Research and Conservation – Job Advertisement

Research Assistant – Full Time, Seasonal


Research Assistant: Beach-nesting Bird Monitor

The Wetlands Institute, located in Stone Harbor, NJ, is seeking qualified applicants for a seasonal position to monitor beach-nesting birds. Primary responsibilities include monitoring nesting activities and behavior of beach-nesting birds (Piping Plover, American Oystercatcher, Black Skimmer, Least Tern), as well as documenting disturbance and predation events. The research assistant will be responsible for recording detailed observations and data in the field, data entry, public outreach, equipment maintenance, and other duties as necessary. Training will be provided.

This is a temporary, full-time, hourly position (approx. 40 hrs/week) that will include regular early morning, weekend, and holiday hours. The position will require walking long distances over sandy beach, carrying equipment (<30 lbs), and tolerating exposure to variable and sometimes adverse weather and environmental conditions (wind, rain, heat, biting insects).  Applicants should have previous experience identifying birds by sight and vocalizations, conducting bird surveys, monitoring beach-nesting birds, following comprehensive protocols, and collecting detailed data. Experience with data entry (Excel) and mapping (ArcGIS) is desired. Applicants should be able to work well alone or in small groups.

The duration of the position is approximately 20 weeks (April – August). Candidates should be available for the duration of the position. Salary is $14-15/hr. Housing is not provided. A valid driver’s license and personal transportation is required. Reimbursement for project-related travel will be provided. Successful candidate will be required to undergo a limited criminal background screening.

Please send 1) cover letter detailing interest, qualifications, and availability 2) CV, and 3) names and contact information for 3 professional references to Lisa Ferguson, Please include “Beach-bird monitor” in the subject line. Application deadline is February 13, 2015.

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.