Seasonal Bird Survey Field Technician, Audubon/Florida State Parks at National Audubon Society

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Location: Miami, Florida

Job Description:

National Audubon Society

Type: Seasonal, Full-Time

Job Category: Science


Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action. By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive. And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level. What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 22 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country. Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Position Summary:

The Seasonal Bird Survey Field Technicians will be part of a partnership Audubon-Florida Park Service team conducting coastal bird monitoring and management research in 11 of Florida District 1 State Parks. S/he will be responsible for: locating and monitoring shorebird nests and broods, and maintaining protected nesting and brood-rearing habitat at Florida State Parks throughout the Florida Panhandle as part of a long-term management and research project. Focal beach-nesting bird species include snowy plovers, Wilson’s plovers, American oystercatchers, least terns, and black skimmers. Duties include capturing, banding and resighting snowy plovers, Wilson’s plovers, and American oystercatchers. Other duties may include conducting disturbance observations, conducting predator tracking surveys, data entry, utilizing wildlife cameras, working with volunteers, and interacting with the public for education and outreach as part of a Bird Steward program. Additional responsibilities will include conducting year-round surveys of non-breeding shorebird and seabird species observed in the study area, with a focus on piping plovers and red knots.

Two seasonal positions are available, starting mid-Feb to end mid-August 2017. The main office is based out of the Panama City, District 1 office in St. Andrews State Park and field lodging available out of the St. Joseph Buffer Preserve based outside of Port St. Joe, FL. Working some weekend and holidays will be required during summer months.

Essential Functions:

  • Locate and monitor shorebird nests and broods, including determining nests fates and overall productivity following a detailed protocol.
  • Identify, post, flag, and maintain nesting and brood-rearing protected habitats.
  • Capture and band adults and chicks of snowy plovers, Wilson's plovers, and American oystercatchers.
  • Re-sight uniquely banded individuals regularly by spotting scope and tripod.
  • Complete surveys on non-breeding shorebirds and seabirds in the study area, with an emphasis on piping plovers and red knots.
  • Conduct disturbance observations, predator tracking surveys, and facilitate and maintain Reconyx wildlife cameras.
  • Enter detailed and accurate data as needed into project databases.
  • Engaging in public outreach efforts during major holidays and busy weekends.
  • Communicate and maintain good working relationship with Florida Park Service staff.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in Biology, Natural Resources, Wildlife Biology, Zoology, or related field; Master's degree preferred.
  • Willingness to work irregular hours required to achieve work objectives.
  • 2-3 years demonstrated experience with shorebird identification, surveying, and re-sighting banded shorebirds is required.
  • Focus in avian research and conservation.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills required; must be comfortable working with the general public to teach about beach-nesting birds.
  • Demonstrated experience leading and training field crews or similar projects or initiatives required.
  • Proficient with digital camera, Garmin GPS, Basecamp & Google Earth, ArcMap, and Microsoft Office applications, to include Word, Excel and Access.
  • Valid driver's license is required; proficiency towing trailers, operating all-terrain vehicles and boats is required.
  • This position requires walking up to 7 miles in soft sand while carrying field equipment, applicant must have the ability to pass a moderate pack test.
  • Willingness to work in variable conditions to include the cold, strong winds, rain and storms, heat, and high humidity – biting insects will be prevalent throughout the season.

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