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Position Summary:

The Audubon Center at Riverlands is seeking two seasonal survey technicians to assist in our long-term bottomland forest bird surveys for the Upper Mississippi River system. Working under the Conservation Science Manager, Survey Technicians will assist in conducting point-count surveys on islands and areas along the Mississippi River during the spring/summer. Technicians will also assist in associated data entry and quality assurance, as well as data analysis. This position starts May 1st until July 31st (dates may vary due to river conditions) with some weekend and holiday work being required. Housing is not provided. Applicants will be accepted until the position is filled.


$15.00 / hour

Essential Functions:
  • Navigate study points using GPS and other orienteering methods
  • Collect detailed information on bird species locations, timing, and movements
  • Record measurements on data sheets and/or field notebook computers
  • Meticulously enter data into computer databases
  • Collect, record, summarize, organize, and/or file data using various standardized data collection procedures and equipment
  • Assist with facilitation of monitoring and logistics. This may include putting together survey equipment, assisting in transportation to and from survey sites (by boat and by car), etc.
Qualifications and Experience:
  • Working to or currently have a bachelor’s degree in Biology, Ecology, Conservation, Natural sciences, or related field required
  • Prior experience conducting biological surveys is preferred
  • Familiarity with identifying Midwestern songbirds by sight and sound is preferred
  • Familiarity with avian point count surveys is preferred
  • Willingness and flexibility to work early morning hours, weekends, or holidays
  • Strong attention to detail and data entry skills
  • Strong organization and communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Must hold a valid driver’s license and have access to a personal vehicle
  • Ability to operate light trucks and boats with outboard motors desired but not required
  • Boating experience desired but not required
  • Ability to work for prolonged periods of time, with or without accommodation, under difficult field conditions such as rugged or muddy terrain, thick grass, forest undergrowth, high temps/humidity, and biting insects
  • Ability to lift and carry weights up to 25 lbs., with or without accommodations
  • Ability to bend, crouch, stoop, and reach with or without accommodations
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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