Hawks Aloft, Inc. (https://www.hawksaloft.org), a New Mexico non-profit based in Albuquerque, seeks a unique individual to join our conservation team. This person is multi-faceted and interested in participating in all aspects of Hawks Aloft, including educational programs for schools and our community, avian research, raptor rescue, and administrative activities. See full job description here: https://www.hawksaloft.org/volunteer/#jobs
Our primary educational program is Living with the Landscape, a school year-long program that serves all students in participating Title I schools through a conservation curriculum with a combination of lecture and active play that builds in intensity in the upper grade levels of local elementary schools. The program includes field trips to natural areas and a conservation project for the school. Live, non-releasable birds of prey, our avian ambassadors, are at each classroom presentation to help students understand the ecological lessons in the curriculum. We also participate in outreach events in our community and statewide.
Field technician responsibilities may include assisting with nocturnal owl surveys for both Mexican Spotted Owl and other owl species on Valles Caldera National Preserve (VCNP), avian point count surveys on VCNP and the Santa Fe National Forest, raptor nest and reproductive monitoring in both local and remote locations, and avian walking transect surveys in the Middle Rio Grande bosque.
Hawks Aloft has a dedicated Raptor Rescue hotline, staffed year-round during daylight hours. Staff, volunteers, veterinarians, and wildlife rehabilitators work together to ensure that injured raptors, corvids, and roadrunners are provided medical care, either at one of our Albuquerque locations or to another permitted facility within the state. We are active in the conservation community, working on topics relative to the electric utility industry, local conservation issues, the New Mexico Avian Conservation Partners, and other nonprofits in New Mexico.
Duties will vary seasonally, as follows:
Winter Months: songbird monitoring in the Middle Rio Grande bosque (20%), classroom education with non-releasable raptors as well as care and handling of these birds (40%), Raptor Rescue (20%), administrative (20%)
Spring and Summer: field technician working at various outdoor sites in New Mexico (60%), Raptor Rescue (40%)
Fall: education (60%), Raptor Rescue (30%), outreach (10%)
The ideal candidate has a strong interest in birds and conservation, excellent social skills to engage youth while making presentations to diverse groups, is physically fit and able to hike up to six miles per day, and has a BS degree in Biology or a related field, or the equivalent in work experience. Good organizational skills and multi-tasking essential. Identification of songbirds by sight and sound a plus. Classroom education experience and other experience with youth and raptors also a plus. Raptor handling and/or raptor rehabilitation a plus. Duties include bird care, bird handling, cleaning cages and doing bird laundry as well as veterinary visits.
We do not expect any one candidate to have experience in all areas, but will provide training as needed for the right candidate. Position will be filled when the individual that is the best match for Hawks Aloft is found. This full-time permanent position includes benefits (company vehicle, vacation and sick leave). Starting salary $24,000.
Email a cover letter, resume, and references including contact emails to: Gail AT Hawksaloft.org
No phone calls, please.