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Weir River Farm140 Turkey Hill LaneHingham, MA 02043


Volunteers are needed at several Trustees properties in the Greater Hingham Management Unit to monitor our bluebird nest boxes. Not only are birds very important to our local environment, but they also bring us joy with their vibrant color and beautiful song! This volunteer position requires checking 10 or 20 bird boxes and collecting data about each one. The data will be submitted as part of a national effort to track reproductive success for all North American breeding birds. This information is vital to protecting wildlife in New England and across the continent.
The nest box monitor will make a significant contribution to avian conservation while having the unique opportunity to observe our bluebirds’ nest building, egg laying, hatching, and fledging process.

* Conduct weekly site visits from March - early August to check nest boxes
* Monitor boxes for nesting activity and identify the species of bird in the box
* Control House Sparrows as needed
* Enter data into Cornell’s NestWatch website
* Repair and/or build bird houses
* Interact with park visitors as needed and answer questions about our nest box program
* Log volunteer hours weekly

* Confidence in identifying nesting birds by sight, nest, or eggs. (training provided)
* The ability to make weekly visits to their monitoring site between March and June (time and transportation)
* The ability to follow survey protocol and enter data into NestWatch database.
* General interest in land conservation
* Familiarity with birds and birding
* Previous training
* Reliability
* Ability to perform light walking/hiking and withstand hot/humid conditions

Time Commitment Needed
At least 1-2 hours per week, 4 months minimum

Multiple properties within the Hingham Management Unit Area including Whitney Thayer Woods, Weir River Farm, Two Mile Farm, World’s End, Turkey Hill, Norris Reservation

For more information
Contact Eileen Small, Volunteer Resources Coordinator, 781-784-0567 x5501, esmall@thetrustees.org

To explore other volunteer opportunities or sign up as a team, visit our volunteer page at http://volunteer.thetrustees.org/

The Trustees is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal employment opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, military service, application for military service, veteran status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable law. The Trustees makes reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.


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  • Organization
  • People Skills
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Critical Thinking
  • Multi-Tasking

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 16
  • 1-2 hours/week; March-August

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