Coastal Bird Technician
National Audubon Society, Inc. - Baton Rouge, LA

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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, 23 state offices, 43 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 46 states, and 700 staff across the country. Audubon is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Position Summary:

Grand Isle and Elmer's Island are population destinations for tourists, fishermen, and beachgoers. Birds including Least Terns and Wilson's Plovers nest on these beaches, creating the potential for disturbance by recreational users of private and public lands.

In partnership with other organizations, the Coastal Bird Technician will help buffer nesting sites against the threats of human disturbance, while incorporating the community into bird protection efforts and providing outreach and education to visitors. The program will have a strong bird-monitoring component, which will involve tracking nests, chicks, and their fates, to understand the impacts of human disturbance, predation, and other environmental stresses on breeding productivity.

Supervised by the Director of Bird Conservation, Coastal Bird Technicians will gain practical skills in outreach and education, as well as have opportunities to intimately study and protect these charismatic species.

The position will start in mid-April and terminate in early August.

Essential Functions:

The Coastal Bird Technicians will help protect and monitor the breeding of Least Terns and Wilson’s Plovers on Grand Isle and Elmer’s Island in southeastern Louisiana. Duties will include:

• Engaging local communities and organize volunteer events to increase awareness around the protection of sensitive beach-nesting birds.
• Conducting educational programs for visiting beachgoers
• Conducting public awareness surveys of beach users
• Posting and fencing nesting sites, monitoring disturbance rates, colony size, nest and chick fates, and fledging rates to determine productivity
• Entering data and preparing interim reports.

Exact combinations of responsibilities may vary among positions, but will require working during early mornings and late evenings, on weekends and holidays, and in the Louisiana summer heat. On average across the term of employment, work weeks will be 40 hours, but may be more or less and unpredictable each week, depending on program needs.

Qualifications and Experience:

• Must be working towards or have completed a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology, Ecology, Natural Resources, or a related field
• Proven experience in bird ecology and 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 to live in various field houses (provided)
• Demonstrated experience with project management and problem solving
• 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
• Valid driver’s license and reliable personal vehicle are required for minimal travel between work sites

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