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State of Massachusetts Tern Colony Assistant (Seasonal) in Westborough, Massachusetts

The Department of Fish & Game works to preserve the state's natural resources and people's right to conservation of those resources, as protected by Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution. To carry out this mission, the Department exercises responsibility over the Commonwealth's marine and freshwater fisheries, wildlife species, plants, and natural communities, as well as the habitats that support them. The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) is responsible for the conservation - including restoration, protection and management - of fish and wildlife resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the public. The Department of Fish and Game, Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, seeks qualified applicants for the seasonal contract position: Tern Colony Assistant (Seasonal Contractor). Assist Site Managers with: 1. 1. Protection and censusing colonies of Common and endangered Roseate Terns, and Herring and Great Black-backed Gulls 2. Discouragement of nesting gulls 3. Monitoring tern growth and productivity; trapping and banding adult and chicks; participating in other research studies as needed. 4. Reading bands on adults through spotting scopes 5. Predator control and habitat management 6. Scheduling and supervision of seasonal assistants, interns, and predator control technician. 7. Maintaining field notebooks, data management, and writing an end-of-season report. 8. BIRD/RAM ISLANDS: Operation of outboard motorboats in marine environment Qualifications:Must have previous coursework in the biological or environmental sciences and be comfortable spending long periods of time in the outdoors. Preferred Qualifications: 1. Previous bird banding experience helpful. 2. BIRD/RAM ISLANDS: experience handling outboard motorboats in the marine environment helpful. 3. PENIKESE ISLAND: person hired will be required to help set up and live in a field camp on the island. Experience camping under primitive conditions desirable. 4. Good physical condition. At PENIKESE, must be able to carry 40 lbs. of field equipment a distance of ½ mile. 5. Ability to work independently, as well as live and work cooperatively and harmoniously with others. At PENIKESE must be comfortable living with others in close quarters in a remote island setting with limited facilities for up to 2-3 weeks at a time. 6. Willingness to work at night when required. 7. In-state travel will be required; willingness to use personal vehicle. Comments: Fieldwork will be conducted at BIRD ISLAND, Marion, RAM ISLAND, Mattapoisett, and PENIKESE ISLAND, Gosnold (in Buzzards Bay), Massachusetts. Work on weekends and holidays is expected. The Assistant is expected to work at all three sites on an irregular 5 - 6 day/week schedule. When working at Bird/Ram, the Assistant will live on the mainland (crew housing provided) and will travel to and from the islands by boat on a daily basis. At Penikese, the Assistant will live at the Penikese field camp for 3 days to 3 weeks at a timebefore getting time 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. No benefits are included - except earned sick leave. For more information about the positions, contact Carolyn Mostello: (508) 389-6372, A cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references must be submitted as part of the application process. * Anticipated Start/End Dates:May 5 – July 13, 2024 *Salary:$16.00 - 18.00/hr, depending on experience Anticipated Hours per Week: 40 * See preferred Qualifications. There are no benefits with this position except for Earned Sick Leave. * An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. * The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role. Job: Environmental and Energy *Organization: Department of Fish And Game *Title: *Tern Colony Assistant (Seasonal) Location: Massachusetts-Westborough-Rabbit Hill Road Requisition ID: 240002C6