Diamondback Terrapin Research Assistant

Location: South Wellfleet, MA
Sanctuary: Wellfleet Bay

The position involves working with the project coordinator to assist with all aspects of a long-term diamondback terrapin research project on our sanctuary in Wellfleet, with some work at other field sites in nearby towns. Primary duties are finding, protecting, and monitoring nests of diamondback terrapins on our 1100-acre coastal wildlife sanctuary and other sites around Wellfleet. Other duties include excavating nests, weighing, measuring, and releasing the hatchlings; PIT tagging adult terrapins; helping to coordinate and oversee the many volunteers who help with the project; radio tracking box turtles; and occasionally assisting with turtle-oriented public programs for adults and children.


Applicants should have a degree in wildlife biology or management, ecology, zoology, environmental science, biology, or other related field. Applicants should be able to work independently and as part of a team. Ability to follow protocols and accurately record and enter data is a must. Applicants should be in good physical condition, be able to work flexible hours, and have a valid driver's license and a reliable vehicle.

Compensation and Benefits

Pay is $14/hour. Dormitory or campground housing might be available at $30-35/wk. Local housing is a plus.

Additional Comments

Position runs mid-May through end of September.

How to Apply

Please no phone calls.

Please send cover letter (including dates of availability), resume, and contact info for three references by March 31 to:

Mark Faherty
Job# 3333

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