Walton County Beach Steward

Job Locations
US-FL-Tallahassee | US-FL
Seasonal, Part-Time
Job Category
Additional Location : State/Province


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 helps to manage beach-nesting birds through much of the Panhandle, posting, stewarding and protecting nesting areas from disturbance. To better monitor and protect the nesting shorebirds and seabirds along the beaches of Walton County, Audubon is hiring a seasonal Walton County Beach Steward. The primary responsibility of the Walton County Beach Steward is to organize volunteers in order to monitor shorebird nesting and conduct public outreach at nesting areas mostly, but not limited to, State Park sites including Deerpoint Lake SP, Grayton Beach SP and Topsail Hill SP.


This is a part-time seasonal position working 27 hours a week between April and July 2020 with a focus on weekend days and holidays, including Memorial Day, and Independence Day.

Essential Functions

With the help of the Western Panhandle Program Manager, the Walton County Beach Steward will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Contact and recruit volunteers.
  • Conduct public outreach on nesting beaches.
  • Assist with training volunteers and organize volunteers for public outreach on nesting beaches.
  • Monitor shorebird nests for nesting progress and disturbance.
  • Entering data in a timely, ordered fashion.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Experience and ability to communicate clearly orally and in writing.
  • Ability to organize, support and schedule volunteers.
  • Work well independently and with others.
  • Must be able to work in full summer sun, walk in sand, and lift 30 lbs, with or without accommodation.
  • A flexible approach to work and be willing to work weekends and holidays.
  • Must have a valid driver's license and vehicle.
  • Experience with volunteer organization, education, and management preferred.
  • Familiarity with Walton County beaches preferred.
  • Experience with shorebird identification and nest monitoring preferred.


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