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Tuesday, January 3

Michigan Audubon Seasonal Jobs

Michigan Audubon has a couple of seasonal jobs: 



Whitefish Point, Paradise, MI





Located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on the shore of Lake Superior, Whitefish Point

is the premier migration watch site in the state. Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, a

program of Michigan Audubon, is seeking a Spring Migration Hawk Counter that can

provide accurate raptor identification and reporting, while providing educational

interpretation to site visitors. Applicant must possess strong raptor and general bird

identification skills, including aging, and prior hawkwatch experience is highly

preferred. Duties include conducting the daily count, interacting with visitors,

completion of field data forms, and posting daily results. Preparing and conducting an

end of season presentation and/or reports are also required.

While the position requires a great deal of independence, it will be supported by staff

from Michigan Audubon’s headquarters. Consistent, clear, professional communication

with supervisors, colleagues, stakeholders, and visitors is a must.

This is a seasonal position from 15 March to 7 June and overtime may be required.

Qualifications and Requirements:

•Familiarity with hawk migration and experience identifying all eastern North American

raptors is required.

•Enthusiastic, dedicated and motivated self-starter who can work independently in

sometimes difficult conditions.

•While not required, previous environmental interpretation and/or teaching skills are

ideal, but a passion for connecting raptor and habitat conservation to the community is


•Applicants should have experience interacting with the public and excellent

interpersonal skills.

•Careful data collecting skills a must. Must be computer literate and capable of

entering and managing data (computer access can be provided).

•Must be able to climb multiple steep steps.

•Flexibility to adjust hours to meet needs of department and organization, including the

potential of working overtime hours.

•Transportation necessary to get from provided housing to count site. This requires a

reliable vehicle and a clean, valid driver’s license to operate a vehicle in Michigan.

•Must have a personal pair of binoculars and spotting scope is preferred.

•Early season weather is often harsh and very cold, with few people visiting the site in

these conditions. A dedicated, self-motivated individual who can both work well with

people and endure challenging conditions in a remote location is required.


3 months, March 15-June 7, 2017

Job Type:


Application Deadline:



$1300-1500/month; includes housing

To Apply:

Applicants should submit a cover letter, a resume with relevant experience, and

contact information for three references (include phone and email) to Heather Good at


Number of Openings:



2310 Science Parkway, Suite 200

Okemos, MI 48864

(517) 580-7364


Kirtland’s Warbler Tour Guide

SUPERVISORS: Lindsay Cain (Michigan Audubon) and

Craig Kasmer (Hartwick Pines State Park/MI DNR)

LOCATION / DATES: Grayling, Michigan, May 8 - July 4, 2017, with potential for

temporary extension through Hartwick Pines

EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Temporary/Seasonal Independent Contractor

COMPENSATION: A rate of $2,400 for the contract period, paid in biweekly

installments. Lodging included at Camp Wa-Wa-Sum during

period of employment.

Position Overview

The Kirtland’s Warbler Tour Guide (hereafter “guide”) is a contracted employee by Michigan

Audubon who will assist Michigan Audubon in leading Kirtland’s Warbler tours for the public

at Hartwick Pines State Park located in Grayling, Michigan.

The guide will be responsible for developing a high level of knowledge of all aspects of

Kirtland’s Warbler identification, biology, history and management, in preparation for leading

public tours throughout the employment period.

The guide is also responsible for leading the tour in all types of conditions, including biting

insects and cold, windy weather. At times it may be necessary to wait up to 2-3 hours with

participants to see a Kirtland’s Warbler. Typically, about 98-99% of participants get a view

of a Kirtland’s Warbler, and the guide will be responsible for maintaining this level of


The guide will be expected to represent Michigan Audubon and in a courteous, professional

manner, and to answer questions regarding the organization to their best ability.

Communication, education, and outreach are key components to this role in sharing the

Kirtland’s Warbler with visitors.


● Demonstrated expertise of Kirtland’s Warbler management, biology, identification,

and history, or willingness to obtain it.

● Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently with little supervision, to

accept guidance from a supervisor, and to maintain consistent communication with

supervisors throughout the contract period.

● Ability and willingness to represent Michigan Audubon in a professional,

knowledgeable, and friendly manner.

● Ability to identify and train tour participants in identification of non-Kirtland’s warbler

species present in the Jack Pine community (e.g. Hermit Thrush, Lincoln’s Sparrow,

Yellow-rumped Warbler, etc.).

● Ability to tolerate adverse weather (rain, snow, fog, cold, etc.) and adverse conditions

(mosquitoes, black flies).

● Ability to lead groups of people over rough terrain and under harsh conditions with

clear and skillful communication.

● Strong written and verbal communication skills.

● Ability to live in a remote area a great distance from a major metropolitan area.

● Ability to drive a vehicle in sandy conditions and/or rough terrain.

● Willingness to perform other related duties in support of the entire Kirtland’s Warbler

project as assigned.


● Possession of current CPR/First Aid certification, or willingness to obtain it.

The guide will be responsible for acquiring CPR/first aid certification.

● Willingness to provide own transportation for use during the tours.

The guide is required to possess a valid state driver’s license and their own vehicle.

Mileage reimbursement during work hours will be provided.

● Schedule: for the first three weeks of the program, the guide will work seven days a

week. After that time, the guide will work six days a week and will have one day off

per week, which may or may not be on a weekend. The guide will be expected to

work up to 40 hours per week with a potential need for additional hours if the

situation presents itself.

● Housing: Arrangements for housing will be made with Michigan State University,

which operates Camp Wa-Wa-Sum, east of Grayling. The guide will not be

responsible for lodging costs. There will likely be other groups and researchers

staying at Wa-Wa-Sum, so the guide must be willing to live in close quarters with

other people. Please note that the camp is located in a remote area approximately 15

miles from Grayling, a town of < 1,800. Cell phone and Internet service at the Camp is


To Apply

An e-mail containing a cover letter and resume with two professional references can be sent

to: Lindsay Cain, Education Coordinator at lcain@michiganaudubon.org.

Position is open until filled. Please, no inquiries about the position.