Jekyll Island Authority Conservation Department
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Position Description and Essential Functions
This position requires self-motivated, organized individuals with professional interests in building a career in wildlife conservation. The members selected for this position will serve under the daily supervision of the JIA Wildlife Biologist and the JIA Land Manager. The typical service week will be predominantly field based but also includes necessary data entry and management, as well as some writing assignments, background literature review, and preparation of deliverables in an office setting. The selected members must be comfortable communicating with island residents, visitors, and local authorities. Professional conduct, integrity, and commitment to quality in carrying out all assigned duties are core expectations. The members will be encouraged to participate in professional development opportunities as they become available during the term of service such as local meetings and conferences.
The Wildlife Conservation AmeriCorps Member Responsibilities
- Wildlife Monitoring and Habitat Management: Service will primarily be focused on technical, field-based support to assist in wildlife research on Jekyll Island, GA in addition to aspects of wildlife and land management, habitat monitoring/management, and public outreach/education. Tasks include, but will not be limited to: radio tracking and detectability surveys of rattlesnakes, wildlife population censuses (alligators, shorebirds, white-tailed deer), shorebird monitoring, bobcat scat surveys, amphibian monitoring, camera-based wildlife monitoring, plant identification, invasive species removal, prescribed fire management, restoration planting and seed collections, data-entry and management, development of outreach materials, occasional wildlife education to diverse public audiences, and supporting timely response to public wildlife concerns including alligators and venomous snakes.
- Member Project: Members will each be tasked with developing an independent project to be completed within the term of service. The projects will be designed based on the member’s background and professional goals in consultation with their supervisors. A report detailing member project accomplishments and a presentation will be required deliverables before the end of the term.
- Community Engagement: Each member will be expected to plan and execute at least one community engagement effort during their service, either as a component of the member’s project or as a separate effort. Community engagement may include a presentation to a community association, a work-service opportunity promoted to the community, the development and dissemination of outreach materials, or a combination of the above.
The service week will generally be 8 A.M. to 5 P.M., Monday-Friday, but service outside of normal business hours may be assigned occasionally. Most service will be performed outdoors. The member will be trained as necessary in safe and effective wildlife management practices, including capture, handling, tracking, and population monitoring methods as needed. Opportunities will be provided, as available, for collaboration and training elsewhere in coastal Georgia through a variety of external partnerships.
- B.S. degree in Biology, Wildlife Management, Environmental Sciences, Ecology, or related fields.
- At least one year of field work experience.
- Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects of work.
- Self-motivation and the ability to work both independently and with a team.
- Positive attitude and a desire to learn.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, team ethic, and cooperation for living and working in a group setting.
- Excellent and honest communication with colleagues and supervisors.
- Excellent organizational skills.
- The ability to pay close attention to detail.
- A flexible schedule that can include working long shifts, holidays, evenings, and weekends.
- Strong public speaking skills for communicating with diverse audiences.
- Tolerance of extreme heat, high humidity, precarious weather and tides, and biting insects.
- Ability to carry up to 50 lbs. of gear.
- Proficient computer skills (e.g., Excel, Access, Publisher).
- Excellent writing skills.
AmeriCorps Program Minimum Requirements/Qualifications
- 18+ years of age.
- U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien.
- Ability to obtain a U.S. driver’s license.
- Consent to criminal history, background, and fingerprint checks to be cleared for service.
- Radio-tracking experience.
- Training and professional experience with capture and handling of alligators and/or venomous snakes.
- Invasive plant management.
- Coastal plant identification, and/or ability to key out plants using a variety of dichotomous keys.
- Previous experience working with wildlife and/or familiarity with the ecological communities of the coastal southeastern United States.
Salary and Benefits
Living allowance ($16,500 for a minimum of 1,700 hours of service over 12 months), island amenity passes, Jekyll Island parking pass, education award ($6,345*), and student loan forbearance.
Optional and partially subsidized shared housing on Jekyll Island is available. If this option is selected, $200* per month rent surcharge (including utilities) will be automatically deducted from payroll, along with a $100* ($50* refundable) security deposit. Houses have limited-bandwidth internet and air-conditioning; they are also equipped with basic furniture and kitchen supplies. You must provide your own linens, towels, and food. Not provided but available: telephone and cable. Pets are not allowed.
Travel and transportation costs will not be covered by JIA-GSTC.
*All dollar values reported above are subject to change.
Essential functions need to be able to be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.
This position is supported through the federally-funded AmeriCorps program and therefore is considered a term of service.
Duration of Program: September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022 (2 position)
*Resume, Cover letter, and 3 References MUST be submitted with application, applications received without supporting documents will NOT be considered. The three References may be uploaded in “Other” or can be submitted as one package with Cover Letter.
To apply for this job please visit www.jekyllisland.com.