Delaware Bay Program Volunteer

Position Summary

The Delaware Bay Program Volunteer will work with the Delaware Bay Program Coordinator to support the Celebrate Delaware Bay initiative. The mission of Celebrate Delaware Bay is to build an inclusive community – that will protect Delaware Bay, its natural resources, and the essential habitat it provides for shorebirds and horseshoe crabs through education and direct action. Working with a network of organizations, communities, and individuals throughout the Delaware Bay region, Celebrate Delaware Bay is collaborating with partners on the implementation of conservation action projects that will have a measureable impact on shorebirds and horseshoe crabs.

 

Volunteers will have the opportunity to improve social research skills related to natural resource management as they assist with an evaluation of a beach engagement program. Several different types of outreach techniques are conducted on Delaware Bay to educate and empower beach visitors to reduce disturbance of migrating shorebirds and take action to support shorebirds and horseshoe crab conservation. Evaluation will be conducted on the impact of these outreach techniques on beach visitors and how these techniques change each visitor’s behavior, opinions, and knowledge. Volunteers will conduct observational surveys of the interaction between beach visitors and the outreach interventions. Volunteers will also conduct interviews of beach visitors after they have interacted with the outreach interventions.

 

The volunteers may also assist two multi-partner projects that Celebrate Delaware Bay supports: reTURN the Favor, a horseshoe crab rescue project; and, horseshoe crab tagging, a citizen science initiative. As time allows, the volunteers will also be responsible for conducting various outreach activities on behalf of Celebrate Delaware Bay, including tabling events, flyer distribution, and community letter distribution.

 

Volunteers report to the Delaware Bay Program Coordinator. The position is temporary, volunteer (unpaid and not benefits-eligible), part-time from April 25, 2015 through June 15, 2015. Weekend work will be required, but work schedule is negotiable. Travel expenses will be reimbursed. Volunteers will work on one side of the Delaware Bay- New Jersey or Delaware.

 

About Manomet, Inc

Manomet, Inc. is a 48-year old nonprofit whose mission is applying science and engaging people to sustain our world. At Manomet, we believe people can live and work today in ways that will enable our world to thrive and prosper tomorrow.  By applying science and engaging people, Manomet provides practical ways to act—where people live and work.  A nonprofit grounded in science, Manomet’s experts champion better practices in conservation, business sustainability, and science education in the U. S. and internationally.  As a result, Manomet is showing how we can create a sustainable future.

 

Manomet houses the Executive Office of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN).  Launched in 1985, WHSRN works to conserve shorebirds and their habitats through a network of key sites across the Americas. The WHSRN Executive Office implements program strategies and supports site partners under the direction of the WHSRN Hemispheric Council. The Network aligns with the simple strategy that key habitats throughout the Americas must be protected in order to sustain healthy populations of shorebirds. To date, WHSRN site partners are conserving more than 32 million acres (nearly 13 million hectares) of shorebird habitat at 92 sites in 14 countries.

 

Responsibilities

 

The volunteers will:

 

  • Conduct observational surveys of the interaction between beach visitors and the outreach interventions.
  • Conduct interviews of beach visitors after they have interacted with the outreach interventions.
  • Compile data from observational surveys and interviews.
  • Assist with coordination of the reTURN the Favor project, including volunteer recruitment, volunteer support, data collection, and leading horseshoe crab rescue walks.
  • Assist with coordination of horseshoe crab tagging project including volunteer recruitment, volunteer management, data collection, and leading tagging and tag resighting events.
  • Conduct outreach activities as needed. Activities may include tabling events, flyer distribution, and community letter distribution.

 

Requirements

  • Demonstrated ability in working autonomously.
  • Bachelor’s degree or working towards a Bachelor’s degree in communication, biology, natural resource management, sociology or other relevant field.
  • Excellent communication skills including written, verbal, and public speaking.
  • Access to regular use of a personal vehicle, computer, and mobile phone. Travel within the New Jersey’s Delaware Bay region or Delaware’s Delaware Bay region is required. A travel reimbursement will be available.
  • Availability on weekends.
  • Ability to work outside in variable weather conditions.
  • Other desirable qualifications include: 
    • Experience with social research related to natural resource management.
    • An understanding of the natural history of shorebirds, horseshoe crabs, and/or the Delaware Bay.

 

 

How to Apply

 

Please email your resume and cover letter as attachments to jobs@manomet.org. Please reference the job title in the subject line.

 

Manomet is an equal opportunity employer.