About The Organization:
The Trustees is an organization with a fascinating past and an exciting future. Our 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 and work to protect special places across the state. We have helped protect more than 50,000 acres, including 26,000+ acres on 117 reservations that are all open to the public. We are a nonprofit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 60,000 member households.
Our seasonal staff plays an integral role in ensuring that our visitors enjoy our extraordinary places. With the change to warmer temperatures, we experience 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.
In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, The Trustees of Reservations aim to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of our team. We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts who are at the core of our mission.
The Trustees is seeking qualified 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 a popular outdoor recreation destination and among the world’s most important nesting sites for threatened piping plovers. The Shorebird Technician is part of a team responsible for barrier beach protection and management. This is a seasonal, full-time position expected to begin in April/May and continue through August.
-Perform daily monitoring and management activities for breeding piping plovers and least-terns, including: habitat delineation, nest location, nest protection, chick monitoring, and data entry
-Assist with daily reports on the breeding status and location of nesting shorebirds and communicate with the Northeast Ecology Assistant and property management staff to ensure the successful implementation of our barrier beach protection program
-Assist with the collection of migratory shorebird abundance and distribution data
-Install, maintain, and remove symbolic fencing, predator exclosures, and signage used to protect breeding and migratory shorebirds as well as other sensitive barrier beach habitats
-Assist with targeted predator control and monitoring efforts
-Assist in compilation of data for state piping plover and least-tern census forms
-Educate the public about shorebird and barrier beach ecology
-Other tasks and duties as assigned
-Coursework in wildlife biology, ecology, zoology, environmental science, or related field
-The ability to identify shorebirds by sight and sound
-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:
-Beach-nesting shorebirds on the Atlantic coast
-Behavioral data collection
-Coastal wildlife management issues
-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 50 pounds
-The ability to occasionally work some weekends, holidays, and 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
-A satisfactory criminal background check (CORI)
Benefits and Salary:
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. Optional staff housing may be available.
How to Apply:
Applications must be submitted through Paycom. You can copy and paste the link below into a web browser for a direct link to the job description and application page.
You can also visit The Trustees website, www.thetrustees.org and find our employment opportunities in the about us tab. Click Current Job Openings under More Information and search for the Shorebird Technician.
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