Seasonal Seabird Technicians

Position Dates: filled for the 2021 season

Number of positions: 2 technicians

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 Program 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. Experience in ArcGIS is preferred. 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.


White and Seavey Islands

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

To apply:

If interested, 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 overseen by Dr. Elizabeth Craig. Dr. Craig 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.


Tern in Flight

Photo by J. Coyer


Tern chicks

Tern chicks