Turtle Monitor (May-August)

Location: Dartmouth, MA
Sanctuary: Allens Pond , Great Neck

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 140,000 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 www.massaudubon.org.

About This Position

Mass Audubon is interested in learning more about how Diamondback Terrapins use our sanctuaries throughout their active season. In order to do this, we need reliable and interested volunteers to fill our turtle monitor position. The turtle monitor will perform two different Diamondback Terrapin monitoring surveys to collect data associated with our research questions. From mid-April to mid-October, volunteers will conduct Rapid Visual Assessments (headcount surveys) for Diamondback Terrapins at predetermined locations along the marsh. In June and July volunteers will look for female turtles and nest evidence. This species is a state-protected species, so volunteers will receive adequate, in-depth training to perform these research techniques and to fill out datasheets.

The survey shifts will fluctuate throughout the active season around the daytime high tide. Volunteers will have the opportunity to sign up for shifts in advance and are expected to take on at least one shift per week. The estimated time commitment for this position is 2-3 hours per shift. This position requires walking on sometimes uneven terrain for up to 2 miles, though distance varies by location. Volunteers will be required to track their volunteer hours within an online form.

The Volunteer Position will consist of both remote and in-person activities.

Additional Information

Location: Wareham and Dartmouth, MA

Volunteers must successfully complete a CORI and SORI Background Check.

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

Please fill out our volunteer interest form at the following link: Volunteer Interest Form Mass Audubon South East (office.com)

For more information please contact:

Macie Broussard
508-636-2437
Job# 2837