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  • Biological Aide IV: Shorebird Volunteer Coordinator

    • Employer: Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife
      Location: Based at 6180 Hay Point Landing Road, Smyrna, DE, 19977
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/12/2020
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Job Duties:

    Primary responsibilities will be to recruit and manage a large volunteer team for the Delaware Shorebird Project which monitors migratory shorebird populations in the Delaware Bay. The Biological Aide is expected to assist the state shorebird biologist with coordinating and leading a team of volunteer scientists in data collection during an intense migratory period in May. Responsibilities prior to the May field season include reviewing volunteer applications, communicating with potential volunteers to develop an informed and efficient team for the field season, and developing volunteer orientation and training materials.

    During the field season the Biological Aide will be expected to spend workdays based at the field house to serve as the primary point of contact for volunteers. They will be responsible for coordinating the arrival and departure logistics, assisting volunteers with paperwork and navigating the communal living environment. The Biological Aide will direct, coordinate, train and organize volunteers to perform field activities and data collection/management. Additionally, the Biological Aide will participate in fieldwork including, shorebird capture using cannon nets, weighing, measuring and marking shorebirds, and resighting marked individuals using spotting scopes. During the field season, most of the day will be spent in the field where weather conditions may be variable. Work may entail operating and trailering small boats and walking for up to 5 miles in sand or mud carrying heavy and awkward equipment. The Biological Aide will work independently and must be able to work in an efficient manner with good time management. This field work may require long hours under strenuous or uncomfortable field conditions (e.g. heat and humidity, biting insects), on a flexible schedule (some extended days and weekend hours).

    After the field work is completed, the Biological Aide will assist with equipment inventory, data entry, data management, and QA/QC (including GIS, Excel and Access), and prepare materials for volunteers such as a field season report and social media posts.

    Must be available to start this job by late April, but an earlier start date is preferred. Please note there will be no housing provided outside of the field season. Applications will be reviewed as they are received so we encourage early application.

    Salary: $14.43/hour



    • Working towards a Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology/management or closely related field.  Completed degree is preferred.

    • Prior field work experience, especially capturing, handling, and banding wild birds.

    • Experience using a spotting scope to resight color bands and/or alphanumeric coded bands/flags

    • Experience coordinating and leading a teams of volunteers or similar groups.Experience using spreadsheet and spatial applications (e.g. Excel/Access, ArcGIS/Google Earth).

    • Experience report writing

    • Must have valid driving license.

    • Experience trailering and operating small boats.


    • Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. DNREC Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife does not provide sponsorship for holders of H-1 B Visas.

    • Possession of a valid Driver's License (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).


    Please apply at https://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=Dnrec&l=Delaware&vjk=0e7bab9f9a8047f9

    Please attach resume/CV and cover letter with application with your surname clearly in the file name.

    Questions? Please contact Henrietta Bellman henrietta.bellman@delaware.gov

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