TERN COLONY MANAGER is needed on a project to restore rare and endangered terns to Bird, Ram, and Penikese Islands in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts. This posting is for a Bird/Ram Manager only. These islands support nearly half the North American population of the federally endangered Roseate Tern; active management to protect the population is critical to recovery. Activities include censusing of Common, Roseate, and Arctic Terns; monitoring tern growth and productivity; trapping and banding adults and chicks; participating in studies of terns carrying PIT-tags; reading bands on adults through spotting scopes; monitoring productivity of American Oystercatchers; discouragement, control, censusing, and monitoring productivity of Herring and Great Black-backed Gulls; habitat management; maintaining field notebooks; and data management. Manager will supervise interns/assistant and write an end-of-season report. A base crew of 2-3 people will travel to islands on a daily basis in a small boat on an irregular 6 day/week schedule. Mainland crew house will be provided.
Candidates should be self-motivated, organized, mature, have a strong work ethic, pay close attention to detail, be able to live and work cooperatively with others, be able to maintain a positive attitude under a heavy workload, and be in good physical condition. Preferred: Experience handling outboard motorboats, previous supervisory and bird banding experience, and willingness to use own vehicle. Work on weekends and holidays is expected. Persons hired will spend significant time in Southeastern Massachusetts, but may also report to the Westborough field office for up to 2 weeks at the end of the employment period.
DATES (somewhat flexible) –~1 May to ~31 July.
TO APPLY: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. You must apply online via the MassCareers website. Emailed applications will not be accepted; email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) is for questions only. Go to: https://www.mass.gov/find-your-future-commonwealth-job. Click on “Start Your Career - Find a State Job (External Candidates),” type “tern” in the Keyword bar, and scroll down to find job. From the job description, click the “Apply Online” button: you will be prompted for your user name and password. (New users must register on MassCareers.)