Shorebird Biological Aide II

Recruitment #022321-MXGB01-400300


Shorebirds are an important part of the ecology of Delaware’s shorelines. But they are under threat; populations are declining. The Delaware Shorebird Project works to mitigate that threat, through research and monitoring, habitat protection, and management planning.  

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Summary Statement

This position is with Delaware's Species Conservation and Research Program to assist the State Coastal Avian Biologist with the Delaware Shorebird Project. Primary responsibilities include collecting migratory shorebird data during the May field season following standardized protocols, data entry, and assisting in field activities as needed including capturing and banding shorebirds using cannon nets and re-sighting marked shorebirds. Daily work requires walking up to 5 miles in sand, operating and trailering small boats, carrying equipment, and using a spotting scope to distinguish colored leg bands and coded flags on shorebirds at a distance. Duties outside the May field season include data entry and assisting with other field projects. Applicants must be available to work weekends, evenings, and holidays as scheduled.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all position in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class.  Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Provides technical support in studies, surveys and research projects. 
  • Survey and monitor bird populations.
  • Trapping and banding.
  • Work cooperatively with other seasonals, volunteers and Division of Fish and Wildlife staff.
  • Provides technical information and assistance to the public. 
  • Maintains accurate records and prepares reports. 
  • Assists in data entry.
  • Maintains records and reports detailing daily activities.
  • Must be able to demonstrate responsibility, dependability and good communication skills.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

Please attach a resume with your online application or use the resume tab in DEL to provide a detailed description of how your education, training and/or experience meets each job requirement including employer, experience/responsibilities and dates (month/year) of employment/training.

Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. Must be 18 years old.
  2. Knowledge of conducting field work to collect samples and survey data.
  3. Knowledge of avian field monitoring.
  4. Knowledge of narrative report writing.
  5. Possession of a valid Driver's License (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).

Additional Posting Information

This is an environmental stewardship job; the participants will work hard, sometimes in difficult conditions including mud, hot sun, and mosquitoes and flies.

This posting may be closed on or before 4/25/2021 upon filling the vacant position(s).

Conditions of Hire

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.  DNREC does not provide sponsorship for holders of H-1 B Visas.

Criminal background check: A satisfactory criminal background check is required as a condition of hire.  The recruiting agency may require the applicant to pay for the criminal background check as part of the conditional offer of hire.

Selection Process

The application and resume are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position.  It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the resume to include dates of employment, job title and job duties.  For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content.   Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.

Once you have submitted your application on-line, all future correspondence related to your application will be sent via email.  Please keep your contact information current.  You may also view all correspondence sent to you by the State of Delaware in the “My Applications” tab at


Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.  To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance.  The State of Delaware – An Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.