Seasonal Shorebird Technician – Ipswich, MA

The Trustees of Reservations
Ipswich, Massachusetts
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
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Position Summary: The Trustees of Reservations are seeking individuals to assist with monitoring, research, and management activities for nesting and migratory shorebirds at Crane Beach, a 1,200-acre barrier beach in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Crane Beach is an exemplary example of a barrier beach and is one of the few remaining barrier beaches in New England where the near absence of human infrastructure has left the landscape wild and largely unimpeded. As a result, it provides critical habitat for wildlife and is a popular outdoor recreation destination. Crane beach is among the world’s most important nesting sites for threatened piping plovers and is part of the Great Marsh Area of Critical Environmental Concern which has been designated a globally important site for migratory shorebirds by the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network. The Shorebird Technician is part of a team responsible for barrier beach protection and management. This is a seasonal, full-time position (600hrs) and expected to begin in April/May and continue through August. Essential Functions: -Perform daily monitoring and management activities for breeding piping plovers and least- terns, including nest location, nest protection, and chick monitoring following established protocols. -Assist with daily reports on the breeding status and location of nesting shorebirds and communicate with the Coastal Ecologist and property management staff to ensure the successful implementation of our barrier beach protection program. -Install, maintain, and remove symbolic fencing and signage used to protect breeding and migratory shorebirds. -Assist with targeted predator management and monitoring efforts. -Assist in compilation of data for state piping plover and least-tern census and end of season reporting. -Public interaction with beach goers about shorebird and barrier beach ecology. -Assist with the collection of migratory shorebird abundance and distribution data. -Other tasks and duties may include but not limited to inland rare species monitoring, deer browse impact surveys, and other bird species surveys. About The Trustees The Trustees places are open to all, and we thrive by involving as many people as possible in what we do. Founded in 1891 by a group of visionary volunteers, we preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts. We aim to protect special places for future generations to enjoy in perpetuity. We have helped protect more than 50,000 acres, including 27,000+ acres on more than 120 reservations that are open to the public. We are a non-profit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and our 100,000 Member households. Our seasonal staff plays an integral role in ensuring that our visitors enjoy our extraordinary places. Every season brings an influx of visitors of all ages and backgrounds who want to explore and be inspired by our properties. Sandy beaches, wooded trails, cultural gardens, historic homes, community supported agriculture—there are many ways for visitors to discover and explore The Trustees, and just as many opportunities for seasonal employees to make each visitor’s experience special. The Trustees offers competitive compensation, as well as the opportunity to be part of a dedicated team across the Commonwealth who love the outdoors and the distinctive charms of New England, and who believe in celebrating and protecting our special places, for everyone, forever. The Trustees is a proud equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any protected status including, but not limited to, age, race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, nation of origin, religion, or disability status and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ applicants. We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts, who are at the core of our mission. Our commitment to advancing the organization’s vision for this work may be found here: Diversity, Belonging, Inclusion and Equity
Qualifications: -Coursework in wildlife biology, ecology, zoology, environmental science, or related experience. -The ability to identify birds. -At least 3 months of previous field experience (does not need to be shorebird experience). -Strong verbal and written communication skills. -The ability to work independently and closely with other staff and the public. Preferred Applicants will have Experience with: -Beach-nesting shorebirds and identifying them by sight and sound. -Biological data collection and data management. -Wildlife tracking. -Working in coastal environments and have awareness of threats to beach nesting birds (e.g., predation, dogs, and human disturbance). -Operating off-road vehicles and handheld radios. Other Requirements: -The ability to work outdoors daily, and at times, under rigorous conditions. -The ability to perform physically strenuous duties, such as hiking long distances on the beach. -The ability to lift/carry 30 pounds. -The ability to occasionally work weekends and irregular hours. -Driving on the beach is an essential function of this job, a valid driver’s license, as well as a satisfactory driving record is required as outlined in The Trustees’ driving policy. Prior experience with driving on the beach is not required, and training on how to drive on the beach will be provided. -A satisfactory criminal background check (CORI). To apply: Applications must be submitted online through Paycom. Enter the link below into your web browser. You can also go to our website or search for The Trustees of Reservations. On our website in the search function, search for Careers and on this landing page scroll to Job Openings. In the job openings list you can either search for Seasonal Shorebird Technician or scroll through the list until you find it. If you have questions about how to apply email Jeff Denoncour -
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