Jan 17, 2020

Shorebird Preserve Assistant

  • Professional Diversity Network
  • Providence, RI, USA
Full-Time Government

Job Description

The Nature Conservancy


Providence, Rhode Island, USA.



Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 74 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.


The Shorebird Preserve Assistant (SPA) will assist in the management of Goosewing Beach Preserve and other nearby sites for the 2020 spring/summer season.


This full-time, short-term field position is physically demanding and includes working weekends (Saturdays) and some evenings. Duties include Piping Plover and Least Tern management; maintenance of fenced nesting areas; on-site public education and community outreach regarding The Nature Conservancy's management of the plover and tern nesting sites and barrier beach ecology; assisting with preserve nature programs and events; oversight of beach use at Goosewing; and supervision of volunteers. The SPA will gather data on abundance and breeding success of the birds and implement management strategies and will produce a comprehensive field report at the end of the season.

The SPA works closely with the Preserves Manager and other Conservancy staff, interns and volunteers. The position is full-time, short-term, (35 hours/week) and is paid hourly. It begins on April 1, 2020 and terminates August 28, 2020. The SPA is supervised by the Conservancy's Preserves Manager. Housing is not provided.

  • Monitor shorebirds at sites in Little Compton, Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts. Protect nesting territories and nests with symbolic fencing and predator exclosures where necessary, modify fencing periodically as beach situations change, and maintain the condition of fencing. Make frequent observations of plovers and accurate season-long counts through all phases of the April-August breeding cycle. Record numbers and location of breeding pairs, nests, eggs, hatchlings and fledglings, noting the timing of all events. Document nest and chick losses and determine the cause of mortality. Monitor and assess predator activity within nesting areas. Prepare an end of the season report.
  • Initiate positive, engaging communications with beach visitors and landowners to promote understanding of wildlife and habitat, and foster better compliance with preserve use guidelines. Assist in nature programs and development of educational outreach materials. Serve as a liaison between the Conservancy and the Little Compton South Shore Beach staff.
  • Monitor recreational use and maintain equipment and signs.
  • Assist in the supervision, recruiting and training of interns and volunteers.
  • Other duties as assigned.

  • High school diploma or GED and 6 months of related experience
  • Experience operating various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR,).


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Ability and willingness to deal with the general public in a friendly, outgoing and professional manner; excellent communication skills.
  • Ability and willingness to work outdoors on weekends, holidays, some evenings; and sometimes, in inclement weather conditions. Must be in good physical condition.
  • Ability to work independently and with others.
  • Degree in, active study, or knowledge of natural sciences preferred.
  • Field experience and ability to identify birds preferred.
  • Ability to obtain driver's license and maintain a good driving record.
  • Ability to follow instructions from colleagues/coworkers/team members.
  • PC and/or mobile device familiarity, including database knowledge or understanding.


This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the Conservancy's Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at www.nature.org/careers.

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.


To apply to position number 48435, submit resume (required) and cover letter separately using the upload buttons. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 16, 2020.

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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy's background screening process.



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