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  • Tidal Marsh Bird and Salt Marsh Restoration Monitoring Technician

    • Employer: Maine Audubon
      Location: Rachel Carson NWR (Wells, ME)
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/11/2022
      Open Until Filled: No

    Maine Audubon is hiring a Tidal Marsh Bird and Salt Marsh Restoration Monitoring Technician. This is a seasonal position at Maine Audubon, to be stationed at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. Maine Audubon works to conserve Maine’s wildlife and wildlife habitat by engaging people in education, conservation, and action.

    Position Overview: One full time technician is needed to support tidal marsh bird (primarily saltmarsh sparrow) projects in Maine. Primary duties of the technician will be to conduct point count surveys for New England tidal marsh birds; assist with mist-netting and banding of tidal marsh sparrows, nest searching and monitoring; and monitoring salt marsh vegetation, elevation and hydrology. Applicants must have sufficient banding and mist net extraction experience to obtain a federal banding sub permit. Previous grassland nest-searching/monitoring experience is preferred but not required.


    Duties and Responsibilities 

    • Primary responsibilities (80% of duties) include but are not limited to: conducting point count surveys for tidal marsh birds, mist-netting/banding, nest searching/monitoring, salt marsh vegetation/elevation surveys and data entry.
    • Additional responsibilities (20% of duties) include but are not limited to: providing public outreach and education, habitat restoration and management, and general maintenance/operations.


    • Bachelor’s degree in wildlife, environmental science, or related field.
    • Ability to perform the listed physical duties of the position.
    • Ability to identify all Maine tidal marsh birds by sight and sound and will be tested during the interview process.
    • Able to work with minimal supervision, be independent, and be able to work with the public of all ages in a professional manner regarding sensitive conservation issues.
    • Able to navigate through remote terrain using a GPS.
    • Comfortable conducting independent point count surveys at dawn in remote settings.
    • Previous experience conducting point count surveys in the field required.
    • Previous experience with banding and mist net extraction of passerines required.
    • GIS/AGOL, salt marsh vegetation identification, data management and quality control and an academic background in wildlife biology, zoology, environmental science or a related field are preferred.
    • Good communication and organizational skills.
    • Must be an enthusiastic field worker.
    • Valid driver's license, and a social security number required.

    Work Environment

    This position requires travel and working flexible hours (pre-dawn/sunrise and some weekends). Technician must be able to work independently in remote settings, carry moderate loads (30-50 lbs) over long distances, and work in varied climatic conditions including harsh sunlight, firm to unstable footing (e.g. salt marsh; shallow to hip-deep water), exposure to high temperatures/humidity, and biting insects. This position requires extensive walking/hiking (~5+ miles daily) and crossing/jumping of small to medium creeks. All work will be conducted with strict adherence to COVID-related federal policies.

    Timing and Benefits

    Full-time (40 hr/week), Seasonal Position, 21 weeks May 23 – October 14, 2022; Pay Rate: $17.38/hr

    Maine Audubon is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by law. Any job offers are contingent on a successful criminal background check.

    To apply: To apply, send cover letter, resume, contact information for three references, and college transcripts to: Hannah Young, hyoung@maineaudubon.org, with RCNWR Saltmarsh Sparrow Technician in the subject line. Please submit everything in one application package (.PDF) with YOUR NAME as the file name (ex. JaneDoe.pdf) to hyoung@maineaudubon.org by 11 February 2022.


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