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  2. APPLY ONLINE ONLY AT: https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/4089/tyndall-shorebird-biologist/job Position Summary Audubon Florida seeks a Shorebird Biologist to support beach-nesting season and nonbreeding season bird conservation work in the Eastern Florida Panhandle. The Shorebird Biologist will work remotely in the Panama City region of Bay and Gulf counties and travel to complete the majority of work on and around beaches and islands including Tyndall Critical Wildlife Area, islands and beaches and adjacent to or within Tyndall Air Force Base, Eglin Cape San Blas, and other sites as assigned. From February to August, or later if nesting activity continues (“breeding season”), the Shorebird Biologist will be responsible for performing independent beach-nesting bird monitoring and protection work primarily in Bay and Gulf counties, Florida. Responsibilities include the following, in addition to other as-needed duties: Posting symbolic fencing around beach-nesting bird sites and maintaining said posting; Monitoring nest sites weekly, at minimum, for evidence of disturbance or predation; Monitoring nonbreeding Piping, Snowy, and Wilson’s plovers, and Red Knots, and other focal species; Performing weekly bird surveys to collect demographic data according to specified protocol, and banded bird resightings as directed; and Protecting sites from disturbance through predation management and game camera monitoring in cooperation with site managers and partner agencies, educating beachgoers about coastal bird species while encouraging compliance with posted areas, and engaging in outreach to user groups through presentations at organizational meetings. From mid-August through mid-February (“non-breeding season”), s/he will be responsible for completing biweekly winter coastal bird surveys and banded bird resightings focusing on Red Knot, Piping Plover, and Snowy Plover, primarily in Bay and Gulf counties, Florida, and elsewhere in the Florida Panhandle as needed; assisting with volunteer recruitment, management, and training; carrying out equipment maintenance; and giving public presentations and beach walks as outreach to key user groups that may impact conservation of coastal birds in the Florida Panhandle. This is a full-time, grant-funded opportunity through December 31, 2020 with the possibility of future funding. Essential Functions By closely collaborating with the Eastern Panhandle Shorebird Project Manager, the Shorebird Biologist will ensure all sites are: Posting symbolic fencing as required or immediately when new nest sites are located; Monitored weekly, at a minimum, for nesting progress, predation, and disturbance according to the terms of Audubon’s contractual requirements. Survey assigned sites weekly, at minimum, to collect avian demographic data and enter data into the Florida Shorebird Database or other database as required. Plan and conduct community outreach efforts such as public presentations, tabling events, and beach walks while educating and engaging the public about Florida’s focal shore/seabird species. Actively participate in regional working groups and partner workshops including delivering periodic technical presentations. Assist with other shorebird conservation and survey efforts and other duties as assigned. Decision-making with regard to the need for disturbance minimization through predation management, data collection using game cameras or other technology, alteration of posted nest-site boundaries, removal of posting materials and field equipment in advance of severe storm warnings, management and reporting on bird mortalities, and implementation of disturbance minimization at nesting sites or migratory bird congregation sites. Review and conduct appropriate analysis of georeferenced data in Google Earth or ArcGIS Online software to provide quality control prior to submittal. Contributing to technical report writing as needed and submitting content for program-related publications in a variety of media. Overseeing the maintenance needs of assigned program vehicles, trailers, boats and ATV/UTVs.Mentoring and managing volunteers in monitoring, surveying and stewardship activities. Qualifications and Experience Bachelor's degree in biology, wildlife ecology or related field required; Master's degree substitutes for one year professional experience. 3 years/seasons demonstrated expertise in bird identification and performing demographic bird surveys using rigorous protocols is required. At least two years of experience in shorebird or seabird identification and rigorous surveys is required. Demonstrated experience operating and maintaining motorboats with trailer launch in challenging nearshore marine conditions or equivalent experience in freshwater environments is a plus. Kayak paddling experience in nearshore marine or open-water conditions is required. Demonstrated success with accurate recording of field-collected data and data entry using MS Excel, MS Access, or online web portal data entry is required. Superior communication skills and demonstrated ability to work independently and with multiple stakeholder groups. Excellent judgment, problem-solving skills, and decision-making skills, one who possesses a high degree of integrity in all delivereables. Demonstrated experience working with external partners and volunteers, as well as operating and maintaining equipment including boats, ATV/UTVs, trucks and/or trailers. Must be able to lift up to 35lbs, and be able to walk up to 5 miles on beach carrying spotting scope, binoculars, and daypack. Demonstrated experience with performing field work in challenging coastal conditions year-round. Ability to think strategically and creatively, while managing multiple tasks, meeting deadlines and operating in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. Familiarity with coastal conservation lands of the Florida Panhandle a plus. Experience with setting up and operating cameras including mobile (GoPro type), game cameras and remote detection technologies preferred. Familiarity with Florida coastal bird management and coastal conservation lands of the Florida Panhandle a plus. Must be able to work long days, weekends, and holidays as needed, in Florida summer field conditions. A genuine passion for conservation and for the mission of the National Audubon Society a must.
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    Migration Counter

    The Avian Conservation Center is seeking an experienced migration counter for our annual South Carolina Coastal Raptor Migration Survey. The survey is conducted on the Santee Cooper Observation Platform located on the campus of The Center for Birds of Prey near Charleston, SC. This 152-acre facility is surrounded by the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge and the Francis Marion National Forest, which gives the opportunity to see a variety of raptors and other migrating coastal bird species. For more than 20 years the Avian Conservation Center has conducted an annual raptor migration survey, which has now expanded to include the novel and cutting-edge use of modified marine radar to detect migrating raptors. The Center is currently the only known site in North America to routinely use radar to assist in an annual raptor migration survey. Seasonal Fulltime: September 1st to November 30th Duties: · Identify and count all migrating raptors. · Maintain hourly and daily data records. · Record hourly weather data. · Enter daily count into HawkCount database of the Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA). · Provide daily summaries for online and social media posts. · Educate visitors about raptor migration. · Work in collaboration with survey volunteers both skilled and unskilled. · Provide end of season summary report. · Assist with the application of Marine radar observations. Qualifications, Knowledge, and Skills: · Ability to identify Eastern raptors in flight and from a distance. · Must be detail oriented and have careful data collecting skills. · Punctual, with excellent organizational, time and project management skills. · Excellent written and oral communication skills, and basic knowledge of environmental and avian conservation issues. · Enthusiastic, motivated and a strong team player. · Experience interacting with the public as well as excellent interpersonal and leadership skills. · Willingness to work irregular hours under sometimes difficult field conditions (heat, rain, humidity and sun). · Physical ability to lift minimum of 25 lbs. as necessary. · All applicants must have their own vehicle and a valid driver’s license. · Available to work full-time from September 1st-November 30th. Start Date: September 1, 2019 End Date: November 30, 2019 Salary: $1500 - $1900/month, commensurate with experience. Housing available. Application Deadline: July 15, 2019 Please submit resume to audrey.poplin@avianconservationcenter.org.
  4. Homing pigeons fit in one extra wingbeat per second when flying in pairs compared to flying solo, new research reveals. View the full article
  5. For a long time, ecologists have relied on their senses when it comes to recording animal populations and species diversity. However, modern programmable sound recording devices are now the better option for logging animal vocalisations. Scientists lead by the University of Göttingen have investigated this using studies of birds as an example. The results were published in the journal Ecological Applications. View the full article
  6. Location: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Salary: Approximately $24,000 per year, plus tuition waiver and health benefits Description: We are seeking a MS student at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign to study the ecology and status of wetland species of concern in Illinois. The project will focus on surveying wetlands across the state to determine the current distribution of several species of concern, as well as more focused work on nest success in relation to changes in wetland hydrology. The student will perform a combination of point count surveys and nest searching as well as vegetation sampling. The successful applicant will be expected to work closely with other researchers, natural resource managers, and private landowners, and to lead the overall research project including resulting publications. The student will be co-advised by Drs. T.J. Benson and Auriel Fournier. The student will spend time both on the main University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign Campus, and at Forbes Biological Station in Havana, IL, where much of the field work will likely be conducted. The successful candidate will pursue a degree through the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (www.nres.illinois.edu), preferably starting graduate school in January 2020, with field work beginning in the spring/summer 2020. Qualifications: BS degree in wildlife management, ecology, or a related discipline. Applicants should demonstrate a strong interest in working either with non-passerine birds and/or wetlands. Applicant should have a track record of being able to work independently. Previous experience doing field work is preferred, especially training or experience with nest searching. The applicant should also possess excellent interpersonal and written and oral communication skills. Send cover letter, CV, contact information for 3 references and unofficial GRE scores to the email address listed below. The successful applicant will submit official GRE scores to the University. Application review will begin August 30th. Dr. Auriel Fournier – auriel@illinois.edu
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    Data Technician

    Title: Data Technician Location: Santa Cruz, California Job Description: Conservation Metrics, Inc. is a fast-growing start-up committed to improving wildlife conservation through better monitoring. We specialize in using automated sensor networks and sophisticated detection and classification algorithms to increase the power of wildlife monitoring projects while reducing costs and logistical constraints. We have a global client base; including government agencies, non-government organizations, foundations, and energy companies. Projects include Before/After Control/Impact studies to quantify and compare the effectiveness of conservation actions, long-term monitoring projects, and surveys for species that may be extinct and/or data deficient. The Data Technician processes data from automated sensors to detect and classify sounds or images of interest as part of wildlife survey and monitoring projects. Typical job duties will include managing data intake; applying deep learning detection models; reviewing classification outputs; summarizing analysis results; and drafting tables, figures, and text for reports. This position will be supervised by CMI’s Operations Manager, and will work collaboratively with our entire team of analysts and managers. CMI offers a fast-paced and dynamic work environment that encourages creativity and innovation. Our work marries cutting edge technology (data science, sensor networks, Big Data, machine learning, etc.) with traditional research methods to answer questions about fascinating species and ecosystems. The position requires curiosity about the environments in which we work, and the ability to learn new skills and technology quickly. Your work will have a direct impact on wildlife conservation. Qualifications: • 1-2 years of experience in data science or script-based software (R, Python, Matlab) • Experience with, or interest in, automated sensors and remote sensing technology is particularly beneficial • BA/BS in Applied Math, Biology, Computer/Data Science, Statistics, Zoology or related disciplines • Ability/Interest in learning new data analysis techniques • Excellent English language skills. Fluency in a second language is a plus • Excellent organizational skills, ability to follow instructions and structured workflows, detailoriented and ability to identify problems and contribute to creative solutions. Compensation: CMI offers a salary and benefits package that is competitive for the duties described, commensurate with experience. Our work schedule is 8-5:30 Monday through Thursday. To Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume or cv, and 3 references to Jeff Schlueter at: technicianjob@conservationmetrics.com We will begin interviewing applicants in June 2019, position is open until filled
  9. The sun was rising over the Mojave Desert as crews prepared to demonstrate a devastating new weapon in the war among man, bird and reptile. View the full article
  10. VI CONGRESO COLOMBIANO DE ORNITOLOGÍA Ibagué, Tolima, Colombia - 22-25 October, 2019 Dear all, Since 2002 the Colombian Ornithological Society (ACO, by the Spanish acronym) has been working to encourage the scientific study and conservation of birds in Colombia. Once every four years, the ACO organizes the Colombian Ornithological Conference - CCO (Congreso Colombiano de Ornitología), with presentations, posters, and workshops. Although our primary interest is to encourage young ornithologists to present their work to the ornithological community in Colombia, we also want to include researchers and graduate students from outside Colombia that have an interest in Neotropical ornithology. This year our VI-CCO will be in the lovely city of Ibagué (Tolima) during 22-25 October, 2019. Take a look at the conference website. We invite you to submit talks/posters, or participate as a sponsor. You can submit a talk directly through the conference website. If you want to help support our conference, please consider being a sponsor. Our sponsors are an essential part of this conference, allowing us to provide scholarships to low-income students and support the logistics of the conference. We have the following sponsorship categories: Spizaetus isidori (Black-and-chestnut Eagle): different purposes for logistics of the conference. Since US$1,600.00 Vultur gryphus (Andean Vulture): support an international keynote speaker, including transportation to and from Ibagué, lodging, and meals. Since US$1,600.00 Buteogallus solitarius (Solitary Eagle): support a national keynote speaker, including transportation to and from Ibagué, lodging, and meals. Since US$800.00 Oxypogon cyanolaemus (Blue-throated Hillstar): support 250 merchandising kits to the participants. Each kit includes a pen, a notebook, and a bag. Since US$250.00 Scholarships for low-income but high-academic level students: Chlorostilbon olivaresi (Chiribiquete Emerald): 55 awards by US$4,800.00 Macroagelaius subalaris (Mountain Grackle): 50 awards by US$4,300.00 Grallaria urraoensis (Urrao Antpitta): 45 awards by US$3,900.00 Crax alberti (Blue-billed Curassow): 40 awards by US$3,500.00 Rallus semiplumbeus (Bogota Rail): 35 awards by US$3,000.00 Anthocephala berlepschi (Tolima Blossomcrown): 30 awards by US$2,600.00 Ramphomicron dorsale (Black-backed Thornbill): 25 awards by US$2,200.00 Diglossa gloriosissima (Chestnut-bellied Flowerpiercer): 20 awards by US$1,700.00 Penelope perspicax (Cauca Guan): 15 awards by US$1,300.00 Leptotila conoveri (Tolima Dove): 10 awards by US$860.00 Psarocolius cassini (Baudo Oropendola): 5 awards by US$430.00 Pyrrhura calliptera (Brown-breasted Parakeet): 1 award by US$90.00 The sponsor will be recognized on the webpage and material of the conference. Besides, depending on the type of sponsorship, you can use our space during the meeting for publicity banner and will receive two entrance to the conference (only to sponsorships bigger than US$800.00) We hope you can be part of our event. For additional information, you can contact the email congreso@ornitologiacolombiana.com Sincerely, Comité Organizador VICCO Asociación Colombiana de Ornitología ACO congreso@ornitologiacolombiana.com NIT 830.118.001-7 Personería Jurídica S0019386 Cellphone/WhatsApp +57 315 261 7130 Colombia, Sur América
  11. Peering through a spotting scope mounted on a tripod, researcher Alice Van Zoeren notices a piping plover skittering across a sandy, pebble-strewn Lake Michigan beach and hopping into a nest, swapping places with its mate. View the full article
  12. The National Audubon Society is getting involved in a lawsuit over the future of a national monument in the ocean off New England because of the area's importance to seabirds, especially colorfully beaked puffins. View the full article
  13. We are looking for field assistants for three inter-related projects based in Brookfield Conservation Park, South Australia, starting mid-August and lasting until mid-December. The team is led by Dr. Allison Johnson (postdoc, Shizuka Lab, University of Nebraska-Lincoln) , along with Laura Vander Meiden (grad student, Shizuka Lab) and Ian Hoppe (grad student, VanWormer Lab-UNL). Projects include: (1) long-term project on cooperative breeding in Purple-backed (formerly Variegated) and Splendid fairywrens, (2) a project on heterospecific communication and species roles in mixed-species flocks, and (3) a survey for avian malaria in a broad set of species. The field assistants would have the opportunity to learn and help with each of these projects. Qualifications: Field assistants will be helping with conducting point counts, behavioral observations, mistnetting, nest finding and monitoring. Previous experience with bird banding, landbird species identification, reading color bands, and nest finding are desired, though not required. Ability to live communally in rustic field housing and conduct strenuous field work in sometimes harsh conditions is a must. Valid passport required. Compensation: All travel, food and housing will be covered for the field assistants. Duration: mid-August to mid-December 2019 Location: The study takes place at Brookfield Conservation Park, a remote conservation park in South Australia. Housing is rustic. There will be access to reliable internet about once a week in town. For more information on the study site, visit: https://www.parks.sa.gov.au/find-a-park/Browse_by_region/Murray_River/brookfield-conservation-park To apply for the position, please send a brief letter of interest (text in email is fine), CV and contact information for two references to Dr. Daizaburo Shizuka: dshizuka2@unl.edu. Review of applications will begin June 22nd and the position will be open until filled. We will be off internet between June 17-22nd. If you have questions about the field work during that time, contact ianr.hoppe@gmail.com. We will also be at the AOS conference in Anchorage. If you are available to meet during the conference, please let us know!
  14. So you can install it directly from there with the install.packages(). 0.4.9 version introduces FLightR2Movebank( ) function that saves result formovebank upload. The latest version is on GitHub, as always.
  15. A new video shows how climate change connected and disconnected Andean "sky islands" during the past million years. The innovative mathematical model used to make the video was based on fossil pollen records and shows how the entire páramo habitat shifted. The model can predict climate change effects in mountainous regions around the world, according to an international team of scientists including authors from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama (STRI). View the full article
  16. An international team of scientists, led by Penn State researchers, have identified genes that may help farmers, especially ones in low- and middle-income countries, breed chickens that can resist one of the biggest disease threats facing poultry today. View the full article
  17. Climate and ecosystems are changing, but predation on shorebird nests has changed little across the globe over the past 60 years, finds an international team of 60 researchers. The study published in Science on 14 June 2019 challenges a recent claim that shorebird eggs are more often eaten by predators due to climate change, and more so in the Arctic compared to the tropics. The research shows that these claims are a methodological artefact. View the full article
  18. FIELD ASSISTANT : GRASSLAND BIRDS IN THE PAMPAS We are looking for field assistants in our long-term study of breeding biology of various ground-nesting birds (Anthus spp., Sicalis luteola, Ammodramus humeralis, Nothura maculosa, and others). Perdiod: from October 21st to December 16th Stay requiered: 4 weeks (longer stays can be considered) We collect information on reproductive success, foraging behaviour, chick growth rates, population trends and behavior ecology. Field work consists of nest searching, monitoring, census, banding, conducting behavioral observations and vegetation measurements. Research work is part of a PhD thesis at Universidad Nacional de La Plata. Applicants must get along well with others, be willing to work hard, and be self motivated. Good physical condition and ability to make careful observations are preferred. Volunteers will stay in a rustic field camp 25 km from the nearest town. Volunteers should bring their own tent and sleeping bag. They must provide their own airfare to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and transportation from Buenos Aires to La Plata (55 km). TO APPLY: send a cover letter and a curriculum vitae to Martín Colombo (martin.alejandro.colombo@gmail.com) with the subject "Volunteer opportunity 2019" Further information will be provided via email volunteer opportunity 2019.pdf
  19. I heard a local story of a man who, in his excitement to kill a rattlesnake, used the only thing he had available—his thermos bottle. The next scene in this drama has the man in the hospital receiving anti-venom to treat a snake bite. View the full article
  20. Free fingers have many obvious advantages on land, such as in locomotion and grasping, while webbed fingers are typical of aquatic or gliding animals. But both amphibians and amniotes—which include mammals, reptiles, and birds—can have webbed digits. In new research from Japan, scientists show for the first time that during embryo development, some animal species detect the presence of atmospheric oxygen, which triggers removal of interdigital webbing. Their research appears June 13 in the journal Developmental Cell. View the full article
  21. Father’s Day is about celebrating all the great dads out there – and there are plenty in the bird world. Who knows, one of these feathered fathers might remind you of someone you know…View the full article
  22. I have been dreaming about Wiley for some nights now. Always with the feeling that my dear friend was no longer available for a letter or a talk about Cuban Raptors. It is with deep sadness that I see now that Jim is no more among us. I am profoundly touched by this news, and as Eduardo said, Cuba's ornithology own him an immense gratitude. Jim was my personal advisor in all the ornithological researches I did in Cuba. Since my first paper about the Cuban Kestrel until my last on the Cuban collection of birds in the museum of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. The few we know about the Cuban raptors have the name of Jim Wiley attached. In a modest effort that took me 5 years and more that 30 trips to the areas where the Accipiter gundlachi was still present, a new subspecies was described in his name. The Accipiter gundlachi wileyi was clearly different from the nominative sp. Paraphrasing the Cuban poet Gertrudis Gómez d'Avellaneda when Gundlach dedicated to her a butterfly, I must say that Jim's name engraved on a cold stone of a grave will surely disappear with the time, but his name on the wings of the Gundlach Hawk will definitively last forever. Carlos Wotzkow (gundlachi@hotmail.com)
  23. An unprecedented disease outbreak has pushed the critically endangered kakapo, the world's fattest parrot, closer to extinction, New Zealand scientists said Thursday. View the full article
  24. Position Summary Audubon Florida seeks a Shorebird Biologist to support beach-nesting season and nonbreeding season bird conservation work in the Eastern Florida Panhandle. The Shorebird Biologist will work remotely in the Apalachicola region of southern Franklin County and travel to complete the majority of work on and around beaches and islands including: Little St. George Island, Dog Island, Flag Island Critical Wildlife Area, St. George Island Causeway Critical Wildlife Area and other sites as assigned. From February to August, or later if nesting activity continues (“breeding season”), the Shorebird Biologist will be responsible for performing independent beach-nesting bird monitoring and protection work primarily in Franklin County, Florida. Responsibilities include the following, in addition to other as-needed duties: Posting symbolic fencing around beach-nesting bird sites and maintaining said posting; Monitoring nest sites weekly, at minimum, for evidence of disturbance or predation; Monitoring nonbreeding Piping, Snowy, and Wilson’s plovers, and Red Knots, and other focal species; Performing weekly bird surveys to collect demographic data according to specified protocol, and banded bird resightings as directed; and Protecting sites from disturbance through predation management and game camera monitoring in cooperation with site managers and partner agencies, educating beachgoers about coastal bird species while encouraging compliance with posted areas, and engaging in outreach to user groups through presentations at organizational meetings. From mid-August through mid-February (“non-breeding season”), s/he will be responsible for completing biweekly winter coastal bird surveys and banded bird resightings focusing on Red Knot, Piping Plover, and Snowy Plover, primarily in Franklin County, Florida, and elsewhere in the Florida Panhandle as needed; assisting with volunteer recruitment, management, and training; carrying out equipment maintenance; and giving public presentations and beach walks as outreach to key user groups that may impact conservation of coastal birds in the Florida Panhandle. This is a full-time, grant-funded opportunity through December 31, 2020 with the possibility of future funding. Essential Functions By closely collaborating with the Eastern Panhandle Shorebird Project Manager, the Shorebird Biologist will ensure all sites are: Posting symbolic fencing as required or immediately when new nest sites are located; Monitored weekly, at a minimum, for nesting progress, predation, and disturbance according to the terms of Audubon’s contractual requirements. Survey assigned sites weekly, at minimum, to collect avian demographic data and enter data into the Florida Shorebird Database or other database as required. Plan and conduct community outreach efforts such as public presentations, tabling events, and beach walks while educating and engaging the public about Florida’s focal shore/seabird species. Actively participate in regional working groups and partner workshops including delivering periodic technical presentations. Assist with other shorebird conservation and survey efforts and other duties as assigned. Decision-making with regard to the need for disturbance minimization through predation management, data collection using game cameras or other technology, alteration of posted nest-site boundaries, removal of posting materials and field equipment in advance of severe storm warnings, management and reporting on bird mortalities, and implementation of disturbance minimization at nesting sites or migratory bird congregation sites. Review and conduct appropriate analysis of georeferenced data in Google Earth or ArcGIS Online software to provide quality control prior to submittal. Contributing to technical report writing as needed and submitting content for program-related publications in a variety of media. Overseeing the maintenance needs of assigned program vehicles, trailers, boats and ATV/UTVs. Mentoring and managing volunteers in monitoring, surveying and stewardship activities. Qualifications and Experience Bachelor's degree in biology, wildlife ecology or related field required; Master's degree substitutes for one year professional experience. Minimum of 3 years/seasons demonstrated expertise in bird identification and performing demographic bird surveys using rigorous protocols is required. At least two years of experience in shorebird or seabird identification and rigorous surveys is required. Demonstrated experience operating and maintaining motorboats with trailer launch in challenging nearshore marine conditions or equivalent experience in freshwater environments is required. Kayak paddling experience in nearshore marine or open-water conditions is a plus. Demonstrated success with accurate recording of field-collected data and data entry using MS Excel, MS Access, or online web portal data entry is required. Superior communication skills and demonstrated ability to work independently and with multiple stakeholder groups. Excellent judgment, problem-solving skills, and decision-making skills, one who possesses a high degree of integrity in all deliverables. Demonstrated experience working with external partners and volunteers, as well as operating and maintaining equipment including boats, ATV/UTVs, trucks and trailers. Must be able to lift up to 35lbs, and be able to walk up to 5 miles on beach carrying spotting scope, binoculars, and daypack. Demonstrated experience with performing field work in challenging coastal conditions year-round. Ability to think strategically and creatively, while managing multiple tasks, meeting deadlines and operating in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. Familiarity with coastal conservation lands of the Florida Panhandle a plus. Experience with setting up and operating cameras including mobile (GoPro type), game cameras and remote detection technologies preferred. Familiarity with Florida coastal bird management and coastal conservation lands of the Florida Panhandle a plus. Must be able to work long days, weekends, and holidays as needed, in Florida summer field conditions. A genuine passion for conservation and for the mission of the National Audubon Society a must. APPLY ONLINE ONLY AT: https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/4088/apalachicola-shorebird-biologist/job
  25. Position Summary Audubon Florida seeks a Shorebird Biologist to support beach-nesting season and nonbreeding season bird conservation work in the Eastern Florida Panhandle. The Shorebird Biologist will work remotely in the Apalachicola region of southern Franklin County and travel to complete the majority of work on and around beaches and islands including: Little St. George Island, Dog Island, Flag Island Critical Wildlife Area, St. George Island Causeway Critical Wildlife Area and other sites as assigned. From February to August, or later if nesting activity continues (“breeding season”), the Shorebird Biologist will be responsible for performing independent beach-nesting bird monitoring and protection work primarily in Franklin County, Florida. Responsibilities include the following, in addition to other as-needed duties: Posting symbolic fencing around beach-nesting bird sites and maintaining said posting; Monitoring nest sites weekly, at minimum, for evidence of disturbance or predation; Monitoring nonbreeding Piping, Snowy, and Wilson’s plovers, and Red Knots, and other focal species; Performing weekly bird surveys to collect demographic data according to specified protocol, and banded bird resightings as directed; and Protecting sites from disturbance through predation management and game camera monitoring in cooperation with site managers and partner agencies, educating beachgoers about coastal bird species while encouraging compliance with posted areas, and engaging in outreach to user groups through presentations at organizational meetings. From mid-August through mid-February (“non-breeding season”), s/he will be responsible for completing biweekly winter coastal bird surveys and banded bird resightings focusing on Red Knot, Piping Plover, and Snowy Plover, primarily in Franklin County, Florida, and elsewhere in the Florida Panhandle as needed; assisting with volunteer recruitment, management, and training; carrying out equipment maintenance; and giving public presentations and beach walks as outreach to key user groups that may impact conservation of coastal birds in the Florida Panhandle. This is a full-time, grant-funded opportunity through December 31, 2020 with the possibility of future funding. Essential Functions By closely collaborating with the Eastern Panhandle Shorebird Project Manager, the Shorebird Biologist will ensure all sites are: Posting symbolic fencing as required or immediately when new nest sites are located; Monitored weekly, at a minimum, for nesting progress, predation, and disturbance according to the terms of Audubon’s contractual requirements. Survey assigned sites weekly, at minimum, to collect avian demographic data and enter data into the Florida Shorebird Database or other database as required. Plan and conduct community outreach efforts such as public presentations, tabling events, and beach walks while educating and engaging the public about Florida’s focal shore/seabird species. Actively participate in regional working groups and partner workshops including delivering periodic technical presentations. Assist with other shorebird conservation and survey efforts and other duties as assigned. Decision-making with regard to the need for disturbance minimization through predation management, data collection using game cameras or other technology, alteration of posted nest-site boundaries, removal of posting materials and field equipment in advance of severe storm warnings, management and reporting on bird mortalities, and implementation of disturbance minimization at nesting sites or migratory bird congregation sites. Review and conduct appropriate analysis of georeferenced data in Google Earth or ArcGIS Online software to provide quality control prior to submittal. Contributing to technical report writing as needed and submitting content for program-related publications in a variety of media. Overseeing the maintenance needs of assigned program vehicles, trailers, boats and ATV/UTVs. Mentoring and managing volunteers in monitoring, surveying and stewardship activities. Qualifications and Experience Bachelor's degree in biology, wildlife ecology or related field required; Master's degree substitutes for one year professional experience. Minimum of 3 years/seasons demonstrated expertise in bird identification and performing demographic bird surveys using rigorous protocols is required. At least two years of experience in shorebird or seabird identification and rigorous surveys is required. Demonstrated experience operating and maintaining motorboats with trailer launch in challenging nearshore marine conditions or equivalent experience in freshwater environments is required. Kayak paddling experience in nearshore marine or open-water conditions is a plus. Demonstrated success with accurate recording of field-collected data and data entry using MS Excel, MS Access, or online web portal data entry is required. Superior communication skills and demonstrated ability to work independently and with multiple stakeholder groups. Excellent judgment, problem-solving skills, and decision-making skills, one who possesses a high degree of integrity in all deliverables. Demonstrated experience working with external partners and volunteers, as well as operating and maintaining equipment including boats, ATV/UTVs, trucks and trailers. Must be able to lift up to 35lbs, and be able to walk up to 5 miles on beach carrying spotting scope, binoculars, and daypack. Demonstrated experience with performing field work in challenging coastal conditions year-round. Ability to think strategically and creatively, while managing multiple tasks, meeting deadlines and operating in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. Familiarity with coastal conservation lands of the Florida Panhandle a plus. Experience with setting up and operating cameras including mobile (GoPro type), game cameras and remote detection technologies preferred. Familiarity with Florida coastal bird management and coastal conservation lands of the Florida Panhandle a plus. Must be able to work long days, weekends, and holidays as needed, in Florida summer field conditions. A genuine passion for conservation and for the mission of the National Audubon Society a must. APPLY ONLINE ONLY AT: https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/4088/apalachicola-shorebird-biologist/job
  26. AMERICORPS YEAR-ROUND AVIAN CONSERVATION FIELD ASSISTANT needed for work with the Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project. The position is part of the Kupu Conservation Leadership Development Program, and will last from early October, 2019 until August, 2020. Our project focuses on a variety of work with three endemic Hawaiian songbirds, the Akikiki, Akeke’e and Puaiohi that all inhabit the extremely wet, beautiful and rugged montane rainforest at located at ~4500ft on the island of Kauai. This is a rare opportunity to work on endangered tropical species in the U.S while gaining valuable research skills. The work is physically challenging, requiring a 4 to 8 mile hike to the main field camps by way of steep slopes, tangled forest and stream crossings. Daily field conditions include hiking through dense forest in and along streams, often in rainy and chilly weather. Daily field activities include conducting surveys for endangered Hawaiian birds, mosquito sampling, vegetation and habitat sampling, maintaining a rat control grid with motion detection cameras in sensitive bird habitat, nest searching and monitoring, and mist-netting and banding birds. Applicants must be able to detect and identify birds by sight and sound, be physically fit, and able to navigate rugged and complex terrain using GPS, compass, and maps. Experience with songbird color band re-sighting, behavioral observation, territory mapping, nest searching, point counts, camera trapping, telemetry towers and mist-netting is strongly desired. Abundant enthusiasm for conserving Hawaii’s native species (including the ability to kill a few invasive species along the way) is essential, as are self-motivation, the ability to work well in a small team, a positive attitude, and willingness to live in a remote field camps for more than a week at a time. Office duties will include environmental education and outreach, data entry and organization, supervised and independent research projects, maintenance of field equipment and other work around the office. Familiarity with GIS, Microsoft Access, Adobe Suite Software, and computer IT is also strongly desired. Compensation is a $1600 monthly living allowance (before taxes). Americorps also provides a $6095 Educational Award upon completion of the term, and pays all interest earned on certain educational loans during the year of service. Housing when not in the field IS NOT provided through the program. Applicants not from the area should note that the housing prices on Kauai are some of the highest in the country. The successful applicant must provide own travel to Lihue, Kauai and have a valid US drivers license. Applications will be accepted until June 30, 2019, and will be reviewed as they are received. The Project will review applicants and make recommendations to Americorps. Required materials include a current resume, cover letter, and contact information for 3 references, emailed to puaiohijobs@gmail.com. You MUST ALSO apply directly to the CLDP Year-round Americorps Program at https://kupuhawaii.tfaforms.net/174 as soon as possible.
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