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  • Marshbird Biologist

    The National Audubon Society
    • Employer: National Audubon Society
      Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 11/20/2020
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Supervised by Audubon Louisiana’s Director of Bird Conservation, the Marshbird Biologist will coordinate with Audubon staff and external partners to conduct marshbird surveys across coastal Louisiana, including point count surveys, nocturnal drag-line surveys, and habitat and vegetation surveys consistent with SHARP (Saltmarsh Habitat & Avian Research Program) protocols. In addition, the Marshbird Biologist will provide support for other avian research projects that connect the health of waterbird, songbird, and marshbird populations with coastal restoration activities. The position will also enter and summarize data into digital formats for archival and analysis purposes.


    Specific duties will include:

    Conduct audio-visual surveys of Black Rails and other target marshbird species in coastal saltmarshes. Surveys will take place in early mornings and late evenings, as well as other times of the day as consistent with established protocols.

    Conduct nocturnal-drag line surveys to locate, capture, and band Black Rails and Yellow Rails. Recruit and coordinate volunteers to assist with surveys.

    Conduct habitat and vegetation surveys following standard operating procedures. Some basic plant identification skills are required.

    Conduct bird surveys at restoration project sites following protocols designed to understand relationships between habitat restoration and waterbird, songbird, and marshbird populations.

    Enter data and support the preparation of interim reports.

    Drive between survey locations, often requiring multiple stays for two or more nights in a row.

    Follow safety standards for the operation of work vehicles, include automobiles, ATVs, and boats.

    The standard work week is 40 hours across the term of employment, but will occur at odd hours, including mornings and evenings, and will require some flexibility as a result of weather and tidal conditions. Lodging and mileage necessary to complete field work will be compensated by Audubon Louisiana.


    Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology, Ecology, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Education, or a related field is required. An M.S. degree in these or a similar field is preferred.

    At least two field seasons of work experience in avian ecology is required.

    Excellent interpersonal as well as written and oral communication skills required.

    Must be willing to work long hours outside under physically demanding conditions (hot, humid, biting insects, alligators, etc.) and to regularly sleep in field housing.

    Must have strong organizational skills and great attention to detail.

    Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs, such as Excel, Word, and PowerPoint required.

    Valid driver’s license and reliable personal vehicle are required for travel to work sites. Travel will be reimbursed at the current federal rate.

    Must properly maintain field equipment and keep supplies and materials organized.

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