Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is seeking a supervisory seasonal Field Assistant to oversee breeding season activities related to management of coastal waterbirds on the “Outer Cape” from Truro, MA south to Chatham, MA. Responsibilities include monitoring and collecting productivity and other biological data on breeding Piping Plovers and Least Terns; oversight of a part time intern and ~10 volunteers, maintaining relationships with private landowners and beach managers on 10 private and public beaches including one accessed by kayak; erecting and maintaining protective fencing; reading predator tracks and sign on the beaches; educating beachgoers about shorebird conservation. Position also requires data entry, management and compilation, as well as report writing, creating maps, kayaking short distances, and occasional operation of a small motor boat. Educating the public is an important part of our bird conservation strategy at Mass Audubon, so people skills and environmental education experience are helpful. This is a full time position from about April through August. Here at Wellfleet Bay there are opportunities to work on other projects, including horseshoe crab surveys, diamondback terrapin research, bird banding, and environmental education.
Qualifications: Applicants should have a bachelors degree or higher in wildlife biology/management, ecology, zoology, environmental science, or related field. Prior experience with bird field research preferred. Applicants must have strong interpersonal skills, be in good physical condition (able to walk long distances in sand and carry up to 40 lbs), be willing to work weekends, holidays, and odd/long hours (dependent upon wildlife and weather), and have their own vehicle. Benefits: This is a full time position from mid-April through mid-August. Rate of payment is $13.00-$14.00/hour depending on experience. Housing may be available for payroll deduction of $30-35/wk. A vehicle or field travel reimbursement will be provided. To inquire about this position please send a cover letter, resume, and list of three references via email to email@example.com.