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ASSISTANT COORDINATOR – BAYWATCHERS MONITORING PROGRAM BUZZARDS BAY COALITION

The Buzzards Bay Coalition

The Buzzards Bay Coalition is seeking an Assistant Coordinator for helping to coordinate the bay-wide, volunteer Baywatchers Monitoring Program for summer 2022. The Assistant Coordinator position is a combination of fieldwork, lab work, working with citizen volunteers, data entry and additional watershed natural resource monitoring (stream flow, anadromous fish). This part-time, seasonal position is from May to August with a variable schedule that averages 25-30 hours per week.

The Assistant Coordinator supports the organization’s objectives of developing watershed residents into Bay stewards and understanding the Buzzards Bay ecosystem and its response to human-related impacts in order to guide restoration and protection. The Assistant Coordinator supports a long-term, water quality monitoring program to gather high quality scientific data to support conservation, restoration, and protection of our water resources.

The Assistant Coordinator is responsible for helping to coordinate the bay-wide, volunteer Baywatchers Monitoring Program and additional watershed natural resource monitoring programs (stream flow, anadromous fish, etc.). The Assistant Coordinator position is a combination of fieldwork, lab work, working with citizen volunteers, and data entry.

This part-time, seasonal position is from May to August and reports directly to the Buzzards Bay Coalition’s Director of Monitoring Programs. The schedule is variable and averages 25-30 hours per week for this position. The Assistant Coordinator will be required to comply with the Buzzards Bay Coalition’s COVID safety protocols, vaccinations and including wearing face masks in shared spaces and limiting in-person interactions. As such, successful applicants will need access to a home computer for data entry if needed.

Specific Responsibilities

Tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Construct, maintain, and calibrate water monitoring equipment.
  • Assist with recruiting and training and working closely with approximately 150 "Baywatchers" volunteers.
  • Assist in the organization, distribution, and collection of water monitoring supplies and equipment.
  • Collect water samples and field measurements of water quality characteristics such as salinity, dissolved oxygen, temperature, water clarity, and nutrient and chlorophyll analysis.
  • Assist with transportation of water samples and water sampling equipment.
  • Data entry and quality check of weekly water quality data from volunteer data sheets.
  • Assist with other watershed monitoring projects; river flow/temperature monitoring, river herring counting, dissolved oxygen loggers, etc.
  • Assist with Buzzards Bay Coalition organized outreach and Bay education events as needed.

Professional & Personal Qualifications

• At least two years of college training, preferably with environmental science topics.

• Ability to work well with and train volunteers.

• Excellent communications skills.

• Comfortable working in the field under physical conditions.

• Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

• High energy level, well-organized, and able to take initiative.

• Must have his/her own reliable transportation to cover monitoring in the Buzzards Bay watershed (mileage will be reimbursed).

• Enthusiastic commitment to the mission of the Buzzards Bay Coalition to protect the Bay.

• Familiarization with Buzzards Bay is a plus.

• Familiarization with Excel data entry a plus.

Salary/Benefits

This is a part-time at-will position starting in May and ending in August working out of the Marion Science & Field Operations Center. The schedule is variable and averages 25-30 hours per week for this position. Hourly rate is $15.00 per hour. Travel will be reimbursed at the prevailing IRS rate per mile.

Interested applicants should respond with a letter, resume, and references to: Tony Williams- Director of Monitoring Programs, Buzzards Bay Coalition, 114 Front Street, New Bedford, Massachusetts 02740 or e-mail Williams@savebuzzardsbay.org