Monomoy NWR – Tern Intern – Chatham, MA

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Chatham, MA
Job Category
$500/week stipend
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The tern intern will assist the technician with monitoring and management of over 14,000 pairs of nesting common terns at Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, as well a monitoring the activities of federally endangered roseate terns and laughing gulls. The intern will spend work days based in a rustic field camp on South Monomoy Island to monitor nesting terns, conduct predator management activities, conduct daily provisioning stints, and may make occasional trips (via kayak) to North and Minimoy Islands for monitoring other resources including American oystercatchers and piping plovers. This is a 12-14 week position and will involve long days, occasional nights, and working holidays. Schedules may exceed 40 hours per week. There is no heat, electricity, or running water in field camp. When not in field camp, staff will stay in free dorm style housing on the mainland. Willingness to ride in motorboats in challenging marine conditions is required. A background check will be required prior to staring the position. Hiring will be through Northwoods Stewardship Center.
Applicants must be between the ages of 16 and 30 or up to 35 if a veteran, have the ability to perform the physical duties of the position including being able to hike long distances (extensive beach walking) and being able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds. Applicants must be able to work with minimal supervision and be able to work with the public of all ages in a professional manner regarding sensitive conservation issues. Previous experience with beach nesting birds, field work in a field camp setting, data collection, bird identification, and an academic background in wildlife biology, zoology, environmental science or a related field are preferred. To apply: Send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for at least 3 references (must include email and phone number for each reference listed) by email to: The closing date is February 15, 2022, however hiring may begin before the closing date, so applying earlier is strongly recommended.
Contact Person
Eileen McGourty
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