CHESTNUT RIDGE HAWKWATCH INTERPRETER & SPOTTER (2019)
Bedford Audubon is pleased to announce the availability of an eight-week paid opportunity in field (raptor) biology and nature interpretation in Bedford Corners, New York.
About Chestnut Ridge HawkWatch:
Perched high above Interstate 684 rests an unlikely aerie – a platform for counting and identifying thousands of migrating raptors. Each autumn, Bedford Audubon collects scientific data on raptor migration at the Chestnut Ridge HawkWatch, located on an east-facing ridge at The Nature Conservancy’s 350-acre Arthur W. Butler Memorial Sanctuary in Bedford Corners, New York.
The Hawkwatch is nestled in the southern foothills of the Taconic Mountains, just 12 miles north of Long Island Sound. It offers spectacular views of the hills of Putnam County (New York) to the north; the towns of Bedford, Pound Ridge, and North Castle (New York) to the east; and Greenwich (Connecticut) and Long Island Sound to the south. The Sound acts as an invisible wall, forcing the migrating raptors into an inland bottleneck and over the watch. The raptors observed here migrate from their northern breeding grounds of Quebec, the Canadian Maritimes, and northern New England to their wintering grounds in the southern United States, and Central and South America.
Required Skills & Qualities
The ideal candidate for the HawkWatch Interpreter & Spotter is:
· Enthusiastic with a passion for conservation, environmental education, and raptors.
· Comfortable with cheerfully communicating with the public at large, including seniors, students, and families.
· Self-motivated and able to work successfully independently and in a supportive team atmosphere outdoors, as well as in a casual yet professional office setting.
· Possess basic computer literacy, word processing, and spreadsheet literacy along with excellent written and verbal skills. Attention to detail is a must.
Essential functions of the position require hiking, standing outdoors for long periods at a time, and carrying 20 pounds of gear (optics, first aid kit, etc.). This is a long count, and not for the faint of heart! The Interpreter/Spotter should hold a valid driver’s license and have personal transportation. Mileage is not reimbursed. The Interpreter/Spotter will take high-level direction from the Naturalist-in-Residence.
Education & Prior Work Experience:
· Experience with nature interpretation and environmental education is required.
· A degree in Natural Resources, Environmental Science, Environmental Education, Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management, or similar is preferred; or equivalent related experience.
· Previous raptor identification is not essential, but candidates should be motivated to learn.
· Serve as a primary nature interpreter to the visiting public and during public programs.
· Spot raptors and other birds, especially during peak migration, to support the Lead Counter.
· Take photos and provide daily highlights for social media.
· Set up and breakdown for scheduled public programs and special events.
· Additional opportunities for research and activity (e.g., communications, workshops, etc.) are available, depending on the candidate’s experience and personal goals for this Opportunity.
· Assist in the smooth operation of Bedford Audubon.
HawkWatch Interpreter & Spotter Opportunity Summary
Dates: September 5 –October 31, 2019
Time Commitment: Approximately 9am-5pm, 5 days/week including weekends, with some longer days during peak migration
Pay: Regular rate is $12/hour, overtime rate (more than 40 hours/week) is $18.00/hour
Housing Credit: We are pleased to offer a voluntary housing credit that includes lodging and utilities at our historic Bylane Farm. The housing credit will be applied to your hourly rate. Please inquire for details.
Location: Bylane Farm (35 Todd Road, Katonah, New York)
· Email your cover letter describing your interest and personal goals for this position, résumé or curriculum vitae, and contact information for two references to Tait Johansson, Naturalist-in-Residence, at firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than Monday, August 5, 2019.
· Please include “2019 HawkWatch Interpreter & Spotter Opportunity” as the email subject line.