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  1. Apply online only at: https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/4343/seasonal-lee-county-anchor-steward/job Position Summary Audubon Florida supports management of beach-nesting birds at many locations on the Gulf Coast and Northeast Atlantic Coast of Florida by surveying, posting, stewarding and protecting nesting areas from disturbance. To better monitor and protect the nesting shorebirds along beaches and other nest sites Audubon is hiring a seasonal Beach Anchor Steward to work within Fort Myers Beach. The primary responsibility of the Anchor Steward is to organize volunteers in order to help monitor nesting birds and to conduct public outreach around the shore/seabird nesting areas primarily within Little Estero Critical Wildlife Area and private sections of Fort Myers Beach. This is a part-time, 20 hour per week seasonal position focused on weekend days and holidays, including Independence Day and Labor Day, if nesting persists until the latter holiday. Essential Functions Monitor nesting birds and conduct minimum weekly counts of nests, chicks, and fledged young of each nesting species and enter/report data in the Florida Shorebird Database as directed by the Collier County Stewardship Program Manager. Assist Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission staff with installing symbolic fencing around new nest areas as needed. Conduct public outreach at nesting beaches on weekends and holidays generally between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Hours may run longer per day on holiday weekends. Assist with recruiting volunteers; train and schedule volunteers to chaperone nesting birds and conduct public outreach at nesting beaches on weekends and holidays. Work closely with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission staff, external partners, and volunteers in a positive and professional manner at all times. Qualifications and Experience Experience and ability to communicate clearly orally and in writing. Ability to recruit volunteers from beach visitors, train, support and schedule volunteers. Work well independently and with other staff and volunteers. A positive and diplomatic attitude is a must. Comfortable performing physically active work, with or with accommodation such as, walking on sandy beaches, carrying field equipment during Florida summer field conditions. Ability to lift 30 lbs. Must have a valid driver's license and a personal vehicle suited for transportation to complete assigned tasks. Must be willing to work weekends and holidays. Familiarity with Southwest Florida beaches preferred. Previous experience with monitoring and stewardship for one shore/seabird nesting season strongly preferred, but similar experience will be considered. Interest in conservation and passion for the mission of the National Audubon Society a must.
  2. APPLY ONLINE ONLY AT: https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/4398/carabelle-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 Carrabelle region of southern Franklin County and travel to complete the majority of work on and around beaches and islands including: Little St. George Island, Dog Island, Lanark Reef Critical Wildlife Area, Phipps Preserve Critical Wildlife Area 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 Franklin County, 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 Franklin County, 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 year round full-time, grant-funded opportunity through December 31, 2020 with potential to extend beyond should additional funding be secured. 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 deliverables. 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.
  3. APPLY ONLINE ONLY AT: https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/4352/pensacola-beach-steward---seasonal/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 Seabird Steward is to survey nesting beaches, organize volunteers to conduct public outreach at seabird nesting sites, and posting protective perimeters around nest sites along Pensacola Beach. This is a full-time seasonal position working 40 hours a week between April and September 2020 for 40 hours per week with a focus on weekend days and holidays, including Independence Day, and Labor Day. Essential Functions With the help of the Western 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. Able to work in full summer sun, walk in sand, and lift 30 lbs, with or without accommodation. 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.
  4. APPLY ONLINE ONLY AT: https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/4353/navarre-beach-steward---seasonal/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 Marine Park and sites along Highway 399. This is a part-time seasonal position working 27 hours a week from April – August 2020, 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. Able to work in full summer sun, walk in sand, and lift 30 lbs, with or without accommodation. 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 a plus. Familiarity with Santa Rosa beaches preferred. Experience with shorebird identification and nest monitoring preferred. Interest in conservation and passion for the mission of the National Audubon Society a must.
  5. APPLY ONLINE ONLY AT: https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/4355/walton-county-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 July 2020 with a focus on weekend days and holidays, including Memorial Day, and Independence 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. Entering data in a timely, ordered fashion. 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, with or without accommodation. 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.
  6. APPLY ONLINE ONLY AT: https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/4339/st.-johns-county-anchor-steward/job Position Summary Audubon Florida supports management of beach-nesting birds at many locations in St. Johns County by surveying, posting, stewarding, and protecting nesting areas from disturbance. To better protect nesting shorebirds Audubon is hiring a seasonal Beach Anchor Steward to work within St. Johns County. The principle responsibilities of the Anchor Steward are to steward shorebird colonies at Anastasia State Park and Fort Matanzas National Monument and organize volunteers to help with this work. Stewarding involves a variety of actions including the observation of birds and the public at nesting sites and educating the public when their actions may pose a threat to the birds. This is a part-time, 20-hour-per-week seasonal position focused on weekends and holidays, including Memorial Day and Independence Day. The position will begin 04/06/2020 and continue through the end of nesting season. Nesting may persist into August or early September but can end early in the event of a catastrophic event or other total loss of nesting activity. Hours are generally between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. though they may vary depending on needs. 40 hours allowed on weeks with holidays. Essential Functions Assist with the installation of symbolic fencing around new nest areas as needed. Steward at nesting sites mainly on weekends and holidays. Assist with recruiting, training, and scheduling of shorebird steward volunteers. Work closely with local land managers, external partners, and volunteers in a positive and professional manner at all times. Qualifications and Experience Experience and ability to communicate clearly orally and in writing. Ability to help recruit, train, support, and schedule volunteers. Work well independently and with other staff and volunteers. A positive and diplomatic attitude is a must. Demonstrated capability of physically active work, such as walking on sandy beaches carrying field equipment during Florida summer field conditions. Ability to lift up to 30 lbs with or without a reasonable accomodation. Must have a valid driver's license and a personal vehicle suited for transportation to complete assigned tasks. Must be willing to work weekends and holidays. Familiarity with local beaches preferred. Previous experience with shorebird stewardship preferred, but similar experience will be considered. Interest in conservation and passion for the mission of the National Audubon Society a must.
  7. APPLY ONLINE ONLY AT: https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/4340/nassau-sound-anchor-steward/job Position Summary Audubon Florida supports management of beach-nesting birds at many locations in Northeast Florida by surveying, posting, stewarding, and protecting nesting areas from disturbance. To better protect nesting shorebirds Audubon is hiring a seasonal Anchor Steward to work at the beaches of Nassau Sound including Amelia Island and Little Talbot Island. The primary responsibilities of the Anchor Steward are to steward shorebird nesting areas and organize volunteer stewards to help these efforts. Stewarding involves a variety of actions including observations of birds and the public at nesting sites and educating the public when their actions may pose a threat to the birds. This is a part-time, 20-hour-per-week seasonal position focused on weekends and holidays, including Memorial Day and Independence Day. The position will begin 04/06/2020 and continue through the end of nesting season. Nesting may persist into August or early September but can end early in the event of a catastrophic event or other total loss of nesting activity. Hours are generally between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. though may vary depending on needs. 40 hours allowed on weeks with holidays. Essential Functions Assist with the installation of symbolic fencing around new nest areas as needed. Steward at nesting sites mainly on weekends and holidays. Assist with recruiting, training, and scheduling of shorebird steward volunteers. Work closely with local land managers, external partners, and volunteers in a positive and professional manner at all times. Qualifications and Experience Ability to operate an ATV/UTV to reach some beach nesting sites. Training will be provided by Florida Park Service staff. Ability to interact and communicate effectively with the public at beach nesting sites. Ability to help recruit, train, support, and schedule volunteers. Work well independently and with other staff and volunteers. A positive and diplomatic attitude is a must. Demonstrated capability of physically active work, such as walking on sandy beaches, carrying field equipment during Florida summer field conditions. Ability to lift 30 lbs with or without a reasonable accommodation. Must have a valid driver's license and a personal vehicle suited for transportation to complete assigned tasks. Must be willing to work weekends and holidays. Familiarity with local beaches preferred. Previous experience with shorebird stewardship preferred, but similar experience will be considered. Interest in conservation and passion for the mission of the National Audubon Society a must.
  8. Position Summary From April through September, the Three Rooker Island Shorebird Monitoring and Stewardship Coordinator is the Audubon coastal bird biologist primarily responsible for assisting Florida Park Service staff with beach-nesting bird monitoring and stewardship work at sites in Pinellas County, Florida. Stewardship activities will be conducted on Three Rooker Island, part of Anclote Key Preserve State Park. Surveys and monitoring will be conducted on all islands within Anclote Key Preserve State Park (Three Rooker Island, Anclote Key, and Anclote Bar) and within Honeymoon Island State Park and Caladesi Island State Park. At these sites, the coordinator is responsible for assisting Park staff with: Posting symbolic fencing and signage around beach-nesting bird sites and maintaining said posting. Monitoring and surveying nest sites weekly for evidence of disturbance or predation. Performing formal nesting bird surveys weekly including during five formal, one-week time windows (including color band resighting). Non-breeding shorebird surveys and band resightings, especially focused on state and federally listed species. Data entry, recordkeeping, and reporting as directed by supervisor and by Park staff. Helping protect sites from disturbance through stewardship activities requiring motorboat transportation to and from Three Rooker Island, to include organizing and working closely with volunteers to chaperone beach-nesting bird colonies during busy warm-weather weekends and major holidays, educating beachgoers about these species, encouraging compliance with posted areas, and engaging in outreach to user groups as directed by supervisor. From April through September, this position performs coastal bird surveys for breeding and non-breeding waterbirds and resights color-banded birds, especially snowy plovers, piping plovers and red knots, assists with posting and maintaining symbolic fencing, assists with volunteer recruitment and management, training and appreciation, operates an Audubon motorboat to provide transportation for bird stewards to and from Three Rooker Island on weekend days and major holidays, and helps conduct outreach to key user groups impacting coastal birds. This position is funded as full-time seasonal with a start date of April 6, 2020 and ending in September of 2020, determined in consultation with supervisor and Park staff. This seasonal position is funded through Fall 2020 with future funding possible. The Stewardship Coordinator will be based out of their home in the Tampa Bay area. This is an exciting seasonal position for a professional biologist with shorebirds/seabird survey skills, as well as experience with solo operation of small vessels in nearshore marine waters subject to tides, strong currents, and inclement weather. Wet landings are required to disembark passengers at several islands. Essential Functions With direction from the Project Manager for Pinellas Bird Stewardship and designated Florida Park staff, the coordinator 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 as directed by the supervisor or Park staff within two weeks following the survey date. Contribute survey and stewardship summaries required for grant report submissions. Contribute photographs and short stories about birds and bird stewardship for use on Audubon website and in social media. Responsible for periodic cleaning and maintenance of program vehicles, trailers, and boats as needed. Mentor and manage volunteers engaged in monitoring and stewardship activities. Engage the public around coastal bird conservation through outreach at beach sites and through presentations to user groups. This position is required to work independently and in partnership with designated Florida Park Service staff or with another full-time staff, as part of a team of bird stewards on weekends and holidays, and will be responsible for solo operation of boats to access offshore barrier island sites for survey work, posting, and stewardship. Qualifications and Experience Bachelor's degree in biology, wildlife ecology or related field required. Demonstrated experience, satisfactory to Audubon, in solo operation of a motorboat in nearshore marine waters with wet landings. 1-2 years' demonstrated expertise in shorebird and seabird identification and performing waterbird surveys a must. Strong verbal communication skills and demonstrated ability to work independently, with minimal supervision. Must have a valid driver's license and a personal vehicle suited for transportation to complete assigned tasks. Demonstrated experience working with partners and volunteers, as well as operating and maintaining equipment including boats, trucks and trailers. Demonstrated experience with performing field work in challenging coastal marine conditions. Familiarity with coastal conservation lands of Gulf Coast Pinellas County a plus. Must be able to lift and carry 30 lbs., walk up to 4 miles on beach sand carrying spotting scope and day pack, work long days and weekends, as needed, in Florida summer field conditions.
  9. APPLY ONLINE ONLY AT: https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/4303/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 year round full-time, grant-funded opportunity through December 31 2020 with potential to extend beyond should additional funding be secured. 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 deliverables. 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 fieldwork 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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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