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).
Supervised by the Director of Bird Conservation, the Marshbird Biological Assistant will work closely with Audubon Louisiana’s Marshbird Biologist to capture Black Rails at night and deploy VHF (Very High Frequency) radio telemetry units. The position will also track tagged birds during the day with VHF telemetry tracking equipment. By assisting with this project, the Marshbird Biological Assistant will gain experience and learn from experts in the field of conservation and avian ecology, while gaining practical skills in ornithological research, monitoring techniques, and volunteer coordination.
This position is a temporary part-time position, expected to work 2-3 days (16-24 hours) per week for 14 weeks between December 2018 and March 2019.
•Assist in banding efforts 1-2 nights per week, beginning 30 minutes after sundown and lasting +/- four hours. Most of this work will occur on weekend evenings.
•Conduct periodic tracking efforts during the day to triangulate the position of radio-tagged Black Rails, for 12-20 hours across 2-3 days per week.
•Collect accurate bird location data that is copied and shared daily with the Marshbird Biologist.
•Care for and maintain telemetry equipment in an appropriate manner.
•Assist in data entry as needed.
•Must be working towards or have completed a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology, Ecology, Natural Resources, Agricultural Sciences, or a related field;
•Must be willing to work long hours outside under physically demanding conditions (hot, cold, biting insects, etc.);
•Must be able to walk over a mile through tall grass, shallow pools, and scrubby vegetation;
•Must have strong organizational skills and great attention to detail;
•Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills;
•Valid driver’s license and reliable personal vehicle (mileage will be reimbursed);
•Must live in or near Cameron or Calcasieu Parish, LA.