Seasonal Seabird Technicians

Seabird Technician positions for 2017 are currently filled.

Position Dates: May 8 - August 31, 2017. (end date may vary depending upon migration)

Number of open positions: Positions filled for 2017.

Location: White and Seavey Islands, Isles of Shoals, New Hampshire

Stipend: $1,500.00 per month, plus room & board will be provided on White Island

Requirements: A degree in conservation biology or ecology, wildlife biology/management, environmental science or related disciplines. 

Position description: Two Seasonal Seabird Technicians will work with a Project Manager to study and manage a breeding colony of Common, Roseate and Arctic Terns at Isles of Shoals. Primary responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, banding and band resighting, diet studies, productivity monitoring, and predator management. The applicant should have experience in overseeing and participating in data collection and management, establishing a daily work schedule based on approved protocols, bird identification, and banding. Applicants must be in excellent physical condition (capable of climbing over rugged terrain and able to lift 50 lbs.), be comfortable living and working in close quarters for extended periods of time, and enjoy working independently and with others. The technicians will live in a historic and rustic lighthouse keeper's cottage (solar electricity, composting toilets, no running water). Mainland housing will be provided locally (Seacoast area) on days off, which will be arranged under direction of the Project Manager. This time off housing is shared with other Shoals Marine Laboratory staff.

To apply:

Email a cover letter, current resume, and contact information for three professional references to the Tern Conservation Program Manager: 

Dr. Elizabeth Craig,

The program is currently overseen by Dr. Elizabeth Craig. Dr. Craig has joined the SML community after completing her Ph.D. in Zoology and Wildlife Conservation and Postdoc in Natural Resources at Cornell University. Dr. Craig is an ornithologist and colonial waterbird biologist who specializes in conservation management, population dynamics, and foraging ecology of seabirds.


White and Seavey Islands

White Island (left) with lighthouse and cottage, and Seavey Island (right) with bird blinds.

'Tern Restoration Project' background:

In 1997, the Audubon Society of New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Nongame Program, the Office of State Planning Coastal Program, the Department of Resources and Economic Development - Parks Division, USDA - Animal Damage Control, Shoals Marine Laboratory, Isles of Shoals Steamship Company, Gulf of Maine Tern Working Group and the US Fish and Wildlife Service worked cooperatively to successfully complete the first year of this project. 

Since 1997, protection efforts have been ongoing to restore the tern colony at the Isles of Shoals. Common terns (Sterna hirundo), a state endangered species, formerly were abundant along the New Hampshire coast and offshore islands. However, changes in human populations and increases in gull populations ultimately led to the decline of terns up and down the Atlantic coast.  

The goals of the Tern Restoration Project are to protect, manage and enhance the breeding population of Common (state endangered), Roseate (state and federally endangered), and Arctic Terns (state threatened) on Seavey Island and protect the population on White Island.  Efforts have been largely successful since the implementation of the program.

Read more, here.


Tern in Flight

Photo by J. Coyer


Tern chicks

Tern chicks