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Program: Coastal Ecology Program (CEP)             

Location: Duxbury Beach, Duxbury, MA

Hours: Variable; including weekends, nights & holidays; 20-40 hr/wk

Schedule: May to August; additional off-season hours as necessary

Salary Range: $14.50 - $15.50 (based on qualifications)

FLSA Status: Hourly, Non-Exempt (not benefit eligible)


About the OrganizationDuxbury Beach Reservation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation, owns  approximately 4 miles of Duxbury Beach, a 7.5-mile long barrier beach that extends from Marshfield in the north to  Gurnet Point and Saquish in the south. Duxbury Beach Reservation's mission is to preserve Duxbury Beach to safeguard adjacent bays and mainland, protect wildlife and vegetation while welcoming the public to enjoy. Part of this responsibility is to maintain a Coastal Ecology Program on Duxbury Beach.  


Nature of Work:  The purpose of this position is to assist in the protection of the listed shorebird species Piping  Plover (Charadrius melodus) and Least Tern (Sternula antillarum). Employee will perform biological field work for  the Endangered Species Program, a subset of the Coastal Ecology Program, by collecting behavioral data on  unfledged chicks and broods. Monitor and collect data according to provided protocols on the following: predator  tracking, avian community composition, vegetation surveys etc. Interact with the public to provide information and  answer questions as necessary. Communicate beach rules and regulations to beachgoers in a polite and professional manner. 


Responsibilities and Duties: The responsibilities and duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the  various type of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them  from the position if the work is similar, related, or logical assignment to the position. 

Biological Field Work and Data Collection: 

  • Accomplish wildlife protection and education objectives of the Endangered Species Program

  • Daily monitoring of piping plover broods and unfledged chicks 

  • Collect and record biological data on foraging plover broods including behavioral and location observations

  • Assist in temporary road closures of beach roadway to facilitate brood crossings between bayside and  Oceanside foraging habitats 

  • Wear required and provided field dress during shifts 

  • Identify shorebirds of the Eastern U.S 

  • Maintain field equipment 

  • Understand and abide by Duxbury Beach Rules & Regulations, the Massachusetts Habitat Conservation Plan  for Piping Plover Certificate of Inclusion and the Duxbury Beach Management & Habitat Conservation Plan

  • Assist other Monitors as directed by the Monitor Supervisor(s), Field technician(s) and Program Coordinator

  • Collect GPS data of coastal resources 

Communication and Public Outreach: 

  • Communicate Duxbury Beach Rules & Regulations to beachgoers in a polite and professional manner

  • Educate general public on beach rules and regulations and listed species habitat management

  • Attend trainings and meetings as requested, including additional trainings to address and review specific  issues pertinent to the time of the season 

  • All other assigned tasks


Position Requirements:  

  • Applicants should have or be working toward a B.S. or B.A. in wildlife biology/management or related field

  • Experience in avian monitoring and/or field work preferred

  • Candidate should have experience in behavioral data collection, an interest or willingness to learn about the Duxbury Beach Management & Habitat Conservation Plan, Federal and State endangered species acts, Massachusetts and Federal Barrier Beach guidelines, endangered species management and protection

  • Must be able to work long hours outside in all weather conditions and be able to lift and carry up to 60lbs across varied and sandy terrain

  • Be prepared to work outdoors with exposure to extreme weather conditions in secluded areas. Practice extreme care and safety precautions while on the job including following special safety precautions, training, and wear protective clothing such as coats, hats, sunglasses, boots, etc.

  • Monitors will be required to find their own housing as well as reliable transportation to and from work. Use of personal vehicles may be required to access remote sections of the beach

  • Monitors will be required to provide their own binoculars

  • Special Requirements: Complete Duxbury Beach ESP training following position acceptance


Special RequirementsValid Driver’s License and ability to operate related program equipment and vehicles. Specific  vision abilities required include close, medium, and distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus and distinguish  colors and shapes. Visual demands include reading documents and routinely reviewing non-written materials such  as instrumentation for analytical purposes. Auditory demands include communicating with others on a regular basis  and distinguishing between different types of bird calls. Ability to use hands and fingers to calibrate and use field  equipment such as binoculars and tablets.   


How to ApplyThe Duxbury Beach Reservation, Inc. is an equal employment opportunity employer. To apply,  please fill out a job application by going to Your application will not  be processed without completion/receipt of the items above. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as  possible, as interviews will begin in mid-January. If you have any questions about the position or application  process, please email with “Shorebird Monitor 2022” in the subject line.


We are an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

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