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  • Migration Count Coordinator, Cape May, NJ USA

    NJ Audubon - Cape May Bird Observat
    • Employer: NJ Audubon / Cape May Bird Observatory
      Location: Cape May, NJ USA
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 06/15/2022
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    JOB DESCRIPTION:  The Migration Count Coordinator has duties primarily in the education branch of NJ Audubon (NJA) and is the lead Cape May Bird Observatory (CMBO) staff person with respect to CMBO’s spring and fall bird migration monitoring, the Monarch Monitoring Project and community science initiatives. The coordinator works collaboratively with NJA’s Research Department to ensure all activities related to wildlife monitoring are in line with best practices in the field.  The Migration Count Coordinator, in conjunction with CMBO’s Program Coordinator, also takes on responsibilities related to migration programming, community outreach and advocacy. This person will take an active role in promoting NJA/CMBO as a membership-based conservation organization.


    Coordinate CMBO’s bird/butterfly migration monitoring, including spring and fall bird migration counts and Monarch Monitoring Project through hiring, training and supervising seasonal counters and field naturalists and conducting fieldwork during seasonal staff scheduled days off and as needed.

    Assist in data review and project reports that summarize data findings and maintain and review project protocols; maintain and provide quality control for CMBO count database.

    Coordinate and participate in CMBO’s community science initiatives, including the Winter Raptor Survey and Ipswich Sparrow Count and maintain related datasets; expand community involvement through additional initiatives and volunteer development.

    Formulate and execute content related to bird/butterfly migration through NJA’s website, social media and print materials in conjunction with the Program Coordinator and NJA Communications Department; provide community outreach through virtual or in-person programs and presentations.

    Participate in NJA Spring and Fall Festivals through trolley tours, outdoor walks or indoor programs and fundraising on a CMBO team for the World Series of Birding.  

    Assist CMBO Director with production of the center’s annual journal, The Peregrine Observer, through compilation of the Annual Bird Report, article writing, and editing.

    NJA Conservation Priorities by actively engaging in southern NJ conservation issues and advocating for bird and butterfly-friendly management activities on public and private lands.

    Engage and coordinate with bird observatories and communities on a regional/national/international level to determine, implement and share best practices in research and monitoring; participate in associated meetings and conferences.

    Serve as a source for natural history data and information for staff, members, visitors and agencies/institutions.

    In conjunction with Program Coordinator, provide oversight of seasonal staff housing and coordination of efforts to meet housing agreement requirements.

    Work to publish findings and trends from monitoring projects; present findings to both technical and non-technical audiences.

    Assist Director of CMBO and VP of Education and/or VP of Research with grant writing as needed.


    ·         Work with VP for Education and the statewide education team to develop and assess migration-related programs

    ·         Maintain and assist in production of appropriate program outlines and materials related to migration monitoring projects.    

    ·         Assist center staff with the design and maintenance of relevant exhibits and informational kiosks.

    ·         Interact with other NJA staff to promote statewide programming initiatives.

    Volunteer Program

    ·         Assist Program Coordinator in developing learning opportunities to enhance volunteers’ knowledge of CMBO’s migration monitoring project and community science initiative results and impacts.


    ·         Strive to increase NJA/CMBO membership base.

    Community Relations and Promotion

    ·         Represent NJA/CMBO in the local community as well as nationally and internationally, expanding NJA presence to increase awareness, support and participation.


    ·         Prepare written reports, proposals and plans as required.

    ·         Attend center, department and NJA meetings and serve on committees.

    ·         Obtain and maintain certification for First Aid, CPR, and other public safety certification appropriate for the activities of the position.

    ·         Participate with sanctuary staff to adopt a “team” approach towards daily operations at the assigned center.

    ·         Assume additional responsibilities as required.

    Qualifications/ knowledge/skills

    ·         Degree in the sciences or education or relevant practical experience in a similar position.

    ·         Demonstrated experience in coordinating and supervising staff and volunteers. 

    ·         Excellent birder with experience leading bird field trips, speaking to groups, and inspiring others to explore the natural world.

    ·         Good natural history knowledge of NJ flora, fauna and habitats with a strong foundation in conservation science. 

    ·         Strong Computer (Microsoft Office 365) and Social Media skills to fulfill the job requirements

    ·         Excellent written and oral communication skills.

    ·         Punctual with excellent organizational, time and project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects, shifting Start Date:  TBDpriorities and meet deadlines

    ·         Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills with the ability to relate to and motivate a diverse range of people, exercise cultural competence and inclusion, and accept direction and constructive feedback

    ·         Motivated self-starter able to work independently in the execution of his or her responsibilities while collaborating with other staff and organizations with the ability to demonstrate initiative and a positive attitude

    ·         Strong professionalism and work ethic with the ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality

    ·         Flexibility to adjust hours to meet deadlines and needs of the organization, including availability to work occasional evenings and weekends and travel as needed

    ·         Must be able to walk on uneven surfaces and be able to lift at least 25 pounds

    ·         Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to operate a motor vehicle in NJ

    Salary range:  $38,000 - $42,000 annual

    Application Deadline:  This position will remain open until filled.

    Applications including a cover letter, resume, and the names of two references should be submitted to hr.cmbo@njaudubon.org

    Please indicate job position in the subject line to insure your application is properly directed.


    We are committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourage all qualified professionals to apply. The New Jersey Audubon Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, national origin, ethnic background, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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