Biological Aide

US-CA-Tiburon
Type
Temporary, Full-Time
Job Category
Science
ID
2017-3334
Tiburon
CA

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 Biological Aide will provide support for our San Francisco Bay conservation and engagement programs. Depending on the time of the year, the position will assist with restoration work including propagation of native plants, seed collection, and invasive plant removal on-site, as well as, at restoration sites. S/He will also facilitate weekend volunteer workdays, and as needed, will help with engagement programs such as Audubon Youth Leaders (AYL) and Audubon Adventure Summer Camp. The Biological Aide will assist in biophysical monitoring surveys including water quality sampling and waterbird counts. This opportunity provides a diversity of experiences in a learning environment.

This is a full-time (40 hours/week), temporary position that will run from November 1st to May 1st.

 

The Biological Aide position will include on-site housing provided by Audubon as a condition of employment to perform onsite functions including assisting with safekeeping the center (securing doors, gates, and alarms), monitoring evening facility rentals, and reporting ordinance violations on the Richardson Bay sanctuary. Living on-site will afford the opportunity to develop a first-hand understanding of the operation of the center and sanctuary as well as live in the scenic San Francisco Bay area.

Housing will be provided on the center grounds at 376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon, CA 94920. Tiburon is located in Marin County, home of Muir Woods and Marin Headlands.  San Francisco is 16 miles away and easily accessible by ferry. Available space includes an apartment for one person in the historic 1876 “Lyford House” with a kitchen and restroom, and an upstairs room with double beds for up to two people sharing space in the “Main Building” with shared kitchen and restroom. No minors are allowed. Utilities are paid by Audubon.

Essential Functions

  • Support San Francisco Bay program activities including monitoring, restoration, invasive species control, office work, and site maintenance.
  • Assist Sanctuary staff with Audubon Adventures Summer Camp, helping with the development and implementation of curriculum.
  • Assist with other program assignments in various capacities including: creating and delivering Saturday programs for Sanctuary visitors, working with students, working with community members on volunteer projects.
  • Monitor the Richardson Bay sanctuary during evenings and weekends for any ordinance violations. Serve as an observer during evening hours throughout fire season to report any human-caused wildfire.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree in biological science or related conservation field or equivalent experience required
  • Experience with ecological monitoring and restoration
  • Basic knowledge of ecology and identification of birds
  • Excellent communication and motivational skills
  • Highly motivated, detail-oriented, independent worker, capable of working well in a team
  • Must be flexible and willing to work on a wide range of relevant conservation activities
  • Willing to work outdoors in varying terrain and weather conditions
  • Experience, organizational skills, and initiative to work with volunteers or children (ages 4–18) to increase ecological knowledge
  • Previous teaching or curriculum development experience preferred
  • Commercial Driver’s License is advantageous, but not required
  • Must be available for occasional weekend and evening work
  • Boat experience skills are a plus

Please provide a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references when applying.  Applications without cover letters will not be reviewed.

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