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Coastal Waterbird Program Crew Leader

Mass Audubon
Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Closing date
May 30, 2024

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Academic / Research
Informatics / GIS
Climate Change
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Employment Type
Full time
Job DescriptionJob Description
About Mass Audubon
Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 160,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at

About This Position
Mass Audubon is seeking to fill seasonal Crew Leader positions to train and supervise staff and volunteers in conducting research, monitoring, management, and protection of coastal birds and other natural resources. This is a field-based position with 4-5 field days per week with some office work for reporting and data responsibilities. For more information, visit

Application Instructions
Please submit a resume, cover letter, and three references with your ADP application. In addition, please complete a short cover page questionnaire at: Your application will not be processed without completion and 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 20, 2024.

  • Supervise field crew (field technicians, field assistants and ranger staff) to meet research, wildlife management and education objectives of the Coastal Waterbird Program
  • Train and supervise field crew 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 and maintain online maps for nesting and management activities
  • 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

At Mass Audubon, our highest priority is finding the best candidate for the job. Research has shown that people of color and women are less likely to apply for jobs if they don't believe they meet every one of the qualifications described in a job description. We encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of our described qualifications or you have a less traditional background. We are looking for applicants with the following qualifications:

Must Haves
  • Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in wildlife management and/or biology through coursework, previous employment or volunteering
  • 3-6 months previous supervisory experience; demonstrated ability to set expectations, give feedback, and manage schedules for staff of varying experience levels preferred.
  • 3-6 months prior experience with piping plover/tern/avian field monitoring, data collection and management or other relevant wildlife/ecology experience required
  • Demonstrated experience utilizing judgment in field-based wildlife research and management projects; demonstrated strong attention to detail
  • 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 driver record check

Nice to Haves
  • Small boat-handling experience preferred
  • Experience in behavioral data collection, band-reading, wildlife tracking, coastal wildlife management issues, and GIS mapping preferred

Compensation, Benefits and Perks
This position's pay range is $19.20-$20.50/hour; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements. This position is eligible for health insurance benefits.

Work Schedule
This position starts on March 26, 2024 and ends on August 23, 2024. Variable hours and schedule due to weather and site-specific requirements. Typically 35 hours per week, including work on weekends and holidays (specifically Memorial Day and Fourth of July), 8:00am-4:00pm.

Other Requirements
Employees must successfully complete a CORI and SORI Background Check and a Motor Vehicle Record (if applicable) is required.

Mass Audubon's Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Justice
Mass Audubon embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are dedicated to forming a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Mass Audubon's mission is to "protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and for wildlife" by building a strong coalition of employees, volunteers, and community members. We recognize that the environmental movement and field of conservation have been affected by societal systems that have limited opportunity and access for many people. As a result, Mass Audubon is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. We are engaged in an ongoing process of organizational assessment and change, designed to remove barriers and create a workplace where all forms of diversity are recognized and valued.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Mass Audubon is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. Mass Audubon prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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