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  1. SUMMARY: Reporting to the executive director, the associate director is responsible for building a strong field team, fostering a dynamic organizational culture, and strengthening our programs and impact. As a member of the senior leadership team, the associate director is a key liaison between programs, operations, and development. This new position interacts with all internal departments, leading all program-focused activities, and provides vision and strategy around future organizational needs while strengthening staff capacity and organizational culture. The associate director leads efforts of developing, promoting, and executing Michigan Audubon’s conservation and research program and planning, including advocacy, outreach, and stewardship activities and initiatives on behalf of the statewide organization, its sanctuaries, and Whitefish Point Bird Observatory program and research site. The associate director will also assist with daily program operations, developing program policies, protocol, and procedures, conducting program assessment and evaluation, managing fiscal administration, and participating in strategic planning for the organization, with an emphasis on the organization’s conservation and research pillars. This position is best filled by a person who thinks creatively and strategically, is able to manage multiple tasks with grace and skill, maintains positive, professional working relationships with internal and external stakeholders, and has demonstrated expertise in ecological and human resources management. ESSENTIAL JOB ACTIVITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The associate director assumes the following responsibilities under the direction of the executive director and in collaboration with other members of the team: Administrative & Program Leadership (40%) Assist the organization in developing strategic plans related to fundraising, donor recognition programs, events for major donors, public events related to fundraising, and other endeavors as requested. In collaboration with the executive director, staff, and board of directors, develop, prioritize, implement, and chart the organization’s course in meeting its conservation and research ends. Develop criteria for evaluating and prioritizing advocacy issues relevant to the mission of the organization. Support communication and working relationships with the board of directors. Monitor statewide legislative and/or policy issues and work with the executive director to develop appropriate position statements. Develop and coordinate communications with Michigan Audubon members and the public on conservation and policy issues related to bird conservation and habitat protection in Michigan. Represent Michigan Audubon at local and/or state government meetings and seek opportunities for constructive engagement. Engage Michigan Audubon members, chapters, and the public through regular content coordination and/or creation. Provide technical expertise related to birds and their habitat to internal and external audiences and partners. Contribute to the promotion of Michigan Audubon and bird conservation and research through information sheets, written articles and blog posts, and speaking engagements. Represent Michigan Audubon on mission-related topics to the public, media, and government agencies, where appropriate. Whitefish Point Bird Observatory Program & Research Management (40%) Program & Personnel Management: Ensure timely delivery of project deliverables within the WPBO program. Contribute program-specific goals and objectives to annual planning. Assist and support administrative systems that will allow for efficiency and smooth functioning of operations throughout the WPBO program, ensuring compliance with Michigan Audubon policies and procedures. Support the hiring, training, evaluating, supervising, and strategic growth planning of field staff, interns, and/or volunteers. Serve as the primary point of contact for Whitefish Point Bird Observatory contracted field staff. Attend WPBO events and program activities, including four to six visits to WPBO for orientation and end-of-season wrap-up for field staff. Assist in overseeing and providing support to communications and marketing efforts of the program, including writing occasional press releases, social media posts, emails to members, and other projects as needed and requested related to WPBO. Research Oversight: Coordinate and manage field studies, including scheduling, data collection, data entry, data management, and program reporting. Assist in facilitating the development, design, and review of research studies related to owl data repository. Perform data analysis for reports and manuscripts and write project reports, special use permit reports, etc. Sanctuaries/Land Management Leadership (20%) Oversee land management planning and ongoing stewardship of Michigan Audubon’s bird sanctuaries network, including contractors and volunteers. Develop and manage program-specific grants. Help to source new funds to support conservation programs and projects. QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this new and critical position successfully, the associate director must be able to fulfill all of the elements of the job description to the highest standard and be able to work well with colleagues in a highly variable, collaborative work environment. All employees are expected to contribute to ongoing growth and improvement in their departments via excellent job performance and proactive communication. Seasoned nonprofit professional with a minimum of five years of experience in a similar position. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university required. Master’s degree in wildlife biology, conservation ecology, or natural resources management is strongly preferred. Proven track record of effectively leading a direct service organization or program. Strong management and decision-making skills, including the ability to influence, engage, and lead others to new levels of effectiveness and programmatic impact. Strong emotional intelligence and ability to coach, mentor, relate, and listen to their team members. Demonstrated ability to be an analytical and decisive decision-maker with the ability to prioritize and communicate to staff key objectives and tactics necessary to achieve organizational goals. Exceptional written, oral, and presentation skills with the ability to effectively interface with senior management, the organization’s board of directors, staff, and external stakeholders. Experience in program evaluation and knowledge in nonprofit evaluation methods and tactics. Superior project management, organizational, teamwork, and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated computer expertise with Microsoft Office tools, Google applications and email applications, and database systems. Demonstrated sensitivity to diverse issues and comfortability in multicultural environments. Self-motivated, results-driven, detail-oriented, and adaptable. Able to exercise good judgment, discretion, and confidentiality. Must submit to and successfully pass a criminal history background check. Must understand, support, and be able to articulate Michigan Audubon’s vision, mission, and values statement, as well as program-specific information. Well-versed in identification of local and regional (Eastern U.S.) bird and plant species. Excellent oral and written communications skills and the ability to synthesize and communicate technical and complex information to both technical and non-technical audiences. Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions and on varying terrain and be able to carry field equipment, with or without accommodation. Possess a valid pesticide applicator certification or be willing to obtain certification. Candidates must have a valid driver’s license and personal vehicle. WORKING LOCATION: Okemos and Paradise, Michigan. Michigan Audubon anticipates up to 40% of time spent in the office (in-state remote negotiable) and up to 60% of time spent at program sites throughout the state of Michigan. HOURS AND BENEFITS: This is a full-time, exempt position, requiring occasional weekend and evening hours when necessary to fulfill the duties of the position. Benefits include medical and dental insurance; vacation, holiday, and sick pay; and 401k type pension plan. Salary range is based on candidate meeting key qualifications; $50-60K annually. TO APPLY: Submit cover letter and resume as a single PDF document to office@michiganaudubon.org with the subject line: Associate Director/Sr. Program Manager application. This position will remain open until filled. DISCLAIMER: The information presented indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain, nor to be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications, and objectives required of employees assigned to this job. Michigan Audubon is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Employment decisions are based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. Michigan Audubon does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, national origin, physical or mental ability, status as a disabled veteran, or any other classification protected by law. Job Posting _ Associate Director_Sr. Program Mgr.pdf
  2. Website: www.michiganaudubon.org www.wpbo.org Description: Located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on the shore of Lake Superior, Whitefish Point is the premier migration watch site in the state. Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, a program of Michigan Audubon, is seeking a Fall Migration Waterbird Counter that can provide accurate waterbird identification and reporting, while providing educational interpretation to site visitors. Applicant must possess strong waterbird and general bird identification skills. Prior field experience is highly preferred. Duties include conducting the daily count, interacting with visitors, completing field data forms, posting daily results, writing weekly blog and social media posts, and additional field duties as assigned. Preparing and submitting an end-of-season summary article for Michigan Audubon’s magazine, finalizing data tables, and writing a season technical report are also required. While the position requires a great deal of independence, it will be supported by staff from Michigan Audubon’s headquarters. Consistent, clear, professional communication with supervisors, colleagues, stakeholders, and visitors is a must. This is a seasonal position from August 15, 2021, to November 15, 2021, and overtime may be required. Qualifications and Requirements: Familiarity with waterbird migration and experience identifying all eastern North American waterbirds is required. Enthusiastic, dedicated, and motivated self-starter who can work independently in sometimes difficult conditions. While not required, previous environmental interpretation and/or teaching skills are ideal, but a passion for connecting bird and habitat conservation to the community is essential. Applicants should have experience interacting with the public and excellent interpersonal skills. Careful data collecting skills are a must. Must be computer/tablet literate and capable of entering and managing data (computer access can be provided). Flexibility to adjust hours to meet the needs of program and organization, including the potential of working overtime hours. Transportation necessary to get from provided housing to the count site. This requires a reliable vehicle and a clean, valid driver’s license to operate a vehicle in Michigan. Must have a personal pair of binoculars; having a spotting scope is preferred. Late-season weather is often harsh and very cold, with few people visiting the site in these conditions. A dedicated, self-motivated individual who can both work well with people and endure challenging conditions in a remote location is required. Dates: This is a seasonal position from August 15, 2021, to November 15, 2021. A final season report is due November 22, 2021. Time Commitment: Approximately 8 hours per day beginning at dawn, 5 days/week with some longer days and weeks during peak migration. Job Type: Temporary, non-exempt Application Deadline: July 21, 2021 Compensation: Approximately $300-$420 per week (totaling $3,800-5,500 for the contract period); includes housing. To Apply: Applicants should submit one PDF document including: cover letter, resume with relevant experience, and contact information for three references (include phone and email) to office@michiganaudubon.org. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Number of Openings: One
  3. Organization/Employer: Michigan Audubon Location: Paradise, Michigan Dates of Employment: September 15-October 31, 2021 Classification: Temporary/Seasonal Position Compensation: Approximately $2-3K/season, DOE. Includes shared housing (full kitchen, laundry, and internet) Overview Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, located in the eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan, is seeking an Assistant Owl Bander from September 15 through October 31, 2021. The Assistant Owl Bander aids our Lead Owl Bander with the maintenance of the WPBO owl banding program during the fall season at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory. The field staff of WPBO represent and share Michigan Audubon’s mission of connecting birds and people for the benefit of both through conservation, education, and research. Whitefish Point is a world-renowned site for avian migration monitoring, with more diversity in owl species banded than any other site in North America. Owl species banded in the past include Northern Saw-whet, Boreal, Long-eared, Barred, Great Gray, Great Horned, Snowy, and Northern Hawk Owls. To learn more about WPBO, a program of Michigan Audubon, please visit www.wpbo.org. Primary duties of the Assistant Owl Bander include opening and closing nets, net checks, bird banding, and recording information on owls under the Lead Owl Bander’s onsite supervision. The AOB also contributes to written content by writing blogs for our website and an end-of-season, narrative report for our member magazine, the Jack Pine Warbler. Performance Expectations Perform with a minimum of supervision and work cooperatively with others. Serve as a professional and courteous ambassador for Michigan Audubon and its program site at Whitefish Point. Adhere to safety and site requirements for working in the region, including potential directives related to COVID-19. Conduct daily owl banding in conjunction with the lead owl bander using the WPBO standardized methodology and protocol. Maintain organized records and notes with attention to detail, accurately collecting data and recording field notes. Ensure all activities abide by the provisions required by all relevant permits, including those of the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory, and those of the Research and Monitoring Special Use Permit provided by Seney National Wildlife Refuge. Write regular blog posts and feature articles as requested by Michigan Audubon related to the owl banding program at WPBO. Qualifications Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, hold a current, valid driver’s license, and a personal vehicle for transportation. Eligible for work in the United States and willing to undergo a background check. Previous mist-netting and bird banding experience is required (2+ field seasons preferred). Education and/or prior field experience in the fields of biological, zoological, environmental, or ecological studies are helpful, but not required, for this position. Ability to work independently with a positive attitude, flexibility, and strong communication skills. How to Apply Please submit via email a cover letter, resume, and three references in a single PDF document to office@michiganaudubon.org with the subject “WPBO Fall Assistant Owl Bander application”. Early applications are encouraged and preferred for priority consideration on or before May 31, 2021. Applications will be accepted until filled. Questions about this position can be directed to Conservation Program Coordinator Linnea Rowse at lrowse@michiganaudubon.org or by calling (517) 580-7364. Please Note: Conditions of employment and site circumstances are subject to change due to COVID-19. Candidates will be made aware of changes as soon as possible. Michigan Audubon values diversity, inclusion, competence, and equity. As an equal opportunity employer, Michigan Audubon is committed to ensuring the employees and applicants for employment have equal opportunities. F21 _ AOB _ Job Posting.pdf
  4. Employer: Michigan Audubon Reports to: Lead Owl Bander; Conservation Program Coordinator Location: Whitefish Point, Paradise, Michigan, U.S. Classification: Full-time, temporary, July 1 – August 25, 2021 Compensation: DOE, includes shared housing (full kitchen, laundry, and internet) Overview Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, located in the eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan, is seeking an Assistant Owl Bander from July 1 through August 25, 2021. The Assistant Owl Bander aids our Lead Owl Bander with the maintenance of the WPBO owl banding program during the summer season at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory. The field staff of WPBO represent and share Michigan Audubon’s mission of connecting birds and people for the benefit of both through conservation, education, and research. Whitefish Point is a world-renowned site for avian migration monitoring, with more diversity in owl species banded than any other site in North America. Owl species banded in the past include Northern Saw-whet, Boreal, Long-eared, Barred, Great Gray, Great Horned, Snowy, and Northern Hawk Owls. Primary duties of the Assistant Owl Bander include opening and closing nets, net checks, banding, and recording information on owls under the Lead Owl Bander’s onsite supervision. In addition to maintaining the owl banding program over the course of the summer season, the AOB also contributes to written content by writing blogs for our website and an end-of-season, narrative report for our member magazine, the Jack Pine Warbler. Performance Expectations Conduct daily owl banding in conjunction with the lead owl bander using the WPBO standardized methodology and protocol. Ensure all activities abide by the provisions required by all relevant permits, including those of the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory, and those of the Research and Monitoring Special Use Permit provided by Seney National Wildlife Refuge. Maintain organized records and notes with attention to detail, accurately collecting data and recording field notes. Write regular blog posts and feature articles as requested by Michigan Audubon related to the owl banding program at WPBO. Perform with a minimum of supervision and work cooperatively with others. Serve as a professional and courteous ambassador for Michigan Audubon and its program site at Whitefish Point. Adhere to safety and site requirements for working in this region, including potential directives related to COVID-19. Qualifications Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, hold a current, valid driver’s license, be eligible for work in the United States, and undergo a background check. Previous mist-netting and bird banding experience is required (2+ field seasons is ideal). Education and/or prior field experience in the fields of biological, zoological, environmental, or ecological studies are helpful, but not required, for this position. Ability to work independently with demonstrated ability to receive direction and supervision remotely. How to Apply To apply, please submit via email a cover letter, resume, and three references to office@michiganaudubon.org re: Summer WPBO Assistant Owl Bander position. Applications will be accepted until filled. Early applications encouraged and preferred for priority consideration by May 25, 2021. To learn more, please visit www.wpbo.org. Note: Conditions of employment and site circumstances are subject to change due to COVID-19. Candidates will be made aware of changes as soon as possible. Michigan Audubon values diversity, inclusion, competence, and equity. As an equal opportunity employer, Michigan Audubon is committed to ensuring the employees and applicants for employment have equal opportunities.
  5. Overview With nearly 4,000 acres of protected habitat, 18 bird sanctuaries, and 38 chapters throughout the state, Michigan Audubon is the Great Lakes state’s oldest conservation organization. Formed in 1904, Michigan Audubon continues to grow and expand its mission to connect birds and people for the benefit of both through conservation, education, and research efforts in the state of Michigan. Whitefish Point Bird Observatory (WPBO), located in Paradise, Michigan, is a long-term avian monitoring and research observatory, bird sanctuary, and Globally Important Bird Area owned and operated by Michigan Audubon. Located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on the shore of Lake Superior, Whitefish Point is a premier migration site in the United States. Since 1984, the spring waterbird count has been conducted at Whitefish Point to quantify the chronology and volume of migrating waterbirds in the Whitefish Point Migratory Corridor. Position Summary Michigan Audubon is seeking an experienced, enthusiastic waterbird migration counter for the spring monitoring season at WPBO. The counter provides accurate waterbird identification, monitoring, and reporting in addition to supplemental interpretation and education to site and virtual visitors, members, supporters, and the public during the spring migration season. The ideal applicant possesses excellent waterbird and general bird identification skills — including the critical ability to identify waterbirds in flight — in addition to previous count experience. This is a non-exempt, temporary, on-site, full-time employment position from April 15 – May 31, 2021, with all final reports and requirements due on or before June 7, 2021. The count shift is approximately 8 hours per day beginning at dawn, 6 days/week with some longer days and weeks during periods of peak migration. Early season weather is often harsh and very cold, with few people visiting the site in these conditions. A dedicated, self-motivated individual who can work well in a remote setting and endure challenging conditions in a remote location is required. Essential Functions Identify and count all migrating waterbirds and other migrants as required, adhering to established count protocol. Maintain hourly and daily standardized records of waterbird migration data and post daily counts and summary. Write a weekly blog post, regular social media posts, an end of season narrative article, and a quantitative summary report for the spring waterbird count. Work in collaboration with field and administrative staff at Michigan Audubon/WPBO. Interact with site visitors, adhering to any public health mandates in effect at the state and municipal levels. Qualifications and Experience Minimum of one season of previous counting experience. Ability to identify North American waterbirds in flight at great distances. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a positive attitude. Detail-oriented with demonstrated data collecting skills and a basic understanding of data collection, analysis, and scientific research. Must be computer/tablet literate and capable of entering and managing data (computer access can be provided). Willingness to work irregular hours under sometimes difficult field conditions; tolerance of long periods of time outside in harsh weather conditions (heat, cold, precipitation, and wind). Must be able to walk on uneven surfaces, stand for multiple hours, and lift 25 lbs. as necessary. Flexibility to adjust hours to meet the needs of the program and organization, including the potential of working overtime hours. Must have a personal pair of binoculars and a personal spotting scope is preferred. Must have own source of reliable transportation. Preferred Experience Preference will be given to individuals with additional skills counting migrating passerines and other bird groups and 2+ years of previous counting experience. Previous environmental interpretation and/or teaching skills/background in education, ornithology, biology, etc. Passion for connecting bird and habitat conservation work to people and to the greater community. Experience working with diverse communities and wide-ranging demographics. Compensation Compensation is dependent on experience, ranging from approximately $300 to $350 per week (totaling $2,100 – $2,500 for the temporary employment period), paid on a biweekly schedule. Compensation includes field housing for the season (housing is located ~1 mile from the count site). How to Apply Interested, qualified applicants may email a cover letter, resume, and three relevant references who can verify bird identification skills (including phone and email) to Linnea Rowse, Conservation Program Manager, at lrowse@michiganaudubon.org. Please use the subject “WPBO Waterbird Counter Application” and send all materials as a single PDF document. While email applications are preferred, required information may also be mailed to: Michigan Audubon, 2310 Science Parkway, Suite 200, Okemos, MI 48864, re: WPBO Waterbird Counter Application. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The position will remain open until filled. Michigan Audubon is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sex, ancestry, citizenship status, mental or physical disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, veteran status, or military status.
  6. Overview With nearly 4,000 acres of protected habitat, 18 bird sanctuaries, and 38 chapters throughout the state, Michigan Audubon is the Great Lakes state’s oldest conservation organization. Formed in 1904, Michigan Audubon continues to grow and expand its mission to connect birds and people for the benefit of both through conservation, education, and research efforts in the state of Michigan. Whitefish Point Bird Observatory (WPBO), located in Paradise, Michigan, is a long-term avian monitoring and research observatory, bird sanctuary, and Globally Important Bird Area owned and operated by Michigan Audubon. Located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on the shore of Lake Superior, Whitefish Point is a premier migration site in the United States. Since 1984, the spring waterbird count has been conducted at Whitefish Point to quantify the chronology and volume of migrating waterbirds in the Whitefish Point Migratory Corridor. Position Summary Michigan Audubon is seeking an experienced, enthusiastic waterbird migration counter for the spring monitoring season at WPBO. The counter provides accurate waterbird identification, monitoring, and reporting in addition to supplemental interpretation and education to site and virtual visitors, members, supporters, and the public during the spring migration season. The ideal applicant possesses excellent waterbird and general bird identification skills — including the critical ability to identify waterbirds in flight — in addition to previous count experience. This is a non-exempt, temporary, on-site, full-time employment position from April 15 – May 31, 2021, with all final reports and requirements due on or before June 7, 2021. The count shift is approximately 8 hours per day beginning at dawn, 6 days/week with some longer days and weeks during periods of peak migration. Early season weather is often harsh and very cold, with few people visiting the site in these conditions. A dedicated, self-motivated individual who can work well in a remote setting and endure challenging conditions in a remote location is required. Essential Functions Identify and count all migrating waterbirds and other migrants as required, adhering to established count protocol. Maintain hourly and daily standardized records of waterbird migration data and post daily counts and summary. Write a weekly blog post, regular social media posts, an end of season narrative article, and a quantitative summary report for the spring waterbird count. Work in collaboration with field and administrative staff at Michigan Audubon/WPBO. Interact with site visitors, adhering to any public health mandates in effect at the state and municipal levels. Qualifications and Experience Minimum of one season of previous counting experience. Ability to identify North American waterbirds in flight at great distances. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a positive attitude. Detail-oriented with demonstrated data collecting skills and a basic understanding of data collection, analysis, and scientific research. Must be computer/tablet literate and capable of entering and managing data (computer access can be provided). Willingness to work irregular hours under sometimes difficult field conditions; tolerance of long periods of time outside in harsh weather conditions (heat, cold, precipitation, and wind). Must be able to walk on uneven surfaces, stand for multiple hours, and lift 25 lbs. as necessary. Flexibility to adjust hours to meet the needs of the program and organization, including the potential of working overtime hours. Must have a personal pair of binoculars and a personal spotting scope is preferred. Must have own source of reliable transportation. Preferred Experience Preference will be given to individuals with additional skills counting migrating passerines and other bird groups and 2+ years of previous counting experience. Previous environmental interpretation and/or teaching skills/background in education, ornithology, biology, etc. Passion for connecting bird and habitat conservation work to people and to the greater community. Experience working with diverse communities and wide-ranging demographics. Compensation Compensation is dependent on experience, ranging from approximately $300 to $350 per week (totaling $2,100 – $2,500 for the temporary employment period), paid on a biweekly schedule. Compensation includes field housing for the season (housing is located ~1 mile from the count site). How to Apply Interested, qualified applicants may email a cover letter, resume, and three relevant references who can verify bird identification skills (including phone and email) to Linnea Rowse, Conservation Program Manager, at lrowse@michiganaudubon.org. Please use the subject “WPBO Waterbird Counter Application” and send all materials as a single PDF document. While email applications are preferred, required information may also be mailed to: Michigan Audubon, 2310 Science Parkway, Suite 200, Okemos, MI 48864, re: WPBO Waterbird Counter Application. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The position will remain open until filled. Michigan Audubon is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sex, ancestry, citizenship status, mental or physical disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, veteran status, or military status.
  7. Overview With nearly 4,000 acres of protected habitat, 18 bird sanctuaries, and 38 chapters throughout the state, Michigan Audubon is the Great Lakes state’s oldest conservation organization. Formed in 1904, Michigan Audubon continues to grow and expand its mission to connect birds and people for the benefit of both through conservation, education, and research efforts in the state of Michigan. Whitefish Point is one of the most important spring flight corridors for raptors in North America with an average of 18,000 raptors migrating past the Point each spring. Whitefish Point Bird Observatory (WPBO), located in Paradise, Michigan, is a long-term avian monitoring and research observatory, bird sanctuary, and Globally Important Bird Area owned and operated by Michigan Audubon. Located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on the shore of Lake Superior, Whitefish Point is a premier migration watch site in the United States. Since 1979, the raptor count at WPBO has documented the migration of hawks, eagles, and falcons at the Point, providing reliable comparative data for long-term monitoring of raptor populations. The goal of this long-term census is to determine the migration chronology of raptors at the Point and to quantify the volume of migrants. Position Summary Michigan Audubon is seeking an experienced, enthusiastic raptor migration counter for the spring monitoring season at WPBO. The counter provides accurate raptor identification, monitoring, and reporting in addition to supplemental interpretation and education to site and virtual visitors, members, supporters, and the public during raptor migration. The ideal applicant possesses excellent raptor and general bird identification skills — including the ability to age raptors in flight —as well as previous count experience. This is a non-exempt, temporary, on-site, full-time employment position from March 15 – May 31, 2021, with all final reports and requirements due on or before June 7, 2021. The count shift is approximately 8 hours per day from 0800 – 1600 EST, 6 days/week with some longer days and weeks during periods of peak migration. Early season weather is often harsh and very cold, with few people visiting the site in these conditions. A dedicated, self-motivated individual who can work well in a remote setting and endure challenging conditions in a remote location is required. Essential Functions Identify and count all migrating raptors and other migrants as required, adhering to established count protocol. Maintain hourly and daily standardized records of raptor migration data and post daily counts and summaries. Write a weekly blog post, regular social media posts, an end of season narrative article, and a quantitative summary report for the spring raptor count. Work in collaboration with field and administrative staff at Michigan Audubon/WPBO. Interact with hawk watch site visitors, adhering to any public health mandates in effect at the state and municipal levels. Qualifications and Experience Minimum of one season of previous counting experience. Ability to identify North American (especially Eastern) raptors in flight at great distances. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a positive attitude. Detail-oriented with demonstrated data collecting skills and a basic understanding of data collection, analysis, and scientific research. Must be computer/tablet literate and capable of entering and managing data (computer access can be provided). Willingness to work irregular hours under sometimes difficult field conditions; tolerance of long periods of time outside in harsh weather conditions (heat, cold, precipitation, and wind). Must be able to walk on uneven surfaces, climb multiple steep steps, stand for multiple hours, and lift 25 lbs. as necessary. Flexibility to adjust hours to meet the needs of program and organization, including the potential of working overtime hours. Must have a personal pair of binoculars and a personal spotting scope is preferred. Must have own source of reliable transportation. Preferred Experience Preference will be given to individuals with additional skills counting migrating passerines and other bird groups and 2+ years of previous counting experience. Previous environmental interpretation and/or teaching skills/background in education, ornithology, biology, etc. Passion for connecting raptor and habitat conservation work to people and to the greater community. Experience working with diverse communities and wide-ranging demographics. Compensation Compensation is dependent on experience, ranging from approximately $350 to $380 per week (totaling $3,900 – $4,200 total for the temporary employment period), paid on a biweekly schedule. Compensation includes field housing for the season (housing is located ~1 mile from the count site). How to Apply Interested, qualified applicants may email a cover letter, resume, and three relevant references who can verify bird identification skills (including phone and email) to Linnea Rowse, Conservation Program Manager, at lrowse@michiganaudubon.org. Please use the subject “WPBO Raptor Counter Application” and send all materials as a single PDF document. While email applications are preferred, required information may also be mailed to: Michigan Audubon, 2310 Science Parkway, Suite 200, Okemos, MI 48864, re: WPBO Raptor Counter Application. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with an application deadline of December 15, 2020. The position will remain open until filled. Michigan Audubon is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sex, ancestry, citizenship status, mental or physical disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, veteran status, or military status.
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