Position Title: Golden-winged Warbler Field Technician (x4)
Field Location: Throughout Northern New Jersey
Office Location: Wattles Stewardship Center, Port Murray, NJ
Reports to: Dr. Kristin Mylecraine, Senior Research Scientist
Job Classification: Seasonal, Full Time; Non-exempt, 40 hrs./wk.(May 1 - August 4, 2023; 14 weeks)
Job Description: The Golden-winged Warbler Field Technicians (four) will be responsible for conducting point count surveys, nest searching and monitoring of Golden-winged Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, and Prairie Warbler, and habitat surveys in managed early successional habitats and control sites throughout the NJ Highlands. Technicians will be responsible for recording detailed observations and data in the field, data entry, and other duties, as necessary. The position requires working independently in the field, walking long distances over steep, rough terrain, carrying equipment, and tolerating exposure to variable and sometimes adverse weather and environmental conditions. Training will be provided.
All field work conducted at NJ Audubon adheres to NJA’s Field Work Protocol following COVID-19 precautions, complying with federal, state, and local guidelines and restrictions, and following industry best practices. Health and safety of staff, volunteers, program and project participants and the public are the top priority.
- Conduct nest searching and monitoring for Golden-winged Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler and Prairie Warbler
- Conduct point count surveys using distance sampling methodology
- Map Territory
- Conduct habitat surveys
- Record detailed observations and data in the field
- Enter and manage survey and nest data
Qualifications, Knowledge, and Skills
- Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, ecology, environmental science, or similar field preferred.
- Experience identifying birds of the eastern U.S. by sight and sound.
- Experience nest searching, preferably in early successional habitats.
- Experience conducting point count surveys.
- General knowledge of vegetation and habitats of New Jersey.
- Attention to detail, ability to follow detailed protocols and collecting data.
- Ability and willingness to interact with the public and work well with partners.
- Proficiency with GPS and range finders preferred.
- Proficiency with MS Office, including Excel or Access, required; experience with GIS preferred
- Excellent oral and written communication skills required.
- 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 productively independently in the execution of their responsibilities while collaborating with other staff and organizations with the ability to demonstrate initiative and a positive attitude.
- Punctual with excellent organizational, time and project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects, shifting priorities and meet deadlines.
- Strong professionalism and work ethic with the ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality.
- Willingness to work irregular hours with the ability to walk long distances in uneven, muddy, or wet terrain, sometimes in inclement weather.
- Ability to move materials and lift 25 lbs. as needed.
- Flexibility to adjust hours to meet the special needs of the program and organization.
- Must have reliable transportation, and a valid driver’s license.
Start Date: May 1, 2023
End Date: August 4, 2023
Salary: $1130-$1150/bi-weekly pay period, depending on experience. Housing arrangements may be available. Mileage reimbursement will be provided.
Application Deadline: February 3, 2023.
Qualified individuals may apply by emailing cover letter of interest, resume, and three references as a single PDF document (including email and phone contact info) to email@example.com. Please indicate in the subject line the position for which you are applying so that your application is directed to the appropriate department.
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.