Job Description: Surveying and monitoring of nesting Piping Plovers, Least Terns, and American Oystercatchers from Sea Girt to just south of Sandy Hook, with primary focus within the municipalities of Sea Bright, Monmouth Beach, Belmar, Seven President’s Oceanfront Park (Long Branch), and Spring Lake/Sea Girt. Assistance with similar work in other parts of the coast may periodically be required as needed. Duties including locating nests and broods; band resighting; constructing predator exclosures; fencing, posting and patrolling nesting areas; data collection and entry; educating beachgoers. The 40-hour workweek includes 5 weekdays prior to Memorial Day, and then 3 weekdays and both weekend days for the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Two positions are available. The Field Supervisor will be required to oversee one technician, two interns, and coordinate on a regular basis with volunteers. The Field Assistant will work directly with the Field Supervisor to assist in all aspects of project management. Both positions will be required to regularly communicate updates to the project leaders.
Requirements: A degree in wildlife biology, ecology or related field (applicants with at least three years towards a relevant degree will also be considered). Previous experience working with beach-nesting birds and/or working on conservation issues with local communities a plus. The ability to work cooperatively with the beach-going public and the capacity to effectively communicate with people with differing views in a calm and rational manner is essential. Employees will have to provide their own transportation, including the ability to occasionally transport equipment and materials (posts, signs, post-hole digger, etc.). Ownership or access to a computer necessary for data entry. Applicants should be in good physical condition, willing and able to work independently and as part of a team, organized and disciplined, and enthusiastic about working to help protect NJ’s endangered beach-nesting birds.
Compensation: Salary +/- $11.00-$15.00 per hour (depending on education and experience). Mileage will be reimbursed for use of personal vehicle. Housing is NOT provided.
To Apply: Submit a letter of interest, resume including 3 references, and position preference to:
Via email preferred:
Or mail to:
New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife
Endangered and Nongame Species Program
2201 Rt. 631
Woodbine, NJ 08270
Attn: Christina Davis