Marshbird Biological Assistant

Job Post Information* : Posted Date 4 weeks ago(2/5/2024 2:26 PM)
Job Locations
US-LA-Baton Rouge
Seasonal, Full-Time
Job Category
Baton Rouge


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 towards a future where birds thrive because Audubon is a powerful, diverse, and ever-growing force for conservation. Audubon has more than 700 staff working across the hemisphere and more than 1.5 million active supporters.

North America has lost three billion birds since 1970, and more than 500 bird species are at risk of extinction across Latin America and the Caribbean. Birds act as early warning systems about the health of our environment, and they tell us that birds – and our planet – are in crisis. Together as one Audubon, we are working to alter the course of climate change and habitat loss, leading to healthier bird populations and reversing current trends in biodiversity loss. We do this by implementing on-the-ground conservation, partnering with local communities, influencing public and corporate policy, and building community.

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 brings new creativity, effectiveness, and leadership to our work throughout the hemisphere.

Position Summary

A lack of understanding of the temporal and spatial distribution of the Black Rail (Laterallus jamaicensis) in Louisiana has resulted in an inability to (1) study basic aspects of the species’ biology in this part of the range and (2) implement effective conservation measures to benefit this species. Without knowing when and where the Black Rail occurs in the state, restoration and management efforts will be unable to account for the habitat needs of this rare and declining species. This project seeks to build upon five years of research to locate Black Rails in coastal Louisiana, describe important habitat on which they depend, and understand their responses to fire management.


Supervised by the Marshbird Biologist, the Marshbird Biological Assistant will work closely with Audubon Delta’s Marshbird Biologist to conduct point-count and vegetation surveys. By assisting with this project, the Marshbird Biological Assistant will gain experience and learn from experts in the field of conservation and avian ecology, while gaining practical skills in ornithological research, monitoring techniques, and volunteer coordination.


This position is expected to work 40 hours per week for five months between March and July 2024. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references with your application by February 18th, 2024.



$15.00 / hour

Essential Functions

The Marshbird Biological Assistant will:

  • Conduct point count and vegetation surveys at remote sites across south Louisiana. Most point count surveys will begin a half hour before sunrise or one-two hours before sunset and last 2-3 hours, preceded or followed by vegetation surveys.
  • Assist in data entry as needed.
  • Be expected to travel 3-5 days per week staying in provided shared housing.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Must have completed a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology, Ecology, Natural Resources, Agricultural Sciences, or a related field;
  • Must be willing to work long hours outside under physically demanding conditions (hot, cold, biting insects, etc.);
  • Must be able to walk over a mile through various wet and dry marsh habitats. This includes tall & dense grass oftentimes with uneven footing, shallow pools, and scrubby vegetation;
  • Must have strong organizational skills and great attention to detail;
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills;
  • Experience driving ATVs and/or operating outboard motorboats are a plus;
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable personal vehicle (mileage will be reimbursed at the current Federal rate);
  • Must live in, or be willing to temporarily move to, south Louisiana

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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