Program Ornithologist

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Mass Audubon

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North Shore, VA, United States

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10 days ago

Location: North Shore, MA

Sanctuary: Ipswich River , Joppa Flats

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

The Program Ornithologist will develop and deliver bird walks, lectures, and workshops throughout the North Shore region of Massachusetts (Essex County). In addition, this position will lead region and national birding trips. The individual will actively engage in bird conservation issues in alignment with Mass Audubon priorities and mission. The Program Ornithologist will serve as a member of Mass Audubon’s North Shore team, engaging both internal and external stakeholders, and promoting Mass Audubon’s mission of protecting the nature of Massachusetts for wildlife and people.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develop and deliver bird walks, lectures, workshops, and lead regional and national birding trips. Assist with promotion of these programs through newsletter, email blasts and social media. Compile post-trip bird sightings report.
  • Work with Adult Education Manager and program faculty to contribute to the curriculum design and delivery of the Birder Certificate Program, a 12-month series that includes monthly lectures and in-the-field learning.
  • Oversee the spring and fall bird banding station on Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Supervise seasonal banding station manager and volunteers. Oversee the research, fieldwork and data analysis.
  • Engage in bird research and monitoring in the region. Contribute to new bird-focused community engagement projects on the North Shore, including but not limited to surveying wading bird nesting colony and migrating rusty blackbirds. Work with staff throughout the region, and in the conservation science department, to conduct annual bird counts and develop new research opportunities in collaboration with regional partners.
  • Work with staff across the region to implement annual major events, including annual Eagle Festival, Superbowl of Birding and Bird-a-thon.
  • Work collaboratively with education staff on joint program planning and delivery to enhance the suite of birding and bird conservation programs offered by Mass Audubon across the state.
  • Inform and inspire members and the public, and promote bird watching, by producing written materials and performing outreach presentations at local venues, such as libraries and garden clubs both in-person and virtually.
  • Actively engage in bird conservation issues in alignment with our priorities and mission.


  • M.S. or Ph.D. in ornithology, natural resources, wildlife science, biological sciences, or comparable field.
  • Strong interest and expertise in ornithology, applied ecological research and avian conservation.
  • Strong bird identification and communication skills essential.
  • Experience teaching and public speaking to a varied audience from youth to adults is required.
  • Experience leading birding trips (day or multi-day trips).
  • Experience conducting avian fieldwork.
  • Bird banding experience is preferred.
  • Applicants must be self-motivated, handle multiple tasks at once and exhibit excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work with diverse groups and exercise cultural competence and inclusion.
  • Communicate in a manner that gains the trust and support of others at all levels.
  • Strive for collaboration. Work cooperatively, as a positive contributor to the team.
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously and work independently.
  • Proficiency in standard business software, such as Microsoft Office or G Suite.
  • Position requires successful completion of a CORI and SORI.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license.

Compensation & Benefits

This is a salaried, full-time position with 40 hours/week and includes a full benefit package.

Additional Information

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.


The Program Ornithologist is a salaried, full-time position with 40 hours/week and includes a full benefit package. The standard work schedule for this position is 40 hours per week Monday through Friday. However, the position requires a great deal of flexibility and the ability to work weekends and occasional evenings is required to meet the goals of the program and organization.

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.

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

Please email cover letter and resume to:

Amy Weidensaul, North Shore Director

Job# 3478