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As part of the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds, the Coastal Waterbird Technician is responsible for aiding Connecticut Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection Wildlife Division and US Fish and Wildlife Service efforts to inventory, monitor, and steward coastal waterbirds (Piping Plover, American Oystercatcher, Least and Common Terns) in Connecticut.
This is a great opportunity to work with several species of shorebirds and waterbirds in a unique estuarine ecosystem. The Coastal Waterbird Technician is a seasonal, full-time position with a 35 hours per week schedule, and is slated for April 1st - August 31st 2020.
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:
Posting and patrolling bird colonies on beaches and offshore islands.
Monitoring of beach and island nesting birds for productivity and entering data into online spreadsheet.
Educating island and beach visitors about beach nesting and migrant birds.
Assisting with training of volunteers for inventory and stewardship efforts.
Assisting DEEP and USFWS staff in stewardship activities of Piping Plovers as needed.
Coordinating monitoring efforts with other Audubon Alliance staff.
Assisting with end of the season reports.
Additional duties may be assigned.
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.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite software; experience with GPS units.
Must have valid driver's license and safe driving record (the Coastal Waterbird Technician will be reimbursed for a portion of to/from nesting site).
Experience and ability to communicate clearly via written, spoken and graphical means.
Flexible approach to work, as some weekend and holiday work will be required.
Interest in conservation and commitment to the mission of the National Audubon Society.