Field Assistant

Location: Cummaquid, MA
Sanctuary: Long Pasture , Allens Pond , Wellfleet Bay , Felix Neck , Lost Farm

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 is seeking to fill seasonal Field Assistant positions to conduct research, monitoring, management, and protection of coastal birds and other natural resources. For more information, visit Full-time and part-time positions are available from April to mid-August, and may extend through September at one site.

Multiple positions based at:

  • Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, Barnstable MA (covering field sites in Nantucket, Cape Cod, Boston, Wareham, and the North Shore)
  • 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)
  • Lost Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, Nantucket, MA (covering field sites on Nantucket)
  • South Shore Sanctuaries, Marshfield MA (covering field sites from Plymouth to Hull)
  • South Beach, Chatham (*note this position requires living in a remote camp setting on a barrier beach)

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Collect biological data on nesting, foraging and migrating species of coastal waterbirds including abundance and distribution of target species;
  • Accomplish the wildlife management, protection, 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;
  • Assist in compilation of data for state plover, tern, and oystercatcher census forms and write summary reports for specific sites on results and management activities;
  • Conduct research on special projects as directed;
  • Other tasks 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:

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, as well as 3 months previous field experience;
  • Prior experience in avian or wildlife field research and management strongly preferred;
  • Applicants should have demonstrated experience utilizing judgment in field-based wildlife research or management projects and have a strong attention to detail;
  • Experience in behavioral data collection, band-reading, wildlife tracking, coastal wildlife management issues, and GIS mapping 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 have access to means of communication by phone, text, virtual meeting and email.

Nice to Have’s:

  • Kayaking experience preferred;
  • Small boat-handling experience preferred.

Compensation & Benefits

Rate of payment is $14.25-$14.75 depending on experience, with some exceptions where payment will be higher to cover the cost of living on Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. Field travel reimbursement will be provided.

This is not a benefits eligible position.

Additional Information

Work Schedule:
The schedule from April-August will typically include some of both weekend days and one or two weekdays off.
From April-August, the hours are typically 7 hrs/day with some early mornings and later shifts depending on field season needs.
Holidays, including Memorial Day and Fourth of July are required for all CWP staff.

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

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. This should also include a booster shot if it has been 5 months since you were initially vaccinated.

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 [email protected]. Interviews will begin immediately. Please label your materials with your first and last name. 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 begin in January.

Lyra Brennan
Job# 3598