Seasonal Land Steward

Employer
National Audubon Society
Location
Southbury
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Feb 05, 2018
Closes
Feb 25, 2018
Industry
Education
Employer Type
Direct Employer
Employment Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Overview

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, 23 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).

Position Summary

The Seasonal Land Steward will work at Stratford Point, a sanctuary managed by Audubon Connecticut located in Stratford, CT from Mar. 15th to Oct. 31st. The Land Steward will be responsible for site maintenance and care throughout the growing season. He/she will maintain regular communication with partners, volunteers, and visitors. The Land Steward will assist Sacred Heart University with salt marsh and dune restoration that is part of the Stratford Point Living Shoreline project. The Land Steward will also recruit, organize and implement volunteer days, which will include removing litter and invasive plants and enhancing and planting new native plant gardens. Lastly, the Steward will assist with required data collection associated with restoration projects. The Seasonal Land Steward will work 35 hrs/week.

Essential Functions

* Assist Bird Conservation Programs Manager with maintenance of site

* Communicate with partners, volunteers, and visitors

* Assist Sacred Heart University with Stratford Point Living Shoreline project

* Recruit, organize and implement volunteer work days as needed

* Design and maintain native plant gardens

* Work with other Audubon staff to develop informational signage for Stratford Point

* Maintain secondary trail system

* Assist with data collection required for restoration projects

Qualifications and Experience

* Self-motivated individual who can work well independently in the field

* Ability to work outside in various weather situations

* Ability to work weekends and holidays

* Experience with interacting with visitors

* Extensive knowledge of birds, butterflies and their habitat needs and identification

* Ability to lift 50 pounds and hike site (steep rocky slopes)

* Strong communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills, including the ability to work with a variety of audiences: volunteers, staff, the general public and others

* Bachelor's degree in environmental science or similar field or equivalent experience required SDL2017