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The Wetlands Institute, located in Stone Harbor, New Jersey, is seeking qualified applicants to assist with breeding season studies of wading birds, beach-nesting birds, and secretive-marsh birds for our Coastal Bird Program. Primary responsibilities include assisting with nest monitoring, point count surveys, capture and banding, acoustic monitoring, and habitat use surveys, as well as with other surveys and tasks as assigned. The Research Assistant will be responsible for recording detailed observations and data in the field, data entry and management, and maintenance of equipment.

This is a temporary, hourly position (approx. 40 hrs/week) that will include regular early morning, weekend, and holiday hours. The position will require walking long distances in marshes, carrying equipment (<30 lbs), boat and kayak travel, and tolerating exposure to variable and sometimes adverse weather and environmental conditions (mud, wind, rain, heat, biting insects).

Applicants should have previous experience monitoring nesting birds, following protocols, and collecting detailed data. Applicants should have bird identification experience or interest in improving skills, and be able to work effectively alone or in small groups.

The position is approximately 16 weeks, April – July, with some flexibility for start and end dates. Candidates should be available for the duration of the position. Salary is dependent on experience. Housing is not provided, and applicants must live or be able to commute locally. A valid driver’s license and personal transportation is required. Reimbursement for most project-related travel will be provided. Final candidate will be subject to a background check.

Please send 1) cover letter detailing interest, qualifications, and availability 2) CV, and 3) names and contact information for 3 professional references to Samantha Collins, scollins@wetlandsinstitute.org. Please include “Coastal Bird Research Assistant” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as received and should be submitted no later than March 10, 2023; the position may be filled prior to the closing date by a qualified candidate.

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.