Coastal Waterbird Technician

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Position Summary:
The Audubon Connecticut Coastal Waterbird Technician will work as a member of the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds. The Alliance is a partnership between Audubon CT, the Connecticut Audubon Society, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Wildlife Division, The Nature Conservancy, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The Alliance implements conservation efforts statewide to protect nesting areas and reduce disturbance, while monitoring the breeding populations of five focal species, Piping Plover, American Oystercatcher, Least Tern, Common Tern and Black Skimmer. The Coastal Waterbird Technician is responsible for aiding the efforts to inventory, monitor, and steward the five species of breeding coastal waterbirds in Connecticut. This is a great opportunity to work with several species of shorebirds and waterbirds in a unique estuarine ecosystem along the coast of Connecticut.

The Coastal Waterbird Technician is a seasonal, full-time position, 35 hours per week, and is slated for April 3, 2023 through September 30, 2023.

$15.00–$17.00 / hour dependent on experience.
Essential Functions:
The Coastal Waterbird Technician will assist conservation scientists with monitoring, research, and management activities for nesting and migratory shorebirds on the coast of Connecticut. Stewardship, inventory and monitoring activities include:
  • Working with Alliance partners, field staff monitor and manage beach-nesting birds to collect productivity
    data and reduce human disturbance at nesting sites
  • Assist with the installation, maintenance and removal of string fencing, signage and Piping Plover nest
    exclosures throughout the season
  • Monitor beach-nesting birds to collect nest and chick survival data, document predators and instances of
    human disturbance
  • Conduct census surveys and patrol historical nesting sites for focal species
  • Daily and weekly data entry into online database
  • Educate beach visitors about beach-nesting and migratory shorebirds through face-to-face interaction to
    reduce disturbances at nesting sites
  • Collecting data on and reporting sightings of banded shorebirds
  • Coordinating monitoring efforts with other Audubon Alliance staff and partners
  • Participate in weekly Alliance conference calls and communicate with Alliance staff via Slack, text, and phone
  • Assist with data analysis and end of the season reports
  • Provide content (pictures and brief descriptions) to document disturbances, for inclusion in final reports, and
    for Audubon Connecticut’s social media
  • Additional duties may be assigned to support all aspects of the Coastal Program
Qualifications and Experience:
  • Coursework in active pursuit of a degree in biology, wildlife management, or related field
  • Experience with waterbird and shorebird identification and/or monitoring for the US east coast
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, and problem solve in the field
  • Experience collecting, managing, and maintaining a large data set
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite software for data entry and report writing and experience with GPS
  • Experience and ability to communicate clearly via written, spoken and graphical means along with
    responding to communications in a prompt and timely manner
  • Must have valid driver's license and safe driving record (technician’s will be reimbursed for travel between
    field sites)
  • Flexible approach to work, as weekend and holiday work will be required, as well as frequent schedule
    changes based on site needs and weather conditions.
  • Must be physically fit, able to walk miles in sand or on rocky coastal terrain and able to lift/carry at least
  • Required to manually install and maintain fencing and exclosures in rocky substrate
  • Willing to work in a variety of weather conditions including sun, rain, and hot/cold temps
  • Interest in conservation and commitment to the mission of the National Audubon Society
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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