Nassau Sound Anchor Steward

Job Locations
US-FL
Type
Seasonal, Part-Time
Job Category
Science
ID
2020-4340
State/Province
FL

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 Florida supports management of beach-nesting birds at many locations in Northeast Florida by surveying, posting, stewarding, and protecting nesting areas from disturbance. To better protect nesting shorebirds Audubon is hiring a seasonal Anchor Steward to work at the beaches of Nassau Sound including Amelia Island and Little Talbot Island.

 

The primary responsibilities of the Anchor Steward are to steward shorebird nesting areas and organize volunteer stewards to help these efforts. Stewarding involves a variety of actions including observations of birds and the public at nesting sites and educating the public when their actions may pose a threat to the birds.

 

This is a part-time, 20-hour-per-week seasonal position focused on weekends and holidays, including Memorial Day and Independence Day. The position will begin 04/06/2020 and continue through the end of nesting season. Nesting may persist into August or early September but can end early in the event of a catastrophic event or other total loss of nesting activity. Hours are generally between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. though may vary depending on needs. 40 hours allowed on weeks with holidays.

Essential Functions

  • Assist with the installation of symbolic fencing around new nest areas as needed.
  • Steward at nesting sites mainly on weekends and holidays.
  • Assist with recruiting, training, and scheduling of shorebird steward volunteers.
  • Work closely with local land managers, external partners, and volunteers in a positive and professional manner at all times.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Ability to operate an ATV/UTV to reach some beach nesting sites. Training will be provided by Florida Park Service staff.
  • Ability to interact and communicate effectively with the public at beach nesting sites.
  • Ability to help recruit, train, support, and schedule volunteers.
  • Work well independently and with other staff and volunteers.
  • A positive and diplomatic attitude is a must.
  • Demonstrated capability of physically active work, such as walking on sandy beaches, carrying field equipment during Florida summer field conditions.
  • Ability to lift 30 lbs with or without a reasonable accommodation.
  • Must have a valid driver's license and a personal vehicle suited for transportation to complete assigned tasks.
  • Must be willing to work weekends and holidays.
  • Familiarity with local beaches preferred.
  • Previous experience with shorebird stewardship preferred, but similar experience will be considered.
  • Interest in conservation and passion for the mission of the National Audubon Society a must.

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