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  1. APPLY ONLINE ONLY AT: https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/4089/tyndall-shorebird-biologist/job Position Summary Audubon Florida seeks a Shorebird Biologist to support beach-nesting season and nonbreeding season bird conservation work in the Eastern Florida Panhandle. The Shorebird Biologist will work remotely in the Panama City region of Bay and Gulf counties and travel to complete the majority of work on and around beaches and islands including Tyndall Critical Wildlife Area, islands and beaches and adjacent to or within Tyndall Air Force Base, Eglin Cape San Blas, and other sites as assigned. From February to August, or later if nesting activity continues (“breeding season”), the Shorebird Biologist will be responsible for performing independent beach-nesting bird monitoring and protection work primarily in Bay and Gulf counties, Florida. Responsibilities include the following, in addition to other as-needed duties: Posting symbolic fencing around beach-nesting bird sites and maintaining said posting; Monitoring nest sites weekly, at minimum, for evidence of disturbance or predation; Monitoring nonbreeding Piping, Snowy, and Wilson’s plovers, and Red Knots, and other focal species; Performing weekly bird surveys to collect demographic data according to specified protocol, and banded bird resightings as directed; and Protecting sites from disturbance through predation management and game camera monitoring in cooperation with site managers and partner agencies, educating beachgoers about coastal bird species while encouraging compliance with posted areas, and engaging in outreach to user groups through presentations at organizational meetings. From mid-August through mid-February (“non-breeding season”), s/he will be responsible for completing biweekly winter coastal bird surveys and banded bird resightings focusing on Red Knot, Piping Plover, and Snowy Plover, primarily in Bay and Gulf counties, Florida, and elsewhere in the Florida Panhandle as needed; assisting with volunteer recruitment, management, and training; carrying out equipment maintenance; and giving public presentations and beach walks as outreach to key user groups that may impact conservation of coastal birds in the Florida Panhandle. This is a full-time, grant-funded opportunity through December 31, 2020 with the possibility of future funding. Essential Functions By closely collaborating with the Eastern Panhandle Shorebird Project Manager, the Shorebird Biologist will ensure all sites are: Posting symbolic fencing as required or immediately when new nest sites are located; Monitored weekly, at a minimum, for nesting progress, predation, and disturbance according to the terms of Audubon’s contractual requirements. Survey assigned sites weekly, at minimum, to collect avian demographic data and enter data into the Florida Shorebird Database or other database as required. Plan and conduct community outreach efforts such as public presentations, tabling events, and beach walks while educating and engaging the public about Florida’s focal shore/seabird species. Actively participate in regional working groups and partner workshops including delivering periodic technical presentations. Assist with other shorebird conservation and survey efforts and other duties as assigned. Decision-making with regard to the need for disturbance minimization through predation management, data collection using game cameras or other technology, alteration of posted nest-site boundaries, removal of posting materials and field equipment in advance of severe storm warnings, management and reporting on bird mortalities, and implementation of disturbance minimization at nesting sites or migratory bird congregation sites. Review and conduct appropriate analysis of georeferenced data in Google Earth or ArcGIS Online software to provide quality control prior to submittal. Contributing to technical report writing as needed and submitting content for program-related publications in a variety of media. Overseeing the maintenance needs of assigned program vehicles, trailers, boats and ATV/UTVs.Mentoring and managing volunteers in monitoring, surveying and stewardship activities. Qualifications and Experience Bachelor's degree in biology, wildlife ecology or related field required; Master's degree substitutes for one year professional experience. 3 years/seasons demonstrated expertise in bird identification and performing demographic bird surveys using rigorous protocols is required. At least two years of experience in shorebird or seabird identification and rigorous surveys is required. Demonstrated experience operating and maintaining motorboats with trailer launch in challenging nearshore marine conditions or equivalent experience in freshwater environments is a plus. Kayak paddling experience in nearshore marine or open-water conditions is required. Demonstrated success with accurate recording of field-collected data and data entry using MS Excel, MS Access, or online web portal data entry is required. Superior communication skills and demonstrated ability to work independently and with multiple stakeholder groups. Excellent judgment, problem-solving skills, and decision-making skills, one who possesses a high degree of integrity in all delivereables. Demonstrated experience working with external partners and volunteers, as well as operating and maintaining equipment including boats, ATV/UTVs, trucks and/or trailers. Must be able to lift up to 35lbs, and be able to walk up to 5 miles on beach carrying spotting scope, binoculars, and daypack. Demonstrated experience with performing field work in challenging coastal conditions year-round. Ability to think strategically and creatively, while managing multiple tasks, meeting deadlines and operating in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. Familiarity with coastal conservation lands of the Florida Panhandle a plus. Experience with setting up and operating cameras including mobile (GoPro type), game cameras and remote detection technologies preferred. Familiarity with Florida coastal bird management and coastal conservation lands of the Florida Panhandle a plus. Must be able to work long days, weekends, and holidays as needed, in Florida summer field conditions. A genuine passion for conservation and for the mission of the National Audubon Society a must.
  2. APPLY ONLINE ONLY AT: https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/3978/pensacola-beach-seabird-steward/job Position Summary Audubon Florida helps to manage beach-nesting birds through much of the Panhandle, posting, stewarding and protecting nesting areas from disturbance. To better monitor and protect the nesting shorebirds and seabirds along beaches and other nest sites in Pensacola, Audubon is hiring a seasonal Pensacola Beach Steward. The primary responsibility of the Pensacola Beach Steward is to survey nesting beaches, organize volunteers to conduct public outreach at seabird nesting sites, and monitor active sites along the nesting areas of Pensacola Beach. This is a full-time seasonal position working 40 hours a week between April and September, 2019 for 40 hours per week with a focus on weekend days and holidays, including Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day. Essential Functions With the help of the Panhandle Program Manager, the Pensacola Beach Steward will be responsible for the following tasks: - Contact and recruit volunteers - Conduct public outreach on nesting beaches - Assist with training volunteers and organize volunteers for public outreach on nesting beaches - Survey nesting beaches weekly - Post nesting sites - Monitor shorebird nests for nesting progress and disturbance - Timely data entry and reporting Qualifications and Experience - Experience and ability to communicate clearly orally and in writing. - Ability to organize, support and schedule volunteers. - Work well independently and with others. - Must be able to work in full summer sun, walk in sand, and lift 30 lbs. - A flexible approach to work and be willing to work weekends and holidays. - Must have a valid driver's license and vehicle. - Experience with volunteer organization, education, and management preferred. - Familiarity with Santa Rosa and Escambia County beaches preferred. - Experience with shorebird identification and nest monitoring preferred.
  3. APPLY ONLINE ONLY AT: https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/3976/walton-county-shorebird-beach-steward/job Position Summary Audubon Florida helps to manage beach-nesting birds through much of the Panhandle, posting, stewarding and protecting nesting areas from disturbance. To better monitor and protect the nesting shorebirds and seabirds along the beaches of Walton County, Audubon is hiring a seasonal Walton County Beach Steward. The primary responsibility of the Walton County Beach Steward is to organize volunteers in order to monitor shorebird nesting and conduct public outreach at nesting areas mostly, but not limited to, State Park sites including Deerpoint Lake SP, Grayton Beach SP and Topsail Hill SP. This is a part-time seasonal position working 27 hours a week between April and September, 2019 with a focus on weekend days and holidays, including Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day. Essential Functions With the help of the Western Panhandle Program Manager, the Walton County Beach Steward will be responsible for the following tasks: - Contact and recruit volunteers. - Conduct public outreach on nesting beaches. - Assist with training volunteers and organize volunteers for public outreach on nesting beaches. - Monitor shorebird nests for nesting progress and disturbance. - Timely data entry and reporting. Qualifications and Experience - Experience and ability to communicate clearly orally and in writing. - Ability to organize, support and schedule volunteers. - Work well independently and with others. - Must be able to work in full summer sun, walk in sand, and lift 30 lbs. - A flexible approach to work and be willing to work weekends and holidays. - Must have a valid driver's license and vehicle. - Experience with volunteer organization, education, and management preferred. - Familiarity with Walton County beaches preferred. - Experience with shorebird identification and nest monitoring preferred.
  4. APPLY ONLINE ONLY AT: https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/3977/navarre-beach-seabird-steward/job Position Summary Audubon Florida helps to manage beach-nesting birds through much of the Panhandle, posting, stewarding and protecting nesting areas from disturbance. To better monitor and protect the nesting shorebirds and seabirds along beaches and other nest sites on Navarre Beach, Audubon is hiring a seasonal Navarre Beach Steward. The primary responsibility of the Navarre Beach Steward is to organize volunteers in order to monitor shorebird nesting, conduct public outreach and survey nest sites along the nesting areas of Santa Rosa County including Navarre Causeway, Navarre Beach and beaches along Highway 399. This is a part-time seasonal position working 27 hours a week from April – September, with a focus on weekend days and holidays, including Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day. Essential Functions With the help of the Western Panhandle Program Manager, the Navarre Beach Steward will be responsible for the following tasks: - Contact and recruit volunteers - Conduct public outreach on nesting beaches - Assist with training volunteers and organize volunteers for public outreach on nesting beaches - Survey nesting beaches weekly - Post nesting sites - Monitor shorebird nests for nesting progress and disturbance - Timely data entry and reporting Qualifications and Experience - Experience and ability to communicate clearly orally and in writing. - Ability to organize, support and schedule volunteers. - Work well independently and with others. - Must be able to work in full summer sun, walk in sand, and lift 30 lbs. - A flexible approach to work and be willing to work some weekends and holidays. - Must have a valid driver's license and vehicle. - Experience with volunteer organization, education, and management preferred. - Familiarity with Santa Rosa beaches preferred. - Experience with shorebird identification and nest monitoring preferred.
  5. APPLY ONLINE ONLY AT: https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/3645/field-technician/job Position Summary From February to August, the Panhandle Florida Field Technician is the coastal bird biologist primarily responsible for beach-nesting bird monitoring and protection work at sites in Florida's Franklin and Gulf counties including: Little St. George Island, Dog Island, Lanark Reef, Phipps Preserve and other sites as assigned. At these sites, the field technician is responsible for: Posting symbolic fencing around beach-nesting bird sites and maintaining said posting; Monitoring nest sites weekly for evidence of disturbance or predation; Performing formal nesting bird surveys weekly including during seven, formal, one-week time windows (including color band resighting); Non-breeding season shore/seabird surveys and band resightings; and Helping protect sites from disturbance through stewardship activities, to include working closely with volunteers to chaperone beach-nesting bird colonies during busy warm-weather weekends, educating beachgoers about these species and encouraging compliance with posted areas, and engaging in outreach to user groups through presentations at organizational meetings. From September through February, this position performs winter coastal bird surveys and resights color-banded birds, especially snowy plovers, piping plovers and red knots, assists with volunteer recruitment and management, training and appreciation, assists with the creation of educational signage about coastal birds, and helps conduct outreach to key user groups impacting coastal birds in the Florida Panhandle. This position is funded as full-time permanent for four years (through December 2020) with extension possible contingent on a secure funding source. The Field Technician will be based out of their home in coastal Franklin County. This is an exciting position for a professional biologist with shorebirds/seabird survey skills, as well as experience kayaking and boating in nearshore marine waters and use of ATV/UTVs. Essential Functions With direction from the Eastern Panhandle Monitoring and Stewardship Program Coordinator, the technician will ensure all sites are: Surveyed weekly, including during the monthly state-prescribed beach-nesting bird survey windows; Posted with symbolic fencing and signage by posting deadlines; Monitored weekly for signs of disturbance and changes in nesting status; Stewarded to the terms of Audubon’s contract. Additional functions include the following: Entering survey data and band resights into the Florida Shorebird Database or Access database or as directed by the supervisor within two weeks following the survey date; Contribute to report writing and submittal for program contract; Responsible for maintenance of program vehicles, trailers, boats, and ATV/UTVs as needed; Mentor volunteers in monitoring, surveying, and stewardship activities; Engage the public around coastal bird conservation through outreach at beach sites and through presentations to key constituencies. This position is required to work independently or with another full-time staff and may be responsible for solo operation of boats to access large, remote offshore sites for survey work and posting. Qualifications and Experience Bachelor's degree in biology, wildlife ecology or related field required. 2-3 years' demonstrated expertise in shorebird and seabird identification and performing surveys a must. Strong communication skills and demonstrated ability to work independently. Experience working with partners and volunteers, as well as operating and maintaining equipment including boats, ATV/UTVs, trucks and trailers. Demonstrated experience with performing field work in challenging coastal conditions. Familiarity with coastal conservation lands of the Florida Panhandle a plus. Must be able to work long days and weekends, as needed, in Florida summer field conditions.
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