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  • Beach Nesting Bird Field Technician

    Guest Todd Pover
    • Employer: Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey
      Location: Galloway, New Jersey
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/29/2024
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Monitor and manage beach nesting birds, including piping plover, American oystercatcher, least tern, black skimmers, common tern, and royal tern at the Holgate and Little Beach Units of the Edwin B. Forsythe NWR and Horseshoe Island from ~ April 1 - August 1-15, possibly until end of August. Will work as part of a team, under the supervision of a field crew leader and senior biologist, to locate breeding pairs, find nests, determine nest outcome, and track chicks to fledgling stage. Weekly colony counts. Additional surveys of habitat quality and predators are also completed. Band resighting is a daily part of job. Will assist with data entry, mapping, and reporting, as needed. The sites are closed to the public so outreach is not part of the daily tasks, but interactions with public/boaters at Horseshoe Island is expected. 

    Degree in biology, ecology, environmental science, or related is highly preferred, but will consider students currently enrolled in those studies. Previous experience with nesting shorebirds is a plus. Ability to work well both independently and as part of a team. Tolerance to work in sometimes harsh conditions - hot, buggy, walking long distances in soft sand. Must have reliable transportation. Must have a smart phone to use during work to collect field data. Transport to sites is typically by boat in a coastal marine environment. Free housing is available. Availability to work periodic weekend days. Submit letter of interest, resume, and 3 references to Todd Pover at todd.pover@conservewildlifenj.org.

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