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  • Fall Waterbird Counter at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory

    Michigan Audubon
    • Employer: Michigan Audubon
      Location: Paradise, Michigan
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 06/10/2022
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Employer: Michigan Audubon
    Reports to: President & CEO
    Location: Paradise, Michigan
    Dates of Employment: August 15 – November 15, 2022
    Classification: Full-time, temporary
    Compensation: Approximately $3,800–$5,000/season, DOE. Includes shared housing.


    Located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on the shore of Lake Superior, Whitefish Point is the premier migration watch site in the state. Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, a program of Michigan Audubon, is seeking a fall migration Waterbird Counter that can provide accurate waterbird identification and reporting, while providing educational interpretation to site visitors. 

    Duties include conducting the daily count, interacting with visitors, completing field data forms, posting daily results, writing weekly blog and social media posts, and additional field duties as assigned. Preparing and submitting an end-of-season summary article for Michigan Audubon’s magazine, finalizing data tables, and writing a season technical report are also required. 

    While the position requires a great deal of independence, it will be supported by staff from Michigan Audubon’s headquarters. Consistent, clear, professional communication with supervisors, colleagues, stakeholders, and visitors is a must. 

    This is a seasonal position from August 15, 2022, to November 15, 2022, and overtime may be required.

    Qualifications and Requirements

    • Familiarity with waterbird migration and experience identifying all eastern North American waterbirds is required. 
    • Enthusiastic, dedicated, and motivated self-starter who can work independently in sometimes difficult conditions.
    • While not required, previous environmental interpretation and/or teaching skills are ideal, but a passion for connecting bird and habitat conservation to the community is essential. 
    • Applicants should have experience interacting with the public and excellent interpersonal skills. 
    • Careful data collecting skills are a must. Must be computer/tablet literate and capable of entering and managing data (computer access can be provided). 
    • Flexibility to adjust hours to meet the needs of program and organization, including the potential of working overtime hours. 
    • Transportation necessary to get from provided housing to the count site. This requires a reliable vehicle and a clean, valid driver’s license to operate a vehicle in Michigan.
    • Must have a personal pair of binoculars; having a spotting scope is preferred.
    • Late-season weather is often harsh and very cold, with few people visiting the site in these conditions. A dedicated, self-motivated individual who can both work well with people and endure challenging conditions in a remote location is required.

    How to Apply
    To apply, please submit via email a cover letter, resume, and three references to office@michiganaudubon.org with the subject “WPBO Fall Waterbird Counter application.” Applications will be accepted until filled. Early applications encouraged and preferred for priority consideration by June 10, 2022. To learn more, please visit www.wpbo.org.

    F2022 _ WC _ Job Posting.pdf

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