Title: Bird Conservation Technician
Application Deadline: July 31, 2020
Start date: September 2020
Location: High Island and Bolivar Peninsula, Texas
Background - About Houston Audubon
Houston Audubon, founded in 1969, is a nonprofit, accredited land trust organization committed to enhancing life on the Upper Texas Coast for birds and people. It is dedicated to advancing the conservation of birds and positively impacting their environments through habitat conservation, environmental education, and conservation advocacy. Houston Audubon owns and manages 17 sanctuaries in five counties, which includes the well-known High Island and Bolivar Flats sanctuaries. It delivers hundreds of nature-based program experiences for children and adults every year.
Duties and Responsibilities
The bird conservation technicians will assist the Sanctuaries Manager in day-to-day operations of Houston Audubon’s Upper Texas Coast sanctuaries. Technicians will primarily aid in native habitat restoration of coastal sanctuaries utilizing chainsaws, tractor, sprayers, UTV and herbicides to remove non-native invasive plant species. She/he will also be expected to conduct three shorebird transect surveys per month, weekly rookery surveys on land and by boat, assist with volunteer workdays, and trail maintenance/construction. He/she will also be responsible for monitoring rookery islands including water levels, vegetation surveys, and tree plantings. Other duties include, but not limited to, infrastructure maintenance/construction, visitor services, assisting visiting researchers, participating in citizen science projects (Christmas Bird Counts, eBird, iNaturalist), educational/outreach programs, public/volunteer interactions, and keeping up with weekly social media posts. One position will be expected to commit through April 2021, largely shifting focus to guiding bird walks and conducting public/school outreach programs during the spring migration season. This is a temporary position, 6-9 months with possible extension up 12 months. Compensation is $10/hr up to 40 hours per week located on the Bolivar Peninsula. Benefits not included. Shared housing will be provided at Houston Audubon’s Field Station in High Island, TX. Preference will be given to those applicants able to commit through April 2021.Recent graduates encouraged to apply.
Desired Qualifications and Skills:
· Bachelor’s degree in natural resource related field, REQUIRED.
· Excellent physical condition. Able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs, perform hard physical work for extended and irregular periods under adverse conditions including, but not limited to, repeated pushing, pulling, bending, kneeling, squatting, extreme heat, biting/stinging insects, venomous snakes, and alligators, REQUIRED.
· Ability to work, live, and interact with diverse individuals and work independently of supervisor, REQUIRED.
· Vehicle for personal use, REQUIRED.
· Strong interest and experience in avian conservation.
· Experience with field work and avian surveys. Excellent Eastern bird ID skills, preferred.
· Willing and able to use chainsaws and other power/hand tools with minimal supervision. Training provided.
· Mechanical aptitude and common sense problem solving skills.
· Outgoing and enthusiastic about birds, wildlife, and working outdoors.
Salary: $10/hour up to 40 hours per week. Housing provided.
Application guidelines: Please send cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references as a SINGLE pdf or word document to Pete Deichmann, Coastal Sanctuaries Manager, email@example.com.