Seasonal Field Technician

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Seasonal, Full-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. 




Position Summary

The Seasonal Field Technician will be an integral part of several field efforts supporting the Working Lands Initiative including wildlife-friendly agriculture, understanding drought impacts on shorebirds, and alternative wetland management.


This position will report to the Working Lands Conservation Project Manager and will work in close coordination with the Working Lands Team at Audubon CA and the Migratory Bird Conservation Partnership that includes Audubon California, The Nature Conservancy, and Point Blue Conservation Science as well as other partners. 


This is a full-time, temporary grant-funded position scheduled for 40 hours/week, December – March with occasional overtime and the possibility of extension pending funding and needs. The position can be based outside of the Central Valley however the job duties require a daily presence in the Valley. Housing is available at the Cosumnes River Preserve and COVID-19 guidelines will be followed.

Essential Functions

  • Set up fields for monitoring. Includes wading into flooded areas and pounding in depth stakes
  • Conduct visual surveys of birds often requiring flock estimation, focusing on western waterbirds, including waterfowl, shorebirds, and long-legged waders.
  • Conduct visual surveys of pertinent habitat features of survey areas.
  • Communicate regularly in varying formats (e.g. text, phone call) with rural landowners and/or farm managers and other survey crew and staff members.
  • Enter data into digital format and proof.
  • Digitize field boundaries, survey locations, and survey areas in Google Earth.
  • Conduct preliminary data summaries.
  • Possible overnight travel to other field sites in California.
  • Possible participation in a shorebird banding effort.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Associate’s degree in natural resources, environmental studies, or similar subject, and/or 2+ years of
  • applicable experience.
  • Ability to identify and estimate numbers of western waterbirds by sight using binoculars and a spotting scope.
  • Experience driving a 4WD vehicle on narrow roads and in variable conditions, i.e. mud, wet and fog.
  • Experience managing and prioritizing tasks from multiple sources.
  • Experience working with a diverse group of people.
  • Excellent communication skills; frequent communication with survey team members and private landowners will be necessary.
  • Possession of a driver’s license valid in California.
  • The ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Thorough attention to detail.
  • Technically savvy, including proficiency with Microsoft Office suite applications, internet browsers, Google Earth, iPad and related data entry apps; GIS experience a plus but not required.
  • Flexible with scheduling and ability to anticipate upcoming needs; careful time management and punctuality; willingness to work extended hours and/or travel as needed to accommodate unexpected issues, workload.
  • Experience working on field projects in agricultural settings and interactions with private landowners a plus.
  • Bird handling experience is a plus though not necessary.

EEO Statement

The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.

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COVID Policy

Beginning September 15, 2021: Audubon requires all staff either to provide proof of being fully vaccinated or, if they cannot provide such proof for any reason, to wear a mask while working indoors, including in all Audubon facilities and offsite, and while working outdoors in situations where they cannot maintain social distancing. In addition, at this time and until CDC recommendations change, all staff in counties the CDC identifies as having “substantial” and “high” COVID transmission ratesmust wear masks indoors (unless alone in a closed office) and outdoors in situations where they cannot maintain social distancing regardless of vaccination status. 


This policy covers national and state offices, centers, and sanctuaries, as well as Audubon employees working offsite. Should you be selected for this position, you will be asked to acknowledge you have read the above policy and provide your vaccination status.


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