Seasonal Sarasota Stewardship Coordinator

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The National Audubon Society is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. We work throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon’s state, regional, national, and international programs, nature centers, and chapters have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. As a sentinel species, we recognize that the fate of birds is inextricably tied to the fate of us all.


Audubon has more than 700 staff working across the United States and seven countries in 17 state and regional offices, 41 nature centers, and 23 wildlife sanctuaries. Together as one Audubon, we aspire to alter the course of climate change and habitat loss, leading to healthier bird populations and reversing current trends in biodiversity loss.


Audubon is committed to a culture of workplace excellence, where our talented and diverse staff are deeply engaged, with a strong sense of belonging. The birds Audubon pledges to protect differ in color, size, behavior, geographical preference, and countless other ways. By honoring and celebrating the equally remarkable diversity of the human species, Audubon will bring new creativity, effectiveness, and leadership to our work throughout the hemisphere.

Position Summary

Audubon Florida seeks a Seasonal Sarasota Stewardship Coordinator to support beach-nesting bird conservation work in Sarasota County. The Seasonal Coordinator will work on beaches throughout Sarasota County, a shoreline distance of about 37 miles, but predominantly in the central and northern portions of the county where shorebirds and seabirds have nested historically.


During the breeding season from March through August, the Coordinator will be responsible for independently performing bird monitoring and protection work for beach-nesting birds with responsibilities that include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Post and maintain symbolic fencing around beach-nesting bird sites;
  • Monitor nest sites 2-4 times weekly or more often for evidence of disturbance or predation;
  • Perform weekly or more bird surveys including number of adult pairs of shore/seabirds, number of downy chicks, number of feathered chicks, and number of fledged young; and
  • Help protect sites from disturbance through stewardship activities which will include: coordinating with municipal staff or landowners to minimize disturbance; recruiting and training new volunteers; advising and partnering with volunteers to chaperon beach-nesting bird colonies during busy warm-weather weekends; educating beachgoers about these species and encouraging compliance with posted areas; and engaging in outreach to user groups through presentations at organizational meetings.

This is a seasonal, full-time, grant-funded position from approximately March 14, 2022 to mid-August 2022. This seasonal position is funded through Fall 2023 with future funding possible.

Essential Functions

By closely collaborating with Audubon’s Shorebird Project Manager, the Seasonal Sarasota Seasonal Bird Stewardship Coordinator will:

  • Ensure all Sarasota County beaches are effectively surveyed during the state-prescribed beach-nesting bird survey windows.
  • Ensure all bird survey data is entered into the Florida Shorebird Database weekly.
  • Monitor all active nesting sites and perform weekly or more surveys and steward sites as appropriate (to be determined in consultation with the Project Manager).
  • Collect accurate data as assigned, and submit associated activity logs on a scheduled timeline.
  • Contribute to technical report writing and submit content for the program.
  • Mentor and advise volunteers in monitoring, surveying, and stewardship activities.
  • Educate and engage the public around coastal bird conservation through outreach at nesting sites.
  • Cooperate with Audubon partners, including but not limited to: Sarasota Audubon Society leaders and volunteers, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologists and law enforcement officers, Sarasota County staff, and municipal staff as needed.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, wildlife ecology or related field required.
  • 1-2 years’ experience performing bird surveys a must; shorebird and seabird identification experience strongly preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal communication and problem solving skills; demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision and to maintain accountability for work products.
  • Excellent judgment and decision-making skills, one who possesses a high degree of integrity in all deliverables.
  • Demonstrated experience working with external partners and volunteers.
  • Demonstrated capability of physically active work installing posts and signs and walking up to 4 miles on coastal beaches to perform bird surveys and monitoring. Ability to lift 30 lbs.
  • Must be able to work long days, weekends, and holidays as needed, in Florida summer field conditions.
  • Bilingual preferred, but not required.
  • Familiarity with Sarasota County beaches and coastal conservation lands of a plus.
  • Experience with trail cameras a plus.
  • Must have a valid Florida driver’s license and a personal vehicle suited for transportation to complete assigned tasks.
  • Interest in conservation and passion for the mission of the National Audubon Society a must.

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

All staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than January 31, 2022, unless they are approved by Human Resources for a qualified exemption. Those unvaccinated after January 31st will be required to follow a weekly testing protocol.


All unvaccinated staff are required to wear masks or other approved facial coverings while working indoors at all times or outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained. Further, effective December 13th, any unvaccinated staff person entering an Audubon building must submit a negative Covid-19 test that has been taken within 72 hours. 


This policy is effective through February 27th and may be changed due to changes in the law and/or changes to Audubon policies such as the Return to Work/Hybrid Work policy.


All new hires must be fully vaccinated prior to their start of employment unless they are pre-qualified by HR for exemption.


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