Coastal Waterbird Field Assistant II

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Rate of payment is $13.50-14.00 /hour depending on experience. Field travel reimbursement will be provided. To apply for this position:

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Dec 29, 2020

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Coastal Waterbird Field Assistant II

Early April to mid-August 2021

Multiple positions based at:

· Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, Barnstable MA (covering field sites in Nantucket, Cape Cod, Boston, Wareham, and the North Shore),

· Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, Dartmouth MA (covering field sites Westport to Dartmouth),

· Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Wellfleet MA (covering field sites Truro to Chatham),

· Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, Edgartown MA (covering field sites on Martha’s Vineyard)

· South Shore Sanctuaries, Marshfield MA (covering field sites from Plymouth to Hull)

· South Beach, Chatham (*note this position requires living in a remote camp setting on a barrier beach)

Mass Audubon is seeking to fill seasonal Field Assistant II positions to conduct research, monitoring, management, and protection of coastal birds and other natural resources. For more information, visit

Full-time and part-time positions are available from April to mid-August.

Responsibilities include:

· Collect biological data on nesting, foraging and migrating species of coastal waterbirds including abundance and distribution of target species;

· Accomplish the wildlife management, protection, and education objectives of the Coastal Waterbird Program;

· Assist with sanctuary-based Coastal Waterbird Program staff throughout the region;

· Assist in management of databases including abundance, productivity and behavioral data; create GIS/Google Earth maps of coastal resources;

· Assist in compilation of data for state plover, tern, and oystercatcher census forms and write summary reports for specific sites on results and management activities;

· Conduct research on special projects as directed.

· Other tasks as directed.


· Applicants should have a B.S. or B.A. or higher in wildlife biology/management, ecology, zoology, environmental science, or related field, as well as 3 months previous field experience;

· Prior experience in avian field research and management strongly preferred;

· Applicants should have demonstrated experience utilizing judgment in field-based wildlife research or management projects and have a strong attention to detail.

· Experience in behavioral data collection, band-reading, wildlife tracking, coastal wildlife management issues, and GIS mapping preferred;

· Small boat-handling experience preferred;

· Applicants must have strong interpersonal skills;

· Must be able to work long hours outside in all weather conditions and be able to lift and carry up to 40lbs across varied and sandy terrain.

· Must be willing to work weekends, holidays, and irregular hours (dependent upon wildlife and weather);

· Must have access to a vehicle for daily driving between sites;

· Must pass a background records check (CORI, SORI and driver’s).

Benefits: Rate of payment is $13.50-14.00 /hour depending on experience. Field travel reimbursement will be provided.

To apply for this position:

Please send a cover letter (specify position(s) for which you are applying and dates of availability), resume and list of three references via email to .

Additional Comments:

In addition to submitting your resume, cover letter and references, please complete a short cover page questionnaire at Your application will not be processed without completion/receipt of the items above. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as interviews will begin in January, and positions will be filled by March 29th, 2021