Job Description: Multiple volunteer positions are available during the period March 1 to May 31, 2018 for an ongoing and evolving bird migration monitoring project at Cape May, NJ. The area is world-renowned as a migration hotspot, but a large majority of bird study here has historically occurred during autumn. There is still much to learn about how, why, and when birds migrate north through the Cape May region. The Cape May Springwatch initiative is a volunteer-created and volunteer-powered project that has existed for the past several years, with assistance from New Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory.
Migration Field assistants will learn about migration monitoring techniques, enjoy opportunities to enhance their field birding skills, and contribute to the early stages of an important and unique research project. Shared housing is available at the observatory’s bunkhouse. Assistants will preferably provide their own transportation to Cape May Point; for those coming from farther afield, transportation from Philadelphia and/or Atlantic City airports pick-ups may be possible. A fair amount of travel locally can be done via bicycle.
Responsibilities: Primary duties include assisting with and/or conducting stationary migration counts at Cape May Point and other locations on or near Cape Island. These counts will occur every day, beginning at sunrise and continuing 3-6 hours, contingent on conditions. All species of migrating birds are tabulated. Additional projects may include transect and area surveys aimed at detecting migrant songbirds, conducting exploratory evening migration counts, and acoustic monitoring (analyzing nocturnal flight calls recorded at one or more stations). Additional research and interpretation opportunities exist with New Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory.
· Enthusiastic, disciplined, and responsible, with a strong interest in bird migration is essential.
· Previous experience with avian field research, particularly migration monitoring, is highly desirable but not compulsory, learning on the job is expected and we will provide training and support.
· Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to accept direction and constructive feedback.
· Motivated self-starter with capacity to work in a team setting.
· 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.
· Ability to demonstrate initiative and a positive attitude.
· Strong computer skills to fulfill the job requirements.
· Ability to relate to a diverse range of people and exercise cultural competence and inclusion.
· Willingness to work irregular hours under sometimes difficult field conditions (occasionally cold and/or wet conditions) is essential.
Minimum time commitment = two weeks.
Start Date: March 1, 2019
End Date: May 31, 2019
Volunteer position - Housing provided: Applicants would share living space with other volunteers and staff.
Application Deadline: Position will be posted until filled. Qualified individuals may apply by sending cover letter of interest, resume, and three references as a single PDF document (including email and phone contact info) to firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.