Coordinator, Shorebird Habitats Project

Would you like to make significant contributions toward integrated wetland management, coastal conservation, and the recovery of shorebird populations in North America? Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences has an immediate opening for a talented coordinator for the Shorebird Habitats Project to work with a wide array of partner organizations and individuals across the United States, Canada, and Mexico.


Wetlands are critical natural resources and are among the most highly threatened habitats. The coastal and freshwater wetlands of the Americas are under continuing heavy pressure from land conversion, recreation, and development, with more than half of the wetlands in the United States already lost over the last century. The majority of shorebirds that depend on these wetlands are either currently declining or have historically diminished populations. The populations of some shorebird species in the Western Hemisphere have declined more sharply than any other group of birds. Our vision, and the focus of the coordinator position, is to relieve the impacts of wetland loss to shorebirds by strategically reestablishing, protecting, and maintaining suitable habitat conditions to increase the health, survival, and productivity of shorebird populations in the United States and throughout North America.


Goals of the Shorebird Habitats Project are to increase the survival of shorebirds regionally and strengthen their populations by ensuring the effective management of 500,000 acres of wetlands to support large numbers of shorebirds during migration, wintering, and breeding.


To do this, Manomet is pursuing the following objectives:


  •  Increase the capacity of large managed wetlands, as well as beaches and coastal intertidal areas, to support migrating shorebirds by elevating strategic food resources and protecting key habitats.
  • Increase the collective understanding of state and federal agency personnel across the United States to the annual needs of imperiled shorebirds and how to optimize the conditions of local shorebird habitats.
  • Provide technical skills to identify threats to shorebird populations at critical sites, and teach management protocols to address those threats.
  • Contribute to the stabilization and subsequent recovery of depleted or declining shorebird populations across the Americas.
  • Monitor the effectiveness of management actions, increasing our understanding of the response of shorebird use to habitat protection and management protocols.


Primary Responsibilities

The Shorebird Habitats Project position reports to the Director of Shorebird Habitat Management in the Shorebird Recovery Program, one of Manomet’s core initiatives.  Location is negotiable, but presence at key functions at Manomet, and travel to wetland management sites throughout the country, are important aspects of the position. SRP is currently comprised of nine people who together provide original shorebird science, conservation coordination, technical assistance, and site-based management services.


The key role of the Shorebird Habitat Project Coordinator will be to develop and assist a network of wetlands management partners in order to foster and promote a culture of shorebird conservation through implementation of conservation initiatives and management actions.


Essential Functions

Support the Shorebird Habitats Project objectives with responsibilities including but not limited to:


  • Act as a liaison with federal and state agencies to assist in the implementation of shorebird habitat conservation initiatives and linkages between sites across the country.
  • Work collaboratively with state, federal, and private biologists to integrate and implement shorebird conservation strategies into local wetland management priorities.
  • Provide support services directly to sites and partners so that they can contribute effectively to shorebird conservation and habitat protection.
  • Implement regional workshops to teach shorebird ecology, conservation, habitat management, identification and monitoring in all four North American flyways. This will include coordination with the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) remote instructional sessions.
  • Establish International Shorebird Surveys (ISS) and promote ISS for monitoring response to wetland management protocols.
  • Provide information and develop printed materials regarding site-based shorebird conservation activities to the public.
  • Stay current on wetland and beach management techniques through literature review and professional engagement.​



  • A minimum of three years of experience in hands-on wildlife conservation, wetlands management, shorebird or waterfowl research, or any related professional activity.
  • An undergraduate or advanced degree in natural sciences or related field.
  • Knowledge of the life histories of waterfowl, shorebirds, and wading birds is highly desirable.
  • Proven ability to develop professional networks and facilitate ongoing interactive communications with biologists, land managers, and natural resource agency administrators.
  • Experience working or partnering with state and federal wildlife agencies, non-governmental organizations like Ducks Unlimited or The Nature Conservancy very desirable.
  • Experience making formal presentations or teaching subjects in resource management or ecology helpful.
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to cultural differences across the U.S. and internationally, with the ability to respect and work closely with people who hold a wide array of values and sometimes opposing views.
  • Ability to travel extensively, sometimes to remote and physically demanding locations.


How to Apply

Please email your resume and letter of interest as attachments to Kim Goggin, Administrative Coordinator ( Please reference the job title in the subject line.  In your letter, please explain how your experience directly relates to the responsibilities and qualifications for this position. 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, including medical and dental insurance, a 403(B) program and paid holidays and vacation. Manomet is an equal opportunity employer.


About Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences

Manomet is a 45-year-old 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating a measurably more sustainable world. We believe that society’s economic, social, and environmental values are connected and must be integrated if humans are to live sustainably on a planet with finite resources. Manomet uses science to help communities, businesses, and government measurably improve their practices and sustainability. Our approach is to work side-by-side with stakeholders and businesses to make it practical and simple for them to make a real difference.


Our headquarters are located in Plymouth, MA. With an annual budget of $4.5M and a staff of more than 30, Manomet offers an entrepreneurial atmosphere of dedicated professionals who enjoy making a real difference in the world, and supporting each other across departments.

Plymouth, Massachusetts
Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences
Kim Goggin