Job Opportunity: NC Birding Trail Technician

We are looking for an energetic, enthusiastic person to serve as NC Birding Trail technician This position will help administer this ongoing statewide project. Please see the details below (or check out this pdf version):

Description

We will employ an assistant to the Bird Conservation Biologist (BCB) to help administer the North Carolina Birding Trail (NCBT), and assist in other bird conservation projects as needed.

The primary duties this position will be responsible for engaging the public through social media, website, and at in person events. Additionally, the position with help with logistical duties related to NC Birding Trail site management and development of a new print version of the NC Birding Trail Guide. There may be opportunities for field work on various projects depending on availability and experience of the successful applicant.

The primary duties of the NCBT Assistant will be:

•         Develop content for website, social media and newsletter for NCBT (Twitter, Facebook, MailChimp/blog)

–         Prior experience managing social media in a business setting required - creativity a must!

–         Develop content for the NCBT website

•         Assist in the planning and development of a printed NC Birding Trail Guide or other promotional materials. This will be a complex, multi-partner project. The assistant’s duties may include:

–         Composing content for professional publication on websites, and in printed guide.

–         Communicating needs of the NCBT Steering Committee to graphics designers and publishers

–         Assisting with the procurement of media and graphics

–         Carrying out the needs and direction of the NCBT Steering Committee

The skills, experience, and enthusiasm of the successful applicant will determine the breadth and depth of any additional projects to work on. These may include:

•         Assist in the re-design of the NCBT website

•         Assist in the re-design of the NCBT Birder-Friendly Business Program

•         Attend/Represent the NCBT at events. The NCBT will often be present at festivals and other outdoor/bird related events. This requires engaging the public in conversations about birds and birdwatching, developing activities for younger participants.

•         Visit NCBT sites across the state

•         Assist with implementation of other activates outlined in the NCBT Strategic Plan

•         Literature review for other projects

The technician will secure his/her own housing in the Raleigh, NC area. Work will take primarily in the Piedmont, but overnight travel to various locations in the state will be required and free group housing will be provided at field locations. Work week averages 40 hours but longer work weeks may be required. A vehicle and other necessary equipment will be provided.

NC Birding Trail

The NCBT's mission is to champion conservation of bird habitat by promoting sustainable bird watching activities, economic opportunities, and education. Much of this work is carried out through publicizing the NCBT and raising awareness of the importance of habitat conservation and its connection to local economies.

Compensation

$14.83/hr, full-time, 40 hours a week. A vehicle and other necessary equipment and supplies will be provided. Housing is not provided.

Duration

11-months, begin April 2017

Qualifications

Four-year degree majoring in either recreation, tourism, communications, wildlife, or related disciplines.

Skills & Experience

•         Required

–         Knowledge of and familiarity with birding and the birding community (North Carolina experience preferred). Applicant will not be required to be a bird identification expert.

–         Excellent oral and written communication skills.

•         Demonstrated experience composing and editing publication-worthy content for both print and online media. Ability to modify writing style to fit venue (e.g., printed guide vs. social media).

•         Knowledge of the subject matter is helpful, but of greater use is innate communicative skill, particularly the abilities to ask incisive questions and to generalize broad information both pithily and accurately.

–         Proven track record working independently and in teams, working on multiple projects, and meeting deadlines.

–         Proficiency managing multiple social media accounts and a demonstrated understanding of the content and strategy appropriate to each.

–         Expert-level proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

–         Good organizational skills, personal motivation, and a love of wildlife work are essential!

–         Comfortable writing/manipulating HTML5 & CSS and working with online content management systems (e.g., WordPress)

•         Preferred

–         Ability to identify birds of North Carolina by sight and sound

–         Experience managing and manipulating data (e.g., retrieving data from online sources, formatting for data analyses)

Location

Raleigh, NC

Applications

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references in a single PDF document to Scott Anderson at scott.anderson@ncwildlife.org. Please include the applicant’s name in the filename. Email or call 919.707.0139 with any questions.

Deadline for application is March 31st, or until the position is filled.