To aid its conservation efforts, the Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program (NHESP) in Westborough, Massachusetts, is looking for intensive seasonal assistance in conducting Box Turtle surveys in 2012. The Eastern Box Turtle is listed as a Species of Special Concern in Massachusetts.

With special funding for this project, the surveyor will: help plan, coordinate and conduct field surveys, track turtles, collect, compile, and enter data, and assist in the preparation a final report.

Preferred qualifications include: undergraduate degree in biology, wildlife, conservation biology, or related field; familiarity and field experience with turtles, particularly box turtles, and the rare flora and fauna of Massachusetts; experience with Natural Heritage methodology; experience with computers, including ArcGIS and Excel; experience with GPS technology; ability to interpret topographic maps and aerial photographs; ability to work both collaboratively and independently; good communication skills; accuracy and attention to detail; and the ability to work under strenuous field conditions.

The services of the Box Turtle surveyor will be retained through the Natural Heritage Program’s contractual relationship with the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences. Two full time opportunities are available. One will run from May 7 to July 13 and a second from May 14 to June 29.

To apply individuals (or other vendors) should send a cover letter and resume to: Karen Dolan, Finance & Projects Administrator, Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA 01581 or email: Application deadline is March 14, 2012.

The majority of the survey sites are in the southeastern region (including Cape Cod) of Massachusetts and to a lesser extent the Connecticut River Valley. The surveyor must be willing to work in both regions and have their own transportation. No housing is available.

More information about the Natural Heritage Program can be found at For more information about the Box Turtle work contact Lori Erb at: