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Hourly, Temporary

The Wetlands Institute, located in Stone Harbor, NJ, is seeking qualified applicants for several seasonal steward positions to protect beach-nesting birds. Primary responsibilities include acting as an overall ambassador for the conservation of beach-nesting birds by providing educational information and opportunities to the public about shorebird conservation and beach regulations, preventing disturbance to beach-nesting birds and at times directly intervening to stop a disturbance, and documenting and reporting disturbances. Training will be provided.

Multiple positions will be filled. These are temporary, hourly positions with flexible scheduling options ranging from part-time to full-time. Early morning, weekend, and holiday hours will be required. The duration of the positions is approximately 14 weeks (Memorial Day-Labor Day), with possibility for extension into late September, dependent on funding. Candidates should be available for the duration of the positions.

Positions will require sitting for several hours, or walking long distances over sandy beach, and tolerating exposure to variable and sometimes adverse weather and environmental conditions (wind, rain, heat, biting insects).  Applicants should have a positive attitude, an outgoing personality, and experience or a willingness to learn about conservation of beach-nesting birds.  Applicants should also have experience or interest in learning how to follow protocols, collect careful data, and calmly defuse conflict. Applicants should be able to work well alone or in small groups.  Salary is $8.44/hr. Housing is not provided. A valid driver’s license and personal transportation is required. Reimbursement for project-related travel will be provided.

To apply, please send 1) cover letter detailing interest, qualifications, and availability 2) CV, and 3) names and contact information for 3 professional references to Allison Anholt, conservation AT wetlandsinstitute.org. Please include “Shorebird Steward” in the subject line. Application deadline is March 1, 2017.

The Wetlands Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer: We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information or any other status protected by law or regulation. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions are based on job-related factors.

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