Start Date: March 25, 2021 (flexible)
End Date: July 15, 2021 (flexible)
Application Deadline: January 29, 2021. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.
Salary: $8.00/hr, plus housing and meals.
Location: Little St. Simons Island, GA
Little St. Simons Island (LSSI) is seeking a seasonal Bird Technician to assist with breeding bird monitoring and management. The applicant will be responsible to find, document, and track all American Oystercatcher nests and broods. S/He will conduct Wilson’s Plover nesting surveys and track a portion of Wilson’s Plover nests and broods. The Bird Technician will monitor other beach-nesting birds as well, including Least Terns and Black Skimmers. The Bird Technician will also participate in other management projects that will include marsh bird point count surveys, waterbird rookery surveys, shorebird predator management, and sea turtle nest monitoring. Daily monitoring activities include a strenuous bicycle ride (up to 18 miles/day) with field equipment to and along the beach. Field work is often conducted in harsh conditions that may include heat, biting insects, wind, rain, and soft sand. There is also an educational component to the position that includes a weekly shorebird presentation as part of the Little St. Simons Island guest program.
The successful applicant will have a flexible schedule, working 40 hours per week with one full day off per week. Little St. Simons Island, Georgia, is an 11,000-acre private barrier island that is only accessible by boat. Access to the mainland is limited and is not guaranteed on the technician’s time off. This is a full-time, seasonal position that runs March 25-July 15 (flexible).
Please email a resume, cover letter, and contact information for 3 references in a single document to Kate Tweedy (firstname.lastname@example.org) by January 29. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.
A bachelor’s degree in biology, zoology, ecology, or related field. Previous field experience and the ability to identify shorebird and seabird species is a must. The candidate must be in excellent physical condition and able to tolerate biting insects. S/He must be a self-starter and be able to work both independently and as a team. Candidates should be enthusiastic, positive, and be able to communicate effectively.