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Coastal Waterbird Program Field Technician

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
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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 Field Technician positions to conduct research, monitoring, management, and protection of coastal birds and other natural resources. This is a primarily field-based position, with minimal office work for data management. Further details on specific monitored regions will be discussed at the time of the Interview. 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 25, 2024.

  • 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 and maintain online maps for nesting and management activities
  • 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

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
  • Applicants should have demonstrated experience utilizing judgment in field-based wildlife research or management projects and have a strong attention to detail
  • 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 driver record check

Nice to Haves
  • Small boat-handling experience preferred
  • Prior experience in avian field research and management strongly 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 $17.37-$19.00/hour; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements. This is not a benefits eligible position.

Work Schedule
This position starts on April 2, 2024 and ends on August 16, 2024. Variable hours and schedule due to weather and site-specific requirements. Typically 35 hours, 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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