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The Wetlands Institute, located in Stone Harbor, New Jersey, is seeking qualified applicants for several positions to protect beach-nesting birds on two beaches in Cape May County, New Jersey. Full-time schedules are available for the Steward positions.

These are temporary, hourly positions lasting approximately 14 weeks (Memorial Day-Labor Day), with possibility for extension into late September. Candidates should be available for the duration of the position. Early morning, weekend, and holiday hours will be required.

Primary responsibilities include acting as an overall steward for the conservation of beach-nesting birds by educating the public about shorebird conservation and beach regulations, preventing disturbance to shorebirds, and documenting and reporting disturbances. These positions are not responsible for nest monitoring. Training for position-related responsibilities and shorebird identification will be provided.

Applicants should have experience working with the public and/or teaching and an interest in shorebird conservation. Applicants should be comfortable working independently in the field and recording data. Positions will require walking long distances over sandy beach, sitting or standing for several hours, and tolerating exposure to variable and sometimes harsh weather and environmental conditions (wind, heat, sun, biting insects).  The hourly rate is $12.00 for Shorebird Steward positions. Housing is not provided, and applicants must have housing within commuting distance. Reimbursement for project-related travel will be provided. A valid driver’s license and personal transportation is required.

To apply, please email 1) cover letter detailing interest, qualifications, and availability 2) CV, and 3) names and contact information for three professional references to Brittany Morey, bmorey@wetlandsinstitute.org. Please include “Shorebird Steward” in the subject line.

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.