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Seasonal Stewardship Technician - South

NJ Audubon Society Cape May, New Jersey
Job Type Seasonal / temporary

Job Classification: Full-time/hourly, Seasonal (40 hours a week, for 24 weeks, September through February)

Job Description:

New Jersey Audubon’s mission is focused on fostering environmental awareness and a conservation ethic among NJ's citizens; protecting NJ's birds, mammals, other animals, and plants, especially endangered and threatened species; and promoting the preservation of NJ's valuable natural habitats. Towards this end, NJ Audubon’s Stewardship Department implements projects and programs that are central to achieving this mission. With staff based in key locations in northern and southern New Jersey and engaged statewide, the Stewardship Department is working with public and private landowners, state and local government and private industry to manage habitat and conserve wildlife resources.

New Jersey Audubon is currently seeking a Seasonal Stewardship Technician to assist with on-the-ground restoration projects in Southern New Jersey. The position’s responsibilities will include field-based restoration work such as invasive plant management, tree and shrub planting, agricultural and forest best management practices, grassland maintenance, wetland restoration, forest management, vegetation surveys, reptile and amphibian surveys, volunteer coordination, and public outreach and education. The work will occur on both private and public lands. The Seasonal Stewardship Technician will also contribute to other projects to support the department’s mission. This position reports to the Stewardship Project Director and works collaboratively with NJ Audubon staff and partners.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Conducts invasive plant management tasks, including, but not limited to: mechanical and manual plant removal, herbicide applications, and tree and shrub planting.
  • Works closely with department staff to implement agricultural and forest best management practices, including, but not limited to: conducting site visits and assisting with on-the-ground restoration work, preparing recommendations and maps for landowners.
  • Participates in other restoration projects as needed.
  • Works closely with staff to manage and maintain grounds at centers in Cape May County.
  • Organizes and coordinates community volunteer events and workshops and recruits volunteers to act as stewards of natural resources.
  • Participates in education and outreach activities, including, but not limited to: outreach meetings, tabling events, assisting with presentations, and writing press releases.
  • Conducts vegetation surveys and reptile and amphibian surveys, following existing protocols and records all management activities and survey information into database.
  • Updates website and social media sites as necessary.
  • Works with the Stewardship staff to maintain existing key relationships with partners, funders, and others.
  • Participates with other mission area staff to adopt a “team” approach towards daily operations at the assigned work station.
  • Assumes additional responsibilities as required.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Familiarity with local flora, fauna, and characteristic ecosystems of New Jersey.
  • Familiarity with or ability to use standard field equipment such as a GPS, compass, and field guides, and experience with or ability to safely use and maintain tools and equipment, including backpack sprayers, planting bars, brush cutters, and power tools.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to accept direction and constructive feedback.
  • Motivated self-starter with capacity to work in a team setting.
  • Punctual with excellent organizational, time and project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects, shifting priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Strong professionalism and work ethic.
  • Excellent oral and written skills required.
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and a positive attitude.
  • Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office, familiarity with ArcMap preferred) to fulfill the job requirements.
  • Ability to relate to a diverse range of people and exercise cultural competence and inclusion.
  • Willingness to work irregular hours under sometimes difficult field conditions.

Qualifications:

  • Enrollment in an undergraduate degree program related to wildlife ecology, forestry, natural resources, or other closely related field. B.S. preferred.
  • Must be able to perform field work under all types of adverse weather conditions
  • Must be able to walk on uneven surfaces and in rough terrain carrying equipment weighing up to 50 lbs.
  • Must be willing to travel to different locations in Southern New Jersey as required. This requires a reliable vehicle and a valid New Jersey driver’s license.
  • Flexibility to adjust hours to meet special needs of the department and the organization.

Starting Date: September through February. The position is expected to run for 24 weeks.

Salary: $12.50/hour

Deadline: Deadline to apply August 15, 2018

Application: To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and three references as one document, naming the file with the following convention: firstname_lastname_Stewardship_Technician. Submit the document hr.stewardshipsouth@njaudubon.org and write “Seasonal Stewardship Technician” in the Subject line

We are committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourage all qualified professionals to apply. The New Jersey Audubon Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, national origin, ethnic background, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.

HOW TO APPLY

Deadline: Deadline to apply August 15, 2018

Application: To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and three references as one document, naming the file with the following convention: firstname_lastname_Stewardship_Technician. Submit the document hr.stewardshipsouth@njaudubon.org and write “Seasonal Stewardship Technician” in the Subject line

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