Seasonal Shorebird Monitor on Nantucket Island

The Nantucket Conservation Foundation (NCF) Department of Science and Stewardship seeks a motivated, enthusiastic, self-reliant, independent Shorebird Monitor. From mid-April to early August, the shorebird monitor will work independently and/or with the Seasonal Wildlife Technician and focus intensively on nest searching, monitoring and protecting rare beach-nesting shorebirds and summarizing and reporting related end of season data. As the shorebird nesting season winds down, the potential exists to assist the NCF’s Science and Stewardship Department with additional ecological field work. Applicants with previous wildlife monitoring, and especially shorebird monitoring and nest searching experience, will be given preference for this position.

Primary responsibilities include Locating and regularly monitoring nests and documenting nest success of shorebirds including American Oystercatchers, Least and Common Terns and Piping Plovers at multiple locations on NCF properties on Nantucket Island; Participate in banding American Oystercatcher chicks; Installing and maintaining fencing and educational signs; Interacting and educating beach visitors about shorebird ecology and necessary protection measures;

This is a full-time, temporary position beginning in mid-April and ending early-August, exact start and end dates are somewhat flexible. Hours are generally 40 hours per week, averaging eight hours per day, although schedule will be flexible depending on weather and may require weekend days. Shorebird monitoring is required on holiday weekends (Memorial Day and July 4th).

Wage is commensurate with experience and ranges from $16 – 18 per hour based on a 40-hour work week. Housing is provided in a shared, employee house wage is negotiable if housing is not needed. Work-related transportation is provided during working hours.