 5 days a week, including many night shifts.
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in Canada.
  • Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license that is valid for use in BC. 

Asset Qualifications

  • Previous biological work experience in the conservation of threatened and/or endangered species,
  • Understanding of animal behavior and reproductive biology of birds,
  • Experience working outdoors or in a variety of conditions,
  • Previous experience in delivering educational programming to the general public,
  • Competency using social media platforms (ie Facebook and Instagram)
  • Competency in using Excel and Word,
  • Valid First aid certification
  • Experience driving in snowy, rural areas and appropriate tires for winter road conditions

COVID-19 Considerations

During all instances when social distancing cannot be maintained (e.g. close quarters in the incubation room) masks will be work at all times. Candidates are expected to follow all provincial health guidelines and will be trained in all site specific disinfectant requirements.

To apply for this job: 

Applicants are to submit a cover letter and resume as separate files, each in .pdf format with their name in the file title (e.g. YourName_BCCF_CoverLetter.pdf) using the form below. Applications must be submitted via this website only (no outside sources). Be sure to clearly indicate in your cover letter how you meet each of the Essential Qualifications.

Applicants selected for interviews will be contacted early January.

This posting closes on Wednesday, January 6th, 4:30 PM. No late applications will be accepted.

No phone calls or emails please.


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