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  • Beach-Nesting Bird Conservation Assistant

    Guest Liz Olson
    • Employer: BiodiversityWorks
      Location: Martha's Vineyard
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/11/2022
      Open Until Filled: No

    Beach-Nesting Bird Conservation Assistant

    Location: Martha’s Vineyard, MA                          Time Period: May–Aug

    Hours – Seasonal, full-time including weekends, holidays, and irregular hours               Application deadline: 2/11/2022

    Position Description:  The beach-nesting bird conservation assistant will assist in all aspects of  beach-nesting bird conservation. Responsibilities include: (1) locating, monitoring, and protecting nesting pairs of piping plovers, least terns, common terns, American oystercatchers, and black skimmers at ~18 sites, (2) collecting detailed biological data on all nesting pairs, (3) investigating causes of nest predation (visual surveys, camera data), (4) conducting predator management at some sites (5) assisting with black skimmer resights and nest monitoring of banded birds (6) public outreach and engagement, (7) communicating and coordinating daily with supervisor via cell phone and in person, (8) communicating with private landowners and maintaining excellent relationships, (9) working with volunteers and interns (10) recording all monitoring data in NestStory app and electronic databases, (11) creating Google Earth maps from GPS data, (12) assisting with compilation of data for state census forms and summary reports, (13) participating in weekly staff meetings, (14) public presentations, including our annual event and the annual state plover and tern meeting on a project of interest.  


    Must be vaccinated and have booster shot for the Covid-19 virus 

    A strong interest in birds, conservation, and management.

    Must be at least 18 years of age and working towards or possess a degree in wildlife biology, biology, environmental studies, or related field.

    Must possess a valid driver’s license, good driving record, and a reliable vehicle.

    Candidates with housing on Martha’s Vineyard will be preferred.

    Must be able to walk at least 1 mile in the sand while carrying up to 25 pounds and engage in strenuous outdoor work in summer weather – sometimes amidst biting insects (ticks, mosquitoes, flies).

    Must be able to work independently and communicate regularly via text message and email on smart phone.

    Good communication, computer, and organizational skills.

    Should work well independently or as part of a team.


    Compensation: $16/hour, cell phone stipend ($25/mo), and mileage reimbursement. A housing stipend may be possible.


    To Apply: Please email a cover letter with your career goals and dates available, resume, and contact information for 2 work references in one pdf document to: Kayla Smith at shorebirds@biodiversityworksmv.org. All applications must be received by midnight on 2/11/22.


    BiodiversityWorks is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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