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).
In much of Florida, Least Terns (and in some cases American Oystercatchers, Gull-billed Terns and Black Skimmers) nest on flat, gravel rooftops for lack of undisturbed beach-nesting habitat. Audubon, in partnership with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), has pioneered techniques to improve the productivity of these roofs, working to “chick proof” them prior to the nesting season, and to create volunteer support groups to return fallen chicks to their rooftop nests.
The Rooftop Technician will be responsible for: surveying the Panhandle’s historic rooftop nesting sites to determine whether they are active during the nesting season, working to “chick proof” rooftops prior to the nesting season, create volunteer support groups to monitor sites and return fallen chicks to their rooftop nests, educate building managers and rooftop-affiliated businesses in regards to rooftop nesting birds and coordinate with FWC to manage emergency rooftop repairs during the breeding season.
This is a full-time, grant funded position through December 31, 2020 with possibility of extension with subsequent grants. This position will be remotely based in the region between Panama City and Pensacola, Florida.