Duration of Program: September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019
Application Period: July 26th, 2018, or earlier when a qualified candidate has been selected.
The Jekyll Island Authority is hiring a 12-month AmeriCorps position starting 1 September 2018 and extending until 31 August 2019. The position is supported through the JIA’s Georgia Sea Turtle Center AmeriCorps program and will operate through the JIA Conservation Department. The typical service week will be predominantly field-based but also includes necessary data entry and management, as well as some literature review, writing assignments, and preparation of deliverables in an office setting. The member selected for the position will serve under the daily supervision of the Jekyll Island Authority’s (JIA) Wildlife Manager. This position requires a self-motivated, organized person with a professional interest in building a career in wildlife conservation. Once trained, service will often be conducted independently and assisting the departmental Wildlife Manager and Land Manager in the training of incoming 6-month AmeriCorps personnel will be part of the position responsibilities. The selected member must be comfortable communicating with island residents, visitors, and local authorities. Professional conduct, integrity, and commitment to quality in carrying out all assigned duties are core expectations. The member will be encouraged to participate in professional development opportunities as they become available during the term of service such as local meetings and conferences.
Position Description and Essential Functions: The Wildlife Conservation Member responsibilities will include but are not limited to:
I. Wildlife Monitoring and Habitat Management:
This position will primarily be focused on technical, field-based support to assist in monitoring wildlife populations on Jekyll Island, GA. Service will also include aspects of wildlife management, habitat monitoring/management, and public outreach/education. Tasks include, but will not be limited to: radio tracking (eastern diamondback rattlesnakes), wildlife population censuses (American alligators and white-tailed deer), shorebird monitoring, bobcat scat and track surveys, amphibian monitoring, camera-based wildlife monitoring, plant identification, restoration planting and seed collections, timely response to public wildlife concerns (including large alligators and venomous snakes), data-entry and management, development of outreach materials, and occasional wildlife education to diverse public audiences.
II. Member Project
In addition to regular responsibilities, the member will be tasked with developing their own discreet project to be initiated and completed within the term of service. This project will be designed based on the member’s background and professional goals in consultation with the JIA Wildlife Manager and the JIA Director of Conservation. A written report detailing member project accomplishments and a presentation will be required deliverables before the end of the term of service.
III. Community Engagement
The member will be expected to plan and execute at least one community engagement effort during the course of their service, either as a component of the member project or as a separate effort. Community engagement may include a presentation to a community association, a work-service opportunity promoted to the community, the development and dissemination of outreach materials, or a combination of the above. Including other AmeriCorps members and established GSTC/JIA volunteers as members of the audience is highly encouraged.
Specifics: The service week will generally be 8 A.M. to 5 P.M., Monday – Friday, but service outside of normal business hours may be assigned occasionally. The majority of service will be performed outdoors. Tolerance of hot, buggy, or otherwise inclement field conditions are required. Ability to carry up to 50 lbs. of gear is necessary. The members will be trained in the safe and effective wildlife management practices, including capture, handling, tracking, and population monitoring methods as needed. Opportunities will be provided, as available, for training elsewhere in coastal Georgia through a variety of external partnerships.
Salary and Benefits: Stipend ($12,530/12-month term), health insurance, island amenities, education award and student loan deferment. Housing available.
Housing: On-site shared house with utilities will be available with a $200 per month rent surcharge automatically deducted from payroll and $100 ($50 refundable) security deposit. Houses are air-conditioned and equipped with basic furniture, kitchen and bathroom supplies. Limited bandwidth wi-fi is also available. You must provide your own linens, towels, & food. Not provided but available: telephone, and cable. JI parking pass will be supplied.
*Travel and transportation costs will not be covered by GSTC
*Essential functions need to be able to be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and C.V. at: www.jekyllisland.com
• Positive attitude and interpersonal skills
• A desire to learn
• Excellent communication and writing skills
• Strong public speaking skills
• Basic computer skills
• Well organized
• Self-motivated and able to work independently or with a team
• Flexible schedule
• B.S. degree in Biology, Wildlife Management, Environmental Sciences, Ecology, or related fields
• 18+ yrs of age
• U.S Citizen
• Ability to obtain a U.S. driver’s license
• Preferred (but not required):
o Familiarity with radio-tracking
o Alligator and/or venomous snake handling
o Previous experience working with wildlife and/or familiarity with the ecological communities of the coastal southeastern United States.
o Coastal plant identification, and/or ability to key out plants