|Job Description: The Nantucket Conservation Foundation, Inc. (www.nantucketconservation.org
Shorebird Monitoring Responsibilities:
Additional Field Assistant Responsibilities:
Required Qualifications: B.S. or B.A. in Ecology, Zoology, Natural Resource Management, Wildlife Biology, or a related biological/ecological field. Candidate must have at least one season of field experience monitoring shorebird populations. Strong observational, critical thinking and organizational skills are essential, as is the ability keep accurate and up to date field notes. Experience using GPS units in the field. Ability to work both independently and as part of a team. A valid driver's license is required.
Physical Demands and Work Environment: This is a field intensive position and applicants must be able to tolerate adverse field conditions. Field work includes the possibility for inclement weather and variable terrain, potential exposure to herbicides, poisonous ivy and biting insects such as mosquitoes, greenhead flies and deer ticks. Nantucket is an area with a high abundance of tick borne disease although we do take many precautions. The work involves hiking extensive distances over sand while hauling/installing fencing and signs and standing, bending and kneeling on a routine basis.
Desired Qualifications: Preference will be give to applications with previous experience working with American oystercatchers, piping plovers and/or least terns. Experience driving on sand is useful. An interest in plant ID or botany experience is desired as well as an experience with or interest in invasive species management and willingness to assist a certified herbicide applicator through stem cutting and hauling away of cut materials.
Dates/Hours: This is a full-time, temporary position beginning in mid-April and ending in mid-October; exact ending date can be flexible. Hours are generally Monday through Friday, averaging eight hours per day, although shorebird monitoring will be required on holidays and some weekends (particularly Memorial Day and July 4th). Work schedule may also vary depending on weather, tides, etc.
Wages/Benefits: Housing and work-related transportation is provided. Wage is commensurate with experience. Medical and unemployment insurance and paid sick days are not available to seasonal employees. Transportation is not provided after working hours.
Location: The Nantucket Conservation Foundation is located on Nantucket Island, MA ~ 33 miles south of Cape Cod. Nantucket is dominated by sandplain grasslands, coastal healthlands, and scrub oak shrublands (all rare habitats in the Northeast) as well as coastal plain ponds and tidal marshes. For more information on our mission and research projects, please see the Foundation's website (www.nantucketconservation.org
Application: Application deadline is Friday January 17, 2014 by 5pm. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
For a complete application, please submit ONE DOCUMENT which includes a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references and a copy of your college transcripts (an unofficial copy is acceptable).
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For more information, contact Dr. Jennifer Karberg: jkarberg@
The Nantucket Conservation Foundation is an equal opportunity employer
118 Cliff Rd
Nantucket, Massachusetts 02554