Job Classification: Seasonal full-time (August 25 – October 31)
Job Description: INTERPRETIVE NATURALISTS (3) needed for fall migration monitoring projects at New Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory (CMBO), Cape May, NJ. Cape May is renowned as one of the world's greatest hotspots for animal migration, as well as being a popular summertime vacation destination and beach resort. The combination of the two offers great opportunities for wildlife research and education through public outreach. Interpretive Naturalists will gain valuable experience in progressing from an active learner to a skilled leader with a clear understanding of the ways in which we are working to monitor and protect New Jersey’s resident and migratory wildlife, and the ability to engage a diverse public audience to become stewards of these important resources. NJ Audubon fosters the application of sound scientific principles and practices to address conservation issues related to vertebrate and invertebrate fauna, and the natural habitats with which they are associated.
• Orienting and assisting visitors to the Cape May Hawkwatch, Avalon Seawatch, and Morning Flight Songbird Counts. Over 500 people may visit per day during peak times.
• Conducting mini-workshops on bird identification and migration phenomena.
• Assisting visitors with bird identification and assisting the migration counter when needed.
• Maintaining records of visitor contacts.
Qualifications, Knowledge, and Skills:
• Familiarity with bird migration and birding. Experience identifying raptors, passerines, and/or sea birds in flight is a plus but learning on the job is possible and we will provide training and support.
• Willingness to work irregular hours under sometimes difficult field conditions.
• Punctual with excellent organizational, time and project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects, shifting priorities and meet deadlines.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills, and knowledge of environmental and conservation issues 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 with capacity to work productively in a team setting with the ability to demonstrate initiative and a positive attitude.
• Strong professionalism and work ethic with the ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality.
• Ability to lift 25 lbs. as necessary.
• All applicants must have their own vehicle, and a valid, clean driver’s license.
Start Date: August 25, 2021
End Date: October 31, 2021
Salary: $12/hour. Housing may be available.
Application Deadline: July 2, 2021
Interested individuals should email their cover letter of interest, resume, and three references as a single PDF document to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please write “Interp Nat” in the subject line so that your application is directed to the correct person.
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.