Maine Coastal Islands NWR

2021 SEABIRD TECHNICIANS (8 positions)


Petit Manan NWR
Photo by Kirk Rogers

Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge needs needs several field researchers (island supervisors and technicians) to monitor seabird colonies on islands along the Maine coast. Seabird species to be studied include common, Arctic, and roseate terns, common eider, laughing gulls, black guillemot, Leach’s storm-petrel, Atlantic puffin, and razorbills. This is an incredible opportunity for students considering a career in wildlife management or related fields to gain valuable field work experience. Island researchers work hands-on with seabirds that most people are lucky to see from a distance.

Duties:

While living on the islands, researchers will: conduct an annual census of all nesting seabird species, monitor productivity, observe chick feedings, trap and band adult seabirds, band chicks, read adult bands, and monitor predators and competitors. Researchers will be living on the island for the entire 12 to 14-week period. Housing provided (lighthouse keepers’ house or cabins), with propane refrigerators, limited solar electricity for lights and computers, but no running water. Candidates must be at least 18 years old, a US Citizen, have a Social Security Number, and a US Bank account for electronic payments.

Qualifications:

We are looking for people who are willing to learn new techniques, have a solid work ethic, can function well independently, yet are comfortable working/living with other researchers on remote islands with limited amenities. Applicants will work outdoors in variable weather conditions, and need to be able to hike over rugged, uneven terrain and lift and carry 50 pounds. Prior experience with bird identification, seabird ecology and a valid hunter safety certificate preferred, but not required; self-motivation, a strong work ethic, enthusiasm for science, and ability to tackle the rigors of fieldwork (long hours).

Dates

May 10 - July 30, 2021 (two positions), May 25 - August 13, 2021 (two positions). May 20 - August 13, 2021 (four positions).

Researchers will be living on the island for the entire 11 to 13-week period with the exception of one (2-3 day) break.

Salary

Housing is provided in lighthouse keepers’ houses or cabins, with propane lights and refrigerators, limited solar electricity for computers, and no running water. Salary: $480 to $600 per week (depending on site assignment and experience)

Application Instructions:

Email the following materials to Michael_Langlois@fws.gov: cover letter, resume, and three references with contact information (name, phone number and email address). Consideration of candidates will begin on January 15th and continue until all positions are filled. Application deadline is February 10, 2021. For more information, call Maine Coastal Islands NWR at 207-594-0600 ext. 3 or check out our website at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/northeast/mainecoastal/
and the seabird island blog which describes the summer field season from a technician's perspective at http://mainecoastalislands.wordpress.com/

Application Deadline

Apply early! We will start filling positions on January 15th. Final deadline for applications is February 10, 2021.