Work With Us

Home About Us Work With Us

Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

Current Openings

WPBO Spring Migration Field Ornithologist

Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
Spring Migration Field Ornithologist

Location:
Whitefish Point, Paradise, MI

Website:
www.michiganaudubon.org
www.wpbo.org

Description:
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.

Duration:
Field season is for 6 days/week from March 15-May 31, 2019. A final season report is due June 7, 2019.

Job Type:
Seasonal; Contracted

Application Deadline:
December 1, 2018

Compensation:
$3,500-4,500 total for the contract period; includes housing.

To Apply:
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 lrowse@michiganaudubon.org.

Number of Openings:
One

Position is open until filled.

Check out our blogs for more info: http://www.wpbo.org/blog/

WPBO Spring Migration Hawk Counter

Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
Spring Migration Hawk Counter

Location:
Whitefish Point, Paradise, MI

Website:
www.michiganaudubon.org
www.wpbo.org

Description:
Located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on the shore of Lake Superior, Whitefish Point is the premier migration watch site in the state. Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, a program of Michigan Audubon, is seeking a Spring Migration Hawk Counter that can provide accurate raptor identification and reporting, while providing educational interpretation to site visitors.

Applicant must possess strong raptor and general bird identification skills, including aging. Prior hawkwatch experience is highly preferred.

Duties include conducting the daily count, interacting with visitors, completion of field data forms, and posting daily results. Preparing and conducting an end of season presentation and/or reports are also required.

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 hawk migration and experience identifying all eastern North American raptors is required.
  • 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 raptor 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.

Duration:
Field season is for 6 days/week from March 15-May 31, 2019. A final season report is due June 7, 2019.

Job Type:
Seasonal; Contracted

Application Deadline:
December 1, 2018

Compensation:
$3,900-4,200 total for the contract period; includes housing.

To Apply:
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 lrowse@michiganaudubon.org.

Number of Openings:
One

Position is open until filled.

Check out our blogs for more info: http://www.wpbo.org/blog/

WPBO Spring Migration Waterbird Counter

Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
Spring Migration Waterbird Counter

Location:
Whitefish Point, Paradise, MI

Website:
www.michiganaudubon.org
www.wpbo.org

Description:
Located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on the shore of Lake Superior, Whitefish Point is the premier migration watch site in the state. Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, a program of Michigan Audubon, is seeking a Spring Migration Waterbird Counter that can provide accurate waterbird identification and reporting, while providing educational interpretation to site visitors.

Applicant must possess strong waterbird and general bird identification skills. Prior field experience is highly preferred.

Duties include conducting the daily count, interacting with visitors, completion of field data forms, and posting daily results. Preparing and conducting an end of season presentation and/or reports are also required.

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 April to 31 May and overtime may be required.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Familiarity with waterbird migration and experience identifying all eastern North American waterbirds is required.
  • 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).
  • 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.

Duration:
Field season is for 6 days/week from April 15 to May 31, 2019. A final season report is due June 7, 2019.

Job Type:
Seasonal; Contracted

Application Deadline:
December 1, 2018

Compensation:
$2,100-2,500 total for the contract period; includes housing.

To Apply:
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 lrowse@michiganaudubon.org.

Number of Openings:
One

Position is open until filled.

Check out our blogs for more info: http://www.wpbo.org/blog/

Kirtland's Warbler Tour Guide

Kirtland’s Warbler Tour Guide

SUPERVISORS: Lindsay Cain (Michigan Audubon) and Craig Kasmer (Hartwick Pines State Park/MDNR)

LOCATION / DATES: Grayling, Michigan, May 20 – June 30, 2019, with potential for
temporary extension through Hartwick Pines

EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Temporary/Seasonal Independent Contractor

COMPENSATION: A rate of $2,200 for the contract period, paid in biweekly installments. Lodging included at Camp Wa-Wa-Sum during period of employment.

Position Overview:
The Kirtland’s Warbler Tour Guide (hereafter “guide”) is a contracted employee by Michigan Audubon who will assist Michigan Audubon in leading Kirtland’s Warbler tours for the public at Hartwick Pines State Park located in Grayling, Michigan.

The guide will be responsible for developing a high level of knowledge of all aspects of Kirtland’s Warbler identification, biology, history, and management in preparation for leading public tours throughout the guide’s employment period.

The guide is also responsible for leading the tour in all types of conditions, including biting insects and cold, windy weather. At times, it may be necessary to wait up to 2-3 hours with participants to see a Kirtland’s Warbler. Typically, about 98-99% of participants get a view of a Kirtland’s Warbler, and the guide will be responsible for maintaining this level of excellence. Additionally, the guide will process payments for tours from visitors and maintain competency and integrity with regard to accepting payments.

The guide will be expected to represent Michigan Audubon in a courteous, professional manner, and to answer questions regarding the organization to their best ability. Communication, education, and outreach are key components to this role in sharing the Kirtland’s Warbler and its habitat with visitors.

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated expertise of Kirtland’s Warbler management, biology, identification, and history, or willingness to obtain it.
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently with little supervision, to accept guidance from a supervisor, and to maintain consistent communication with supervisors throughout the contract period.
  • Ability and willingness to represent Michigan Audubon in a professional, knowledgeable, positive, and friendly manner.
  • Ability to identify and train tour participants in identification of non-Kirtland’s warbler species present in the Jack Pine community (e.g. Hermit Thrush, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Yellow-rumped Warbler, etc.).
  • Ability to tolerate adverse weather (rain, snow, fog, cold, etc.) and adverse conditions (mosquitoes, black flies).
  • Ability to lead groups of people over rough terrain and under harsh conditions with clear and skillful communication.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to live in a remote area / at a great distance from major metropolitan areas.
  • Ability to drive a vehicle in sandy conditions and/or rough terrain.
  • Willingness to perform other related duties in support of the entire Kirtland’s Warbler project as needed and assigned.

Requirements:

  • Possession of current CPR/First Aid certification, or willingness to obtain it.
    The guide will be responsible for acquiring CPR/first aid certification.
  • Willingness to provide own transportation for use during the tours.
    The guide is required to possess a valid state driver’s license and their own vehicle. Mileage reimbursement during work hours will be provided.
  • Schedule: the guide will work seven days a week for the entire contract period. The guide will be expected to work up to 40 hours per week with a potential need for additional hours if the situation presents itself.
  • Housing: Arrangements for housing will be made with Michigan State University, which operates Camp Wa-Wa-Sum, located east of Grayling. The guide will not be responsible for lodging costs. There will likely be other groups and researchers staying at Wa-Wa-Sum, so the guide must be willing to live in close quarters with others. Please note that the camp is located in a remote area, approximately 15 miles from Grayling, and in a town populated by < 1,800 people. Cellular and internet service at the Camp is limited.

To Apply:
To apply for this position, send an email to Lindsay Cain, Education Coordinator, at lcain@michiganaudubon.org. Use the subject line “KIWA Tour Guide Application” and attach as a single PDF your cover letter, resume, and a minimum of two professional and/or academic references (names, length of time known, phone numbers, and email addresses).

This position will be open until filled.

Please, no inquiries about the position.

Volunteer with Us!

We are always looking for volunteers. Please click below to see the many ways you can support our mission to connect birds and people for the benefit of both through conservation, education and research efforts in the state of Michigan.

Volunteer Now