Nassau Sound Shorebird Steward

Job Post Information* : Posted Date 4 weeks ago(2/5/2024 3:23 PM)
Job Locations
US-FL
Type
Seasonal, Part-Time
Job Category
Science
ID
2024-5630
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 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

Audubon Florida supports management of beach-nesting birds at many locations in Northeast Florida by surveying, posting, stewarding, and protecting nesting areas from disturbance. To better protect nesting shorebirds Audubon is hiring a seasonal Shorebird Steward to work at the beaches of Nassau Sound including Amelia Island and Little Talbot Island. The primary responsibilities of the Shorebird Steward are to steward shorebird nesting areas and help train volunteer stewards as needed. Stewarding involves a variety of actions including observations of birds and the public at nesting sites and education of the public when their actions may pose a threat to the birds.

 

This is a part-time, 20-hour-per-week seasonal position focused on weekends and holidays, including Memorial Day and Independence Day. The position start date is anticipated to be 04/9/2024 and continue through the end of nesting season. Nesting season often persists through the middle of August but may end early based on conditions at the nesting sites (e.g., storms causing loss of beach habitat).

 

Compensation:

$15.00 / hour

Essential Functions

Under the direction of Audubon’s Northeast Florida Policy Associate, the Nassau Sound Shorebird Steward will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Assist with the installation or repair of symbolic fencing around nest areas as needed.
  • Steward at nesting sites mainly on weekends and holidays. Hours are generally between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. though they may vary depending on needs.
  • Assist with recruiting and training of shorebird steward volunteers.
  • Work closely with local land managers, external partners, and volunteers in a positive and professional manner at all times.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Ability to operate an ATV/UTV to reach some beach nesting sites. Training will be provided by Florida Park Service staff.
  • Capable of walking and working on sandy beaches carrying field equipment during Florida summer field conditions, with or without accommodation.
  • Ability to lift 30 lbs., with or without accommodation.
  • Ability to interact and communicate effectively with the public at beach nesting sites.
  • Ability to help recruit, train, support, and schedule volunteers.
  • Work well independently and with other staff and volunteers.
  • Must have a positive and diplomatic attitude.
  • Must have a valid driver's license and reliable transportation to complete assigned tasks.
  • Must be willing to work weekends, holidays, and some evenings.
  • Familiarity with local beaches preferred.
  • Previous experience with shorebird stewardship 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.

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