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Shorebird Protection and Management - Cape Cod National Seashore

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Cape Cod National Seashore, MA


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Mar 11, 2022

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Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking FOUR Shorebird Protection and Management Members to contribute to shorebird monitoring efforts alongside Cape Cod National Seashore staff. The main duties will include managing and protecting state and federally protected shorebird species, specifically the piping plover, least tern, and American oystercatcher.

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*This position is being reposted for a greater pool of applicants. Current applicants need not reapply.*

Start Date: April 2022

End Date: August 2022 (or 18 weeks from the start date)

*an 18-week minimum commitment is required *

Location: Cape Cod National Seashore - Wellfleet, MA

Cape Cod is a large peninsula extending 60 miles into the Atlantic Ocean from the coast of Massachusetts. Located on the outer portion of the Cape, Cape Cod National Seashore's 44,600 acres encompass a rich mosaic of marine, estuarine, fresh water, and terrestrial ecosystems. These systems and their associated habitats reflect the Cape's glacial origin, dynamic natural processes, and at least 9,000 years of human activity. Many of these habitats are globally uncommon and the species that occupy them are correspondingly rare.

For more information regarding the Cape Cod National Seashore, please visit:

Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $280/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.

Housing: ACE members will be accommodated in provided park housing at no cost for the duration of the term.

AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 675-hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($2,417.14) upon successful completion of service hours. Additional enrollment steps are required.

Schedule: A typical schedule will be 5 days/week, 8 hours per day. All members will likely work at least one day over the weekend unless a holiday falls on their regular day off.

Position Description: The main objective of the position is to manage and protect state and federally protected shorebird species, specifically the piping plover, least tern, and American oystercatcher at Cape Cod National Seashore. Duties and responsibilities of this position are as follows:

  • Members will serve in the field most of the day, erecting miles of symbolic fencing, installing signage and predator exclosures in often demanding weather conditions
  • Members will monitor shorebird nesting activities including locating potential breeding pairs and nests, daily monitoring of nests and following the movements of the precocial chicks until they fledge
  • Members will enforce park regulations and provide impromptu interpretive talks about the birds and other wildlife to the visitors
  • Members will be responsible for maintaining detailed, organized and accurate notes of field observations and be responsible for data entry

This individual placement is meant to facilitate professional development and promotes exposure to land management agencies and networking with professionals. This could include gaining experience in different conservation fields and shadowing different work groups.

Your health is important to us! Please note that duties may shift in order to prevent and reduce transmission of COVID-19. Visit the CDC website for further resources:

Public Land Corps Hiring Authority: Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a hiring authority upon completion of their term of service.



  • Members must be US citizen or Permanent Resident, as required to comply with U.S. government contracts
  • Willing and able to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.
  • Ability to be both self-directed/work alone, and be a positive, contributing member of a group.
  • A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request).
  • Must have a personal vehicle.
  • Willing to undergo and must pass required criminal history checks.
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Physically able to serve outdoors for long hours in intense weather conditions erecting fences and installing signage and animal exclosures. Please note this position is both physically and technically demanding.
  • ACE Members must verify that they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or have requested and been granted a medical or religious exemption to vaccination by the time they start their term.


  • Competitive applicants for this position can hold or be pursuing a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or have relevant experience in subject areas such as ecology, marine biology, botany, wildlife sciences, biology, natural resources management, environmental science, or related disciplines.
  • Knowledge of the natural history and scientific processes of the Northeastern United States; for example: ecology of marine ecosystems, dune and barrier beach ecosystems, coastal geologic processes, freshwater ecosystems, marine biology.
  • A deep interest in wildlife management and a respect for nature.

To Apply: Please submit your resume, a cover letter demonstrating your interest and experience, and contact information for three professional/academic references to the online application page for this position here. Early consideration will be given as resumes are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to contact National Recruitment Specialist, Madison Ficca, at

EEO: American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

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