Shorebird Biologist


The focus of the shorebird biologist will be to help build an effective conservation initiative in the southeastern United States to meet Manomet’s goals for shorebird population recovery in the Atlantic Flyway. The Shorebird Biologist will work closely with partner agencies and organizations in the Georgia Bight to alleviate known local threats to shorebirds and their habitats, initiate original and collaborative research, participate in habitat management activities, and lead community outreach and education efforts. The position reports to the Director of Shorebird Habitat Management. The position location is flexible but will need to be located in proximity to the Georgia Coast.



At Manomet we believe people can live and work today in ways that will enable our world to thrive and prosper. As scientists we understand we must take action to sustain our world. Manomet is a leader in the path to sustainability—and we’re working with people in four critical systems to effect real change.


We focus our work on the parts of the system where we can have measurable impact and opportunity for scale:


1. Natural System—Recovering shorebird populations and wetlands and connecting people to nature.
2. Forest System—Preparing managed forests and coastal watersheds for climate change.
3. Food System—Creating a more efficient food system.
4. Economic System—Enhancing economic viability and reducing environmental footprints.


By applying science and engaging people, Manomet provides practical ways to act—where people live and work. As Manomet approaches its sixth decade, we have achieved a great deal; yet there is still much work ahead. We are forging a pathway for our generation and those to come.

With an annual budget of $5 million, Manomet has about 40 scientists and support staff working from the north slope of Alaska to the southern tip of Argentina. Manomet offers an entrepreneurial atmosphere of dedicated professionals who support each other in a common vision of creating a more sustainable world. Our headquarters are located in Plymouth, MA and we also have offices in Maine, Vermont, Delaware, Chile, and Paraguay.


You can change the world. Come join us!



1. Collaborate: Participate in ongoing conservation activities of partner groups, particularly the Georgia and South Carolina Departments of Natural Resources, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Shorebird Alliances of Georgia and South Carolina.


2. Facilitate: Create a framework to unite state, federal, municipal, and private conservation practitioners to address threats to shorebird populations, building a regional culture of shorebird stewardship.


3. Lead: Work with others to align regional priorities of the Atlantic Flyway Shorebird Initiative, the Arctic Migratory Bird Initiative, the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network, and the tri-national Commission on Environmental Cooperation.


4. Investigate: Design and conduct research to answer management and conservation related questions. Collaborate with partners to analyze and publish new and existing data that are applicable to shorebird conservation.


5. Educate: Initiate and draft correspondence, documents, presentations, and communications independently and on behalf of senior leadership. Represent Manomet through a variety of media outlets. Manage contacts and maintain notes in a database. Support planning for fundraising events.


6. Monitor: Promote and coordinate International Shorebird Surveys (ISS) for long-term monitoring and population trend analysis.


7. Assist: Contribute as needed to other projects of Manomet’s Shorebird Recovery Program. Seek additional funding opportunities to support the shorebird conservation initiative.




» Education: Preferred Ph.D. in natural sciences or equivalent.


» Experience: Significant understanding of southeastern US coastal ecology. In-depth knowledge of beach-nesting shorebird, seabird, and sea turtle ecology. In-depth knowledge of shorebird migration ecology, threats to populations, conservation strategies, and approaches to implementation of management actions that benefit shorebirds. Well-versed in experimental design and establishing and completing research projects. Proven ability to engage, teach, and motivate the public as well as professional biologists. Experience working in challenging environments of heat and high humidity. Ability to identify North American shorebird species in all plumages. Experience operating ATV and/or UTV in remote situations.


» Skills: Exceptional interpersonal skills, including written and verbal communication. A polite and thoughtful communicator with an ability to remain amicable in a variety of situations. Should possess the highest level of discretion, honesty, and professionalism. An energetic, hard-working, enthusiastic self-starter able to work independently and as part of a team. Must be able to work successfully with individuals or organizations with opposing and sometimes controversial views and preconceptions. Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. Proven reliability in meeting deadlines. A resourceful problem-solver with good judgement and strong decision-making abilities. Ability to provide intuitive and proactive contributions for successful conservation outcomes. Attentive and responsive. Ability to work effectively with a remote team. Proficient in the suite of Microsoft Office products and experience with relational databases.


» Motivation: Commitment to and passion for maintaining, recovering, protecting, and celebrating the biodiversity of the southeastern United States. Commitment to Manomet’s mission to apply science and engage people to sustain our world. Motivated and rewarded by helping the organization and its mission.



Please email your resume and cover letter as attachments to Please reference the job title in the subject line. The position is available immediately and applicants are encouraged to submit their materials as soon as possible.


Manomet offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive package of benefits. Manomet is an equal opportunity employer.