Sarasota Seasonal Bird Stewardship Coordinator

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Audubon

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Jacksonville, FL, United States

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17 days ago

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 seeks a seasonal Bird Stewardship Coordinator to support beach-nesting bird conservation work in Sarasota County. The Coordinator will work on beaches throughout Sarasota County, a shoreline distance of about 37 miles, but predominantly in the central and northern portions of the county where shorebirds and seabirds have nested historically. Nesting species surveyed include Black Skimmers, Least Terns, and Snowy Plovers.

During the breeding season from March through August, the Coordinator will be responsible for independently performing bird monitoring and protection work for beach-nesting birds with responsibilities that include:
  • Posting and maintaining symbolic fencing and signage around beach-nesting bird sites
  • Monitoring nest sites at least twice weekly for evidence of disturbance or predation
  • Performing weekly or more bird surveys to include the number of adult pairs of nesting species, the number of nests, the number of downy and feathered chicks, and the number of fledged young
  • Protecting sites from disturbance through stewardship activities that will include coordination with municipal staff or landowners to minimize disturbance
  • Recruitment and training of new volunteers; advising and partnering with volunteers to chaperone beach-nesting bird sites during busy weekends
  • Educating beachgoers about these species and encouraging compliance with posted areas; engaging in outreach to user groups through presentations at organizational meetings.
This is a seasonal, full-time, grant-funded position from approximately March 20, 2023 to mid-August 2023. This seasonal position is funded through Fall 2023 with future funding possible. The Stewardship Coordinator will be based out of their home in the Sarasota County area.

Compensation:
$18.00 / hour
Essential Functions:
By closely collaborating with Audubon’s Shorebird Project Manager, the Sarasota Seasonal Bird Stewardship Coordinator will:
  • Monitor all active nesting sites and perform weekly or more surveys and steward sites as appropriate (to be determined in consultation with the Project Manager)
  • Ensure all Sarasota County beaches are effectively surveyed during the monthly Florida Shorebird Alliance beach-nesting bird survey windows
  • Ensure all bird survey data is entered weekly into the Florida Shorebird Database
  • Collect accurate data as assigned and submit associated activity logs on a scheduled timeline
  • Summarize survey and stewardship data required for grant report submissions
  • Contribute photographs and short stories about birds and bird stewardship for use on Audubon website and in social media
  • Train, mentor, and manage volunteers engaged in monitoring and stewardship activities
  • Educate and engage the public around coastal bird conservation through outreach at nesting sites
  • Cooperate with Audubon partners, including but not limited to: Sarasota Audubon Society leaders and volunteers, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologists and law enforcement officers, Sarasota County staff, and municipal staff as needed.
Qualifications and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, wildlife ecology or related field required.
  • 1-2 years' demonstrated experience performing bird surveys required; experience in shorebird and seabird identification strongly preferred.
  • Strong verbal communication and problem-solving skills; excellent judgment and decision-making skills, possessing a high degree of integrity in all deliverables.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision and to maintain accountability for work products.
  • Demonstrated experience working with external partners and volunteers.
  • Ability to move 30 lbs., with or without accommodation.
  • Ability to carry field equipment in Florida summer field conditions while traversing up to 5 miles on sandy beaches, with or without accommodation.
  • Must be able to work long days, weekends, and holidays as needed.
  • Bilingual preferred, but not required.
  • Familiarity with Sarasota County beaches and coastal conservation lands of a plus.
  • Must have a valid Florida driver’s license and a personal vehicle suited for transportation to complete assigned tasks.
  • 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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