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  • Rookery Bay Seasonal Avian Technician

    Guest Rookery Bay NERR
    • Employer: Friends of Rookery Bay
      Location: Naples, Florida
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 12/15/2022
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Description: The avian technician position is a part-time position working at Rookery Bay
    National Estuarine Research Reserve (RBNERR) in Naples, FL. This position will be assisting
    the avian specialist and partnering agency biologists in looking at a wide variety of birds within
    the reserve. This position will be assisting with boat-based shorebird/seabird surveys, wading
    bird nesting and roosting surveys, and songbird banding during migration. Opportunities to work
    with other programs within the reserve are possible as well. Some of these programs include
    fisheries/shark science, water quality, environmental education, vegetation and land stewardship.
    Duties with this position will vary with the season and may include assisting with educational
    programing, posting shorebird/seabird nesting areas, boating, and working with volunteers and

    Qualifications: The applicant will be required to follow a set work schedule, be prepared to
    begin work as early as 5 am, be available to work weekends, arrive to work on time, and
    complete all assigned tasks in a reasonable amount of time. The applicant must be prepared for
    work that may involve being on a kayak while in the presence of alligators, or boat for extended
    periods while also exposed to hot weather, bugs, and intense sun. The applicant should have
    good data collection and management skills. The applicant must be able to get on and off the
    boat and walk up to 3 miles on the beach carrying field equipment. They must have the ability
    and willingness to dig holes and install signs at the beginning of shorebird breeding season. The
    technician will be required to always conduct safe field practices.
    Preferred skills: Ability to identify wading birds, seabird, and shorebirds in the field; ability to
    use binoculars and spotting scope: computer experience (Microsoft Office, Access Database,
    email, etc.); ability to follow detailed field protocols; ability to manage time appropriately; and
    ability to work independently and as part of a team. Songbird banding experience is preferred but
    not required.

    Internship Dates: January- April
    Internship Schedule: 20 hours a week with varying weekly schedule. This schedule will often
    include very early mornings.
    Number of Intern Positions: One
    Compensation: $300/week and housing provided 

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