INTERPRETIVE NATURALIST - SPRINGWATCH (April 1 to May 31, 2022) for spring migration monitoring projects with New Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory in 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.
· Engaging with and educating visitors at the Cape May Springwatch, a migration count located on a wooden platform in Cape May Point, overlooking the mouth of the Delaware Bay.
· Helping visitors with questions about bird identification, migration dynamics, and/or conservation efforts.
· Assisting the migration counter if needed.
Qualifications/ Knowledge/ 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 expected and we will provide training and support.
· Strong computer skills – Microsoft Office 365, social media – to fulfill the job requirements.
· Excellent written and oral communication skills.
· Punctual with excellent organizational, time and project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects, shifting priorities, and meet deadlines.
· 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 independently in the execution of their responsibilities while collaborating with other staff and organizations with the ability to demonstrate initiative and a positive attitude.
· Strong professionalism and work ethic with the ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality.
· Flexibility to adjust hours to meet deadlines and needs of the department and organization, including availability to work occasional evenings and weekends.
· Must have own transportation, a valid driver’s license, and the ability to operate a motor vehicle in NJ.
· Must have the physical capacity to walk over uneven terrain for long distances, able to move materials, and to lift 25 lbs.
· Willingness to work irregular hours under sometimes difficult field conditions.
Start Date: April 1, 2022
End Date: May 31, 2022
Salary: $13.00/hour. Housing may be available
Application Deadline: February 1, 2022
Interested individuals should email their cover letter, resume, and three references as a single PDF document to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please write “Interpretive Naturalist” 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 individuals 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 characterist