Position Title: Bird Survey Technician
Field Location: Various field locations, NJ Hackensack Meadowlands
Office Location: Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary
Job Classification: Seasonal Full Time (April 30 – July 27, 2018)
Job Description: Technician will conduct point count surveys of breeding landbirds to determine abundance and distribution of avian species in wetland and other habitats of the NJ Meadowlands. Work will also involve some territory mapping and nest searching. Technician will be responsible for determining access to various sites by map and GPS, conducting standardized point count surveys, recording detailed observations and data in the field, and doing data entry. The position requires spending long hours in the field conducting surveys, carrying equipment, and tolerating exposure to variable and sometimes adverse weather and environmental conditions.
• Assist in determining potential survey sites and access to those sites
• Visit point by foot or water to conduct point count surveys
• Do area and nest searches and spot mapping
• Produce online maps of surveyed area
• Data entry and management
Knowledge and Skills
• Ability to identify birds of the Northeast by sight and sound
• Previous experience conducting point counts and nest searching
• Willingness and ability to navigate by kayak/canoe to water accessible sites
• Attention to detail, ability to follow detailed protocols and collect data
• Ability and willingness to interact with the public and work well with partners
• Proficiency with GPS and range finders preferred
• Proficiency with MS Office, including Excel or Access, required; experience with GIS preferred
• Excellent oral and written skills required.
• Excellent organizational, time and project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects, shifting priorities and meet deadlines.
• Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to accept direction and constructive feedback.
• Ability to relate to and motivate a diverse range of people and exercise cultural competence and inclusion.
• Motivated self-starter with capacity to work productively in a team setting.
• Ability to demonstrate initiative and a positive attitude.
• Strong professionalism and work ethic with the ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality.
• Informed and committed to the role that environmental education, conservation and research plays in our society today and its importance for the future.
• Desire to be a part of a diverse team, and commitment to New Jersey Audubon’s mission.
• Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, ecology, environmental science or similar field preferred.
• Must have own vehicle, and a valid and clean driver’s license.
• Must be able to move materials and lift 25 lbs. as needed.
• Must be able to walk long distances in uneven terrain, sometimes in inclement weather.
• Must be able and willing to kayak/canoe and ride in boat as needed