Assistant Sanctuary Manager

at National Audubon Society - Maine Audubon in Bremen, Maine, United States

Job Description

Maine Summer Seabird Restoration Program
Full time

Position Summary

Audubon's Seabird Institute manages seven island research stations off the coast of Maine that are part of Audubon’s Maine Coastal Islands Sanctuaries. These include restoration sites for 23 species of seabirds and waterbirds, including Atlantic Puffins, Black Guillemots, Razorbills, Arctic, Common, Least, and Roseate Terns, Laughing Gulls, Common Eiders, Leach’s Storm-Petrels, Manx Shearwaters, and wading birds. The sites are all Maine Important Bird Areas. Each island research station is staffed seasonally with an Island Supervisor and up to five Research Assistants, interns, and volunteers, based on island size, seabird colony composition and workload. Work conducted on the islands includes, but is not limited to: monitoring seabird productivity and growth, conducting seabird diet studies, banding and resighting birds, conducting censuses, removing invasive vegetation, and conducting predator management.

The Assistant Sanctuary Manager will aid the Sanctuary Management Team with facilitation of the field program at seven island research stations. Duties include, but are not limited to, preparation of field sites and equipment prior to the start of the field season; setting up seasonal camps; supporting logistics throughout the field season by purchasing and transporting supplies and equipment; training field crews; participating in seabird censuses and monitoring; conducting predator management; removing marine debris from field sites; conducting vegetation control and habitat management; maintaining island facilities; supporting annual closing of the field camps; and cleaning and maintaining boats and other field equipment. Extended visits to remote field camps will be a routine part of the position.

Primitive camping (sleeping in tents) and working on offshore islands are required, although work will include both mainland duties and island duties. The work week may stretch across seven days, as weather dictates. Weekend work may be required and days can be long. Research camp facilities include composting toilets, limited solar electricity and no running water. When not at a field station, for the convenience of the Program, shared mainland housing is provided. Food is provided. Position runs from approximately April 1 through September 30, 2024, exact dates negotiable.


$20.00 / hour

Essential Functions
  • Assist Sanctuary Management Team with implementation of multiple concurrent seabird studies at seven island field stations, which may include, but are not limited to: bird trapping, banding and resighting; observations from blinds; conducting seabird diet studies; conducting nest censuses; monitoring productivity and growth; mist-netting; computer data entry; blood or specimen collection; vegetation management; predator monitoring and control;

  • Understand the goals and objectives of each island research and management program, and research databases, in order to provide guidance to Island Supervisors and Research Assistants on site or via cell phone or radio communication.

  • Take part in the setup (including pre-season visits to specific islands) and breakdown of field camps and maintenance of field equipment;

  • Procure groceries and supplies, pack supplies for islands, and transport people and supplies to islands;

  • Assist


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    Job Posting: 1070433

    Posted On: May 22, 2024

    Updated On: May 24, 2024

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