Bridgeport/West Haven WildLife Guard Crew Leader

Job Post Information* : Posted Date 3 weeks ago(2/12/2024 8:41 AM)
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Seasonal, Full-Time
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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 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

Bridgeport, CT is known as the Park City for its many public parks. Pleasure Beach, Seaside Park, and Beardsley Park are the largest and in addition to providing opportunities for city residents to enjoy the outdoors, are vital to birds. Pleasure Beach is a nesting site for the federally threatened Piping Plover and the state threatened Least Tern, as well as four CT state listed plant species. Beardsley Park provides important migratory songbird stopover habitat and Seaside Park provides resting and foraging opportunities to migrating waterbirds. Sandy Point Beach & Bird Sanctuary in West Haven, CT is one of the most significant mainland nesting areas in the state for Piping Plover and Least Tern, and the state threatened American Oystercatcher. It is a popular site amongst anglers and local residents looking for a beautiful walk along the shore. To ensure that these birds have the opportunity to nest successfully, rest, and refuel during migration, Audubon Connecticut, in partnership with the cities of Bridgeport and West Haven, created the WildLife Guards Program. The program trains, mentors, and employs crews of eight local high school students to monitor nesting shorebirds, restore habitat, and engage visitors, families, and friends about the parks and their wildlife.


This is a seasonal, full-time position (30-hrs/week) starting June 17th and going through August 23th. Note: Audubon staff will provide two weeks of paid training to crew leaders at the beginning of the WildLife Guards program.



$18.00 / hour

Essential Functions

The WildLife Guard Crew Leaders, through training and supervision of high schools students participating in Audubon’s youth programs, will assist conservation scientists with the monitoring and stewardship of critical shoreline habitat. Crew Leader duties include:

  • Mentoring, motivating, and inspiring the students working as part of the employment
  • Facilitating team building and helping students work through challenging situations.
  • Developing and implementing public outreach programs (e.g., nature walks, seine netting, touch tank, scavenger hunt, arts and crafts, tabling).
  • Creating a schedule of activities (e.g., outreach programs, bird monitoring, and habitat
    restoration work) to be performed weekly by students.
  • Developing lessons and pre/post tests for students.
  • Tracking program metrics (e.g., number of people engaged, materials distributed, pledges to protect birds signed and hours spent monitoring site.)
  • Working with students to update and provide content for applicable Audubon CT social media.
  • Collecting and entering data into online databases.
  • Writing weekly reports detailing management activities at each site.
  • Coordinating monitoring efforts with other Audubon CT staff and partners.
  • Organizing and leading volunteer events.
  • Additional duties may be assigned to support other aspects of the youth employmentprogram.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Desirable candidates will be available from June 17th through August 23, 2024.
  • Crew Leaders must be responsible, mature, and able to serve as mentors to the students.
  • Coursework in active pursuit of a degree in biology, wildlife management, or related field preferred.
  • Experience supervising high school aged students preferred.
  • Experience and ability to communicate clearly via written, spoken and graphical means along with responding to communications in a prompt and timely manner. Crew Leaders should becomfortable interacting with students, their families, the public, and project partners.
  • Good planning skills and a flexible approach to work desired. In the event of poor weather, Crew Leaders will need to keep their teams informed and plan to work with them on a pre-determined rainy day location when fieldwork is not possible.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite software required.
  • Weekend work will be required.
  • Knowledge of waterbirds & native/invasive plant species found in CT is desirable.
  • Knowledge of coastal ecosystems is desirable.
  • Fluency in Spanish a plus.
  • Must be physically fit, able to walk in a variety of coastal terrain and able to lift/carry at least 30lbs with or without accommodation.
  • Active Basic First Aid/CPR certification preferred. If not, Crew Leaders are required to successfully complete an Audubon provided Basic First Aid/CPR certification course during the first week of training.

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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