Assistant Field Coordinator

Location: Cummaquid, 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 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

About This Position

Mass Audubon's Coastal Water Bird Program (CWP) (  is one of the most effective entities working to protect coastal birds and barrier beaches in North America. 

Mass Audubon is seeking to fill a seasonal Assistant Field Coordinator position to conduct research, monitoring, management, and protection of coastal birds and other natural resources, and to train and supervise staff and volunteers in these activities. For more information, visit

This is a full-time position running from early-March through late-August based out of the Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, Barnstable (covering field sites on Cape Cod, Buzzards Bay, Boston, and the North Shore.)

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Reports to the Coastal Water Bird Program Field Coordinator and Program Manager
  • Coordinate and support Coastal Water Bird Program field crews (approximately 2 crews) of field assistants and volunteers to meet research, wildlife management and education objectives of the program
  • Serve as Crew Leader for Yarmouth or other crew, train field assistants and volunteers to meet research, wildlife management and education objectives of the Coastal Water Bird Program
  • Train and supervise field assistants and volunteers in collection and management of biological data on nesting, foraging and migrating species of coastal water birds; accomplish the wildlife management objectives of the Coastal Water Bird Program including protocols for predator and vegetation management; train and supervise staff to accomplish education objectives including to land owners and managers, community groups, and the public
  • Accomplish the wildlife management and education objectives of the Coastal Water Bird Program
  • Establish and cultivate relationships with public and private landowners, and with beach managers on regional beaches; educate beachgoers about coastal wildlife protection on a daily basis
  • Assist in management of databases including abundance, productivity and behavioral data; create GIS/Google Earth maps of coastal resources
  • 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
  • Other tasks as directed


Must Have’s: 

  • 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 6-12 months previous supervisory experience
  • Six to 12 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
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point)
  • Excellent communication skills both verbally and in writing
  • 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

 Nice to Have’s: 

  • Small boat-handling experience preferred

Compensation & Benefits

Hourly rate of pay is $15.00-$15.50 depending on experience.

Field travel reimbursement will be provided.

This is not a benefits eligible position.

Additional Information

Work Schedule: 

This is a seasonal position starting on March 7, 2022 and ending on September 16, 2022.

In March and September, the schedule is M-F 8 am to 4 pm. The schedule is much more variable from April-August and will include weekend days and two weekdays off. From April-August, the hours are typically still 8 hours/day with some early mornings and later shifts depending on field season needs. Holidays, including Memorial Day and July 4th are required for all CWP staff.

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.

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 send a resume, cover letter and three references to the email address above. Interviews will begin immediately. Please label your materials with your first and last name.

Lyra Brennan, Director of Coastal Water Bird Program
Job# 3539