Youth Environmental Stewards
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
Under the supervision of the Nantucket Sanctuaries Director, Youth Environmental Stewards work to protect the nature of Nantucket for people and wildlife by helping to maintain and steward Mass Audubon’s three Island properties. Youth Environmental Stewards will also work with our Coastal Waterbird Program staff to monitor birds on private and public beaches.
Mass Audubon’s Sesachacha Heathlands Wildlife Sanctuary is on the eastern side of Nantucket and encompasses globally rare coastal heathland and sandplain grassland habitats. Sesachacha Pond, the largest body of brackish water on the Island is located within the Sanctuary, and is a magnet for 300 recorded bird species, including northern harriers and eastern towhees. Nantucket's largest pitch pine forest is found at Mass Audubon’s Lost Farm Wildlife Sanctuary.
Youth Environmental Stewards will learn about these habitats, wildlife, and properties and support efforts to steward and manage nearly 1,000 acres of open space on Nantucket.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Assist as requested with any formal education or volunteer programs and provide informal information to Sanctuary visitors and the public as needed.
Marketing, Public/Community Relations:
- Work with Islands Region staff to create press releases as needed
- Serve as a public representative for Mass Audubon when engaging with members of the public and Sanctuary visitors.
- Monitor and maintain properties including residence/office grounds and trail systems extending over 10 miles at Lost Farm and Sesachacha Heathlands Wildlife Sanctuaries
- Assist with building maintenance and improvements
- Identify/document/remove invasive species
- Use GPS technologies to map and document existing trail systems and sanctuary boundaries,
- Research history of Mass Audubon’s Nantucket properties
- Assist Mass Audubon’s Coastal Waterbird Program which protects threatened and endangered species that nest on Nantucket’s shores by installing symbolic fencing, documenting bird behavior, searching for birds and their nests, mapping bird activities, and completing reports and paperwork as needed.
- Other duties as required
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:
- Applicants must be between 16 and 24 years of age.
- Personal interest in working outdoors and with the public.
- Ability to work two days after school and occasionally weekends.
- Currently enrolled in or graduated from high school or equivalent
Nice to Have’s:
- Ability to participate in extended summer portion of Youth Environmental Stewardship Program.
- Nantucket Year-round residents preferred.
- Driver’s license and three years of driving experience
Compensation & Benefits
This position’s base salary range is $14.25 - $15 per hour; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements.
This is not a benefits eligible position.
- Two 2-3 hours shifts Monday-Friday during the academic year.
- Occasionally 2-3 hour shifts on weekends as needed.
In May 2022, an exit interview will be conducted and dependent upon employee performance and program funding, there is the potential this position can be extended into a summer position at 24 hours/week.
Summer Extension Hours:
- Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 8 AM – 4 PM
- Occasionally weekend shifts as needed to support Coastal Waterbird Program activities.
Employees must successfully complete a CORI and SORI Background Check and a Motor Vehicle Record (if applicable) is required.
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 and 1-page letter introducing yourself, explaining why you are a good fit for the position, and what you hope to gain from your time with Mass Audubon to: