• Coastal Bird Technician (Seasonal)

    Job Locations
    US-MS-Moss Point
    Type
    Seasonal, Full-Time
    Job Category
    Science
    ID
    2019-4275
    City
    Moss Point
    State/Province
    MS
  • 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).

     


     

    The Audubon Mississippi Coastal Bird Stewardship Program (AMCBSP) is a comprehensive conservation and research program based in southern Mississippi that promotes the safeguarding of coastal birds and their habitats through volunteer engagement, citizen science and outreach, and strategic partnerships with federal, state, and local agencies, local academic institutions and community organizations. This work is being supported by a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation through the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.

     

    Home to the last undammed major river in the lower 48 states – the Pascagoula River, south Mississippi also has many miles of white sand beaches, coastal wetlands, bottomland hardwood forest, pine savanna and the many species that come along with those threatened habitats. Only two hours from New Orleans, South Mississippi is a vibrant region, home to a variety of restaurants, shopping opportunities, and entertainment venues, making it an enjoyable place to both live and work.

    Position Summary

    Reporting to the Biologist, the Seasonal Coastal Bird Technician will conduct breeding and migratory coastal bird surveys. This will include conducting Audubon Coastal Bird Surveys for migratory shorebirds during the spring and fall, monitoring of tern and skimmer colonies, searching for and monitoring plover nests, and assisting with banding operations. S/he will help lead and mentor junior staff including seasonal interns and volunteers, and will assist the seasonal stewards in roping and signing areas to protect nesting sites against the threats of human disturbance. The Seasonal Coastal Bird Technician will assist with data quality assurance and entry, volunteer management, outreach and education, and research efforts. This is a full-time, six month position that requires occasional weekend and holiday work. Housing is not provided. Two positions will be filled, with primary duties assigned based on program needs and the candidate’s strengths.

    Essential Functions

    • Conduct coastal bird surveys during spring migratory season
    • Monitoring of nesting terns, skimmers, and plovers during the breeding season
    • Assisting with banding of terns, skimmers, and plovers
    • Resighting banded birds
    • Assist in setting up study areas. This may include roping and posting off an area, setting out decoys, setting up camera traps, and placing audio playback system.
    • Interact with volunteer community scientists and provide technical assistance in bird identification and with monitoring protocols
    • Participate in other research and non-research activities as assigned
    • Ensure timely and accurate data collection and reporting, and ensure that all monitoring efforts follow approved protocols and best management practices as established by Audubon
    • Provide assistance to the Stewardship Manager in building volunteer community science teams and organizing and implementing volunteer events
    • Maintain productive working relationships with all partnering organizations, agencies, groups and individuals participating in the program
    • Steward priority breeding colonies on July 4th holiday
    • Maintain proper care and inventory of all project equipment and vehicles

    Qualifications and Experience

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Ornithology, Wildlife Biology, Ecology, Natural Resources, or a related field.
    • 2+ years experience and demonstrated success in avian monitoring including bird identification by sight and sound.
    • Knowledge of birds and their habitats, with specific experience monitoring coastal shorebirds, wading birds, gulls and terns.
    • Experience capturing, handling, and banding birds, particularly shorebirds or terns, preferred
    • Experience leading or mentoring junior staff in field methods
    • Excellent oral and written communications skills
    • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to lead and work as part of a team.
    • Willingness and flexibility to work nonstandard hours (early mornings, evenings, etc) and weekends as the job demands.
    • Ability to perform tasks requiring physical exertion, outdoors, in all weather conditions, on difficult terrain, and in and out of boats while maintaining a positive attitude, with or without accommodation.
    • Flexibility in schedule that accommodates weather conditions, with ability to work occasional weekends or holidays.
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs such as Excel, Word and PowerPoint, and knowledge of eBird
    • Must have valid Driver’s License, access to personal vehicle, and ability to responsibly drive company vehicles.
    • Experience operating boats with an outboard motor a plus
    • Passion for the National Audubon Society’s mission.

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