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  1. Position Summary: The Outreach Assistant represents the Seabird Restoration Program (SRP) to the general public as a narrator aboard seasonal puffin and wildlife-watching cruises, and as a greeter and museum interpreter at the Project Puffin Visitor Center in Rockland, Maine (PPVC). Outreach Assistants bring the story of SRP’s 45-year history to children, adults, and families, and help people to understand the necessity for this applied conservation work, as well as to inspire them to become personally involved in conservation action as donors and citizen activists. Shared housing may be provided and is located at Audubon's Todd Wildlife Sanctuary, located at 12 Audubon Road, in Bremen, Maine. There are (3) full-time seasonal positions available as detailed below: *Start Dates: Position (1) - Begins early May, 2020 This position includes working at the visitor center as well as assisting with all chores and logistics for the opening & establishment of Seabird Island Field Camps. Position (2) and (3) - Begin May 2020 *End Dates: (2) positions - August 2020 Position (1) - October 2020 This position includes working at the Visitor Center (5) days / week in September and October. **FOOD and HOUSING can be provided by Audubon. Essential Functions: Initial 1-2 week participation in seabird island field work including, but not limited to, bird counts and weather data collection, 3-hr observation stints from small unheated blinds, bird handling, measuring, banding, data entry and assisting with habitat management projects at an assigned island research site using binoculars (not provided) and spotting scopes (supplied) to aid in the collection of data as specified by the Island Supervisor;** Train with Education staff to learn: Audubon and early SRP history; how to identify Gulf of Maine seabirds; natural history of the Maine Coast with the goal of working independently as tour interpretive narrator; Serve as interpreter, field naturalist and store-keeper aboard commercial puffin-watching tours departing from New Harbor and Boothbay Harbor to Eastern Egg Rock, offshore in Muscongus Bay; Write social media posts and support weekly Seabird Island News publication. Train with the Project Puffin Visitor Center Manager to learn: operation of remote wildlife cam equipment; operation of point-of-sale system; Visitor Center interpreter and inventory management procedures; Maintain inventory and sell books and seabird-related items aboard the commercial tours and at Project Puffin Visitor Center; Promote SRP’s mission, and encourage tour participants and PPVC visitors to financially support the Program; Assist mainland staff with logistics, which includes driving to boat docks, bus and limo stops as needed; Assist mainland-based staff with procurement of supplies, packing groceries, research supplies and mail in waterproof island transport bags; cleaning and filling water jugs for resupplying research stations, etc.; Greet and guide new Seabird Restoration Program volunteers. Help them with shopping and packing of supplies for the remote island field camps. Work with Island Research Coordinator and additional staff in early / mid-May to assist in set-up of Field Camps on offshore seabird nesting islands. Qualifications and Experience: Must be pursuing bachelor’s degree (or currently hold a degree) in Environmental Education, Environmental Studies, Biology or similar background. Previous experience in environmental education, bird-watching, and teaching public programs is required. Proficient in all Microsoft Office applications. Willingness and ability to camp in extreme weather, sit in small observation blinds with limited visibility for three-hour observation periods, and spend time at sea (on boats) is required. An upbeat and outgoing personality with a deep appreciation for wildlife conservation is a must. Excellent communications skills with ability to write clearly. Must be able to climb over rugged terrain and lift approximately 50 lbs with or without a reasonable accommodation. Must possess a valid driver's license, as well as, personal pair of good quality binoculars. Ability to work independently and as part of a team, and to get along with people of diverse backgrounds. Familiarity with spotting scopes, point-of-sale register system, camping equipment is a plus. Additional Information: 2-person sized personal tents will be required (not furnished) for housing on the seabird islands. Wood platforms for tents on seabird islands will be provided. Sleeping bags and ground pad will be required (not furnished). Drinking water, food and propane for cooking are brought via boat and carried by hand to the field camps. **Assistants will be living in primitive camping conditions. These conditions include no running water, composting toilets, etc. Solar panels will provide limited electricity.
  2. 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 the 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, 43 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 46 states, and 700 staff across the country. Audubon is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Position Summary: The Chief Scientist is a senior leader who serves a crucial role in shaping Audubon’s science agenda to inform and drive the organization’s conservation priorities across the hemisphere. In this role, the Chief Scientist will need to be a person of deep experience and stature in the science field, and also be a person eager to work in an innovative and collaborative workplace. The Chief Scientist is the strategic leader and provides day-to-day direction to the Science Division staff. There are currently three teams with approximately 30 staff with a $6M annual budget. Teams range from (1) Community Science, which manages the Audubon Christmas Bird Count and similar programs, (2) Conservation Science which provides spatial and quantitative support for Audubon’s five Conservation Strategies and track progress against our conservation goals, and (3) Migratory Bird Initiative. Generating and interpreting science in support of actionable conservation and policy is at the heart of the position. Recruiting and managing staff with skills ranging from spatial and quantitative ecology to GIS and coastal biology is essential. Because of the breadth of disciplines involved in the overall program, the Chief Scientist must possess both vision and an ability to analyze and synthesize complex information that supports the organization’s conservation goals. He/she must cultivate strong and cooperative working partnerships with government agencies, corporations, foundations, and other conservation partners, and have the presence and stature to engage the highest levels of leadership in these organizations. He/she must have the ability to translate basic emerging science into Audubon’s practical and applied field approaches. The Chief Scientist also advances the organization by directly supporting Audubon’s strategic conservation goals and objectives. This position reports to the Chief Conservation Officer (CCO) and works closely with the CCO and other senior leadership team members, and must be comfortable presenting to and working with a diverse variety of audiences , from NGOs, to government agencies to business leaders. In addition, the Chief Scientist works closely with the network of bird conservation staff and scientists in Audubon’s field offices to align and support our priorities on the ground. The Chief Scientist, in collaboration with Audubon’s development staff, will be responsible for raising and managing adequate annual financial support for current and expanding programs. Audubon’s science program is also an essential resource and partner to our Conservation Strategies, International programs, state field offices and other ornithological institutions. Since Audubon is the BirdLife International partner in the US, the Chief Scientist will collaborate closely with the science staff of the BirdLife Secretariat and other BirdLife partners. Essential Functions: Guide the organization in identifying bird conservation issues and the species, habitat, and landscape targets upon which Audubon will focus its efforts and resources. Building programs and staffing that advance the bird science as it related to climate change, bird migrations and other issues influencing the protection of migratory birds across the Americas. Further develop and leverage the concept and scientific validity of birds as indicators of overall environmental health for people and biodiversity. Ensure adequate annual and ongoing financial support to fund Audubon Science activities and programs, and to build a secure financial future for Science across all parts of Audubon. Significantly increase contributions from major donors, foundations, corporations and government agencies. Promote the expansion of community science and stewardship initiatives to engage local stakeholders in conservation activities necessary to achieve Audubon’s bird and habitat goals and outcomes. This includes contributing to the vision and leadership in the continuing development of Audubon’s Important Bird Area (IBA) program as the premier site-based, community-driven habitat conservation initiative in the United States and expanding and leveraging Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count. Working with Audubon’s staff leaders in states and conservation strategies to develop metrics that measure the impact of Audubon’s work. Provide services needed to support state field offices and conservation strategy leads in advancing their priorities, and further integrate Audubon’s activities with those of the broader conservation community. Integrate and align Science goals, priorities, and activities with those of Audubon’s Conservation efforts. Including the continuing identification, development, and implementation of tools, services, and other resources that support our policy, on-the-ground restoration and engagement objectives. Science is a key foundation for all of Audubon’s work. Qualifications and Experience: Professional Qualifications: Recognition as a science leader who possesses a proven track record of success and accomplishment. Demonstrated track record of partnering and developing consensus within an organizational climate of diverse operational activities. Demonstrated experience and understanding in the role science plays in policy development and conservation of natural resources, demonstrated ability to create and implement metrics and evaluation programs. Demonstrated success in raising funds from public and private sources. Proven managerial talent in budgeting, staffing, and performance management. Demonstrated ability to identify, analyze and evaluate a large volume of information and to communicate accurate and timely recommendations to the Chief Conservation Officer and President, as required. Comfort in working with NGOs, corporations, federal and state agencies, and senior leaders in business and philanthropy. Demonstrated ability to communicate complex science-related issues to non-scientists and an ability to translate scientific and evaluative metrics to internal and external audiences, board members and others. Possesses a practical understanding of the key issues in the environmental field, a sophisticated knowledge of the political implications, and a demonstrated ability to navigate these issues diplomatically. The ability and flexibility to travel extensively. Doctorate degree in Ornithology, Conservation Biology, or related environmental fields. Preferred Experience: Designing, managing and deploying GIS systems and services across a distributed network Applying spatial and quantitative methods across a range of conservation approaches Conducting original climate change analyses and experience presenting to the media and public Familiarity with coastal, grasslands, and seabird restoration Working with international partners and hemispheric conservation issues Familiarity with full lifecycle conservation, migratory bird techniques and analyses Personal Attributes: A deep commitment to science-based conservation and the mission of the Audubon Society. Excellent conceptual and critical thinking skills and sound judgment, with strategic orientation and ability to perform tactically, as required. Ability and comfort in working in a highly distributed organization. Articulate, with proven ability to write effectively and speak persuasively. Excellent interpersonal skills, including an ability to listen to others and learn from the best ideas, intellectual curiosity, approachability, and openness to input from all levels of staff. High energy level, personable, trustworthy, diplomatic, and in possession of impeccable integrity. Exceptional managerial, analytical, strategic, and tactical ability. Proven team player and leader able to motivate and inspire staff as well as colleagues to work well as a team.
  3. 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 young conservationists’ skills and knowledge. These positions provide an array of different professional experiences in conservation, including field research, habitat stewardship, education and outreach, and communication. We are currently hiring one Seasonal Shorebird Outreach Technician, Women in Conservation to work with our New York Coast Program on Long Island, NY for the 2020 field season (early April – mid August). The technician will work closely with other Audubon staff to reduce threats to priority coastal birds like the Piping Plover, American Oystercatcher, and Least Tern. This position focuses on implementing public outreach, community engagement, and coastal stewardship programs. This position also provides the opportunity to further develop leadership and communications skills. Communications work may include contributing photos and videos for reports and social media posts; delivering a public presentation; writing an article for an Audubon newsletter; performing outreach activities on the beach with volunteers and other staff; and participating in a press event. Also, the technician will have the opportunity to connect with other conservationists and program supporters at the annual Women in Conservation Luncheon in May. Work may include, but is not limited to: leading on-the-beach outreach events; coordinating a volunteer beach steward program; recruiting and training volunteers; coordinating schedules with partners, volunteers, and land managers; interacting with beach-goers regarding coastal birds; taking photos and videos of stewardship and outreach work; creating content for social media and other platforms; conducting coastal bird surveys; and, helping to steward beach-nesting birds and their habitats. The candidate chosen for this position will be expected to work 5 days a week (usually 40 hours). Weekend and holiday work will be required, especially in June and July. The technician will be required to use their personal vehicle to access field sites that are located across Long Island. Travel to field sites will be reimbursed. Housing is not provided. Essential Functions: Lead “Be a Good Egg” outreach events and volunteer programs. Approach beach-goers and educate them about coastal birds and their conservation needs. Encourage beach-goers to sign a pledge to “share the beach” with beach-nesting birds. Recruit, train, and coordinate coastal stewardship and outreach volunteers. Coordinate with other staff, partners, and land managers. Assist with beach-nesting bird stewardship, including installing and maintain fencing and signage around nesting areas. 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 and eBird as needed. Post photos, updates from the field, and volunteer opportunities on social media. Communicate shorebird conservation needs to the public through writing an article and/or delivering a public presentation. Write an end-of-season report. Qualifications and experience: Women 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 conservation. 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 (tents, tables, post pounders, fence posts), with or without reasonable accommodation, and drive to beaches in eastern and western Long Island, NY. Willingness to work on busy beach days, holiday weekends, and some evenings. Prior shorebird and/or field experience is not required, but a willingness to learn about beach-nesting bird biology and conservation is plus. Ability to speak Spanish and/or other languages is preferred but not required.
  4. Position Summary: We are currently hiring two Seasonal Shorebird Field Technicians to work with our New York Coast program on Long Island, NY for the 2020 field season (early April – mid August). The field technicians will work closely with other Audubon staff to reduce threats to priority coastal birds like the Piping Plover, American Oystercatcher, and Least Tern. These positions focus on conducting beach-nesting bird productivity surveys, stewarding nesting areas, surveying migrating shorebirds, and assessing the impact of human disturbance on shorebirds. Work may include, but is not limited to: locating and monitoring Piping Plover, American Oystercatcher, and Least Tern nests and chicks to determine reproductive success; putting up and maintaining string fencing and signage around nesting areas; installing predator exclosures around Piping Plover nests; closely coordinating field work and schedules with partners and volunteers; interacting with beach-goers regarding coastal birds; documenting and reporting human disturbance and other issues to land managers and law enforcement officials; conducting point counts of migratory shorebirds; collecting human disturbance data for a region-wide shorebird disturbance study; entering and managing survey data; and, assisting with outreach and volunteer events. The technicians will be required to walk long distances (up to 7 miles) on sandy and rocky beaches, carry and use equipment (i.e. binoculars, post pounders, fence posts), work independently without supervision, and talk to beach-goers about beach-nesting bird conservation. The candidates chosen for these positions will be expected to work 5 days per week (usually 40 hours). Some weekend and holiday work will be required. The technicians will be required to use their personal vehicle to access field sites that are located across Long Island. Travel will be reimbursed. Housing is not provided. Essential Functions: Use binoculars and/or a spotting scope to locate, identify, and count breeding Piping Plovers, Least Terns, American Oystercatchers and migrating shorebirds. Monitor breeding beach-nesting birds and track reproductive success. Steward bird nesting areas, set up and maintain protective fencing and signage, and help install predator exclosures around Piping Plover nests. Conduct point counts of migratory shorebirds. Conduct focal behavior surveys of shorebirds and record human disturbance. Carefully and neatly record data on specified data sheets and enter data into Excel, eBird, and other databases as needed. Coordinate and work with volunteers, partners, and other staff. Talk to beach-goers about beach-nesting birds. Qualifications and experience: Bachelor’s degree in biology (or related field). Prior field experience is required and experience with shorebirds is preferred. Strong work ethic with comfort working in an independent environment. Strong attention to detail. 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 (tents, tables, post pounders, fence posts), with or without a reasonable accommodation, and drive to beaches in eastern and western Long Island, NY. Experience with Microsoft Office software, specifically Excel.
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