Seasonal Shorebird Steward Program Leader
The Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve (TRNERR) and Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge (TSNWR) are seeking motivated applicants to fill an entry-level seasonal position in the field of outreach and education, located on the beach/dune area of the TSNWR in Imperial Beach, CA. This position will focus on educating the public about federally endangered and threatened shorebirds of the Tijuana Estuary, specifically the California least tern (CLT) and Western snowy plover (WSP). Job activities include: setting-up and staffing an outreach booth, interacting with the public, interpreting natural resources, encouraging leashing of dogs, conducting recreational and visitor surveys, assisting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) with nest barrier fence maintenance, periodic trash clean-up, data entry, report writing, and mentoring of Shorebird Steward volunteers. This position requires the ability to spend long hours exposed to coastal conditions and walk at least 1 mile on sand and rocky beaches.
Increased human populations along the California coastlines have restricted the endangered CLT and threatened WSP populations of birds to a few nesting and roosting sites in San Diego County. TSNWR is one of the most successful nesting sites and it only fledges on average 50 CLT chicks per year. One of the primary threats facing the CLT and WSP that use the Refuge, is human disturbance, in particular off-leash dogs. By reducing this type of human-related disturbance at nesting and breeding sites, we may increase both numbers of active nests and successful fledging of CLT and WSP within TSNWR. In order to reduce these human disturbances, it is necessary to educate the public about the plight of these birds.
Desired Background and Skill Sets
Experience with wildlife interpretation and identification, wildlife biology, communications, and working with volunteers is desired. Applicants must be independently motivated and have a desire to educate the general public about endangered species, their habitats, and what they can do to help — in a positive way that builds a good community relationship with the Refuge (and Reserve). Good communications skills are important because at times, members of the public may not understand why there are rules for protecting the threatened and endangered species. We are seeking applicants that have the ability to assess day-to-day interactions and report back to the Field Supervisor with all incidences (positive or negative), and any conditions of the beach the FWS staff should know about. Familiarity with Microsoft Office Word and Excel is also desired.
Salary and Location
Funding is available for 16-24 hours per week of part-time work through Labor Day weekend. The Seasonal Shorebird Steward Program Leader will work every Friday and at least one weekend day per week. Reporting location is the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve office at 301 Caspian Way, Imperial Beach, CA 91932; work will be conducted throughout TSNWR under the direction of the Fish & Wildlife Service Public Outreach Specialist. Administrative and personnel tasks will be conducted under the TRNERR Community Outreach Coordinator.
Estimated wage: $11-14/hour (depending on experience)
Please submit resume and cover letter by 5:00 p.m. Monday, March 19th to firstname.lastname@example.org.