Shorebird Technician

  • The Trustees of Reservations
  • Martha's Vineyard, Dukes County, MA, United States
  • Apr 01, 2017
Seasonal Biology/Ecology Communication/Public Outreach Environmental Education/Interpretation Natural Resources Wildlife/Endangered Species

Job Description

Position Summary:

The Shorebird Technician is responsible for monitoring, research, and management activities for nesting and migratory shorebirds at Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge (516 acres), Norton Point Beach (250 acres), Long Point Wildlife Refuge (632 acres) and Wasque (200 acres). The Shorebird Technician is part of a team responsible for barrier beach protection and management.

Essential Functions:

  • Perform daily monitoring and management activities for breeding piping plovers, terns, and American oystercatchers, including: habitat delineation, nest location, nest protection, chick monitoring, and data entry
  • Assist with daily reports on the breeding status and location of nesting shorebirds and communicate with the Southeast Ecology Assistant and property management staff to ensure the successful implementation of our barrier beach protection program
  • Assist with the collection of migratory shorebird abundance and distribution data
  • Install, maintain, and remove symbolic fencing, predator exclosures, and signage used to protect breeding and migratory shorebirds as well as other sensitive barrier beach habitats
  • Assist with targeted predator control and monitoring efforts
  • Assist in compilation of data for state piping plover, tern, and American oystercatcher census forms
  • Educate the public about shorebird and barrier beach ecology
  • Assist in the monitoring and management of rare and invasive plant species and other wildlife species as needed
  • Other tasks and duties as required

Qualifications

  • Coursework in wildlife biology, ecology, zoology, environmental science, or related field
  • At least 3 months of previous field experience
  • Ability to identify shorebirds by sight and sound
  • Beach-nesting shorebirds on the Atlantic coast
  • Behavioral data collection
  • Wildlife tracking
  • Coastal wildlife management issues
  • GIS mapping
  • Strong verbal communication skill

Other Requirements:

  • A valid driver’s license, as well as a satisfactory driving record as outlined in The Trustees’ driving policy
  • A satisfactory criminal background check (CORI)
  • Ability to work outdoors daily, and at times, under rigorous conditions
  • Ability to perform physically strenuous duties, such as hiking long distances on the beach
  • Ability to lift/carry 50 pounds

Compensation and Benefits:

The Martha’s Vineyard Shorebird Technician position is a full time, seasonal, non-exempt, position. The position is expected to begin in April and end in August. The Trustees offers competitive compensation and the opportunity to be part of a dedicated team across the Commonwealth who love the outdoors, who love the distinctive charms of New England, and who believe in celebrating and protecting our special places, for everyone, forever.

In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, The Trustees of Reservations aim to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of our team. We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts who are at the core of our mission.

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Job Level

Entry-level

Sector

Nonprofit- NGO

Salary

Competitive compensation