Coastal Waterbird Field Assistant III

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Benefits: Rate of payment is $13.50-$14.25/hour depending on experience. Field travel reimbursement will be provided.

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Dec 29, 2020

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Coastal Waterbird Field Assistant III

March 29th to late-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)

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

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

· 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 III positions to train and supervise staff and volunteers in conducting 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 early late March through late August.

Responsibilities include:

· Supervise field crew (field assistants and volunteers) to meet research, wildlife management and education objectives of the Coastal Waterbird Program;

· Train and supervise field assistants and volunteers in collection and management of biological data on nesting, foraging and migrating species of coastal waterbirds;

· 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;

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

· Interact with beachgoers to provide information regarding regulations and beach ecology. Development and delivery of formal and informal coastal waterbird education programs and outreach to beachgoers, community groups, partners, schools, and others may be required depending on location.

· Supervise and 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, or equivalent experience

· Three to six months previous supervisory experience; demonstrated ability to set expectations, give feedback, and manage schedules for staff of varying experience levels preferred.

· Three to six months prior experience with piping plover/tern/avian field monitoring, data collection and management required;

· Applicants should have demonstrated experience utilizing judgment in field-based wildlife research and management projects; demonstrated 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-$14.25/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: and 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.