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  • Coastal Waterbird/Horseshoe Crab Field Technician

    Guest Mark Faherty
    • Employer: Mass Audubon
      Location: Wellfleet, MA
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 04/07/2023
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Mass Audubon is seeking to fill seasonal Field Technician positions to conduct research, monitoring, management, and protection of coastal birds and horseshoe crabs based at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Wellfleet MA. Duties include:

    • Find and monitor fate of nests of Piping Plovers and American Oystercatchers plus colonies of Least Terns

    •  Enter and manage all data via a dedicated web app

    •  In May and June, assist with horseshoe crab spawning surveys, sometimes at night, at several sites from Wellfleet to Barnstable

    • Assist in management of databases including shorebird and tern abundance, productivity and behavioral data

    • 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

    • Conduct research on special projects as directed

    • Assist with or conduct educational programs for day campers and other groups on occasion

    Compensation & Benefits:

    This position’s base salary range is $16.60 - $18.50 per hour; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements. This position is eligible for health benefits.

    Work Schedule: Variable hours and schedule due to weather and site-specific requirements. Typically 40 hours per week, including work on weekends and holidays.

    Other Requirements: Employees must successfully complete a CORI and SORI Background Check and a Motor Vehicle Record (if applicable) is required. COVID-19 Considerations Mass Audubon requires that all staff, regardless of their work location, disclose their vaccination status. Proof of vaccination status will be required immediately upon hire. This should also include a booster shot if it has been 5 months since you were initially vaccinated. Mass Audubon's Commitment To Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Justice Mass Audubon's mission is to "protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and for wildlife" by building a strong coalition of employees, volunteers, and community members. We recognize that the environmental movement and field of conservation have been affected by societal systems that have limited opportunity and access for many people. As a result, Mass Audubon is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. We are engaged in an ongoing process of organizational assessment and change, designed to remove barriers and create a workplace where all forms of diversity are recognized and valued. Equal Employment Opportunity Statement Mass Audubon is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. Mass Audubon prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

    How To Apply Please email Mark Faherty at mfaherty@massaudubon.org and also apply on ADP Workforce Now: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=6044bc19-19e6-443a-8a51-62fe8af33798&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=450057&lang=en_US&source=EN

    Please include a cover letter (specify position(s) for which you are applying and dates of availability), resume, and list of three references with your ADP application. Label your resume and cover letter with your first and last name.


    At Mass Audubon, our highest priority is finding the best candidate for the job. Research has shown that people of color and women are less likely to apply for jobs if they don't believe they meet every one of the qualifications described in a job description. We encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of our described qualifications or you have a less traditional background. We are looking for applicants with the following qualifications: • Associate degree in science or B.S., B.A., or higher in wildlife biology/management, ecology, zoology, environmental science, or related field preferred (equivalent experience helpful), in addition to 3 months of previous field experience • Applicants should have demonstrated experience utilizing judgment in field-based wildlife research or management projects and have a strong attention to detail • 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 • Kayaking experience preferred • Prior experience in avian field research and management strongly preferred • Experience in behavioral data collection, band-reading, wildlife tracking, coastal wildlife management issues, and GIS mapping preferred

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