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Under the supervision of center staff, the Seasonal Hawk Counter will play an integral part in the Quaker Ridge Hawk Watch program located on the grounds of the Greenwich Audubon Center in Greenwich, CT. Quaker Ridge is one of the premier hawk watch sites in the Northeast, with an average of over 14,000 hawks recorded each season and 50 years of data on hawk migration. Cost-free, on-site, and furnished apartment is available. Residence contains private bedrooms and a shared kitchen, bath, and living room.
The Seasonal Hawk Counter will work alongside Greenwich Audubon naturalists and Volunteer Hawk Watchers involved in raptor conservation to:
Identify and count the 15+ species of hawks, eagles, falcons and vultures that migrate along the Atlantic Flyway in flight.
Record and manage field data of migrating raptors on online data collection platforms
Conduct outreach to visitors and volunteer hawk watchers to involve the community in raptor conservation efforts.
Coordinate volunteer schedule and work with volunteers to conduct daily counts.
Assist with public programs on raptor identification including assistance with annual Fall Festival.
Prepare and deliver a public program on the results of the migration season at the season's end.
Record hourly weather conditions, species, and numbers of migrating raptors using Dunkadoo data entry software.
At the end of each count day, enter count data to Hawkcount.org
Other duties associated with the Hawk Watch and hawk watching, as needed.
The Seasonal Hawk Counter is expected to conduct hawk watching duties five days a week, 9 am to 5 pm from August 20th to November 30th (start date flexible). They will also be responsible for coordinating volunteers to staff the hawk watch on weekend days. Some work schedule flexibility is required due to weather condition-related changes in anticipated migration activity.
The Seasonal Hawk Counter will adhere to all current Audubon policies related to COVID-19
Qualifications and Experience
Previous experience in identifying Northeastern raptors in flight at a distance is preferred.
Previous seasonal work at a Hawk Migration Monitoring Site preferred, though not required.
Interest in bird monitoring and outdoor research work.
Familiarity with operating binoculars and spotting scopes for bird observation.
Familiarity with computer data spreadsheet analysis.
Self-motivated individual who can work well independently in the field.
Ability to work primarily outside in various weather situations.
Ability to work some early mornings, late evenings, and some weekend days.
Good organizational skills.
Ability to communicate to a variety of audiences: visitors, volunteers, staff, the general public, and others.
The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.
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