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Beach Nesting Birds Seasonal Field Assistants


Date: April 1 - August 31, 2019
Background: Wildlife Biology
Location: Cape May/Atlantic & Ocean Counties

Job Description: Surveying and monitoring of nesting Piping Plovers, Least Terns, Black Skimmers, and American Oystercatchers along the Atlantic Coast of New Jersey. The 40-hour workweek includes 5 weekdays prior to Memorial Day, and then 3 weekdays and both weekend days for the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Duties Include: Locating nests and broods; band resighting; constructing predator exclosures; fencing, posting and patrolling nesting areas; data collection and entry; educating beachgoers.

Requirements: A degree in wildlife biology, ecology or related field (applicants with at least three years towards a relevant degree will also be considered). Previous experience working with beach-nesting birds and/or working on conservation issues with local communities a plus. The ability to work cooperatively with the beach-going public and the capacity to effectively communicate with people with differing views in a calm and rational manner is essential. Applicant should be in good physical condition, willing to work independently and as part of a team, organized, disciplined and enthusiastic about working to help protect NJs endangered beach-nesting birds.

Compensation: $11.00-$15.00 per hour (depending on education and experience). Use of personal vehicle may be required in some circumstances mileage will be reimbursed if use of personal vehicle is necessary. Housing available for Cape May/Atlantic County position (commensurate with a reduced hourly rate): housing NOT available for Ocean County position.

To Apply: Submit a letter of interest and resume (including 3 references) and geographic preference (Cape May/Atlantic counties, Ocean County or either) to:

Via e-mail preferred:

Or mail to:
NJ DFW - Endangered and Nongame Species Program
2201 Rt. 631
Woodbine, NJ 08270
Attn: Christina Davis

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