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  1. Overview Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action. By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive. And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level. What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country. Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Position Summary The Land Steward will work at Stratford Point, a sanctuary managed by Audubon Connecticut and part of a globally Important Bird Area, located in Stratford, CT. The Land Steward will work with the site manager to determine priorities, then implement management which may include removal of invasive plants, tending to gardens, re-seeding of bird seed garden, watering and more. He/she will maintain regular communication with partners, volunteers, and visitors as the land steward is often the first point of contact with visitors to the site. The Land Steward will also recruit, organize and implement volunteer days, which will may include removing litter and invasive plants and enhancing native plant gardens. Lastly, the Land Steward will assist with coastal waterbird monitoring at local sites (one day per week). The Seasonal Land Steward will work 35 hrs/week from April 1st to Oct. 18th. Pay is $13-14.25/hr. Essential Functions Work with site manager to determine priorities for management, then implement Communicate with partners, volunteers, and visitors Recruit, organize and implement volunteer work days as needed Maintain native plant gardens and secondary trail system Monitoring of beach nesting birds for productivity at local sites and entering data into online database Additional duties may be assigned Qualifications and Experience Self-motivated individual who can work well independently in the field Ability to work outside in various weather situations Ability to work weekends and holidays Experience with interacting with visitors Extensive knowledge of birds, butterflies and their habitat needs and identification Ability to lift 50 pounds and hike site (steep rocky slopes) Strong communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills, including the ability to work with a variety of audiences: volunteers, staff, the general public and others Bachelor’s degree in environmental science or similar field or equivalent experience required To apply, visit: https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/3955/seasonal-land-steward/job
  2. Overview Now in its second century, the National Audubon Society is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action. By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive. And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level. What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country. Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Position Summary Audubon’s Women in Conservation program provides career opportunities for young women in the environmental field. Each spring and summer, we offer seasonal positions for young women to advance our conservation work and further develop their skills and knowledge in the field of wildlife conservation. These positions provide an array of different professional experiences in conservation, including: Field research Habitat stewardship Education and outreach Communication We are currently hiring one Women in Conservation (WIC) Technician to work with our Connecticut Coast program for the 2019 field season (early April – mid August). The WIC technician will work closely with other Audubon Connecticut staff and Audubon Alliance partners to reduce threats to priority coastal birds like the Piping Plover, American Oystercatcher, and Least Tern. This position will focus on implementing beach stewardship programs (monitoring beach-nesting birds and assisting with American Oystercatcher banding program), public outreach, and community engagement (assisting with WildLife Guards Program - www.audubonwildlifeguards.org). These positions also provide the opportunity to further develop leadership and communications skills. Communications work may include contributing photos and videos for reports and social media posts; writing an article for an Audubon newsletter; and performing outreach activities on the beach with the Audubon WildLife Guards. The technicians will have the opportunity to shadow other Audubon staff in Connecticut and New York. Also, the technicians will have the opportunity to connect with other conservationists and program supporters at the annual Women in Conservation Luncheon in May. The candidates chosen for these positions will be expected to work 5 days a week (usually 35 hours). Weekend and holiday work will be required, especially in June and July. The technicians will be required to use their personal vehicle to access field sites that are located across the coast of Connecticut. Pay is $13/hr. Travel to field sites will be partially reimbursed. Housing is not provided. The Women In Conservation technician would be in the field much of the time, but might occasionally work from Stratford Point ( managed by Audubon and located in Stratford, CT). Essential Functions Assist with beach-nesting bird stewardship, including installing and maintain fencing and signage around nesting areas Assist with American Oystercatcher banding program (training will be provided) Conduct “Be a Good Egg” outreach and beach-goer education about coastal birds and their conservation needs Coordinate with other staff and partners Use binoculars and/or a spotting scope to locate, identify, and count Piping Plovers, Least Terns, American Oystercatchers, and migrating shorebirds Record and enter data into Excel, online forms, and eBird as needed Post photos, updates from the field, and volunteer opportunities on social media Assist with writing end-of-season reports Qualifications and Experience Woman with a bachelor’s degree in biology, environmental science, environmental education, or related field seeking to expand their experience and career in the field of conservatio Strong communications skills and an interest in engaging and communicating with a diverse public audience A strong work ethic with comfort working in an independent environment Willingness to work outdoors for long periods of time in adverse conditions (i.e. hot, humid) Ability to walk long distances (up to 7 miles), transport and carry heavy equipment (t fence posts, hammers), and drive to beaches from the eastern to western end of the Connecticut coastline Willingness to work on busy beach days, holiday weekends, and some evenings Prior shorebird and/or field experience is not required but must demonstrate a willingness to learn about beach-nesting bird biology and conservation experience operating a motor boat in coastal waters a plus The position would ideally start April 15th and go through Aug. 31st. To apply, visit: https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/3966/women-in-conservation-technician/job
  3. Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action. By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive. And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level. What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country. Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Position Summary As part of the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds, the Coastal Waterbird Technician is responsible for aiding Connecticut Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection Wildlife Division and US Fish and Wildlife Service efforts to inventory, monitor, and steward coastal waterbirds in Connecticut. This is a great opportunity to work with several species of shorebirds and waterbirds in a unique estuarine ecosystem. The Coastal Waterbird Technician is a seasonal, full-time position with a 35 hours per week schedule, and is slated for April 23rd through August 31st. To apply, visit: https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/3584/coastal-waterbird-technician/job Essential Functions The Coastal Waterbird Technician will assist conservation scientists with monitoring, research, and management activities for nesting and migratory shorebirds on the coast of Connecticut. Stewardship, inventory and monitoring activities include: Posting and patrolling bird colonies on beaches and offshore islands Monitoring of beach and island nesting birds for productivity and entering data into online spreadsheet Educating island and beach visitors about beach nesting and migrant birds Recruiting, training and organizing volunteers for inventory and stewardship efforts Assisting DEEP and USFWS staff in stewardship activities of Piping Plovers as needed Coordinating monitoring efforts with other Audubon Alliance staff Assisting with end of the season reports Additional duties may be assigned Qualifications and Experience Coursework in active pursuit of a degree in biology, wildlife management, or related field Experience with waterbird and shorebird identification and/or monitoring for the US east coast Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite software; experience with GPS units Must have valid driver's license and safe driving record (the Coastal Waterbird Technician will be reimburse for travel between nesting site) Experience and ability to communicate clearly via written, spoken and graphical means Flexible approach to work, as some weekend and holiday work will be required. Interest in conservation and commitment to the mission of the National Audubon Society.
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