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From April through October, the Three Rooker Island Shorebird Monitoring and Stewardship Project Coordinator is the Audubon coastal bird biologist primarily responsible for assisting Florida Park Service staff with beach-nesting bird monitoring and stewardship work at sites in Pinellas County, Florida. Stewardship activities will be conducted on Three Rooker Island, part of Anclote Key Preserve State Park. Surveys and monitoring will be conducted on all islands within Anclote Key Preserve State Park (Three Rooker Island, Anclote Key, and Anclote Bar) and within Honeymoon Island State Park and Caladesi Island State Park. At these sites, the coordinator is responsible for assisting Park staff with:
From April through October, this position performs coastal bird surveys for breeding and non-breeding waterbirds and resights color-banded birds, especially snowy plovers, piping plovers and red knots, assists with posting and maintaining symbolic fencing, assists with volunteer recruitment and management, training and appreciation, operates an Audubon motorboat to provide transportation for bird stewards to and from Three Rooker Island on weekend days and major holidays, and helps conduct outreach to key user groups impacting coastal birds.
This position is funded as full-time seasonal with a start date of April 16 and ending mid-October, determined in consultation with supervisor and Park staff. This seasonal position is funded through Fall 2020 with future funding possible. The Stewardship Coordinator will be based out of their home in the Tampa Bay area. This is an exciting seasonal position for a professional biologist with shorebirds/seabird survey skills, as well as experience with solo operation of small vessels in nearshore marine waters subject to tides, strong currents, and inclement weather. Wet landings are required to disembark passengers at several islands.
With direction from the Project Manager for Pinellas Bird Stewardship and designated Florida Park staff, the coordinator will ensure all sites are:
Additional functions include the following:
This position is required to work independently and in partnership with designated Florida Park Service staff or with another full-time staff, as part of a team of bird stewards on weekends and holidays, and will be responsible for solo operation of boats to access offshore barrier island sites for survey work, posting, and stewardship.