Coastal Waterbird Program Assistant Field Coordinator

Location: Lincoln, MA

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

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. This person will also train and supervise staff and volunteers in these activities. This position reports to the Coastal Waterbird Program Field Coordinator and Program Manager. For more information, visit

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Coordinate and support Coastal Waterbird Program field crews and volunteers to meet research, wildlife management, and education objectives
  • Train and supervise field crews and volunteers in collection and management of biological data on nesting, foraging, and migrating species of coastal waterbirds
  • Accomplish the wildlife management objectives of the Coastal Waterbird Program, including protocols for predator and vegetation management
  • Provide guidance to landowners, land managers, community groups, and the public in the protection of coastal wildlife species.
  • Point of contact for regional contracted projects such as beach re-nourishment monitoring, beach raking operations, and other state-approved coastal zone improvement projects 
  • Coordinate and support the implementation of the Massachusetts Habitat Conservation Plan at monitored sites included in the Plan
  • 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 the 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


At Mass Audubon, our highest priority is finding the best candidate for the job. Research has shown that people of color and women are less likely to apply for jobs if they don't believe they meet every one of the qualifications described in a job description. We encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of our described qualifications or you have a less traditional background. We are looking for applicants with the following qualifications:

  • B.S., B.A. or higher, or equivalent experience in wildlife biology/management, ecology, zoology, environmental science, or related field
  • 6-12 months of previous supervisory experience
  • 6-12 months prior experience with piping plover/tern/avian field monitoring, data collection and management required
  • Demonstrated experience utilizing judgment in field-based wildlife research and management projects
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • 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
  • Small boat-handling experience preferred
  • Experience in behavioral data collection, band-reading, wildlife tracking, coastal wildlife management issues, and GIS mapping preferred

Compensation & Benefits

This position’s base salary range is $20.00 - $20.50 per hour; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements. This position is eligible for health benefits.

Additional Information

Work Schedule:

Variable hours and schedule due to weather and site-specific requirements. Typically 40 hours per week, including work on weekends and holidays, 8am-4pm.

Other Requirements:

Employees must successfully complete a CORI and SORI Background Check and a Motor Vehicle Record (if applicable) is required.

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 apply on ADP Workforce Now:

Please include a cover letter (specify position(s) for which you are applying and dates of availability), resume, and list of three references with your ADP application. Label your resume and cover letter with your first and last name.

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as interviews will begin in January, and this position will be filled by February 24, 2023.

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