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  • Western Massachusetts Common Loon Field Biologist

    Guest Chris Persico
    • Employer: Biodiversity Research Institute
      Location: Western Massachusetts
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Summary: BRI’s Center for Loon Conservation research studies encompass a variety of ecological stressors. The Center is also actively involved in assisting state and regional conservation agencies in loon monitoring efforts, capture and banding efforts, and development of management plans to ensure long-term reproductive success. Loon field biologists are responsible for acting in support of on-going loon studies involving demographics, behavior, toxin levels, and genetic ecology. One position is available.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Field biologists collect, record, and report data on loon population and nesting ecology, including:

    Survey lakes for the presence of loon individuals, pairs, and nesting activity;

    Locate nest locations;

    Re-sight banded individuals as part of long-term demographic and contaminant studies;

    Deploy, maintain and remove artificial nest rafts;

    Collect abandoned eggs, eggshells and loon carcasses;

    Participate in the collection, recording and reporting of data to ensure quality and methodology;

    Submit daily observations;

    Coordinate, communicate and collaborate with state, federal, industry, and the public as well as landowners as needed to ensure project goals;

    Potential to participate in the live capture of loons, including banding and taking samples according to the scope of work and approved protocols;

    ·         Participate in data analysis, and report writing as needed;

    Uphold the legal requirements of permits; and,

    All other duties as directed or assigned.



    Hours/Schedule: This is a full-time, seasonal position, with varying hire and release dates, depending on the individual assignment. Weather and other factors determine the work schedule, although a 40-hour work week is required. There will be occasional night and weekend work. It is at the discretion of the employee to work effectively as conditions dictate.


    Qualifications: Working towards or completed B.A. or B.S. in wildlife biology, wildlife management, biology, zoology, ecology, or a related discipline. A valid driver's license is required and experience with a full-sized vehicle with 4-wheel drive. This work will require to use your personal vehicle, with mileage reimbursed. Must be able to transport a kayak with your vehicle. Must live in Western Massachusetts area. No housing is provided.

    Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    Courses and/or work experience in wildlife biology, preferably with avian or aquatic species;

    Ability to work independently, as well as with a team of other researchers;

    Ability and willingness to reach out to landowners and lake associations for public outreach as well as gaining permission to access lakes and ponds in Massachusetts.

    Strong swimming ability;

    A working knowledge of kayak, canoe, and/or powerboat use;

    Prior knowledge of ArcGIS Survey 123 is a plus but not a requirement;

    Patience to monitor banded individuals;

    Willingness to work in adverse weather conditions; and,

    A genuine interest in learning about wildlife conservation and their habitats.

    Supervisory Responsibilities: None. 

    Physical Demands: Physically demanding work requires field biologists to be in excellent physical condition and must possess an ability to tolerate weather extremes, rough water, hiking into remote lakes and the company of black flies. Need to be able to lift 50+ lbs.

    Work Environment: The field sites are located throughout Massachusetts, however, will be concentrated in the Western Massachusetts (Berkshires) area. Field research will require long hours alone in the field in somewhat remote areas. Housing is not provided and as such, applicants will preferably live in Western Massachusetts.   

    Compensation: $684/week.

    To apply submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references in a single pdf file to chris.persico@briwildlife.org. Position open until filled.


    *Note: In the event of changes to a project scope or schedule beyond our control, staff may be re-assigned, and are required to be flexible and willing to change assignments as circumstances may dictate. The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of all activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee and are subject to change.


    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment

    without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation,

    gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status


    Biodiversity Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V

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