Interpretive Naturalist Intern

internship - full time, paid

New Jersey Audubon Society
Cape May, NJ
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Posted 30 Days ago
New Jersey Audubon Society
Cape May, NJ
internship - full time, paid
Posted 30 Days ago

Description

Interpretive Naturalist Interns (3 positions) Position title: Interpretive Naturalist Interns (3 positions) Department: Cape May Bird Observatory Location: Cape May Point, NJ Supervisor: Program Director, CMBO Job Classification: Seasonal, full time (August 25 October 31) Job Description: Interpretive Naturalist Interns (3 positions) for fall migration monitoring projects at New Jersey Audubons Cape May Bird Observatory (CMBO), Cape May, NJ. Cape May is renowned as one of the worlds greatest hotspots for animal migration, as well as being a popular summertime vacation destination and beach resort. The combination of the two offers great opportunities for wildlife research and education through public outreach. The interpretive naturalist intern will gain valuable experience in progressing from an active learner to a skilled leader with a clear understanding of the ways in which we are working to monitor and protect New Jerseys resident and migratory wildlife, and the ability to engage a diverse public audience to become stewards of these important resources. NJA fosters the application of sound scientific principles and practices to address conservation issues related to vertebrate and invertebrate fauna, and the natural habitats with which they are associated. Duties: * Orienting and assisting visitors to the Cape May Hawkwatch, Avalon Seawatch, and Morning Flight Songbird Counts. Over 500 people may visit per day during peak times! * Conducting mini-workshops on bird identification and migration phenomena. * Assisting visitors with bird identification and assisting hawk counter when needed. * Maintaining records of visitor contacts. Qualifications, Knowledge, and Skills: * Familiarity with bird migration and birding. Experience identifying raptors, passerines, and/or sea birds in flight is a plus but learning on the job is possible and we will provide training and support. * Willingness to work irregular hours under sometimes difficult field conditions. * Punctual with excellent organizational, time and project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects, shifting priorities and meet deadlines. * Excellent written and oral communication skills, and knowledge of environmental and conservation issues required. * Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills with the ability to relate to and motivate a diverse range of people, exercise cultural competence and inclusion, and accept direction and constructive feedback. * Motivated self-starter with capacity to work productively in a team setting with the ability to demonstrate initiative and a positive attitude. * Strong professionalism and work ethic with the ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality. * Ability to lift 25 lbs. as necessary. * All applicants must have their own vehicle, and a valid, clean drivers license. Start Date: August 25, 2019 End Date: October 31, 2019 Salary: $ 1000/month Housing provided in a bunk-house environment. Application Deadline: June 25, 2019

Skills

conservation issues, outreach services, research, leadership, project management, organization, training, education, art direction, sound, records, classification, interpersonal communication, maya, confidentiality

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