Manomet is a nonprofit committed to science-based decisions for humans and nature.

Our scientists and staff work from Alaska to Argentina. Our headquarters are located on a 40-acre waterfront campus in Plymouth, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod Bay, 45 miles south of Boston. We have a satellite office in Brunswick, Maine. With an annual budget of approximately $6M and more than 30 scientists and staff, Manomet offers an entrepreneurial atmosphere of dedicated professionals who support each other toward a common vision of creating a more sustainable world.

Seasonal Shorebird Survey Technician

Department: Science
Reports To: Shorebird Biologist
FLSA Classification: Temporary /Non-Exempt


Manomet’s science team is seeking a Seasonal Shorebird Technician to monitor shorebirds on the upper coast of Texas in the Chambers County area for our East Bay Water for Shorebirds project.

This collaborative project seeks to allocate water to provide habitat for migrating shorebirds. Private and public lands near East Bay received water during a drought last fall, and properties were monitored throughout the wetting period to measure the effects of fall water delivery on migrating shorebirds. Many shorebird species were seen during these surveys such as Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Upland Sandpiper, Semipalmated/Least/Western Sandpiper, Marbled Godwit, Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs, and Short/Long-billed Dowitchers. We are expanding the number of project acres in fall 2024 and need to expand monitoring efforts accordingly.


Manomet is a 501(c)(3) organization that empowers stakeholders through science and works with partners to make a world where ecosystems and human communities thrive. Since Manomet’s beginnings as a bird banding operation in 1969, its science and research have expanded to focus on ecosystem management and resilience, shorebird conservation, and educating tomorrow’s leaders about the importance of the natural world. Workplace diversity, science, and climate change are the fundamental principles driving Manomet’s work today.


The technician will coordinate closely with Manomet’s local Shorebird Biologist to conduct bird surveys from the end of July through the end of October 2024. The exact dates are negotiable. Surveys will be conducted in rice fields, cattle pastures, and hunting impoundments. The technician will identify and count all birds present on project fields, including shorebirds, waterfowl, wading birds, and songbirds. Ancillary data such as water depth will also be collected. The technician may help compile data and create reports if time allows. There may be opportunities to assist with additional work beyond the survey season depending on project needs.


  • Applicants must be skilled at identifying mid-continent shorebird species by sight; the ability to identify shorebirds in flight and by call will be very competitive.
  • Experience conducting multi-species avian point counts and working independently in the field is recommended.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license. Some local travel is required. Travel will be reimbursed.
  • Must successfully pass a background check.


  • Ability and willingness to travel to various locations in the US as necessary to complete job duties. Travel is reimbursed. (If applicable) • Ability to work outside for extended periods in hot, humid, and buggy conditions
  • Frequent walking, bending, and lifting is required. Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Fully remote/Hybrid remote work possible with extensive travel to survey sites required.

Pay Rate: $15-$17/hour

Compensation commensurate with experience. Manomet offers benefits including mandatory state benefits for temporary employees.


Please email a resume and cover letter, to by July 3rd, 2024. Please reference the job title in the subject line.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job. The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.

External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case-by-case basis.

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