Field Ecologist, Ecological Extension Service

Location: Lincoln, MA
Sanctuary: Lincoln Headquarters

The Field Ecologist  works with the Ecological Extension Service Director and other Conservation Science staff to develop new projects, contribute to research, field work, and reporting to complete projects. The Field Ecologist works with a high level of independence in managing a number of projects simultaneously, scheduling field work and travel to project sites, communicating directly with project partners, and building and maintaining relationships in the conservation community. 

Current funding available from January 1st 2019- June 30th 2019 focused on marking boundaries for conservation areas, writing baseline documentation and monitoring reports, and writing management plans. Position may be extended after June 30th 2019 if project funding is available


  • Complete field data collection, data management, report preparation, and other tasks to deliver Ecological Extension Service products such as written reports, electronic files, and public presentations.  Work with a high level of independence and professionalism in completing project-specific tasks, scheduling weather- and season-dependent activities, and coordinating with project partners.  Schedule and complete field work that may require early morning or evening work, attend meetings including evening meetings. 
  • Contribute to overall EES marketing efforts.  Network with regional conservation community to develop and pursue new EES projects.  Attend meetings and conferences to promote EES services.  Work with EES Director to identify new services that EES might offer.  Work with EES Director and other Mass Audubon staff to develop marketing materials including e-newsletters, brochures, and news articles. 
  • Provide field-supervision for part-time staff on specific projects.  Provide necessary project background and training for supervised staff to participate in project successfully and safely. 
  • Manage own time effectively between multiple projects.  Track and manage project budgets and time spent on projects.  Work with EES Director in developing project budgets and timelines.  Complete projects within agreed timelines and budgets. 
  • Work closely with project partners within Mass Audubon and at non-profits, cities and towns, and agencies.  Communicate scientific knowledge to lay people and productively engage others in science-based conservation initiatives.  Represent Mass Audubon in regional partnerships and working groups. 
  • Understand and adhere to all Mass Audubon policies and procedures including, but not limited to, those regarding safety.


  • B.S. in Environmental Science or similar field plus 3-4 years experience or M.S. in Landscape Ecology or similar field plus 1-2 years experience or equivalent.
  • Very strong background in field identification of New England fauna and flora and knowledge of ecological systems of New England. 
  • Proven ability to navigate off-trail with map and compass and gps. 
  • Excellent research, writing and public presentation skills. 
  • Strong computer skills including MS Word and Excel and ArcGIS. 
  • Commitment to conservation.
  • Willingness and ability to travel throughout the region as needed. 
  • Ability to operate a vehicle and perform outdoor field work in all weather conditions. 
  • Currently hold or are willing to acquire MA CORE Pesticide Applicator’s License.  
  • Successful candidates will also need to pass a background records check (CORI, SORI and driver's.)

Compensation and Benefits

$15-$20/ hour depending on qualifications and experience. This position is part time, seasonal, and project dependent.

How to Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to:

Amber Carr, Director of Ecological Extension Service

208 South Great Road

Lincoln, MA 01773

Job# 3069

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