Monarch Field Naturalist

New Jersey Audubon/Cape May Bird Observatory
Cape May, NJ
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$14.50/hour. Housing may be available.
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Last Date to Apply
MONARCH FIELD NATURALISTS (2) needed for ongoing Monarch Monitoring Project (MMP) at New Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory (CMBO), Cape May, NJ. Cape May is renowned as one of the world's great hot spots for migration. The Monarch Field Naturalists will gain valuable experience in progressing from an active learner to a skilled leader with a clear understanding of the ways in which we are working to monitor and protect New Jersey’s resident and migratory butterflies and wildlife, and the ability to engage a diverse public audience to become stewards of these important resources. NJ Audubon fosters the application of sound scientific principles and practices to address conservation issues related to vertebrate and invertebrate fauna, and the natural habitats with which they are associated. Seasonal full-time (August 26 – November 14, 2023) MAJOR RESPONSIBILITES: Educational Programming • Educating the public in informal and formal settings about the project and monarch biology. • Maintain displays of monarch caterpillars and chrysalides at CMBOs Northwood Center & The Nature Center of Cape May. • Updating existing MMP program materials, as well as creating new materials as needed. • Assist with maintaining the MMP social media accounts. Research • Completing daily road censuses of migrating monarchs across Cape Island. • Conducting monarch tagging and keeping organized records of all tags. • Monarch tagging and road census data entry. • Compiling a comprehensive seasonal report to archive all efforts from the 2023 season. Membership • Strive to increase NJ Audubon/Cape May Bird Observatory membership base. Community Relations • Represent NJ Audubon in the local community, expanding the organization’s presence to increase local awareness, support, and participation. Other • Obtain satisfactory background check. • Participates with other NJ Audubon staff to adopt a “team” approach towards daily operations at the assigned center. • Assume additional responsibilities as required.
QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS • Familiarity with insect ecology a plus, but not required. • Careful data collection and entry skills required. • Willingness to work irregular hours under sometimes difficult field conditions. • Punctual with excellent organizational, time and project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects, shifting priorities and meet deadlines. • Strong computer skills – Microsoft Office to fulfill the job requirements. • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and knowledge of environmental and conservation issues required. • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills with the ability to relate to and motivate a diverse range of people, exercise cultural competence and inclusion, and accept direction and constructive feedback. • Motivated self-starter with capacity to work productively in a team setting with the ability to demonstrate initiative and a positive attitude. • Strong professionalism and work ethic with the ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality. • Must have your own vehicle, a valid driver’s license, and be able to operate vehicle in NJ. • Must have the physical capacity to walk over uneven terrain for long distances, able to move materials and to lift 25 lbs. Start Date: August 25, 2023 End Date: November 14, 2023 Salary: $14.50/hour. Housing may be available. Application Deadline: June 16, 2023 Interested individuals should email their cover letter of interest, resume, and three references (including contact information) as a single PDF document to Please write “Monarch Field Naturalist” in the subject line so that your application is directed to the correct person. We are committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourage all qualified professionals to apply. The New Jersey Audubon Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, national origin, ethnic background, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.
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