Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
Spring Migration Field Ornithologist
Whitefish Point, Paradise, MI
Located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on the shore of Lake Superior, Whitefish Point is a prime migration site for many northern species of owls, winter finches, eastern warblers, and is a breeding site for passerines, raptors, and black flies. Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, a program of Michigan Audubon, is seeking a Field Ornithologist to conduct migration counts and provide programming to visitors.
Applicants should be adept at identifying hawks and waterbirds at a distance, and landbirds by both sight and sound. Prior field experience is highly preferred.
Duties include (but are not limited to): lead regular naturalist walks (approx. two per week), provide habitat assessments, participate in habitat improvements, lead informational talks on local avian communities and habitats, perform regular landbird censuses at the site, ensure data entry is complete and timely (including eBird, Avian Knowledge Network, and regular communication with Dunkadoo staff), write blog updates, provide daily public outreach (including updates to daily bird list in the Owl’s Roost), compile a seasonal report, organize and lead a Birdathon, and serve as exemplary Michigan Audubon ambassador at Spring Fling event (regular duties are secondary to event duties). Field Ornithologist will also conduct hawk and waterbird migration counts as part of the job duties to fill in for Hawk Counter and Waterbird Counter positions.
While the position requires a great deal of independence, it will be supported by staff from Michigan Audubon’s headquarters. Consistent, clear, professional communication with supervisors, colleagues, stakeholders, and visitors is a must.
This is a seasonal position from 15 March to 31 May and overtime may be required.
Qualifications and Requirements:
- Familiarity with bird migration and experience identifying eastern North American birds is required, including eastern raptors and waterbirds.
- Enthusiastic, dedicated and motivated self-starter who can work independently in sometimes difficult conditions.
- While not required, previous environmental interpretation and/or teaching skills are ideal, but a passion for connecting bird and habitat conservation to the community is essential.
- Applicants should have experience interacting with the public and excellent interpersonal skills.
- Careful data collecting skills a must. Must be computer/tablet literate and capable of entering and managing data (computer access can be provided).
- Must be able to climb multiple steep steps.
- Flexibility to adjust hours to meet needs of department and organization, including the potential of working overtime hours.
- Transportation necessary to get from provided housing to count site. This requires a reliable vehicle and a clean, valid driver’s license to operate a vehicle in Michigan.
- Must have a personal pair of binoculars and spotting scope is preferred.
- Early season weather is often harsh and very cold, with few people visiting the site in these conditions. A dedicated, self-motivated individual who can both work well with people and endure challenging conditions in a remote location is required.
Field season is for 6 days/week from March 15-May 31, 2019. A final season report is due June 7, 2019.
December 1, 2018
$3,500-4,500 total for the contract period; includes housing.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, a resume with relevant experience, and contact information for three references (include phone and email) to Linnea Rowse at email@example.com.
Number of Openings:
Position is open until filled.
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