We will employ an assistant to the Bird Conservation Biologist (BCB). The successful applicant will help administer the North Carolina Birding Trail (NCBT), North Carolina Partners in Flight (NCPIF), citizen science initiatives, and participate in bird surveys.
We are looking for an individual passionate about contributing to the difficult and complex world of wildlife conservation. While there will be some field work, the majority of this position will be responsible for assisting the BCB in engaging the public or managing, compiling, and analyzing biological data. This position will provide the opportunity to build relationships with conservationists across the spectrum - from the general public, to researchers, to environmental educators.
Rather than a traditional field technician position working on a single field project, this position will assist with elements of multiple projects.
The main duties of the BCB Assistant will be:
- Develop posts for social media and the newsletter for NCBT and NCPIF (Twitter, Facebook, Mailchimp/blog)
- Prior experience preferred - creativity a must!
- Assist with the Birder-Friendly Business Survey analysis
- Attend/Represent the NCBT at events
- Scheduling and setting up annual NCPIF meeting
- Assist with Riparian Breeding Bird Surveys
- Assist with Bachman's Sparrow Surveys (if needed)
- Rusty Blackbird Surveys (recruiting participants AND surveying)
- Nightjar Surveys (recruiting participants AND running routes)
The skills, experience and enthusiasm of the successful applicant will determine the breadth and depth of any additional projects to work on. These may include:
- Assist in data analysis and write-up of survey data
- Initiate other activities in the NCBT Strategic Plan
- Assist in development of NCBT educational resources
- Visit NCBT sites across the state
- Literature review for other projects
- Participation in the Audubon Bird-Friendly Community Program
The technician will secure his/her own housing in the Raleigh, NC area. Work will take primarily in the Piedmont, but overnight travel to various field locations will be required and free group housing will be provided at field locations. Work weeks average 40 hours but longer work weeks may be required. A vehicle and other necessary equipment will be provided.
NC Birding Trail
The NCBT's mission is to champion conservation of bird habitat by promoting sustainable bird watching activities, economic opportunities, and education. Much of this work is carried out through publicizing the NCBT and raising awareness of the importance of habitat conservation and its connection to local economies.
NC Partners in Flight
NCPIF strives to promote cooperation, collaboration, and coordination among conservation interests in North Carolina, regionally, and internationally.
A Bachelor's degree in Wildlife biology or related field is required, Master's degree preferred. The successful applicant must have good working knowledge of the principles of wildlife conservation.
Skills & Experience
- Excellent communication skills (oral and writing)
- Comfortable writing/manipulating HTML5/CSS and working with online content management systems (e.g., Squarespace)
- Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, some Access preferred)
- Good organizational skills, personal motivation, and a love of wildlife work are essential!
- Experience performing statistical analyses (using R, SPSS, or the like)
- Experience managing and manipulating data (e.g., retrieving data from online sources, formatting for data analyses)
- Familiarity with Moodle or Mediasite
- Familiarity with Online Survey Software (e.g., Survey Monkey)
- Ability to identify southeastern birds by sight and sound
- Experience communicating/engaging the public in conservation issues
- Proficiency with ArcMap 10.x
- Canoeing skills - Class II and below
$517.20/week - $12.93/hr
Send cover letter, resume, and 3 references to:
1722 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1722
Email applications are preferred. If submitting electronically, please include all materials in a single file with the applicant's name in the filename. Email or call 919.707.0139 with any questions.