The Grassland Bird Survey Field Technician will be responsible for conducting point counts in managed grassland habitats at the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in the NJ Pine Barrens. Target species include Grasshopper Sparrow, Eastern Meadowlark, and Upland Sandpiper. 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 potentially rough terrain, carrying equipment, and tolerating exposure to variable and sometimes adverse weather and environmental conditions.
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.
· Point count surveys for grassland bird species, using distance sampling methodologies
· Recording detailed observations and data in the field
· Entry of field data collected during counts and management/proofing of that data as needed
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
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, coordinate and work well with partners
Proficiency with GPS and range finders preferred
Proficiency with computer MS Office 365, including Excel or Access, required
Excellent oral and written 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.
Must be able to walk long distances in uneven, muddy, or wet terrain, sometimes in inclement weather.
Willingness to work irregular hours under sometimes difficult field conditions and in an urban setting.
Flexibility to adjust hours to meet the special needs of the program and organization.
Must be able to move materials and lift 25 lbs. as needed.
Must have reliable transportation, and a valid and clean driver’s license.
Start Date: April 24, 2023
End Date: July 21, 2023
Salary: $1360-1440/bi-weekly pay period, commensurate with experience. Mileage reimbursement provided. Housing arrangements may be available.
Application Deadline: April 7, 2023, or until the position is filled.
Please send cover letter of interest, resume, and three references as a single PDF document (including email and phone contact info) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please state the job title in your cover letter and email subject.
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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