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  • Coastal Waterbird Field Assistant I

    • Employer: Mass Audubon Coastal Waterbird Program
      Location: Multiple Locations in Massachusetts
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Coastal Waterbird Field Assistant I

    April to mid-August 2020

    Multiple positions based at:

    ·          Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, Barnstable MA (covering field sites in Nantucket, Cape Cod, Boston, Wareham, and the North Shore),

    ·         Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, Dartmouth MA (covering field sites Westport to Dartmouth),

    ·         Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Wellfleet MA (covering field sites Truro to Chatham),

    ·         Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, Edgartown MA (covering field sites on Martha’s Vineyard)

    ·         South Shore Sanctuaries, Marshfield MA (covering field sites from Plymouth to Hull)

    ·         South Beach, Chatham (*note this position requires living in a remote camp setting on a barrier beach)


    Mass Audubon is seeking to fill seasonal Field Assistant I positions to conduct research, monitoring, and protection of coastal birds and other natural resources.  For more information, visit www.massaudubon.org/cwp


    Full-time and part-time positions available from April through mid-August. 


    Responsibilities include:

    ·         Collect biological data on nesting, foraging and migrating species of coastal waterbirds including abundance and distribution of target species;

    ·         Accomplish the wildlife protection and education objectives of the Coastal Waterbird Program;

    ·         Assist with sanctuary-based coastal waterbird work throughout the region;

    ·         Assist in abundance, productivity and behavioral data entry in to online databases; create GIS/Google Earth maps of coastal resources;

    ·         Assist in compilation of data for state plover, tern, and oystercatcher census forms and write summary reports for specific sites on results and management activities.

    ·         Other tasks as directed.



    ·         Applicants should be working toward a B.S. or B.A. in environmental science or related field, or equivalent experience;

    ·         Prior experience in avian field research and management preferred;

    ·         Applicants must have strong interpersonal skills;

    ·         Must be able to work long hours outside in all weather conditions and be able to lift and carry up to 40lbs across varied and sandy terrain.

    ·         Must be willing to work weekends, holidays, and irregular hours (dependent upon wildlife and weather);

    ·         Must have access to a vehicle for daily driving between sites;

    ·         Must pass a background records check (CORI, SORI and driver’s).


    Benefits:  Rate of payment is $12.75-$13.00/hour depending on experience.  Housing may be available for payroll deduction of $25-35/wk.  Field travel reimbursement will be provided. 


    To apply for this position:


    Please send a cover letter (specify position(s) for which you are applying and dates of availability), resume and list of three references via email to: coastalbirdjobs@massaudubon.org.  Please also complete the short cover page questionnaire at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HBT76YX Your application will not be processed without completion/receipt of all of the items above.  Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as interviews will begin in January, and positions will be filled by March 30th, 2020.


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