Job Description: The Newark bird-building interaction project technician will be responsible for data collection to evaluate building/bird interactions in Newark, NJ. Modern tall building in US cities, including Newark, have the potential to cause significant mortality to migrant birds. The technician will conduct daily surveys for dead or injured birds by walking the perimeter of twelve buildings, including the PSEG building, Prudential Tower. Seton Hall Law School, Panasonic Building, National Newark Building, Newark Legal Center, Gateway 1, 2 and 4, during the 2020 fall migration period. They will coordinate and supervise student volunteers in the field as needed. They will also collect daily weather-related data, such as prevailing wind direction, wind-speed, temperature, and cloud cover.
· Pre-dawn surveys around buildings to document grounded birds
· Transporting injured birds to the rehabilitator
· Coordinating with student interns conducting surveys concurrently
· Data entry and management
Knowledge and Skills
· Attention to detail, ability to follow detailed protocols and collecting data
· Familiarity with birds of the northeastern US
· Ability to handle live birds preferred
· Ability and willingness to interact with the public and work well with partners
· Proficiency with GPS and range finders preferred
· Proficiency with MS Office, including Excel or Access, required; experience with GIS preferred
· Excellent oral and written skills required.
· 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 his or her 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.
· Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, ecology, environmental science or similar field preferred.
· Flexibility to adjust hours to meet the special needs of the program and organization.
· Must have access to a vehicle, and a valid and clean driver’s license.
· Must be able to walk long distances in uneven terrain, sometimes in inclement weather.
· Start Date: August 17, 2020; End Date: November 13, 2020
· Salary: $ 960 to $1,040 bi-weekly, depending on experience.
Partial reimbursement for housing may be available.
· Application Deadline: Aug 8, 2020.
Please send cover letter of interest, resume, and three references as a single PDF document (including email and phone contact info) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Newark fall” in the subject line so that your resume is routed properly.