In 2014, Bridgeport, Connecticut’s Pleasure Beach reopened to the public after nearly 20 years. The barrier beach is home to the federally threatened Piping Plover and state threatened Least Tern, among other imperiled waterbirds, as well as four state endangered plant species. To ensure that these birds have the opportunity to nest successfully and to maintain the barrier beach, a rare habitat in Connecticut, Audubon Connecticut created the WildLife Guards Program. The program trains, mentors, and employs 10 local high schools students and 2 crew leaders to monitor nesting birds and engage visitors, families, and friends about Pleasure Beach and its wildlife.
The Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, in partnership with Audubon Connecticut and the City of Bridgeport, is seeking 2 qualified individuals to serve as crew leaders. The crew leaders would supervise and train the 10 WildLife Guards (high school students) in their daily activities. Please see the linked position description in full for more information, essential functions, qualifications and experience, and how to apply: http://rtpi.org/wildlife-guard-crew-leader-summer-job-openings/
This is a great opportunity for college students or recent graduates to gain experience in biological field work, conservation management, education and public outreach this summer. Please pass this posting along to anyone you feel would be a good fit – thank you!