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About Mass Audubon
Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 160,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at massaudubon.org.

About This Position
Mass Audubon is committed to creating a more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and just organization and to providing greater access to nature for everyone. Part of this work requires us to address the historic inequities within the environmental and conservation fields, which is why we are launched the Environmental Fellowship Program for Early Careers (EFP). The EFP is a unique program designed to increase pathways into environmental professions for people whose identities have been historically underrepresented. Each 14-month fellowship is hosted within one of four departments/teams: Land Conservation, Conservation Science, Nature in the City, or Environmental Education. Our fellows will have the opportunity to tackle some of the most pressing environmental concerns of our time while working alongside a passionate and dedicated team of professionals. In addition to professional experience, the fellows are given opportunities for networking, mentoring, and skill development within a supportive cohort model. To learn more about the program, please register for our Information Session which will take place on Thursday, February 22nd at 6pm EST.

About the Conservation Science Department and Bird Conservation Program
Mass Audubon has been a champion for birds since our founding in 1896. From millinery boycotts and passage of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, to completing the first statewide breeding bird atlas in North America, to current programs supporting our most imperiled species, Mass Audubon has been synonymous with bird conservation in the state, regionally, and internationally for over 125 years. Our recently completed Action Agenda lays out an ambitious plan to protect and steward resilient landscapes, advance equitable and inclusive access to nature, and mobilize to fight climate change. Bird conservation is threaded throughout the Action Agenda as a driver and an indicator of our success.

The Bird Conservation Fellow will join our Bird Conservation Program within the Conservation Science Department, based out of Mass Audubon Headquarters in Lincoln, MA. Bird Conservation is committed to halting and reversing the decline of Massachusetts birds by addressing threats to their survival throughout their entire life cycles. The Bird Conservation Program is focused on conserving and managing bird populations in forested, coastal, and open grassland ecosystems. We currently have projects focused on monitoring birds of forests, grasslands, coastal beaches and islands, and salt marshes. These projects range from long-term population monitoring, and shorter-term (< 3 years) of more intensive population investigations.

The Bird Conservation team is committed to creating a positive work environment and a meaningful experience for the fellow. We value cultivating joy, curiosity, healthy work-life boundaries, progress over perfection, collective responsibility, and mutual respect. The Bird Conservation Fellow is committed to protecting the nature of Massachusetts by supporting our bird conservation work including on-the-ground projects, monitoring, public outreach and engagement, and other potential focus areas.
The Bird Conservation Fellow will play a key role in supporting various bird conservation projects, with a focus on salt marsh bird monitoring in southeastern Massachusetts, forest bird monitoring throughout the state, grassland bird monitoring in western Massachusetts, and urban bird conservation initiatives. The Fellow will assist in developing bird conservation outcomes within our current conservation initiatives, to include experimental design, background research, GIS work, and executing field research. The position offers the opportunity to gain experience in office-based and fieldwork activities, collaborating with conservation partners, and the scientific process.

The following list details tasks that the Bird Conservation Program is currently planning to undertake, and we envision that a Fellow could be involved in these tasks. Please note that prior experience with these activities is not a strict requirement, and the Bird Conservation team is committed to providing full support as you take on these responsibilities. Final task and project assignments will be decided in consultation with the Fellow considering their professional development interests.

1. Project Management and Research

Assist in developing study designs to address questions surrounding bird conservation issues within Massachusetts.
Assist in the coordination of coastal, forest and grassland bird conservation projects.
Collaborate with team members, partners, and volunteers to execute bird conservation projects and initiatives.
Perform literature reviews on relevant ecological research, especially pertaining to avian ecology, landscape ecology, habitat use and conservation threats.
Conduct statistical analysis of ecological data to address research questions.
2. GIS and Data Management

Conduct GIS analyses to support project planning and implementation.
Develop and maintain project database to prepare data for statistical analysis.
Enter data and conduct QA/QC on data collected.
3. Programmatic Support

Assist the Bird Conservation team with development of internal documentation and processes to facilitate internal and external communication about specific projects and the program.
4. Fieldwork

Assist with data collection and study design (bird population monitoring, environmental conditions).
Closely supervised training in the capturing, handling, and banding of wild birds.
Support the implementation of new and ongoing bird conservation initiatives.
Undertake additional fieldwork tasks as required, contributing to various restoration and monitoring efforts.
At Mass Audubon, our highest priority is finding the best candidate for the job. Research has shown that people of color and women are less likely to apply for jobs if they don’t believe they meet every one of the qualifications described in a job description. We encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of our described qualifications or you have a less traditional background. We are looking for applicants with the following qualifications:

Must Haves

Must have obtained a Bachelor’s degree by the start of the fellowship. Degrees or coursework especially suitable for this work include: biology, ecology, wildlife management, ornithology, forestry, environmental science, environmental studies, environmental planning, civil and environmental engineering, or a related field
A commitment to practicing conservation through a lens of equity, inclusion, and access
Demonstrated interest in conservation and/or field biology and a willingness to learn
Ability to closely follow instructions in the field, particularly when extracting, handling, and banding birds
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team
Comfort working in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook) and using Microsoft collaboration platforms (Teams, SharePoint)
Interest in community engagement work
Nice to Haves

Experience communicating technical content to a variety of audiences
Experience with natural resources fieldwork and collecting data in the field (ex: wildlife, environmental, water, ecological, etc.) through coursework, projects, professional, or volunteer experience
Interest in learning about Massachusetts and North American birds and wildlife
Familiarity with northeastern U.S. flora, fauna, natural communities
Ability to identify the birds of Massachusetts by sight and sound
Knowledge and experience with the scientific method through coursework, projects, professional, or volunteer experience
Experience with GPS devices, and/or ArcGIS mapping software and database design/management
Compensation, Benefits and Perks
This position’s pay range is $50,000-$55,000/year; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements.

Benefits eligible staff at Mass Audubon may elect to enroll in medical, dental, and vision plans. Mass Audubon also offers disability and life insurance plans, a retirement plan through MetLife, and Flexible Spending Account options. Mass Audubon employment also includes access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and the Reciprocity Agreement through the Consortium of Non-Profit Arts/Cultural/Environmental Organizations of New England. Mass Audubon employees also enjoy 13 paid holidays (holidays may shift annually due to where days fall within calendar).

Work Schedule
Full time schedule of 40 hours, Monday through Friday

Other Requirements
Employees must successfully complete a CORI and SORI Background Check and a Motor Vehicle Record (if applicable) is required.

Mass Audubon’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Justice
Mass Audubon embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are dedicated to forming a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Mass Audubon’s mission is to “protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and for wildlife” by building a strong coalition of employees, volunteers, and community members. We recognize that the environmental movement and field of conservation have been affected by societal systems that have limited opportunity and access for many people. As a result, Mass Audubon is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. We are engaged in an ongoing process of organizational assessment and change, designed to remove barriers and create a workplace where all forms of diversity are recognized and valued.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Mass Audubon is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. Mass Audubon prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Application Instructions
Complete your application on ADP: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=6044bc19-19e6-443a-8a51-62fe8af33798&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=471947&lang=en_US
Please submit a resume with your ADP application. In addition, please complete the following Microsoft Form to apply for this role: https://forms.office.com/r/MQW17PVE1z.

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