Job: The Nature Conservancy: Taunton Wild & Scenic River Community Assistance Fellow (47 weeks, Boston, MA)

The Nature Conservancy – Taunton Wild and Scenic River Community Assistance Fellow
Tracking Code: 1094-984

Job Description
The Nature Conservancy – Taunton Wild and Scenic River Community Assistance Fellow

Length: Term is position is 47 weeks, full time commitment, 5-days per week
Location: Boston, MA
Living Allowance $510/week


Please note, housing stipend and relocation allowance are not provided for this position.

AmeriCorps Award: This position is eligible for an AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion of the program.  Value of education award is $5,815.00 (pre-tax).
Educational Status: Bachelor’s degree appropriate to community based conservation work
Start Date: Projected start date is late May/early June but is contingent on passing background investigation.
Specific training: Hands-on mentored work experience; individual training available to meet specific interests and needs.

How to Apply
Apply on-line at:

For More Information

Contact Rebecca McCormick, Stewards Program Coordinator 

Program Basics

The Water Team at the Massachusetts Chapter of The Nature Conservancy works to protect the land and water on which all life depends through a holistic and integrated approach of working from headwaters to open ocean. Our strategies involve conservation, spatial planning, innovative finance, and working with local, state, and federal partners to advocate for cutting edge implementation.

The Taunton Wild and Scenic Stewardship Council is a partner organization that meets regularly to protect and preserve the Taunton River. The Council consists of partners from the 10 municipalities through which the river flows, and of local and state non-profit organizations and government.

Specifics about position

The Fellow will work to protect, conserve, and restore ecosystem health and function in the Taunton River watershed. The Taunton River was designated a Wild and Scenic River by Congress in 2009, and the watershed is home to high quality ecosystems and biodiversity and has many dedicated partner organizations working on developing conservation and restoration plans. These include the Taunton River Stewardship Plan and other plans that guide conservation, restoration, and climate resilience projects.

The Fellow’s primary project will be to create a watershed wide framework to compare and prioritize projects from a variety of partner organizations and planning documents. This framework will be the basis of a grant pipeline to fund project implementation.

Duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Develop strategic platform to catalyze conservation and restoration throughout the watershed
  • Review grant funding opportunities for project implementation and summarize needs including match, design, and timeline
  • Host a Stewardship Support Network kickoff through collaborating and connecting with partner organizations (state, federal, and NGOs)
  • Implement and facilitate information sharing, either by compiling information in at toolkit or website, or by convening a small outreach event or conference to exchange information

Mandatory Requirements:

  • Possession of a current valid driver’s license
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must be a US Citizen, National, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the United States

Preferred Qualifications: 


  • Experience or education in project management and implementing plans.
  • Experience with GIS
  • Knowledge in conservation and/or ecological principles


  • Make day-to-day decisions within scope of work assignments.
  • Prioritize work independently, working with supervisor as needed.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and meet deadlines.


  • Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of parties
  • Ability to function productively as a member or leader of a work team.
  • Familiarity with standard business communications; ability to write and edit correspondence.
  • Diverse background of experiences strongly desired

This position will be required to submit periodic reports and a final report during their term of service.

ON CAMPUS EVENT: A SHORT SYMPOSIUM celebrating the career of John Lichter, Thursday, April 5 -5:30, Kresge Auditorium

A Short Symposium celebrating the career of John Lichter
Thursday, April 5 4:00-5:30 PM
Kresge Auditorium

John Lichter is an ecosystem ecologist who began his research career by studying the mechanisms underlying plant succession and forest development on coastal sand dunes bordering Lake Michigan.  Since then, he has investigated the effects of rising atmospheric carbon dioxide on forest productivity and carbon sequestration with colleagues at Duke University and other institutions. After coming to Bowdoin College in 2000, he began research on the ecology and environmental history of Merrymeeting Bay and the lower Kennebec estuary. This work was expanded to link Maine’s rivers and estuaries with the nearshore marine ecosystems to better understand ecological recovery and the ecological and social constraints preventing further recovery of these once bountiful ecosystems.

With collaborators, Lichter works with undergraduate students to provide vital information for the restoration and sound management of Maine’s waterways and coastal fisheries.

This short symposium will feature talks by David Foster, director of the Harvard Forest, Harvard University; Anne Hayden, program manager, Sustainable Economies Program, Manomet and Adjunct Lecturer, Bowdoin College; and William Schlesinger, president emeritus of the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies.

A reception will follow the symposium in Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union.

On Campus Event: Sketching Science: Scientific Communication through Social Media, Thurs. April 5 @ 7:30 PM, Beam

Sketching Science: Scientific Communication Through Social Media with Ernesto Llamas
Thursday, April 5, 2018 | 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center

Dr. Ernesto Llamas created the Journal of Sketching Science, which aims to increase the visibility and impact of scientific research through accurate and attractive illustrations. Using social media, Sketching Science has reached nearly 400,000 followers and publishes almost every week. This talk will feature how illustrations helped explain his Ph.D. research, what it means to make science viral in social networks, and his recent collaboration with international scientists and artists.


Free of charge and open to the public. Sponsored by Bowdoin Student Scientists and the Departments of Biology, Biochemistry, and Chemistry

Before the lecture, there will be a dinner with Dr. Llamas from 5-6PM in Thorne Mitchell South.

On Campus Event: “The Smoke of London: Energy and Environment in the Early Modern City” Friday, April 6 10-11:30 AM

“The Smoke of London: Energy and Environment in the Early Modern City” with William Cavert
Friday, April 6 from 10-11:30 AM
Nixon Lounge, Hawthorne Longfellow Library (3rd Floor)

A behind the scenes look at Bowdoin’s special collections with William Cavert, assistant professor of history, University of St. Thomas.

By 1600, London was a fossil-fueled city, its high-sulfur coal a basic necessity for the poor and a source of cheap energy for its growing manufacturing sector. In this lecture, drawn from his prize-winning book, historian William Cavert uncovers the origins of urban air pollution, two centuries before the industrial revolution.

Sponsored by the Department of History and Environmental Studies Program

Off Campus Events: Climate change in Brunswick: Impact, Action and Adaptations, April 9, 16 & 23rd 6:30 PM, Curtis Memorial Library

Climate Change in Brunswick: Impact, Action, and Adaptations
A community lecture series in celebration of Earth Day
Brunswick’s Curtis Memorial Library’s Morrell Meeting Room: April 9, 16, 23rd: 6:30-8pm

Monday, April 9th, 6:30-8 PM

Climate Change’s Effects in Brunswick

How is Brunswick and the Mid-Coast Maine region going to be affected by climate change? Learn about how the place we call home may look in the short and long-term future. Topics will include ecological, economical, oceanic, and atmospheric changes and challenges.

Presenters Include:

  • Sophie Janeway, Natural Resources Council of Maine: “An Overview of Climate Change in Mid-Coast Maine”
  • Beth Bisson, Maine Sea Grant: “ Ecological Shifts and Challenges”
  • David Carlon, Bowdoin Professor/Director of the Bowdoin Schiller Coastal Studies Center: “Climate Change in the Gulf of Maine: Changes in Fisheries, Marine Biology, and Coasts”

Monday, April 16th, 6:30-8 PM

Resilient Brunswick: Community Environmental Action

How can we address the effects of climate change and thrive in doing so? Hear how local community members successful actions to make Brunswick and Maine more resilient, sustainable, and energy efficient.

Presenters include:

  • Mark Berry, The Nature Conservancy: Forest Program Director: “The Role of Forests in Tackling Climate Change”
  • Marcia Harrington, Brunswick Plastic Bag Ban, “Organizing Community Environmental Action”
  • Eileen Johnson, Bowdoin College:“Resilience Building in Brunswick”

Monday, April 23rd, 6:30-8 PM

DIY Adaptations: Home Energy Efficiency

Save money and adapt to climate change from the comfort of your living room! Learn about DIY home weatherization projects and energy efficiency tips that will cut back on heating and energy bills while reducing your carbon footprint.

Presenters include:

  • Steve Ward, Maine Climate Table: “Maine’s Energy Efficiency Legislative History and Future”
  • Nat Blackford, Efficiency Maine: “Energy Efficiency Programs and Incentives”
  • Jen Hatch, Revision Energy: “Solar Energy and Installation”

Off Campus: “Cultivating a Culture of Science”, April 28

“Cultivating a Culture of Science”, 2018 MEEA Conference
April 28 at Colby College

You can learn more about it on our website:MEEA Website We have a great track on Green Leadership that might be really interesting for Bowdoin students and many youth presenters… if you have any students interested in networking and growing their connections in environmental and conservation education and outreach I have scholarships available…please urge them to contact me!  Thank you so much!


Summer Fellowship: National Audubon- work on an island in Southern or Midcoast Maine

National Audubon Fellowship

Application Deadline: Monday April 1, 2018.

Click here to apply for a National Audubon Fellowship

Southern and mid-coast Maine at an island field camp
Housing and meals are provided (see details below) and provides a biweekly stipend of $525
For more info:
National Audubon Maine Coast seabird nesting sanctuaries

Position Description: Audubon’s Seabird Restoration Program operates seven island field stations along the Maine coast as critical seabird nesting sanctuaries. Research Interns will work under the direction of the Island Supervisor, participating in all aspects of seabird research, monitoring, and management that take place at the field station. The majority of research projects focus on studying the nesting success and foods fed to seabird (tern and alcid) chicks, with most work focusing on terns.  Work includes, but is not limited to: conducting population censuses, monitoring productivity and chick growth; conducting seabird diet studies; banding and resighting birds; removing invasive vegetation; educating island visitors; and assisting with predator management.

Research Interns will live on island (a single island or group of islands) for the duration of the field season.  Interns assigned to inshore islands will have occasional trips to the mainland for logistics and resupplying the field camp, returning to the islands to work and sleep. On offshore islands, food, supplies, and mail are delivered approximately every 2 weeks. Research Interns will remain offshore for approximately eleven weeks. In a seabird colony, the birds are loud, and the terns defend their nests by dive-bombing anyone moving through the colony. Living conditions on the islands are primitive.  A cabin or wall tent serves as the base of field operations, and field team members sleep in their own tents (wooden tent platforms provided). Island field stations have limited electricity (solar panels power research needs), propane stoves, composting toilets, and no running water (rainwater is collected for washing; drinking water is brought from the mainland).  Communications with the mainland are via cell or VOIP phone, depending on location, with VHF radios available as a back-up mode of communication.  There is no Internet access.  Cooking, cleaning, and camp maintenance duties are shared by all island team members. Compensation is $262.50 per week. Food is provided.


  • Participate in seabird studies including, but not limited to: bird trapping, banding, and resighting; observations from blinds; conducting seabird diet studies; conducting nest censuses; monitoring productivity and growth of chicks; computer data entry; blood or specimen collection; vegetation management; predator monitoring and control;
  • Use binoculars and spotting scopes to aid in the collection of data as specified by the Island Supervisor;
  • Perform 3-hour-long observation stints in small, wooden observation blinds overlooking seabird nests;
  • Accurately and neatly record data on specified data sheets;
  • Enter and proof data in computer databases;
  • Educate occasional island visitors about seabird natural history and work on the island;
  • Protect the seabird colony from human disturbance;
  • Conduct predator management or control as necessary under the direction of the Island Supervisor;
  • Maintain field equipment and facilities as directed by the Island Supervisor;
  • Conduct trail maintenance and invasive plant removal;
  • Assist Island Supervisor with landing of equipment and new personnel on the island;
  • Operate power or row boats under guidance of Island Supervisor. Use of personal flotation devices is mandatory;
  • Maintain and properly care for NAS-issued equipment, including but not limited to: spotting scopes, cameras, GPS, cell phones, radios, and other research equipment;
  • Assist with inventory of all island equipment and closing of the field station at the end of the season;
  • When on the mainland: procure supplies; pack groceries, research supplies, and mail in waterproof island transport bags; clean and fill water jugs for supplying research stations; assist with cleaning and storing equipment at the end of the season; assist mainland-based staff as needed.

Qualifications: Applicants should be an upper level undergraduate working towards a B.S. in biology, conservation biology, or a related field.  Previous field experience, especially with birds, is preferred. Career goals should include a career in conservation biology. Applicants must be in excellent physical condition (capable of climbing over rugged terrain and slippery rocks and able to lift approximately 50 lbs.) and have wilderness camping experience. Must be willing to get dirty while working and living outside (showers are a luxury, not a daily occurrence) and be capable of working long hours outdoors in variable weather conditions.  Must be able to work independently and with others as part of a team, and get along with people of diverse backgrounds.  Adaptability to ever-changing circumstances is a must, as daily schedules are weather dependent.  Must be able to sit in a small blind for three hours and maintain focus on data collection; reading and listening to music while in the blind collecting data are not permitted. A sense of humor, willingness to learn, dedication to wildlife conservation, and interest in seabirds and isolated islands are basic requirements.  Previous experience with bird banding, rowing, and hunting/trapping are helpful, but not necessary.  Must provide own binoculars, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, daypack, and water bottle. General camping equipment such as dishes, pots and pans is provided.

About the Organization: The National Audubon Society Seabird Restoration Program (SRP) has its beginnings in 1973 (known then as Project Puffin) with an effort to restore puffins to an historic nesting island, Eastern Egg Rock, in the Gulf of Maine. Through this successful effort, seabird restoration techniques were developed, including the use of decoys, mirrors, and sound recordings to attract birds to the islands. In Maine, Audubon used these techniques to restore terns and alcids to seven historic nesting islands. Today, these islands are staffed during the summer breeding season to study and protect the breeding birds. The restoration techniques developed in Maine are now used to restore seabirds to historic breeding grounds around the world.