Seasonal South Pinellas County Anchor Steward

Job Locations
US-FL
Type
Seasonal, Full-Time
Job Category
Science
ID
2022-4842
State/Province
FL

Overview

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 supports management of beach-nesting birds at many locations on the Gulf Coast and Northeast Atlantic Coast of Florida by surveying, posting, stewarding and protecting nesting areas from disturbance. To better monitor and protect the nesting shorebirds along beaches and other nest sites Audubon is hiring a seasonal Anchor Steward to work at beach-nesting bird sites located in the southern portion of Pinellas County, Florida. Sites requiring stewardship may include Fort De Soto County Park and St. Pete Beach. Nesting species may include American Oystercatcher, Wilson’s Plover, Snowy Plover, Least Tern, and Black Skimmer. The primary responsibility of the Anchor Steward is to organize and train volunteers to conduct public outreach near shore/seabird nesting areas and to help monitor nesting.

 

This is a seasonal position working 40 hours per week to include weekend days and the following holidays: Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day, if nesting persists until the latter holiday. The position is expected to begin on March 21, 2022 and continue through the end of nesting season, to be determined in consultation with supervisor. Nesting may persist into late August or early September but can end early in the event of a catastrophic event or other total loss of nesting activity.

Essential Functions

Under the direction of Audubon’s Shorebird Project Manager, the South Pinellas County Anchor Steward will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Monitor nesting birds and conduct minimum weekly counts of nests, chicks, and fledged young of each nesting species, and enter/report data in the Florida Shorebird Database and Excel spreadsheets as directed by the supervisor.
  • Assist site managers and Audubon staff with installing symbolic fencing around new nest areas as needed.
  • Conduct public outreach at nesting beaches on weekends and holidays, generally between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Hours may run longer or change as needed, and longer hours are anticipated on holiday weekends.
  • Assist with recruitment of volunteers; train and schedule volunteers to chaperon nesting birds and to conduct public outreach at nesting beaches on weekends and holidays.
  • Work closely and communicate with site managers and Audubon staff, external partners, and volunteers in a positive and professional manner at all times.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Experience and ability with verbal communication.
  • Experience and ability with record-keeping and summarizing data.
  • Ability to recruit, train, support, and schedule volunteers.
  • Work well independently and with other staff, partners, and volunteers.
  • Must have a positive and diplomatic attitude.
  • Demonstrated capability of physically active work walking on sandy beaches carrying field equipment during Florida summer field conditions. Ability to lift 30 lbs with or without a reasonable accommodation.
  • Must have a valid driver's license and a personal vehicle suited for transportation to complete assigned tasks.
  • Must be willing to work weekends and holidays.
  • Familiarity with Pinellas County beaches preferred.
  • Previous experience with monitoring and stewardship for one shore/seabird nesting season preferred, but similar experience will be considered.
  • 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.

Accessibility Statement

The National Audubon Society endeavors to keep our careers site accessible to any and all users.  If you would like to contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the application process, please contact Accommodations@audubon.org. This contact information is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.

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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