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).
The Forest Bird Technician will support our research and conservation project to benefit Prothonotary Warblers and other bottomland hardwood forest songbirds. Understanding broad-scale patterns of migration using light-level geolocators has been one of our greatest successes to date. We now seek to build upon this success and understand regional-scale migratory movements during the post-breeding period before birds arrive in Central America.
In 2019, we will utilize VHF radio tags (i.e., nanotags) and a growing array of automated receiving stations to answer questions about fall migration stopover ecology along the Gulf Coast. Primary duties of the Forest Bird Technician include assisting with the deployment of nanotags, as well as conduct point count surveys of forest bird diversity and abundance within Maurepas Swamp by boat.
The position will start on approximately March 18, 2019, and will require working an average of 40 hours per week over the course of 16 weeks. The position will regularly require work to take place during early mornings, and late evenings and weekends.
Supervised by Audubon Louisiana’s Avian Biologist, and working closely with our Director of Bird Conservation, the Forest Bird Technician will assist Audubon Louisiana staff to:
•Conduct a series of repeated point counts in Maurepas Swamp;
•Band adult Prothonotary Warblers, and record morphometric information;
•Deploy nanotags between mid-June and mid-July;
•Track local post-breeding movements of nanotagged individuals using a hand-held receiver;
•Quantify habitat characteristics;
•Resight color-banded birds;
•Monitor nesting activity and record detailed data on nest productivity;
•Enter data and prepare interim reports;
•Coordinate work duties with Audubon volunteers;
•Engage local communities, organize volunteer events, and use social media to increase awareness of the need to protect a species of conservation concern;
•Help organize and facilitate nest box building workshops;
•Interact with citizen scientists and provide guidance in nest monitoring protocols;
•Plan and execute specific tasks, sometimes independently of a direct supervisor.
•Must have or be working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Ornithology, Wildlife Biology, Natural Resource Ecology, or related field;
•Experience in monitoring birds;
•Ability to identify birds of eastern North America by sight and sound;
•Bird banding, and nest productivity monitoring;
•Knowledge of conservation methods in forested habitats, such as conservation easements and restoration techniques;
•Experience implementing new projects and engaging volunteers;
•Excellent interpersonal as well as written and oral communication skills;
•Self-motivated and reliable; ability to work unsupervised;
•Boat experience is a plus;
•Must have strong organizational skills and great attention to detail;
•Ability to both lead and work as a team;
•Must be comfortable interacting with the public and staff of multiple partner organizations;
•Must be willing to work long hours outside under physically demanding conditions (hot, humid, biting insects);
•Proficiency using the Microsoft Office suite (e.g. Excel, Word, Access and PowerPoint);
•Must have a valid Driver’s License and personal vehicle.