2 Positions available - Assistance is most needed from October – April if possible
Job Description: The volunteer will conduct regular beach surveys to monitor and document information about bird mortality along Fire Island’s beaches. This local effort is part of a much larger program along the east coast of the United States with the Seabird Ecological Assessment Network (SEANET). These surveys provide baseline information about bird mortality and help to detect mass mortality events such as oil spills, algal toxins, diseases and offshore development. Marine birds serve as indicators of ecosystem and human health; monitoring the threats they face and their mortality patterns can teach us about the health of the marine environment. (More information on the Seabird Ecological Assessment Network can be found at: http://seanetters.wordpress.com/)
On Fire Island, surveys are conducted twice a month on three beaches: Lighthouse beach, Sailors Haven beach and Fire Island’s Wilderness beach. A volunteer could either work independently monitoring Lighthouse beach or coordinate with the Wildlife Biologist on access to Sailors Haven and Fire Island’s Wilderness beaches.
Receive training and show competency in the protocols and proper use of the dead bird identification book.
Conduct regular beach surveys following SEANET protocols.
Be flexible with working in other natural resource management program areas.
Volunteers must be trained by Wildlife Biologist
Be prepared to walk and work in adverse beach environments so dress appropiately. This includes hot, cold or windy weather conditions.
SEANET surveys need to be completed throughout the year. Volunteers are encouraged to commit to a minimum of 10 surveys per year. Volunteer schedule and hours are flexible with weekdays and/or weekends possible.
Certain duties may require completion of a federal background check, and a passing score on the NPS IT Security Test for use of government computers.
To be considered, please send a current CV or resume to Wildlife Biologist Lindsay Ries at Lindsay_Ries@nps.gov