Part-Time Beach Ranger

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Mass Audubon

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New Bedford, MA, United States

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30+ days ago

Location: Dartmouth, MA

Sanctuary: Allens Pond

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 140,000 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

About This Position

Mass Audubon's Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary is hiring a part-time Beach Ranger who will inform visitors about sensitive coastal resources and facilitate desired trail use. The Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary offers 9 miles of trails for visitors to experience a barrier beach, a coastal salt pond, grasslands, shrub lands, and forested uplands at a rural location in southeastern Massachusetts.

The Beach Ranger provides an active and enthusiastic presence at the Sanctuary, engages the public in positive interactions that promote understanding of wildlife and habitat, informs visitors about policies regarding sanctuary visitation, describes current monitoring projects and property goals, and inspires visitors to support our organizational priorities.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Patrol the beach, trail, and parking areas,
  • Greet sanctuary visitors,
  • Provide information about natural resources, sanctuary activities, and local opportunities,
  • Record data regarding human and wildlife activities,
  • Remove litter and invasive plants,
  • Maintain the Beach Loop trail and signage,
  • Assist sanctuary-based Coastal Waterbird Program staff,
  • Learn to identify coastal birds and plants,
  • Assist with public programs,
  • Contribute to equipment and facility care as a member of the team,
  • Other tasks as directed.


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 Have’s:

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age with demonstrated:

  • Ability to work in physically demanding settings and weather conditions while walking considerable distances across varied and uneven terrain,
  • Ability to prepare and carry personal equipment and educational materials as well as occasionally lift and move up to 40lbs,
  • Strong interpersonal and communication (oral, written) skills,
  • Self-motivation, enthusiasm, reliability, flexibility, curiosity, and positive attitude,
  • Ability to interact with the public in a professional manner and work both cooperatively and independently,
  • Availability to work every and all weekends through August 22 (weather-permitting),
  • Access to device(s) for communication by phone, text, virtual meeting and email.

Nice to Have’s:

  • Experience in positions of customer service, public safety, national/ state park ranging, museum interpretation, and similar work or volunteer positions,
  • Demonstrated initiative and interest in leadership, teaching, or non-traditional education,
  • Strong interest in wildlife conservation, natural resource management, outdoor recreation, landscape management, and/ or related subjects.

Compensation & Benefits

Base rate is $14.50 per hour; actual wage will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements.

This is not a benefits eligible position.

Additional Information

Work Schedule:

The 4- to 5-day work week falls from Thursday to Monday and includes both weekend days. Working over the July 4th holiday is mandatory. The number of hours is typically 5-6 per day, primarily late-morning to late afternoon, for a weekly maximum of 24 hours per week. Specific days each week and number of hours each day are dependent on weather conditions that attract people to the coast.

This is a seasonal position and will end August 25, 2022.

Other Requirements:

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

COVID-19 Considerations

Mass Audubon requires that all staff, regardless of their work location, disclose their vaccination status. Proof of vaccination status will be required immediately upon hire. This should also include a booster shot if it has been 5 months since you were initially vaccinated.

Mass Audubon's Commitment To Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Justice

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.

How To Apply

Applicants are encouraged to immediately apply for rolling interviews until position is filled.

Please send a resume, cover letter and three references with your first and last name on all documents to:

Gina Purtell, Community Science & Coastal Resilience Manager

Job# 3788