Seasonal Wildlife Technician
Location: Martha’s Vineyard, MA Time Period: (April- October)
Hours – Seasonal, 40 hrs/week, including weekends, holidays, and irregular hours Application deadline: 2/11/2022
Position Description: BiodiversityWorks seeks an early career field biologist to assist with wildlife monitoring and research projects on a variety of species but an emphasis on beach-nesting bird conservation. Responsibilities include: (1) locating, monitoring, and protecting nesting pairs of piping plovers, least terns, and American oystercatchers (25%), (2) assisting with capture and lethal removal of skunks and/or crows at select sites with high levels of PIPL nest/egg predation (25%), (3) assist with odor misinformation cues pilot study to deter mammalian predators from nesting shorebirds (25%) (4) live-trapping and radio-tracking spotted turtles (15%), (5) assist with other wildlife projects (10%) (6) recording data in field notebook and electronic databases, (7) creating GIS/Google Earth maps from GPS data, (8) maintaining communication with supervisors, (9) participating in weekly meetings and naturalist training program, (10) creating a poster and participating in our annual fundraising event, (11) working with and coordinating volunteers and interns, (12) assisting with data compilation and summary reports, and (13) other duties as required.
Must be vaccinated and have booster shot for the Covid-19 virus
Must have a degree in wildlife biology, biology, environmental studies, or related field.
Must possess a valid driver’s license, good driving record, and a reliable vehicle
Must be able to walk at least 1 mile in the sand while carrying up to 25 pounds and engage in strenuous outdoor work in summer weather – sometimes amidst biting insects (ticks, mosquitoes, flies).
Candidates with housing or connections to Martha’s Vineyard will be preferred.
Must be able to work independently and communicate regularly via text message and email on smart phone
Good communication, computer, and organizational skills
Should work well independently or as part of a team
Must be willing to engage in capture and humane lethal control of a limited number of skunks and crows at nesting beaches.
Compensation: Pay dependent on experience ($17 – $18/hour), plus ½ housing costs, cell phone stipend ($25/mo) and mileage reimbursement. Housing is a shared room at The Nature Conservancy Hoft Farm Field Station, ½ = $225/month.
Please email a cover letter with your career goals and dates available, resume, and contact information for 2 work references in one pdf document to: Liz Olson at Lizo@biodiversityworksmv.org. All applications must be received by midnight on 2/11/22.
BiodiversityWorks is an Equal Opportunity Employer