The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is a global environmental nonprofit working to create a world where people and nature can thrive. Founded at its grassroots in the United States in 1951, TNC has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than a million members and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff and more than 400 scientists, we impact conservation in 79 countries and territories across 6 continents.
The Seasonal Shorebird/Waterbird Technician assists conservation scientists with monitoring, research, and management activities for nesting shorebirds and colonial waterbirds on the barrier islands and marshes of the Volgenau Virginia Coast Reserve (VVCR). The VVCR is one of the last expanses of coastal wilderness on the U.S. East Coast and encompasses over 40,000 acres of natural landscape throughout the Eastern Shore of Virginia, including 14 barrier and marsh islands. The importance of the region to migratory birds is recognized through a Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network designation and Audubon Important Bird Area Global status. For over 50 years, TNC has built a Migratory Bird Program that focuses on protecting birds within this unique landscape using a science-based, partnership approach to management.
TNC seeks an enthusiastic and motivated technician who will work closely with the VVCR’s Coastal Science staff, our federal and state partners and volunteers to conduct the following monitoring and research activities throughout coastal habitats on Virginia’s Eastern Shore: shorebird (Piping Plover and American Oystercatcher) and waterbird surveys (terns and skimmers), shorebird and waterbird productivity monitoring, American Oystercatcher banding and resighting and data entry. The technician will also perform the following beach nesting bird management activities: posting and patrolling bird colonies on the barrier islands, educating island visitors about beach nesting birds, maintaining signage and conducting visitor use surveys. The position requires one to keep organized, detailed daily field notes, operate a boat to be used for access to the barrier islands, perform daily maintenance on boats and additional duties as assigned.
The ideal candidate will have a background that includes the following Minimum Qualifications:
- Associates Degree in natural resources; environmental studies or equivalent combination of education and 6 months of experience.
- Experience managing and prioritizing tasks from multiple sources.
- Experience with waterbird and shorebird identification and/or monitoring for the US east coast.
- Experience working with Microsoft Office Suite software.
- Experience working in physically strenuous settings sometimes to the point of physical fatigue, in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, and on difficult and hazardous terrain.
And the following Preferred Qualifications:
- BS degree in biology, wildlife management, or related field preferred, or coursework in active pursuit of a degree in biology, wildlife management, or related field.
- Waterbird and shorebird identification skills. Experience with monitoring reproductive success of beach nesting birds preferred.
- Experience operating and trailering boats independently up to 20 feet in length.
- Experience using GPS units, GIS mapping software and remote data collection tools such as ArcGIS Collector and Survey 123.
- Experience communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means.
- Local knowledge of the Eastern Shore of Virginia seaside, tides, and barrier islands preferred. Must meet Virginia’s Boating Safety Education requirement or will be required to complete an online course prior to start of position.
- Must have valid driver’s license, safe driving record (per TNC’s Auto Safety Program) and provide own transportation and personal automobile insurance.
Current funding provides for $20.00 per hour, 40 hours/week, 18–20 weeks duration. Few benefits. Assistance with housing may be available. Desired start date is early April 2022, however later dates can be considered.
The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.
If you are interested in working with the VVCR Migratory Bird Team, please submit your cover letter and resume for position number 50739. Please see the full position description and apply at www.nature.org/careers. Application deadline is 11:59PM on January 16, 2022.