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).
The Audubon Mississippi Coastal Bird Stewardship Program (AMCBSP) is a comprehensive conservation and research program based in southern Mississippi that promotes the safeguarding of coastal birds and their habitats through volunteer engagement, citizen science and outreach, and strategic partnerships with federal, state, and local agencies, local academic institutions and community organizations. This work is being supported by a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation through the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.
Home to the last undammed major river in the lower 48 states – the Pascagoula River, south Mississippi also has many miles of white sand beaches, coastal wetlands, bottomland hardwood forest, pine savanna and the many species that come along with those threatened habitats. Only two hours from New Orleans, South Mississippi is a vibrant region, home to a variety of restaurants, shopping opportunities, and entertainment venues, making it an enjoyable place to both live and work.
Reporting to the Biologist, the Coastal Bird Technician will be expected to conduct coastal bird surveys and provide technical instruction and assistance to volunteer citizen scientists. S/he will work with volunteers, interns, and seasonal stewards to help protect nesting sites against the threats of human disturbance. The Coastal Bird Technician will also work with staff in volunteer management, outreach and education, and research efforts.
- Conduct coastal bird surveys in coastal Mississippi
- Assist in the on-going monitoring of colonial nesters during the breeding season
- Interact with volunteer citizen scientists and provide technical assistance in bird identification and with monitoring protocol
- Participate in other research and non-research activities as assigned
- Ensure timely and accurate data collection and reporting, and ensure that all monitoring efforts follow approved protocols and best management practices as established by Audubon
- Provide assistance to the Stewardship Manager in building volunteer citizen science teams and organizing and implementing volunteer events
- Maintain productive working relationships with all partnering organizations, agencies, groups and individuals participating in the program
- Maintain proper care and inventory of all project equipment and vehicles
Qualifications and Experience:
- Bachelor’s Degree in Ornithology, Wildlife Biology, Ecology, Natural Resources, or a related field.
- 2+ years’ experience and demonstrated success in avian monitoring including bird identification by sight and sound.
- Knowledge of birds and their habitats, with specific experience monitoring coastal shorebirds, wading birds, gulls and terns.
- Excellent oral and written communications skills and the ability to synthesize and communicate technical and complex information to both technical and non-technical audiences; scientific writing skills required.
- Strong organizational and relationship building skills; excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to lead and work as part of a team.
- Reliable, self-motivated and able to work comfortably in a dynamic, non-structured environment.
- Willingness and flexibility to work nonstandard hours (early mornings, evenings, etc) and weekends as the job demands.
- Ability to perform tasks requiring physical exertion, outdoors, in all weather conditions and on difficult terrain while maintaining a positive attitude, with or without accommodation.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs such as Excel, Word and PowerPoint, and knowledge of eBird; additional programs (e.g., Microsoft Access) a plus.
- Must have valid Driver’s License, access to personal vehicle, and ability to responsibly drive company vehicles.
- Knowledge of Gulf Coast conservation issues.
- Passion for the National Audubon Society’s mission.
Please apply online at https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/3816/coastal-bird-technician/job and include a cover letter and resume in your online application. Review of materials will begin Nov 17, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Anticipated start date is Jan 7, 2019 but is flexible. Please contact Abby Darrah, Program Biologist, at 228-285-0449 or firstname.lastname@example.org for questions about the position.