• Seasonal Field Technician, Hawk Watch Program

    Job Locations US-CT-Greenwich
    Seasonal, Full-Time
    Job Category
  • 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

    Audubon Greenwich has been connecting people with nature since 1942.  Creating life-changing experiences that enable community members and their families to appreciate, understand and protect the natural world is at the very core of our mission. The Greenwich Audubon Center is a nature center and wildlife sanctuary owned and operated by the National Audubon Society. The nature center is located in the southwest corner of Connecticut, in the town of Greenwich. The Greenwich Audubon Center has over 15 miles of scenic hiking trails, and includes 650 acres of mixed forest, meadows, wetlands, ponds, and streams. The mission of the National Audubon Society is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of the Earth's biological diversity and humanity. The Greenwich Audubon Center strives to meet this mission through education, conservation and environmental research to encourage the responsible usage and stewardship of natural lands. The Greenwich Audubon Center offers educational programs for all ages, a seasonal newsletter, nature programs, annual Hawk Watch,  live animal exhibits, a children's learning center, a nature store, and a bird viewing area.


    Under the supervision of the Center Director, the seasonal field technician will play an integral part in the Quaker Ridge Hawk Watch program located on the grounds of the Greenwich Audubon Center in Greenwich, CT.  Quaker Ridge is one of the premier hawk watch sites in the Northeast, with an average of over 14,000 hawks recorded each season. Optional, on-site and furnished apartment may be available for rent. Residence contains private bedrooms and a shared kitchen, bath, and living room.

    Essential Functions

    The field techician will work with experienced hawk watchers and naturalists involved in raptor conservation to:

    • Record and manage field data on migrating raptors, including the use of online data collection tools.
    • Conduct outreach to visitors and volunteer hawk watchers to involve the community in raptor conservation efforts.
    • Coordinate volunteer schedule and work with volunteers to conduct daily counts.
    • Lead programs on raptor identification at annual Hawk Watch Weekend festival, September 15 & 16, 2018.
    • Prepare and deliver a public program on the results of the season.
    • Accurately identify and count migrating raptors as they travel along the Atlantic flyway at the Quaker Ridge site. 
    • Record hourly weather conditions, species, and numbers of migrating raptors. 
    • At the end of each count day, enter count data to the HMANA website. 
    • Assist visitors and volunteers with bird identification and general birding questions during the hawk migration period. 
    • At the conclusion of the count season, submit a season end report and present a public program of the season’s hawk numbers. 
    • Assist Center Director to coordinate hawk watch volunteer schedule.
    • Other duties associated with the Hawk Watch and hawk watching, as needed.

    Qualifications and Experience

    • Interest and experience in bird monitoring and outdoor research work
    • Previous Northeastern raptor identification experience is required, particularly the ability to count and identify large numbers of raptors at a distance
    • Familiarity with computer data spreadsheet analysis
    • Self-motivated individual who can work well independently in the field
    • Ability to work primarily outside in various weather situations
    • Ability to work some early mornings, late evenings, and  some weekend days
    • Good organizational skills
    • Ability to communicate to a variety of audiences:  visitors, volunteers, staff, the general public, and others. 



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