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  • Eastern Willet Technician

    • Employer: The Nature Conservancy
      Location: Nassawadox, Virginia
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 01/19/2023
      Open Until Filled: No

    The 2023 Willet Technician assists conservation scientists with population monitoring, banding and GPS tagging of breeding eastern willet within the barrier islands and marshes of the Volgenau Virginia Coast Reserve. The Willet Technician will work closely with the VVCR’s Coastal Science staff to implement all aspects of a project focused on surveying, banding and GPS tagging breeding eastern willet at VVCR.  Specific activities will include conducting breeding pair surveys, trapping and banding/tagging breeding adults and monitoring tagged individuals.  The Technician will also assist as needed with other monitoring, research and stewardship activities such as piping plover, American oystercatcher, tern and skimmer surveys, shorebird productivity monitoring, posting and patrolling bird nesting areas, and education and outreach for island visitors.  The position requires one to keep organized, detailed daily field notes, operate a boat to be used for access to the barrier islands, and perform daily maintenance on boats.  Additional duties may be assigned.

    We’re looking for a passionate, motivated problem-solver to join our Migratory Bird Team for the 2023 season.  Creativity, flexibility, willingness to work on a fast-paced, dynamic schedule and a great attitude are key to this role. 

    You can expect the following roles and responsibilities when you join our team:

    ·         Work under close supervision and receive specific and detailed instructions for required tasks, but also operate independently and exercise good judgement in varied field conditions.

    ·         Supervise volunteers on occasion.

    ·         Work and communicate effectively with a diverse group of people, including preserve volunteers, preserve visitors, and others.

    ·         Walk 3-8 miles each day in heat and humidity along remote barrier islands.   

    ·         Work from and on a boat; work in remote locations, sometimes during adverse conditions such as heat, humidity, extended exposure to sun and biting insects.

    ·         Work weekends and holidays on occasion and as scheduled ahead of time.

    ·         Work a varied schedule that depends on tide and weather; field sites span approximately 50 miles of coastline and include 10 different sites. 


    ·         Associates Degree in natural resources; environmental studies or equivalent combination of education and 6 months of experience.

    ·         Experience managing and prioritizing tasks from multiple sources.

    ·         Experience working in physically strenuous settings sometimes to the point of physical fatigue, in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, and on difficult and hazardous terrain.

    ·         Must have valid driver’s license, safe driving record (per TNC’s Auto Safety Program) and provide own transportation and personal automobile insurance.


    ·         BS degree in biology, wildlife management, or related field preferred, or coursework in active pursuit of a degree in biology, wildlife management, or related field.

    ·         Waterbird and shorebird identification skills.  Experience with monitoring reproductive success of beach nesting birds preferred.

    ·         Experience operating and trailering boats independently up to 20 feet in length.  

    ·         Experience using GPS units, GIS mapping software and remote data collection tools such as ArcGIS Collector and Survey 123.   

    ·         Experience working with Microsoft Office Suite software.

    ·         Local knowledge of the Eastern Shore of Virginia seaside, tides, and barrier islands preferred.  Must meet Virginia’s Boating Safety Education requirement or will be required to complete an online course prior to start of position.


    Current funding provides for $20.60 per hour, 40 hours/week, 8-10 weeks duration.  Few benefits. Assistance with housing may be available. Desired start date is late April/early May 2023.


    Go to www.nature.org/careers, click Search Careers and search by JOB #52686 or the position title and/or location, then click Apply Now to submit an online application.  It is necessary to complete the application in its entirety.  In addition, please attach as one document your resume and a letter of interest. 

    Application deadline is 11:59 PM on January 19, 2023.

    The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


    Edited by TNC VCR

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