Restoration Field Technician: National Audubon Society

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Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 22 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).
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The Seasonal Restoration Field Technician will work on our innovative coastal restoration and invasive species control project. This is a research-based project to restore 17 acres of coastal native habitats including shoreline, wetlands, and some upland areas for use by native Bay shorebirds, waterbirds and harbor seals. This seasonal position will oversee the maintenance of our 4th year of habitat revegetation with an emphasis on native plant collection, bed propagation, planting and care.  The Field Technician will also manage restoration team scheduling, volunteer and intern recruitment and supervision while restoring Aramburu Island.  S/he will also track propagation progress and lead fieldwork on the island including mechanical and physical control of a variety of non-native plant species. S/he may be asked to assist with marine invertebrate, bird, vegetation, and other surveys. S/he will be responsible for ensuring rigorous implementation of protocols and maintaining high standards of professional etiquette and data collection. Position duration is mid October 2015 to March 31, 2016.


  • Oversee maintenance of native plant propagation beds and track progress
  • Schedule native plant collection – including locating/collecting plant material
  • Lead fieldwork on Aramburu Island including mechanical and physical control of a variety of non-native plant species, experimental tests of weed removal and restoration techniques, and quantitative monitoring and data analysis
  • Supervise adult and youth volunteers and/or interns in performing plant collection, propagation, non-chemical invasive plant species control, a wide variety of data collection and data analysis
  • Lead school or community work days, drop-in community service hours on site, and at least one Saturday workday on Aramburu Island a month
  • Maintain seed library
  • Participate in shorebird, marine invertebrate and vegetation survey data collection
  • Act as part of the RBACS and Coastal Stewardship team, endeavoring to achieve its conservation outcomes as addressed in the Center, Coastal Stewardship, and National Audubon’s strategic plans and assisting Center and Coastal Stewardship staff as needed with overall responsibilities to further Audubon’s mission


  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Ecology, Conservation, Natural Sciences, or related field required
  • Strong interest in plant propagation, habitat restoration, community engagement, invasive plant species control, and research
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team; some weekend work may be required
  • Supervisory or leadership experience required
  • Ability to work outdoors in varying climates. Must have enthusiasm for long hours of fieldwork
  • Strong organizational and communication skills highly desired
  • Must have experience interacting with youth and adults
  • Basic boating/kayaking experience highly desired
  • Computer proficient, knowledge of Excel, Word, and Microsoft Outlook preferred
  • Must possess a valid Driver’s License
  • Commitment to Audubon’s mission


Job Location: US-CA-Tiburon
Type: Seasonal, Full-Time
Job Category: Science

Apply here: ID 2015-2618

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