Steward- Shorebird Monitor - Martha's Vineyard

  • The Trustees of Reservations
  • Chappaquiddick Island, Marthas Vineyard, Edgartown, MA, United States
  • Jan 20, 2018
Seasonal Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources GIS - Remote Sensing Wetlands - Coastlines - Floodplains Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description

The Trustees of Reservations are seeking qualified individuals to assist with 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 Monitor 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


Minimum Requirements:

Education and Experience:

  • Coursework in wildlife biology, ecology, zoology, environmental science, or related field
  • The ability to identify shorebirds by sight and sound
  • At least 3 months of previous field experience
  • Strong verbal communication skills
  • The ability to work closely with other staff and the public


  • Beach-nesting shorebirds on the Atlantic coast
  • Behavioral data collection
  • Wildlife tracking
  • Coastal wildlife management issues
  • GIS mapping


  • 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)

Organizational Relationships/Scope:

Reports directly to Southeast Ecology Assistant. Works closely with other shorebird technician and other staff.

Working Conditions:

  • The ability to work outdoors daily, and at times, under rigorous conditions
  • The ability to perform physically strenuous duties, such as hiking long distances on the beach
  • The ability to lift/carry 50 pounds
  • The ability to occasionally work some weekends, holidays, and irregular hours (depending upon wildlife and weather)

The Martha’s Vineyard Shorebird Monitor position is a full time, seasonal, non-exempt, position. The position is expected to last approximately 15 weeks, with an anticipated start date between April 1st and May 20th. The rate of pay is $15 per hour.

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.

We kindly request that you do not call to inquire about the status of your application. Those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted.

In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, the Trustees of Reservations aims 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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