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Outreach Assistant

Rockland ME

The Outreach Assistant represents the Seabird Restoration Program (SRP) to the public as narrator aboard puffin watching cruises, and interpreter at the Project Puffin Visitor Center in Rockland, Maine (PPVC). Outreach Assistants bring the story of SRP’s 45-year history to children, adults, and families, and helps people to understand the necessity for conservation work, and will encourage people to get involved in conservation efforts.

Shared housing and food may be provided in Bremen, Maine. **

There are (3) full-time seasonal positions available:

Start Dates:

  • Position (1) Begins May o Position includes working at the PPVC and with Seabird Island Field Camps.
  • Position (2)-(3) Begin Mid-May

End Dates:

  • (2) positions - August 31st,
  • Position (1) - October 31st

Responsibilities:

  • Initial 1-2 week participation in seabird island field work including, but not limited to, bird counts and weather data collection, observation stints from blinds, bird handling/measuring/banding, data entry and assisting with habitat management projects at an assigned island research site using binoculars and spotting scopes (supplied)**
  • Train with Education staff to learn SRP history; how to identify Maine seabirds; natural history of the Maine Coast with the goal of working independently as tour interpretive narrator;  
  • Serve as interpreter, field naturalist and store-keeper aboard puffin-watching tours;
  • Write social media posts and support weekly Seabird Island News publication.
  • Train with the PPVC Manager to learn: point-of-sale system/inventory management, interpretation of SRP’s mission, and encourage visitors to financially support the Program;
  • Assist staff periodically with logistics, including driving to boat docks, bus and limo stops;
  • Assist staff with shopping, packing groceries/supplies in waterproof bags; cleaning and filling water jugs for islands, etc.;
  • Greet/guide volunteers. Help with shopping and packing for island field camps.
  • Work with Island Coordinator/staff to assist in set-up of Field Camps on seabird islands.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Must be pursuing bachelor’s degree (or hold a degree) in Environmental Education/Studies, Biology or similar background.
  • Previous experience in environmental education, bird-watching, and teaching public programs is required.
  • Proficient in all Microsoft Office applications.
  • Willingness and ability to camp in extreme weather, sit in small observation blinds with limited visibility for three-hour observation periods, and spend time at sea (on boats) is required.
  • Excellent communications skills.
  • Must be able to climb over rugged terrain and lift ~50 lbs.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license.

Additional Information:

  • Binoculars, 2-person tent, sleeping bag and pad are required (not furnished)
  • Platforms for tents on islands provided.
To apply send resume, cover letter and 3 references to Susie Meadows at Susie.meadows@audubon.org

Posted January 9, 2020



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