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  • Hawk Counter, Mackinac Island

    Ed Pike
    • Employer: MSRW (Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch)
      Location: Mackinac Island, Michigan
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/10/2021
      Open Until Filled: No

    Duties:  Primary duty is Identification and counting of Raptors in flight.  With additional identification and counting of other migrating species.  Must legibly keep hourly records of the numbers of individuals of each species in migration on provided forms.  This count will be conducted on Mackinac Island, Michigan.  Mackinac Island is only accessible by ferry, with no motor vehicles allowed in summer.  The count site is at Fort Holmes; about a 1 mile  walk from the ferry dock.  Approximately 8 hours per day starting at 9 am.  Share information about migration with public and highlights of migration via social media and a blog post about the Raptor migration on MSRW website 3 times per week.  Detailed end of season summary report required.

    Salary:  $1500 to $1800 per month, housing provided.

    Qualifications: Must be proficient at identifying Raptors of eastern N. America in flight at a distance; having at least one season experience as a Hawk Counter.  Ability to identify other species of birds a plus.  Must be experienced using binoculars and spotting scope, and recording data.  Must have own binoculars in good working condition, spotting scope a plus.  Have data entry experience and be able to keep legible records with excellent writing skills.  Must be in good physical condition and be able to work outdoors for extended periods of time in various weather conditions (cold and wind).  Must be at least 18 yrs old with a valid drivers license and reliable transportation.

    Preference given to individuals with a wildlife biology background,  2 or more years of previous Hawk counting experience; and ability to count and identify other migrating avian species.  Having camera skills and being active on social media is a plus.

    March 25 to May 25, may be extended

    To apply: send cover letter, resume, and 3 references (knowledgeable about Hawk identification skills) to Ed Pike, email edandanne6750@gmail.com. 

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