Job Description: Technician will conduct point count surveys of breeding bird in marsh and other wetland habitats for a study of abundance and distribution of avian species in the NJ Hackensack Meadowlands, a natural area in the mostly urban NY/NJ Harbor estuary. Technician will be responsible for determining access to various sites by map and GPS, conducting standardized point count surveys, recording detailed observations and data in the field, and doing data entry. The position requires spending long hours in the field conducting surveys, working alone and as part of a team, 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.
· Assist in determining potential survey sites and access to those sites
· Conduct point count surveys at approximately 80 points repeated five times through the season
· Produce online maps of points and site access
· Data entry and management
Qualifications, Knowledge and Skills
· Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, ecology, environmental science or similar field preferred.
· Ability to identify birds of the Northeast by sight and sound
· Previous experience conducting point counts
· Ability to use GPS units and range finders
· Willingness and ability to navigate by kayak/canoe as needed to sites accessible by water
· Attention to detail, ability to follow detailed protocols and collect data
· Ability and willingness to interact with the public and work well with partners
· Proficiency with MS Office, including Excel or Access, required; experience with GIS preferred
· 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. Excellent oral and written skills required.
· Motivated self-starter with capacity to work productively independently or in a team setting 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.
· 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 walk long distances in uneven, muddy, or wet terrain, sometimes in inclement weather.
· Must be able to move materials and lift 25 lbs. as needed.
· Must have own vehicle, and a valid and clean driver’s license.
Start Date: April 12, 2021
End Date: July 30, 2021
Salary: $1080 to $1,200 bi-weekly, depending on experience.
Application Deadline: Feb 19, 2021.
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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.