NYC Plover Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to protect Piping Plovers, endangered and imperiled shorebirds that nest each year along the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens.
Founded in March 2021, NYC Plover Project (NYCPP) is about to kick off the third year of its popular volunteer program, together with its partner, Gateway National Recreation Area, National Park Service (NPS). In 2021, NYCPP had more than 40 volunteers, growing to 75 volunteers in 2022, conducting nearly 3,000 hours of volunteer service. Volunteers conduct a number of tasks, primarily serving as beach ambassadors for the birds and their nesting sites.
NYC Plover Project is looking to hire (2) volunteer coordinators to split the responsibilities and schedule throughout the season. The purpose of these roles is to help recruit and retain committed volunteers and manage the overall effort.
In 2023, NYC Plover Project is looking to expand to 100 volunteers and conduct a volunteer effort from mid-April until mid-August, in addition to set-up days in March, installing signage and fencing. This position is based in Rockaway, Queens and focused on the beaches of the western end of the Rockaway Peninsula – Fort Tilden, Breezy Point Tip and Jacob Riis Park. We are also expanding our efforts in Arverne, Edgemere and Far Rockaway. It is a fantastic opportunity for someone looking for hands-on wildlife protection experience in a beautiful outdoor setting.
The volunteer coordinator(s) will serve as the primary point of contact for volunteers and potential volunteers, and will report to NYC Plover Project director and founder, Chris Allieri. While this position is a hybrid role of in-person and remote, it is highly desired that the person(s) in this role spend 3-4 days on-site at Jamaica Bay Unit beach locations once the season is fully underway (late-May through early-August).
The role begins in late March, ramping up in late April, with the height of the season extending from May until early August. Scheduling and shifts will be shared across the two positions.
Competitive hourly wage, paid weekly based upon hours worked.