Field Technician
National Audubon Society, Inc. - Florida
Full-time, Contract

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Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action. By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive. And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level. What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 22 state offices, 44 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 46 states, and 700 staff across the country. Audubon is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

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Position Summary:
Audubon employs two Panhandle Florida Beach-nesting Bird Field Technicians. This is a re-advertisement is for the technician for the western Panhandle, based in Panama City and predominantly responsible for activities at Tyndall Air Force Base. The eastern technician position is currently filled.

From February to August, the Panhandle Florida Beach-nesting Field Technicians will be responsible for performing bird monitoring and protection work under Audubon’s Panhandle Florida Beach-nesting Bird Contract. This project performs a spectrum of beach-nesting bird conservation tasks including monitoring, surveys, posting and stewarding at 19 coastal sites between Santa Rosa and Franklin counties. These positions will each have primary responsibility for approximately half of the sites (divided geographically—Santa Rosa to Bay County, and Bay to Franklin County), where they will be responsible for:
  • Posting symbolic fencing around beach-nesting bird sites and maintaining said posting;

  • Monitoring nest sites weekly for evidence of disturbance or predation;

  • Performing formal bird surveys during six one-week windows; and

  • Helping protect sites from disturbance through stewardship activities, to include working closely with volunteers to chaperone beach-nesting bird colonies during busy warm-weather weekends, educating beachgoers about these species and encouraging compliance with posted areas, and engaging in outreach to user groups through presentations at organizational meetings.

From September through January, these positions will perform winter coastal bird surveys; assist with volunteer recruitment and management, training and appreciation; assist with the creation of educational signage about coastal birds and the restoration of the St. George Island Causeway, and help conduct outreach to key user groups impacting coastal birds in the Florida Panhandle.

These positions are funded as full-time permanent for two years (through January 2016). At that time, funding for seasonal work through August 2016 may be available. Field Technicians will also be based out of their homes and Audubon is currently seeking one additional Technician to be located anywhere coastal between Panama City and Pensacola.

Essential Functions:
With direction from Stewardship Program Coordinator and Northwest Florida Coastal Conservation Program Manager, technicians will ensure all sites are:
  • Surveyed during the state-prescribed beach-nesting bird survey windows;

  • Posted by posting deadlines;

  • Monitored weekly, and

  • Stewarded to the terms of Audubon’s contract.

Additional functions include the following:
  • Contribute to report writing and submittal for program contract.
  • Responsible for coordinating maintenance of program vehicles, trailers, boats and ATV/UTVs.
  • Mentor volunteers in monitoring, surveying and stewardship activities.
  • Engage the public around coastal bird conservation through outreach at beach sites and through presentations to key constituencies.
Technicians will also be responsible for the accurate and timely entry of their survey data into the Florida Shorebird Database within two weeks of the end of each survey window, and the timely completion and submittal of activity logs.

Qualifications and Experience:
  • Bachelors degree in biology, wildlife ecology or related field required; Master's degree preferred.
  • 2-3 years' demonstrated expertise in shorebird and seabird identification and performing surveys a must.
  • Strong communication skills and demonstrated ability to work independently.
  • Experience working with partners and volunteers, as well as operating and maintaining equipment including boats, ATV/UTVs, trucks and trailers.
  • Demonstrated experience with performing field work in challenging coastal conditions.
  • Familiarity with coastal conservation lands of the Florida Panhandle a plus.
  • Must be able to work long days and weekends, as needed, in Florida summer field conditions.

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