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  • Outreach Biologist

    • Employer: National Audubon Society
      Location: None Specified
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 07/30/2019
      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

    The Outreach Biologist will communicate about the Migratory Bird Initiative on behalf of Audubon, working with data and knowledge holders to build relationships and acquire migratory bird datasets. S/he will:

    • Act as a liaison on behalf of Audubon in the area of migratory bird science.
    • Discover and acquire tracking and occurrence datasets for North American migratory birds throughout the Western Hemisphere.
    • Collaborate with data providers to link to and spotlight their research.
    • Work with species experts to review products from their data or for their study species.

    *Candidates wishing to be considered for this opportunity must submit a cover letter.

    Essential Functions

    • Working as a team with other staff to prioritize data needs and approaches.
    • Identifying tracking and occurrence datasets through online research and interviewing knowledge-holders.
    • Contacting a large and diverse set of international migratory bird scientists and institutions to build relationships to access data.
    • Collaborate with data-holders to secure access to spatial data for inclusion in Audubon’s migratory bird data platform and atlas.
    • Manage data-sharing agreements.
    • Acquire and deliver spatial datasets to the atlas team.
    • Gather other types of avian information to include in Audubon digital products.
    • Write summaries, species accounts, reports, and other communication pieces for outreach around the topic of migratory birds.

    Qualifications and Experience


    • Bachelor's degree or higher plus 1-3 years of experience in biology, ecology, geography, spatial ecology or environment/conservation-related field.
    • GIS skills sufficient for navigating online databases, accessing and querying spatial databases, and conversing about spatial products with data holders and the migratory bird team.
    • Demonstrated ability handling large datasets, metadata, and support documentation.
    • Understanding of animal capture and marking (e.g., banding), tracking technology, and/or passive monitoring (e.g., acoustics, radar ecology).
    • Must be able to speak coherently on bird populations and conservation.  
    • Interest in outreach.
    • Demonstrated ability to work well independently and in a group.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    • Spanish language proficiency preferred.  Ability to converse in Portuguese / French, a plus.


    • Experience banding, tagging, tracking and/or passively monitoring migratory birds,
    • Expertise in ornithology, especially birds of North America,
    • Interest in migratory bird conservation.

    Anyone interested in the position should contact Melanie Smith at masmith@audubon.org

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