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  • Program Manager of the Coastal Waterbird Program

    Guest Lyra Brennan
    • Employer: Mass Audubon Coastal Waterbird Program
      Location: Barnstable, MA
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

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    Mass Audubon offers a work environment that is challenging, yet flexible. Our compensation and benefits program is competitive, including a 403(b) plan and generous paid time off. Every inquiry will be treated confidentially. Mass Audubon is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

    Program Manager of the Coastal Waterbird Program

    Location: Cummaquid, MA

    About Mass Audubon

    Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 140,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.

    About This Position

    Mass Audubon's Coastal Water Bird Program (CWP) (https://www.massaudubon.org/our-conservation-work/wildlife-research-conservation/coastal-waterbird-program)  is one of the most effective entities working to protect coastal birds and barrier beaches in North America. The CWP Program Manager will assist in the management of the Coastal Water Bird Program, focusing on staff hiring and staff management, operations, permitting, data collection and compilation, education, and public and community relations. 

    Duties & Responsibilities

    Assist Coastal Water Bird Program Director in maintaining a program to protect coastal water birds and their habitats at public and private beach properties in Massachusetts, in cooperation with other Mass Audubon staff, researchers, government agencies, private interest groups, property owners, and the public.  

    Working collaboratively with the Coastal Water Bird Program Director, Regional Directors and Sanctuary-based staff, recruit, interview, select, train, supervise and evaluate 15-30 seasonal staff, and oversee the work of volunteers engaged in the program. Oversee day-to-day operations of seasonal staff in selected locations and coordinate logistics. Provide guidance and support to Sanctuary staff responsible for monitoring coastal water bird sites and work collaboratively with them to carry out program goals.

    Purchase and maintain field supplies, boats, vehicles, and related supplies for daily operations of the field program of CWP in compliance with MAS business office standards. 

    Assist the Coastal Water Bird Program Director in defining research priorities and management needs for the Program. Oversee day to day operations of research projects aimed to protect and manage coastal water bird habitats; develop and maintain strong and effective collaborations with agencies, non-profits, universities, and other entities working on coastal bird and habitat conservation. 

    Assist with preparation and dissemination of training and operational guidelines and manuals for all details of the program. 

    Oversee data collection and compilation and ensure timely reporting of data to state and federal regulatory agencies. Prepare and edit reports and publications as required. 

    Promote a high level of clear and consistent internal communication among Coastal Water Bird Program staff and volunteers and among sanctuaries and departments.

    Act as a liaison between Mass Audubon and public boards, commissions and agencies including town boards, state and federal wildlife and environmental protection agencies relative to Coastal Water Bird Program activities and issues.  Working collaboratively with the Coastal Water Bird Program Director, negotiate and oversee contracts with public agencies, private landowners and beach associations.  Prepare invoices and reports to secure payment.   


    Assist CWP Director and Senior Regional Director with cultivation of donors and planning and carrying out fundraising events. 

    Assist Director with preparing grant proposals for the Coastal Waterbird Program in conjunction with the Development Department.  


    Develop, present, organize and/or assist with educational programs (lectures, walks, etc.) regarding the Coastal Waterbird Program. Work with education staff throughout Mass Audubon, especially coastal regions.

    With Director, plan, prepare, and dispense a variety of printed or electronic materials to promote the protection of coastal waterbirds (e.g. regular newsletter, brochures, and signs).  


    Develop long-range plans for the study and protection of coastal waterbird species and habitat with the Director, collaborators, and other Mass Audubon staff. 

    Assume other responsibilities as requested. 


    Must Have’s: 

    B.S. in Environmental Science, Wildlife Management or related field plus three years’ experience 

    Experience should include field work with coastal birds, including specific experience with Piping Plover, and familiarity with regulatory issues affecting management of wildlife, including rare species.  

    Knowledgeable regarding the biology of northeastern coastal avifauna. 

    Proven abilities in staff management. 

    Proven abilities in data collection, management and interpretation, and research program development.

    Demonstrated ability to interpret technical and scientific materials to a nonscientific audience. 

    Strong written and verbal communication skills. 

    Poise in communicating with public and partners around controversial issues.

    Ability to operate and trailer a vehicle and boat, work extensively constructing fences, and other outdoor fieldwork. 

    Position requires extensive travel within eastern Massachusetts and willingness to work irregular hours, particularly during the field season. 

    Valid drivers’ license

    Ability to lift 40 pounds and traverse uneven terrain, including soft sand, is required.   

    Physical Demands 

    The physical demands listed are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.  While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to talk, hear, sit, stand, and walk.  The employee is required to bend/stoop, crawl/kneel, carry, reach, push/pull, walk over uneven terrain, and lift up to 40 pounds over sandy exposed terrain for distances of up to 3 miles. Employee is required to apply manual dexterity in combination with eye-hand coordination, such as basic keyboarding, basic hand tools and instruments, filing, operating office equipment, and operating a motor vehicle and small boats including small power boats and kayaks. Employee must have good vision to read documents for general understanding and for analytical purposes. The employee is required to review non-written materials for general observation purposes and for analytical, detailed purposes.  It is necessary for the employee to differentiate between colors.  

    Nice to Have’s:

    M.S. in Natural Resource management with an emphasis on wildlife biology or equivalent. 

    Experience erected nest exclosures

    Compensation & Benefits

    This position’s base salary range is $52,000 - $58,000; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements. 

    Benefits and Perks:
    Benefits eligible staff at Mass Audubon may elect to enroll in medical, dental, and vision plans. Mass Audubon also offers disability and life insurance plans, a retirement plan through MetLife, and Flexible Spending Account options. Mass Audubon employment also includes access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and the Reciprocity Agreement through the Consortium of Non-Profit Arts/Cultural/Environmental Organizations of New England. Mass Audubon employees also enjoy 12.5 paid holidays (holidays may shift annually due to where days fall within calendar).

    Additional Information

    Work Schedule: 

    September-March, the schedule is M-F,  8 am to 4 pm. The schedule is much more variable from April-August and will include rotating weekend days and two weekdays off from May-August. From April-August, the hours are typically still 8 hours/day with some early mornings and later shifts depending on field season needs. The CWP leadership team rotates through a schedule to provide staff coverage. Holidays, including Memorial Day and July 4th are required for all CWP staff.

    COVID-19 Considerations

    Mass Audubon requires that all staff, regardless of their work location, disclose their vaccination status. Proof of vaccination status will be required immediately upon hire.

    Mass Audubon's Commitment To Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Justice

    Mass Audubon's mission is to "protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and for wildlife" by building a strong coalition of employees, volunteers, and community members. We recognize that the environmental movement and field of conservation have been affected by societal systems that have limited opportunity and access for many people. As a result, Mass Audubon is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. We are engaged in an ongoing process of organizational assessment and change, designed to remove barriers and create a workplace where all forms of diversity are recognized and valued.

    Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

    Mass Audubon is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. Mass Audubon prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

    How To Apply

    Please send a resume, cover letter and three references to the email address below. Interviews will begin immediately.


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