Tern Colony Site Managers (Seasonal)
Commonwealth of Massachusetts - West Boylston, MA

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The Tern Colony Site Manager (seasonal contract position) restores endangered terns to Buzzards Bay through an intensive program of protection, management, and monitoring at the key nesting islands in Buzzards Bay. Persons hired will spend significant time in Southeastern Massachusetts, but will report to the West Boylston office for up to 2 weeks at the end of the employment period. Responsibility to protect these endangered birds falls under the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act.

Specific duties include:

1. Protection and censusing colonies of Common and endangered Roseate Terns, and Herring and Great Black-backed Gulls.

2. Discouragement / censusing of nesting gulls.

3. Monitoring tern growth and productivity; trapping and banding adult and chicks.

4. Reading bands on adults through spotting scopes.

5. Predator control and habitat management.

6. Maintaining field notebooks, data management, and writing an end-of-season report.

7. Scheduling and supervision of seasonal interns, including one full-time intern each, on island.

8. BIRD/RAM ISLANDS: Operation of outboard motorboats in marine environment
Qualifications: Please see Preferred Qualifications
Preferred Qualifications: 1. Experience in supervising field personnel.
2. Experience banding birds
3. BIRD/RAM ISLANDS: experience handling outboard motorboats in the marine environment.
4. PENIKESE ISLAND: person hired will be required to set up and live in a field camp on the island. Experience camping under primitive conditions desirable.
5. Good physical condition. At PENIKESE ISLAND, must be able to carry ~40 lbs. of field equipment a distance of ½ mile.
6. Ability to work independently, as well as live and work cooperatively and harmoniously with others. At PENIKESE ISLAND must be comfortable living with others in close quarters in a remote island setting with limited facilities for 2-3 weeks at a time.
7. Willingness to work at night when required.
8. In-state travel will be required; willingness to use personal vehicle.
Comments: These positions are funded by grant money. Fieldwork will be conducted in Southeastern Massachusetts at BIRD ISLAND, Marion, RAM ISLAND, Mattapoisett, and PENIKESE ISLAND, Gosnold (in Buzzards Bay). Positions start May 4th (flexible). Bird/Ram positions end July 26 and the Penikese ends August 2 (flexible). Work on weekends and holidays is expected.

BIRD/RAM ISLANDS: incumbents will be expected to work on an irregular 5 day/week schedule, traveling to and from the island by boat on a daily basis. Crew housing on mainland will be provided.

PENIKESE ISLAND: incumbent will work on an average of 6 days per week, but will work on the island for up to 2-3 weeks at a time before getting days off, depending on weather conditions and on an irregular boat schedule to the island. Crew housing on the mainland will be provided for days off.

For more information about the positions, contact Carolyn Mostello: (508) 389-6372, carolyn.mostello@state.ma.us.

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