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Coastal Waterbird Field Assistant III - Felix Neck

Location: Edgartown, MA
Sanctuary: Felix Neck

Mass Audubon is seeking to fill seasonal Field Assistant III positions to train and supervise staff and volunteers in conducting research, monitoring, management, and protection of coastal birds and other natural resources. For more information, visit

Full-time and part-time positions available from mid March through late August. 


  • Supervise field crew (field assistants and volunteers) to meet research, wildlife management and education objectives of the Coastal Waterbird Program
  • Train and supervise field assistants and volunteers in collection and management of biological data on nesting, foraging and migrating species of coastal waterbirds
  • Accomplish the wildlife management 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 GIS/Google Earth maps of coastal resources
  • Interact with beachgoers to provide information regarding regulations and beach ecology.  Development and delivery of formal and informal coastal waterbird education programs and outreach to beachgoers, community groups, partners, schools, and others may be required depending on location
  • Compile data for state plover, tern, and oystercatcher census forms and write summary reports for specific sites on results and management activities
  • Supervise and conduct research on special projects as directed


  • Applicants should have a B.S. or B.A. or higher in wildlife biology/management, ecology, zoology, environmental science, or related field, or equivalent experience, as well as 3-6 months previous supervisory experience; demonstrated ability to set expectations, give feedback, and manage schedules for staff of varying experience
  • Three to six months prior experience with piping plover/tern/avian field monitoring, data collection and management required
  • Applicants should have demonstrated experience utilizing judgment in field-based wildlife research and management projects
  • Experience in behavioral data collection, band-reading, wildlife tracking, coastal wildlife management issues, and GIS mapping preferred
  • Small boat-handling experience preferred
  • 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 background records check (CORI, SORI and driver’s)

Compensation and Benefits

Rate of pay is $12.00-$14.00/hour depending on experience. Housing may be available for payroll deduction of $25-$35/wk.  Field travel reimbursement will be provided.  

Additional Comments

This position covers field sites on Martha's Vineyard.

In addition to submitting your resume, cover letter and references, please complete a short cover page questionnaire at; your application will not be processed without completion/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 Mar 1, 2018.  

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter (specify position(s) for which you are applying and dates of availability), resume and list of three references via email to: 

Job# 2474