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  • Shorebird Field Crew Leader


    Maureen M Durkin
    • Employer: Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex/ Northwoods Stewardship Center
      Location: Charlestown, RI
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 01/17/2020
      Open Until Filled: No

    Position Description: Two (2) Field Crew Leaders are needed to work as part of the Piping Plover recovery project with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex, based in Charlestown, RI. Crew Leaders will be hired through Northwoods Stewardship Center and function as independent contractors at USFWS.  This project monitors federally-protected Piping Plovers, as well as Least Terns and American Oystercatchers during the nesting season. Fieldwork will occur on federal, state, and private property in southern Rhode Island. The majority of the work for these positions will take place outdoors. Under the supervision of Piping Plover Coordinator, Field Crew Leaders will be responsible for leading a team of 2-3 interns in carrying out daily monitoring and management activities for beach-nesting birds. Activities will include posting and signing nesting habitat, nest searching, setting up nest exclosures, monitoring shorebird pairs and chicks, resighting color bands, recording and entering data, educating the public, and helping train interns and volunteers.

    Applicants should have a strong background in wildlife or conservation biology, the ability to collect accurate field data, excellent attention to detail, and be a good problem solver who can adapt plans based on conditions in the field to accomplish work safely and efficiently. Applicants should also be comfortable working in a variety of scenarios- as part of a team supervised by a Wildlife Biologist, independently as crew leader responsible for overseeing interns, and alone. Applicants must be in good physical shape and able to hike long distances (up to 7 miles per day) on soft sand with heavy loads (up to 50 pounds) on the beach in summer temperatures. Must be a team player, have a positive attitude, and be willing to work on other projects within the biological program as needed. Applicants also must be comfortable regularly interacting with private landowners, partner organizations, and the public in a professional manner. Work schedule will be 5 days per week, including weekends and holidays with two regular consecutive days off during the week.

    Requirements: Applicants are required to have a Bachelor’s degree in a natural resources related field.  Previous experience collecting detailed data in a field setting and previous experience monitoring beach-nesting birds, waterbirds, or ground-nesting birds is required. Applicants are required to have a valid U.S. driver’s license and must be willing to take a motorboat operator certification course. Previous experience in plover monitoring, operating boats, and resighting color-banded birds is preferred but not strictly required.

    Position Dates: Two positions available, one from March 16-August 21, and one from March 16- September 25 (some flexibility in start and end dates may be available for well-qualified candidates).

    Salary: $700/week. Refuge housing possibly available for a cost of $400-500/month.

    How to Apply: Send letter of interest, resume, and contact information for 3 references as a single file to Maureen Durkin (maureen_durkin@fws.gov) by January 17, 2020. Applications may be reviewed as they are received, so you are encouraged to apply early.



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