Seasonal Hawk Counter
Greenwich, CT, United States
30+ days ago
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The Greenwich Audubon Center has been connecting people with nature since 1943. Creating life-changing experiences that enable community members and their families to appreciate, understand and protect the natural world is at the very core of our mission. The Greenwich Audubon Center is a nature center and wildlife sanctuary owned and operated by the National Audubon Society. The nature center is located in the southwest corner of Connecticut, in the town of Greenwich. The Greenwich Audubon Center has over 15 miles of scenic hiking trails, and includes 650 acres of mixed forest, meadows, wetlands, ponds, and streams.
The mission of the National Audubon Society is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of the Earth's biological diversity and humanity. The Greenwich Audubon Center strives to meet this mission through education, conservation and environmental research to encourage the responsible usage and stewardship of natural lands. The Greenwich Audubon Center offers educational programs for all ages, birding tours and workshops, annual Hawk Watch, live animal exhibits, a children's learning center, a nature store, and a bird viewing area. Public access to the Greenwich Audubon buildings, facilities and programs have been altered, reduced or prohibited due to the ongoing public health crisis.
Under the supervision of center staff, the Seasonal Hawk Counter will play an integral part in the Quaker Ridge Hawk Watch program located on the grounds of the Greenwich Audubon Center in Greenwich, CT. Quaker Ridge is one of the premier hawk watch sites in the Northeast, with an average of over 14,000 hawks recorded each season and 50 years of data on hawk migration. Cost-free, on-site, and furnished apartment is available. Residence contains private bedrooms and a shared kitchen, bath, and living room.
- Identify and count the 15+ species of hawks, eagles, falcons and vultures that migrate along the Atlantic Flyway in flight.
- Record and manage field data of migrating raptors on online data collection platforms
- Conduct outreach to visitors and volunteer hawk watchers to involve the community in raptor conservation efforts.
- Coordinate volunteer schedule and work with volunteers to conduct daily counts.
- Assist with public programs on raptor identification including assistance with annual Fall Festival.
- Prepare and deliver a public program on the results of the migration season at the season's end.
- Record hourly weather conditions, species, and numbers of migrating raptors using Dunkadoo data entry software.
- At the end of each count day, enter count data to Hawkcount.org
- Other duties associated with the Hawk Watch and hawk watching, as needed.
- The Seasonal Hawk Counter is expected to conduct hawk watching duties five days a week, 9 am to 5 pm from August 20th to November 30th (start date flexible). They will also be responsible for coordinating volunteers to staff the hawk watch on weekend days. Some work schedule flexibility is required due to weather condition-related changes in anticipated migration activity.
- The Seasonal Hawk Counter will adhere to all current Audubon policies related to COVID-19
- Previous experience in identifying Northeastern raptors in flight at a distance is preferred.
- Previous seasonal work at a Hawk Migration Monitoring Site preferred, though not required.
- Interest in bird monitoring and outdoor research work.
- Familiarity with operating binoculars and spotting scopes for bird observation.
- Familiarity with computer data spreadsheet analysis.
- Self-motivated individual who can work well independently in the field.
- Ability to work primarily outside in various weather situations.
- Ability to work some early mornings, late evenings, and some weekend days.
- Good organizational skills.
- Ability to communicate to a variety of audiences: visitors, volunteers, staff, the general public, and others.