The Audubon Mississippi Coastal Bird Stewardship Program (AMCBSP) is a comprehensive conservation and research program based in southern Mississippi that promotes the safeguarding of coastal birds and their habitats through volunteer engagement, citizen science and outreach, and strategic partnerships with federal, state, and local agencies, local academic institutions and community organizations. This work is being supported by a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation through the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.
Home to the last undammed major river in the lower 48 states – the Pascagoula River, south Mississippi also has many miles of white sand beaches, coastal wetlands, bottomland hardwood forest, pine savanna and the many species that come along with those threatened habitats. Only two hours from New Orleans, South Mississippi is a vibrant region, home to a variety of restaurants, shopping opportunities, and entertainment venues, making it an enjoyable place to both live and work.
Reporting to the Biologist, the Coastal Bird Technician will be expected to conduct coastal bird surveys and provide technical instruction and assistance to volunteer citizen scientists. S/he will work with volunteers, interns, and seasonal stewards to help protect nesting sites against the threats of human disturbance. The Coastal Bird Technician will also work with staff in volunteer management, outreach and education, and research efforts.
To apply, please attach a resume and cover letter with your online application. Review of materials will begin Nov 19, 2018.
- Assist in the on-going monitoring of colonial nesters during the breeding season
- Interact with volunteer community scientists and provide technical assistance in bird identification and with monitoring protocols
- Participate in other research and non-research activities as assigned
- Ensure timely and accurate data collection and reporting, and ensure that all monitoring efforts follow approved protocols and best management practices as established by Audubon
- Provide assistance to the Stewardship Manager in building volunteer community science teams and organizing and implementing volunteer events
- Maintain productive working relationships with all partnering organizations, agencies, groups and individuals participating in the program
- Maintain proper care and inventory of all project equipment and vehicles
Qualifications and Experience
- Bachelor’s Degree in Ornithology, Wildlife Biology, Ecology, Natural Resources, or a related field.
- 2+ years’ experience and demonstrated success in avian monitoring including bird identification by sight and sound.
- Knowledge of birds and their habitats, with specific experience monitoring coastal shorebirds, wading birds, gulls and terns.
- Excellent oral and written communications skills and the ability to synthesize and communicate technical and complex information to both technical and non-technical audiences; scientific writing skills required.
- Strong organizational and relationship building skills; excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to lead and work as part of a team.
- Reliable, self-motivated and able to work comfortably in a dynamic, non-structured environment.
- Willingness and flexibility to work nonstandard hours (early mornings, evenings, etc) and weekends as the job demands.
- Ability to perform tasks requiring physical exertion, outdoors, in all weather conditions and on difficult terrain while maintaining a positive attitude, with or without accommodation.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs such as Excel, Word and PowerPoint, and knowledge of eBird; additional programs (e.g., Microsoft Access) a plus.
- Must have valid Driver’s License, access to personal vehicle, and ability to responsibly drive company vehicles.
- Knowledge of Gulf Coast conservation issues.
- Passion for the National Audubon Society’s mission.
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