Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary
Trabuco Canyon, CA
Description: Audubon California’s 4000-acre Starr Ranch Sanctuary in southeast Orange County, California solicits applicants for a position as Seasonal Ornithologist from mid October 2019 through end of July or early August 2020. This position integrates long-term songbird and raptor monitoring into citizen science and education programs that involve kids and adults in applied avian research.
Responsibilities include supervision and training of volunteers who assist with songbird banding during winter (Monitoring Overwintering Survival or “MoSI”) and breeding season (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship or “MAPS”). May help coordinate and conduct the Christmas Bird Count with a local Audubon Chapter. Will continue long term point count surveys of the federally threatened Coastal California Gnatcatcher and raptors. May initiate monitoring of the rare San Diego Cactus Wren. Will continue surveys of birds in oak woodlands and also the main riparian corridor on Starr Ranch. Will do data entry, data summaries and submission of banding data to Institute for Bird Populations and summarize point count and other data. Will plan and instruct two week-end adult bird research camps, most likely focusing on training banding volunteers. Will instruct a limited number of school year Ecology Programs, 1-2 hour field research simulations that offer groups of all ages an opportunity to experience nature hands-on as wildlife biologists. Will instruct Starr Ranch Junior Biologists, spring and summer programs for kids ages 8 – 13, who join the Starr Ranch scientific team to experience how biologists study native animals and habitats. Will continue the “srjb4” teen group who meet at Starr Ranch on Saturdays during the school year.
Opportunity to do applied bird research, mostly monitoring, that is integrated into Starr Ranch land management, conservation, volunteer, and education programs. We seek applicants who wish to contribute to wildland conservation through applied research as well as research-based education and who are enthusiastic, dedicated, organized, self-starting and thorough. Opportunity to live in a private cabin on our 4000-acre Sanctuary.
Salary: $640/wk plus housing in private cabin in an oak woodland.
Qualifications: Master’s or undergraduate degree in biology or ecology with strong ornithological background and experience. Strong background in songbird banding, ageing, and sexing (> 500 birds, > 1000 preferred) as well as other bird monitoring techniques essential. Strong knowledge and interest in birds and bird watching and general natural history of animals and their habitats. Must have enthusiasm for working with kids, adults, and families.
To Apply: In a few weeks. please go to the confidential Audubon career center to start the application process: https://careers-audubon.icims.com. You will use this link to send your résumé and a cover letter addressed to Dr. Sandy DeSimone stating career goals. For now, please send resume and cover letter to Dr. DeSimone at firstname.lastname@example.org Two letters of recommendation can be sent by references to: Dr. Sandy DeSimone, Director, Research and Education; email@example.com..The most qualified candidates will have a phone interview. For questions contact Dr. Sandy DeSimone at firstname.lastname@example.org or 949-858-0309.
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