Field Technician, Habitat

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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. 


The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion, and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.


Position Summary

The Field Technician, Habitat will assist with habitat restoration and management activities on the 850 acres of Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center,  including implementing the habitat management plan on diverse habitats associated with the tallgrass prairie. The Habitat Program Technician participates in habitat operations and management as well as maintenance of equipment, grounds and building.


**This is a year round full-time, grant-funded opportunity through August / September 2021 with potential to extend beyond should additional funding be secured. 

Essential Functions

  • Help implement habitat management plan on all Spring Creek Prairie terrestrial and aquatic habitats.
  • Assist with invasive species control work using various techniques, including herbicide application.
  • Assist with maintenance and monitoring duties such as fence repair, livestock handling, prescribed fire, woody plant control (chain-saw work), and lease compliance.
  • Assist supervisor with data collection and analysis including on GIS platforms.
  • Work with all staff, interns, students and volunteers assigned to monitor flora and fauna.
  • Assist with record keeping and reporting.
  • Assist with landowner and land manager workshops and field trainings.
  • Act as a representative of SCPAC in meetings pertaining to natural resource management.
  • Assist with public outreach programs related to tallgrass prairie habitats.
  • Maintain in a safe and clean operating condition all facility vehicles, maintenance equipment, and buildings.
  • Maintain in a safe and clean condition facility grounds, including prairie, woodlands, trails, boardwalks, bridges, driveways, and landscaping around building.
  • Perform maintenance as required, including but not limited to mowing, raking, chainsaw work, basic carpentry, painting, and clean up.
  • Coordinate contracts related to major repairs and maintenance.
  • Maintain public areas to ensure safety of visitors and staff.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources or science-related subject (preferred) and/or a minimum of 1-2 years’ experience in habitat management or similar position.
  • Knowledge of grasslands, grazing management and prescribed fire management techniques.
  • Experience working with or knowledge of natural systems. Familiarity of Great Plains plant and animal species as required to complete habitat management activities.
  • Computer skills including use of word processing, GIS (ArcView, ArcGIS) and database programs are highly desired.
  • Ability to operate various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g.; lawn mower, chainsaw, tractor, two-way radio, ATV, motor vehicles etc).
  • Ability to maintain various types of equipment (e.g.; lawn mower, chainsaw, tractor, two-way radio, ATV, motor vehicles etc) preferred.
  • Knowledge of herbicide and pesticide, including having a pesticide applicators license, or willingness to get licensed.
  • Current valid driver's license.
  • Ability to follow instructions from colleagues.
  • Ability to perform physical work, sometime under adverse conditions or in inclement weather.
  • Ability to transport 50 lbs and stand/walk for long periods
  • Must be able to bend, twist, push and pull for duties such as constructing fences, using chainsaws, chopping thistles and other farm-related activity
  • Proven field work ability - including a willingness to work alone, with little supervision, and at irregular hours.
  • Ability to operate standard office equipment.
  • Ability to effectively communicate to multiple audiences, both verbally and written.
  • Ability to provide for own transportation when necessary, with mileage reimbursed. 


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