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  • Field Operations Associate

    • Employer: Audubon Mississippi Coastal Bird Stewardship Program
      Location: Moss Point, Mississippi
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes


    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, 23 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:

    Reporting to the Audubon Mississippi Coastal Bird Stewardship Program Biologist, the Field Associate will be tasked with managing day-to-day operations going on in the field. They will work with the program staff to ensure implementation of conservation objectives align with the National Audubon Society strategic priority programs and goals. They will assist the Biologist with implementing and managing biological monitoring, research efforts, and conservation projects, as needed. Salary DOE and target start date of Oct 7, 2019, but flexible.

    Essential Functions:

    Science Coordination:

    • Manage, lead, and oversee field operations, including but not limited to staff-led surveys and breeding bird monitoring;
    • Oversee data entry, management, and quality control;
    • Liaise between biologist and biological technicians;
    • Oversee scheduling to include boat trips, volunteer coordinators, banding trips, etc;
    • Assist with grant reports, technical reports, and scientific manuscripts as necessary;
    • Initiate research projects as necessary to understand species outcomes and improve effectiveness of monitoring, stewardship, and habitat management;
    • Ensure equipment is maintained and serviced.

    Staff/Volunteer Leadership:

    • Lead recruiting, training, mentoring, and managing of field technicians, interns, and other staff as assigned; lead recruitment of USM volunteer interns.
    • Notify Biologist and Program Manager of equipment, safety, and personnel problems, and cooperates in conflict resolution;
    • Provide feedback and recommednations on additional training for staff or volunteers;
    • Manage scheduling of field work, including staff schedules, arrangements for visiting restricted access sites for monitoring, and scheduling activities for volunteers and interns;
    • Support Audubon Chapters and other volunteer groups in data gathering.
    • Support Stewardship Manager with outreach.

    Program Development:

    • Work with program staff to develop and implement strategic goals and plans for the program;
    • Support development activities including solicitation of gifts and prospect development. Specific activities may include, but are not limited to, leading bird walks and giving presentations to existing and prospective donors, chapters, and community groups;
    • Perform all other duties as assigned.


    • Bachelors degree required, advanced degree in Ornithology, Wildlife Biology, Ecology, Natural Resources, or a related field preferred. Experience in lieu of education will also be considered;
    • 3+ years’ experience and demonstrated success in avian monitoring including bird identification by sight and sound and at least 1 year managing people and/or teams;
    • 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;
    • Demonstrated success in managing volunteers;
    • Demonstrated ability to partner with key stakeholders, such as community and agency personnel;
    • 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;
    • Specific experience identifying and monitoring coastal shorebirds, wading birds, gulls and terns;
    • Knowledge of Gulf Coast conservation issues;
    • 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;
    • Demonstrated knowledge of bird monitoring protocols and methods for recording, assessment, and reporting of monitoring data, including the use of electronic reporting portals (eBird);
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs such as Excel, Word and PowerPoint;
    • Must have valid Driver’s License, access to personal vehicle, and ability to responsibly drive company vehicles;
    • Ability to drive a boat a plus;
    • Passion for the National Audubon Society’s mission.

    Application Instructions

    Please apply online at:


    For questions please contact Dr. Abby Darrah at adarrah@audubon.org


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