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  • NJ Meadowlands nest searchers/banders

    Nellie Tsipoura
    • Employer: New Jersey Audubon
      Location: NJ Hackensack Meadowlands
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/05/2021
      Open Until Filled: No

    If you tried to submit a job application Jan 7-8, our system was down, please resubmit!

    Job Description:  Technician will catch and band individuals of several passerine bird species in the NJ Hackensack Meadowlands, and collect tissues for further analysis. Technician will be responsible for determining access to various sites by map and GPS, setting up mist-nets and extracting birds from them, finding nests, and collecting tissues. They will also record detailed observations and data in the field and do data entry.  The position requires spending long hours in the field carrying equipment, handling birds, 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. 


    Major Responsibilities

    ·        Assist in determining potential survey sites in wetland habitats and access to those sites

    ·        Visit point by foot or water to set up mist-nets for catching passerine birds

    ·        Assist in banding and collect of body measurements and tissue samples

    ·        Conduct nest searches and collect egg samples

    ·        Assist in processing samples as needed

    ·        Produce online maps of surveyed area and bird captures

    ·        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 mist netting, banding and nest searching

    ·        Willingness and ability to navigate by kayak/canoe to water accessible sites

    ·        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 GPS and mapping apps preferred

    ·        Proficiency with MS Office, including Excel or Access, required

    ·        Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to accept direction and constructive feedback.

    ·        Motivated self-starter with capacity to work in a team setting.

    ·        Excellent oral and written skills 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 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 5, 2021

    End Date: July 23, 2021

    Salary:  $ 1,080 to $1,200 bi-weekly, depending on experience

    Application Deadline:  February 5, 2021


    Qualified individuals may apply by emailing cover letter of interest, resume, and three references as a single PDF document (including email and phone contact info) to hr.research@njaudubon.org

    Please indicate in the subject line the position for which you are applying so that your application is directed to the appropriate department.

    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.


    Edited by Nellie Tsipoura

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