Seasonal Coastal Bird Technician

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Position Summary:
Coastal Mississippi’s beaches are a popular destination for tourists, fishermen, and beachgoers. Several species of birds (including Least Terns, Black Skimmers, and Snowy Plovers) nest on these beaches, creating the potential for disturbance by recreational users. We are seeking two (2) Seasonal Coastal Bird Technicians to help buffer beach-nesting birds against the threats of human disturbance, offer outreach and education to visitors, and survey and monitor nesting areas. The program will have a strong bird monitoring component, which will involve surveying coastal areas, resighting banded birds, counting breeding colonies, as well as tracking nests, chicks, and their fates. Supervised by the Field Operations Associate, the Seasonal Coastal Bird Technician will have opportunities to intimately monitor and protect charismatic beach-nesting bird species as well as gain skills in outreach and education. We will hire two full-time seasonal position based in coastal Mississippi (Jackson, Harrison, or Hancock County). The position will start in 3 April 2023 and terminate in end of July (~17 weeks). Occasional weekend and holiday work will be required, including Independence Day. Shared housing will be provided. A valid driver’s license and reliable personal vehicle are required (mileage will be reimbursed at the current federal rate).

$15.00 / hr
Essential Functions:
The Seasonal Coastal Bird Technician will work with full-time Audubon staff, volunteers, and partners to help protect and monitor the breeding of beach-nesting species on mainland beaches and the nearby islands.
Duties will include:
  • Posting and fencing nesting sites.
  • Recording colony disturbance data.
  • Monitoring colony size, nest and chick fates, and fledging rates to determine productivity.
  • Resighting banded adults and chicks to determine territory ownership and to confirm fledge success.
  • Deploying game cameras on active nests and maintaining and organizing photos throughout the season.
  • Working with full-time staff to engage local communities to increase awareness around the protection of sensitive beach-nesting birds.
  • Entering data daily and maintaining order and quality to all existing datasets.
  • Must properly maintain field equipment and keep supplies and materials organized.
Exact combinations of responsibilities may vary among positions but will require working during early mornings and sometimes evenings and weekends, on holidays, and in the Mississippi summer heat. Working on the 4th of July holiday weekend is required. Work weeks will average 40 hours per week across the term of employment but may vary and be unpredictable each week, depending on program needs.
Qualifications and Experience:
  • Must have completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, Ecology, Natural Resources, Environmental Education, or a related field.
  • At least one season of work experience in avian ecology or coastal ecosystems
  • Excellent interpersonal as well as written and oral communication skills.
  • Must be willing to work long hours outside under physically demanding conditions (hot, humid, biting insects) and live in provided group housing.
  • Must be comfortable interacting with the public and staff of multiple partner organizations.
  • Must have strong organizational skills and great attention to detail.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs such as Excel, Word and PowerPoint required.
  • Experience capturing, handling, and banding birds, particularly shorebirds or terns, preferred but not required.
  • Schedule flexibility required. Must be willing to accommodate for weather conditions, with ability to work occasional weekends or holidays.
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable personal vehicle are required for travel to nearby work sites; travel will be reimbursed at the current federal rate.
Please submit a cover letter and resume for consideration.
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