Conservation / Community Science

Location: Barnstable, MA
Sanctuary: Long Pasture

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

If you are interested in wildlife and research, you can participate in one of Mass Audubon's ongoing community science studies like horseshoe crab population surveys, vernal pool monitoring, snake surveys, and others. Your work will directly contribute to databases that track species over time. 

What we need

Who you are

What you'll do

Horseshoe Crab Population Surveyors Whenever you walk the cape beaches, horseshoe crabs always catch your eye. You may or may not have been a biologist in your former life, but you've always had a science tilt. And, you know how to use a small motor boat! You'll help us work on our 7 year study tracking the spawning season of these crabs, recording data and scouting for spawning beaches in Barnstable Harbor and Sandy Neck.
Butterfly Census You know it's a great day when you get to be outside! You'll hit one or all of our 4 fields for the count and share and will share information about the butterflies with those who also may be visiting.
Butterfly Garden Gardeners  You have a green thumb and understand or want to learn about native wildflowers. You'll adopt a butterfly garden within the sanctuary’s Butterfly Mosaic Trail in Barnstable. You'll be the steward of one of 10 small 12’x12’ native wildflower garden during the growing season including, weeding, watering, feeding, plant division, and some plant propagation in our green house.
Vernal Pool Certification Maybe you've read "Night of the Spadefoot Toad" to your children or grandchildren? Maybe you read it for yourself? You haven't? No problem! You can follow in the hero's footsteps. You'll collect data about our vernal pools, tracking salamanders and toads. This data will help us certify our vernal pools.
Restored & Created Vernal Pool Monitoring Same as above but you can commit to 8 hours a month year round. Weather? What weather? Run monthly monitoring of 13 newly restored and created vernal pools at Long Pasture, and Ashumet Holly.  
Snake Coverboard Surveys Unlike the song, you do like spiders and snakes. You'll set up cover boards (really, plywood!) and monitor snakes at Long Pasture, Great Marsh, and Ashument Holly.
Data Manager You want to help with conservation, but you're more of an indoor type of person, and you know your way around a computer. Our volunteers have gathered a good amount of data, you'll play the important part of getting that data into our system.

Additional Information

All volunteers must pass a background records check, CORI, SORI, and driving (if driving is required to volunteer).

COVID-19 Considerations

Mass Audubon requires that all staff, regardless of their work location, disclose their vaccination status. Proof of vaccination status will be required immediately upon hire. This should also include a booster shot if it has been 5 months since you were initially vaccinated.

Mass Audubon's Commitment To Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Justice

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.

How To Apply

It's a big help if you could complete the volunteer application. It can be emailed or mailed.


Kathleen Roche/Ellen Taylor

PO Box 235
Barnstable, MA 02637

Job# 2740