Coastal Waterbird Field Intern/Traineeship
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
The Coastal Water Bird Program at Mass Audubon is seeking to enroll shorebird monitoring trainees to gain experience and skills in endangered species management, coastal nesting bird ecology, field research and environmental education. Trainees will be mentored by Mass Audubon staff in the monitoring and management of Piping Plovers, Least and Common Terns, and American Oystercatchers. Activities will include construction and maintenance of protective fencing, wildlife tracking, educating the public about endangered species conservation, and research. Trainees will be assigned to 1-6 sites, where they will have the opportunity to experience a variety of coastal habitats.
For more information: www.massaudubon.org/cwp
Multiple positions based at:
- Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, Barnstable MA (covering field sites in Nantucket, Cape Cod, Boston, Wareham, and the North Shore)
- South Beach, Chatham (*note this position requires living in a remote camp setting on a barrier beach)
- South Shore Sanctuaries, Marshfield MA (covering field sites from Plymouth to Hull)
- Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, Dartmouth MA (covering field sites Westport to Dartmouth)
- Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Wellfleet MA (covering field sites Truro to Chatham)
- Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, Edgartown MA (covering field sites on Martha’s Vineyard)
- Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have a strong interest in wildlife management and conservation biology;
- Applicants should have good communication (oral, written) 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;
- Preference will be given to applicants pursuing a career/degree in wildlife biology/management, ecology, zoology, environmental science, biology, or related field, however all are encouraged to apply.
Compensation & Benefits
This is an unpaid internship. Field travel reimbursement will be provided. For more information, visit www.massaudubon.org/cwp.
A minimum of 10 weeks (including most weekends and the 4th of July holiday), beginning no later than mid-May 2022. Trainees should expect to commit to a maximum of 35 hours per week.
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 cover letter (specify position(s) for which you are applying and dates of availability), resume and list of three references via email to: [email protected].
In addition to submitting your resume, cover letter and references, please complete a short cover page questionnaire at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SN5ZBR5.; 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 May 9, 2022. Please label your resume and cover letter with your first and last name to: