Seasonal Salt Marsh Technician

Job Locations
US-NY-Oyster Bay
Seasonal, Full-Time
Job Category
Oyster Bay


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Position Summary

The Audubon Coasts Program in NY is seeking two seasonal biological technicians to assist in pre-restoration vegetation and salt marsh nesting bird surveys at Mastic Beach on the south shore of Long Island, NY. Working under the Coastal Resilience Associate, Salt Marsh Technicians will assist in bird surveys and vegetation monitoring in and around the 147-acre Mastic Beach area. Technicians will also assist in associated data entry and quality assurance, as well as data analysis. These positions start April 26th until July 31st (dates may vary due to unforeseen circumstances) with some weekend and holiday work being required. Housing is not provided. Applicants will be accepted until the position is filled.

Essential Functions

  • Establishing permanent transects at restoration sites and surrounding salt marshes.
  • Navigate study points and transects using GPS and other orienteering methods.
  • Collect detailed information on plant species and percent cover of vegetation.
  • Collect detailed information on bird species locations, timing, and movements.
  • Record measurements on data sheets and/or field notebook computers.
  • Meticulously enter data into computer databases.
  • Collect, record, summarize, organize, and/or file data using various standardized data collection procedures and equipment.
  • Assist with facilitation of monitoring and logistics. This may include putting together survey equipment, assisting in transportation to and from survey sites, etc.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Working to or currently have a bachelor’s degree in Biology, Ecology, Conservation, Natural sciences, or related field required.
  • Prior experience conducting biological surveys is preferred.
  • Familiarity with identifying native and invasive salt marsh vegetation.
  • Familiarity with identifying salt marsh nesting birds by sight and sound is preferred.
  • Familiarity with avian point count surveys is preferred.
  • Willingness and flexibility to work early morning hours, weekends, or holidays.
  • Excellent attention to detail and data entry skills.
  • Excellent organization and communication skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Must hold a valid driver’s license and have access to a personal vehicle.
  • Ability to work for prolonged periods of time, with or without accommodation, under difficult field conditions such as rugged or muddy terrain, thick grass, forest undergrowth, high temps/humidity, and biting insects.
  • Ability to lift and carry weights up to 25 lbs., with or without accommodations.
  • Ability to bend, crouch, stoop, and reach with or without accommodations.


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