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  1. The Director of NJ Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory (CMBO) is responsible for the leadership and direction of the Bird Observatory which includes two sites in Cape May County (Northwood Center in Cape May Point and the Center for Research and Education in Goshen). The CMBO Director (“Director”) must be fully engaged in all program platforms including migration watches and bird banding, special events, communications and fundraising. The Director is expected to lead a dynamic team continuing to grow and innovate an internationally renowned Bird Observatory through advancing NJ Audubon’s mission and brand. MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: Leadership/Management · Develop and implement long-range strategic goals in support of NJ Audubon’s Conservation Priorities. · Oversee the daily operations of the CMBO, it’s team and all associated programs and events. · Manage CMBO staff and volunteers to ensure NJ Audubon mission and programmatic delivery in alignment with organizational policies and procedures. · Work with VP of Finance to develop and monitor annual budget and finance for CMBO with a goal of aligning funding to priorities and achieving sustainability. · Work with VP of Finance to oversee CMBO retail operations, physical stores and online FeatherEdge Optics (FEO) to strengthen and increase profits. Continue to foster strong relationship with key optic companies. · Oversee facilities maintenance, inspections and improvements including buildings, grounds and onsite equipment and insure the safety and security of sanctuary property as required. · Foster collaboration with the Nature Center of Cape May. Membership/Fundraising · Work with the Development team and other departments as appropriate to develop, implement and evaluate fundraising plan. · Work with Development team to actively increase membership, cultivate donors, volunteers and others. · Work with Development team to write and manage grants/contracts. · Work with the Development team and act as the lead fundraising representative for CMBO and participate in collaborative fundraising efforts. · Work with Development team and direct CMBO signature events, such as World Series of Birding and Cape May Migration events. Public Relations and Community Outreach · Build relationships in the local/national/international community, expanding NJ Audubon and CMBO presence to increase awareness, support and program participation. · Work with the Communications team to oversee marketing and promotions including publications, media, social media and community-outlets for CMBO and NJA. · Maintain a welcoming space to interact with visitors. Programming · Work with the VP of Education to oversee existing educational/recreational programming; develop and implement new initiatives. · Work with the VP of Research to collaborate on seasonal migration monitoring and long-term population studies tied to NJA conservation outcomes; develop and implement new initiatives. · Work with the VP of Stewardship to collaborate on habitat management. Other · Participate with other staff to adopt a team approach towards daily operations. · Assume additional responsibilities as requested. Qualifications/ knowledge/skills · Degree in the sciences or education or relevant practical experience in a similar position. · Minimum three-years of experience in management/supervisory positions and coordinating volunteers. · Excellent birder with experience leading bird field trips, speaking to groups, and inspiring others to explore the natural world. · Good natural history knowledge of NJ flora, fauna and habitats with a strong foundation in conservation science. Demonstrated fundraising (including grant-writing and donor cultivation), budgeting and finance experience. · Strong Computer (Microsoft Office 365) and Social Media Skills to fulfill the job requirements · Excellent written and oral communication skills. · Excellent organizational, time and project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects, shifting priorities and meet deadlines · Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills with the ability to relate to and motivate a diverse range of people, exercise cultural competence and inclusion, and accept direction and constructive feedback · Motivated self-starter able to work independently in the execution of his or her responsibilities while collaborating with other organizations with the ability to demonstrate initiative and a positive attitude · Strong professionalism and work ethic with the ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality · Flexibility to adjust hours to meet deadlines and needs of the organization, including availability to work occasional evenings and weekends and travel as needed · Must be able to walk on uneven surfaces and be able to lift at least 50 pounds in order to participate in special events · Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to operate a motor vehicle in NJ Salary: Commensurate with experience Starting date: Immediate Application Deadline: This position will remain open until filled Qualified individuals may apply by emailing cover letter of interest, resume, and three references as a single PDF document (including email and phone contact info) to hr.cmbodirector@njaudubon.org Please indicate "CMBO DIrector" in the subject line so that your application is routed to the correct department. 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.
  2. SEASONAL MIGRATION COUNT COORDINATOR for fall migration monitoring projects at New Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory, Cape May, NJ. Seasonal Fulltime: August 10, 2019 to January 15, 2020 Cape May is one of the premier fall migration hot spots in the country. Along with coordinating the migration projects the coordinator will also provide day-off relief at each of the 3 migration sites, and enter data. NJA fosters the application of sound scientific principles and practices to address conservation issues related to vertebrate and invertebrate fauna, and the natural habitats with which they are associated. Duties: · Identify and count all migrating raptors, seabirds, or songbirds on relief days, and fill in for primary counters as time allows for sickness, personal emergency, etc. · Inventory and maintain all gear necessary for migration counters throughout the season. · Provide appropriate training for migration counters as necessary both on- and off-site. · Act as liaison to Trektellen regarding online platform and supervise data uploading. · Oversee the data entry for all counts including Hawkcount.org, and proofing of data at conclusion of season. · Oversee the creation of regular summaries, highlights and notable bird sightings for posting on web · Work with seasonal counters to create season summary reports for NJ Audubon publications in a timely manner. · Availability via cell phone for troubleshooting, and in person on weekends when not otherwise counting. · Provide at least 1 lecture and/or field workshop at Cape May Autumn Festival. Qualifications, Knowledge, and Skills: · Familiarity with bird migration and strong background identifying raptors, seabirds and songbirds in flight. · Careful data collecting skills a must. · Willingness to work irregular hours under sometimes difficult field conditions. · Punctual with excellent organizational, time and project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects, shifting priorities and meet deadlines. · Strong computer skills – Microsoft Office to fulfill the job requirements. · Excellent written and oral communication skills, and knowledge of environmental and conservation issues required. · Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills with the ability to relate to and motivate a diverse range of people, exercise cultural competence and inclusion, and accept direction and constructive feedback. · Motivated self-starter with capacity to work productively in a team setting with the ability to demonstrate initiative and a positive attitude. · Strong professionalism and work ethic with the ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality. · Ability to lift 25 lbs. as necessary. · All applicants must have their own vehicle, and a valid, clean driver’s license. Start Date: August 10, 2019 End Date: January 15, 2020 Salary: $ 2,100/month. Housing available in a bunk-house environment. Application Deadline: June 25, 2019. Qualified individuals may apply by emailing cover letter of interest, resume, and three references as a single PDF document (including email and phone contact info) to hr.cmboseasonal@njaudubon.org Please indicate “Coordinator” in the subject line so that your application is routed to the correct department. 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.
  3. MIGRATION COUNTER (3) for fall migration monitoring projects at New Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory, Cape May, NJ. Start Date for Hawk Watch: August 25, 2019 End Date: December 3, 2019 Start Date for Avalon Sea Watch: September 22, 2019 End Date: December 24, 2019 Start Date for Morning Flight: August 1, 2019 End Date: November 15, 2019 Cape May is one of the premier fall migration hot spots in the country. Specifically, we are hiring a counter for the Cape May Hawkwatch (August 25 to December 3), a counter for the Avalon Seawatch (September 22 to December 24), and a counter for the Cape May Morning Flight Project (August 1 to November 15/part time – 30 hrs/week). NJA fosters the application of sound scientific principles and practices to address conservation issues related to vertebrate and invertebrate fauna, and the natural habitats with which they are associated. Duties: · Identify and count all migrating raptors, seabirds, or songbirds. · Maintain daily data entry into a digital platform and follow backup data procedures as needed. · Keep appropriate records for rare sightings. · Provide daily summaries for post on various CMBO outlets. · Some data entry in MS Excel possible. · Provide end of season summary report for NJ Audubon publications in timely manner to receive final payment. Qualifications, Knowledge and Skills: · Familiarity with bird migration and strong background identifying raptors, seabirds or songbirds in flight. · Careful data collecting skills a must. · Willingness to work irregular hours under sometimes difficult field conditions. · Punctual with excellent organizational, time and project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects, shifting priorities and meet deadlines. · Strong computer skills – Microsoft Office to fulfill the job requirements. · Excellent written and oral communication skills, and knowledge of environmental and conservation issues required. · Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills with the ability to relate to and motivate a diverse range of people, exercise cultural competence and inclusion, and accept direction and constructive feedback. · Motivated self-starter with capacity to work productively in a team setting with the ability to demonstrate initiative and a positive attitude. · Strong professionalism and work ethic with the ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality. · Ability to lift 25 lbs. as necessary. · All applicants must have their own vehicle, and a valid, clean driver’s license. Start Date for Hawk Watch: August 25, 2019 End Date: December 3, 2019 Start Date for Avalon Sea Watch: September 22, 2019 End Date: December 24, 2019 Start Date for Morning Flight: August 1, 2019 End Date: November 15, 2019 Salary: $ 1,400 - $1,900/month, commensurate with experience. Housing provided in a bunk-house environment. Application Deadline: June 25, 2019. Qualified individuals may apply by emailing cover letter of interest, resume, and three references as a single PDF document (including email and phone contact info) to hr.cmboseasonal@njaudubon.org Please indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line so that your application is directed to the correct department. 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.
  4. Fall Hawk Migration Counter (Seasonal biologist/ornithologist) needed to conduct survey of migrating birds of prey in Montclair, NJ. Seasonal fulltime: August 25 to November 30, 2019 NJ Audubon fosters the application of sound scientific principles and practices to address conservation issues related to vertebrate and invertebrate fauna, and the natural habitats with which they are associated. Duties: · Identify and count all migrating raptors. · Maintain daily data entry into a digital platform and follow backup data procedures as needed. · Keep appropriate records for rare sightings. · Provide daily summaries for post on various NJ Audubon/Cape May Bird Observatory outlets. · Some data entry in MS Excel possible. · Educate visitors about raptor migration, New Jersey Audubon, and conservation issues. · Provide end of season summary report for NJ Audubon publications in timely manner. Qualifications, Knowledge, and Skills: · Familiarity with bird migration and strong background identifying raptors in flight a must. · Careful data collecting skills a must. · Willingness to work irregular hours under sometimes difficult field conditions. · Punctual with excellent organizational, time and project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects, shifting priorities and meet deadlines. · Strong computer skills – Microsoft Office to fulfill the job requirements. · Excellent written and oral communication skills, and knowledge of environmental and conservation issues required. · Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills with the ability to relate to and motivate a diverse range of people, exercise cultural competence and inclusion, and accept direction and constructive feedback. · Motivated self-starter with capacity to work productively in a team setting with the ability to demonstrate initiative and a positive attitude. · Strong professionalism and work ethic with the ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality. · Ability to lift 25 lbs. as necessary. · All applicants must have their own vehicle, and a valid, clean driver’s license. Start Date: August 25, 2019 End Date: November 30, 2019 Salary: $1500 - $1900/month, commensurate with experience. Housing available. Application Deadline: June 25, 2019 Qualified individuals may apply by emailing cover letter of interest, resume, and three references as a single PDF document (including email and phone contact info) to hr.cmboseasonal@njaudubon.org Please indicate “Montclair” in the subject line so that your application is directed to the appropriate department. 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.
  5. Interpretive Naturalist Interns (3 positions) for fall migration monitoring projects at New Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory (CMBO), Cape May, NJ. Seasonal fulltime: August 25 to October 31, 2019 Cape May is renowned as one of the world's greatest hotspots for animal migration, as well as being a popular summertime vacation destination and beach resort. The combination of the two offers great opportunities for wildlife research and education through public outreach. The interpretive naturalist intern will gain valuable experience in progressing from an active learner to a skilled leader with a clear understanding of the ways in which we are working to monitor and protect New Jersey’s resident and migratory wildlife, and the ability to engage a diverse public audience to become stewards of these important resources. NJA fosters the application of sound scientific principles and practices to address conservation issues related to vertebrate and invertebrate fauna, and the natural habitats with which they are associated. Duties: • Orienting and assisting visitors to the Cape May Hawkwatch, Avalon Seawatch, and Morning Flight Songbird Counts. Over 500 people may visit per day during peak times! • Conducting mini-workshops on bird identification and migration phenomena. • Assisting visitors with bird identification and assisting hawk counter when needed. • Maintaining records of visitor contacts. Qualifications, Knowledge, and Skills: • Familiarity with bird migration and birding. Experience identifying raptors, passerines, and/or sea birds in flight is a plus but learning on the job is possible and we will provide training and support. • Willingness to work irregular hours under sometimes difficult field conditions. • Punctual with excellent organizational, time and project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects, shifting priorities and meet deadlines. • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and knowledge of environmental and conservation issues required. • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills with the ability to relate to and motivate a diverse range of people, exercise cultural competence and inclusion, and accept direction and constructive feedback. • Motivated self-starter with capacity to work productively in a team setting with the ability to demonstrate initiative and a positive attitude. • Strong professionalism and work ethic with the ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality. • Ability to lift 25 lbs. as necessary. • All applicants must have their own vehicle, and a valid, clean driver’s license. Start Date: August 25, 2019 End Date: October 31, 2019 Salary: $ 1000/month Housing provided in a bunk-house environment. Application Deadline: June 25, 2019 Qualified individuals may apply by emailing cover letter of interest, resume, and three references as a single PDF document (including email and phone contact info) to hr.cmboseasonal@njaudubon.org Please indicate “Interp Nat” in the subject line so that your application is directed to the proper department. 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
  6. SONGBIRD TECHNICIAN for Cape May long-term bird-banding operation at New Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory, Cape May, NJ. Cape May is one of the premier fall migration hot spots in the country. Specifically, we are hiring a songbird technician for the Cape May Bird Banding Project; 1 August through 15 November 2019. NJA fosters the application of sound scientific principles and practices to address conservation issues related to vertebrate and invertebrate fauna, and the natural habitats with which they are associated. Major Responsibilities Duties: · Site Preparation (i.e. site setup, net lane clearing) and breakdown · Site Maintenance (maintaining net lanes, net repair, etc.) · Extracting birds from mist-nets · Record data on paper datasheets daily at banding station, transfer data to Microsoft Excel datasheets weekly, and into the BBL’s program, BANDIT at the end of the season. · Writing summary reports for print and web Qualifications, Knowledge and Skills: · Mist-netting and bird banding experience in a high-volume banding station necessary (>5,000 birds/season) · Bird extraction experience using the body-grasp method required · Familiarity with bird migration and strong background identifying passerines, near-passerines, raptors and marsh birds by sight. · Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office) to fulfill the job requirements; Proficiency with MS Excel and BANDIT essential · Careful data collecting skills a must. · Willingness to work irregular hours under sometimes difficult field conditions. · Punctual with excellent organizational, time and project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects, shifting priorities and meet deadlines. · Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills with the ability to relate to and motivate a diverse range of people, exercise cultural inclusion and accept direction and constructive feedback. · Motivated self-starter with capacity to work productively in a team setting with the ability to demonstrate initiative and a positive attitude. · Strong professionalism and work ethic with the ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality. · Ability to lift and carry 25 lbs. and walk on uneven terrain. · All applicants must have access to a vehicle, and a valid, clean driver’s license. Start Date: 1 August 2019 End Date: 15 November 2019 Salary: $1,000/month, depending on experience Housing provided in a bunkhouse environment. Application Deadline: June 1, 2019. To Apply: Qualified individuals may apply by emailing cover letter of interest, resume, and three references as a single PDF document (including email and phone contact info) to hr.research@njaudubon.org Please indicate “Songbird Tech” in the subject line to insure your application is properly directed 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
  7. EXPERIENCED SONGBIRD BANDERS (2) for Cape May long-term bird-banding operation at New Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory, Cape May, NJ. Cape May is one of the premier fall migration hot spots in the country. Specifically, we are hiring 2 Experienced Songbird Banders for the Cape May Bird Banding Project; (1 for August 1 through November 15, and 1 for July 15 through November 15). NJA fosters the application of sound scientific principles and practices to address conservation issues related to vertebrate and invertebrate fauna, and the natural habitats with which they are associated. Major Responsibilities Duties: · Daily operation of banding station at The Nature Conservancy’s South Cape May Meadows. · Follow strict protocols for daily operations including go/no-go situations. · Site Preparation (i.e. site setup, net lane clearing) and breakdown · Site Maintenance (maintaining net lanes, net repair, etc.) · Extracting birds from mist-nets · Identify, band, weigh, age, sex, and measure all species captured in mistnets. · Record data on paper datasheets daily at banding station, transfer data to Microsoft Excel datasheets weekly, and into the BBL’s program, BANDIT at the end of the season. · Provide end of season summary report for NJ Audubon publications in timely manner to receive final payment. Qualifications, Knowledge and Skills: · Mist-netting and bird banding experience in a high-volume banding station necessary (>5,000 birds/season) · Experience aging species based on molt, and using Pyle guide required. · Familiarity with bird migration and strong background identifying passerines, near-passerines, raptors and marsh birds by sight. · Strong computer skills – (Microsoft Office) to fulfill the job requirements; Proficiency with MS Excel and BANDIT essential · Careful data collecting skills a must. · Willingness to work irregular hours under sometimes difficult field conditions. · Punctual with excellent organizational, time and project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects, shifting priorities and meet deadlines. · Excellent communication skills and experience managing volunteers required. · Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills with the ability to relate to and motivate a diverse range of people, exercise cultural inclusion and accept direction and constructive feedback. · Motivated self-starter with capacity to work productively in a team setting with the ability to demonstrate initiative and a positive attitude. · Strong professionalism and work ethic with the ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality. · Ability to lift and carry 25 lbs. and walk on uneven terrain. · All applicants must have access to a vehicle, and a valid, clean driver’s license. Start Dates: July 15, or August 1, 2019 End Date: November 15, 2019 Salary: $1,800-2,000/month, depending on experience Housing provided in a bunkhouse environment. Application Deadline: June 1, 2019. To apply: Qualified individuals may apply by emailing cover letter of interest, resume, and three references as a single PDF document (including email and phone contact info) to hr.research@njaudubon.org Please indicate “Bander” in the subject line to insure your application is properly directed. 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
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