Seasonal Warden

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Seasonal, Part-Time
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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 approximately 450 local chapters, 120 campus chapters, 17 state and regional offices, 34 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country. 


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Position Summary

The Seasonal Warden will be responsible for patrolling the colonial wading bird and beach-nesting bird colonies in Hillsborough Bay and interacting with the boating and recreating public to prevent disturbance to nesting birds.  This is a part-time, seasonal position that requires the employee to work weekends and holidays when traffic around the nesting islands is at its peak.

Essential Functions

  • Monitor birds, helping to conduct counts of nesting pelicans, oystercatchers, herons, etc. and monitor the colonies for other signs of disturbance.
  • Help engage the boating public about birds; interact and educate others. Additionally, appropriately intervene in the event of a disturbance.
  • Operate and occasionally perform maintenance on vehicles, boats, and all field equipment.
  • Participate in additional activities with Audubon's partners, including shoreline cleanups and oyster restoration projects.

Qualifications and Experience

  • S. with a background in marine, estuarine, or wetlands ecology (or equivalent, demonstrated work experience) preferred.
  • Excellent work ethic, a team-focused attitude, and the ability to work well independently in the field.
  • Experience in Florida’s estuaries, mangrove forests and/or coastal wetlands, sampling and identification of coastal birds a plus.
  • Valid driver’s license required, experience with small boats, and operating vehicles strongly preferred.
  • Ability to maintain and repair mechanical equipment such as trucks and boats highly desirable.
  • Comfort with engaging public and talking about the importance of protecting bird colonies.
  • Must be able to work weekends and holidays.


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