Summary of Position:
The Trustees is seeking qualified individual to assist with monitoring, research, and management activities for grasslands throughout western Massachusetts. The Grassland Technician is part of the Ecology Program team, responsible for the stewardship of natural resources on Trustees properties. The focus of this position is on monitoring grassland birds and rare plants, documenting key vegetation characteristics, and mapping (and potentially controlling) invasive plants. This is a seasonal, full-time, 14-week position, expected to begin in May and continue through August.
Conduct avian point count surveys for grassland nesting birds
Monitor and map invasive species and control where applicable
Conduct vegetation surveys
Collect soil samples
Coordinate grassland bird monitoring volunteers
Map and enter data into database
Other tasks and duties as assigned
Coursework in wildlife biology, ecology, zoology, environmental science, or related field
The ability to identify birds by sight and sound, specifically grassland birds (bobolinks, meadow larks and savannah sparrows)
At least 3 months of previous field experience
Strong verbal communication skills
The ability to work closely with other staff and the public
Preferred Applicants Will Have Experience With:
Experience performing grassland bird surveys
Currently maintains a Massachusetts pesticide applicators license
Ability to identify Northeast plant species
Applicants must provide their own transportation to job sites, mileage will be reimbursed
The ability to work outdoors daily, and at times, under rigorous conditions
The ability to perform physically strenuous duties, such as hiking long distances.
The ability to lift/carry 40 pounds
The ability to work irregular hours (depending upon wildlife and weather)
A valid driver’s license, as well as a satisfactory driving record as outlined in The Trustees’ driving policy
Benefits and Salary:
This is a seasonal, non-exempt, hourly paid position, with an optimal start date in Mid-May. This position is based in western Massachusetts, west of the Quabbin Reservoir.
The Trustees offers competitive compensation and the opportunity to be part of a dedicated team across the Commonwealth who love the outdoors, who love the distinctive charms of New England, and who believe in celebrating and protecting our special places, for everyone, forever.
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