The Coastal Biologist is responsible for conducting and supporting coastal bird surveys and stewardship in Mobile and Baldwin counties. The Coastal Biologist is a full-time position and reports to the Alabama Audubon Science & Conservation Director.
About Alabama Audubon
Alabama Audubon is a staffed chapter of the National Audubon Society with an active membership. It is the state’s leading nonprofit promoting conservation and a greater knowledge of birds, their habitats, and the natural world. As the primary Audubon chapter for most of Alabama, it provides a variety of services to the state’s birds and bird lovers, including field trips, adult courses, support for researchers and educators, scientific research, habitat restoration, and coastal bird stewardship and monitoring.
Essential functions of the Coastal Biologist:
· Conducting Audubon Coastal Bird Surveys, including training and supporting volunteers
· Conducting solitary- and colonial-nesting bird surveys, monitoring nest sites, and installing symbolic fencing to protect bird habitat
· Ensuring precise and accurate data collection, and accurately reporting those data
· Engaging the public through outreach and educational events
· Providing technical assistance to other staff members, volunteers, and interns
· Understanding of and passion for the mission of Alabama Audubon
· A bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university in biology, ornithology, ecology, or a related discipline (although extensive experience conducting field work and data collection on coastal birds and excellent bird identification skills may be considered in lieu of a bachelor's degree)
· At least three years of applied field experience with demonstrated success in bird monitoring
· Working knowledge of North American coastal-bird biology, phenology, and diversity, as well as the ability to readily identify both common and rare Gulf Coast water birds
· Experience with and a working knowledge of eBird and advanced birding equipment
· Excellent oral and written communication skills
· Ability to manage and motivate volunteers and to work with a wide range of personality types as part of a cohesive team
· Flexible schedule, with a willingness to work long hours outside in harsh field conditions (sometimes alone) and early mornings, evenings and weekends, and to travel as necessary.
Include lifting, reaching, bending, pushing, pulling, sitting, typing, driving, speaking, and holding and supporting field equipment. Must be able to speak for extended periods of time. Must be able to work outdoors in variable weather conditions and on uneven terrain.
It is the policy of Alabama Audubon that all persons are entitled to equality of opportunity in all areas of employment regardless of race, sex, disability, age, national origin, religion, veteran status, genetic information, or other legally protected status.
To apply, email a cover letter and resume (in PDF format) to Lianne Koczur, Alabama Audubon Science & Conservation Director, at lianne AT alaudubon.org, with the subject line: Coastal Biologist Search. References may be required upon request.