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  • Songbird Banding Intern

    Evan Dalton
    • Employer: Manomet Inc.
      Location: Plymouth, Massachusetts
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Manomet is seeking a seasonal songbird banding intern to participate through the spring migration season in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Candidates must be available throughout the entire season (April 12 – June 16). At Manomet, banding interns learn through immersive, hands-on training under the supervision of experienced bird banding staff. Interns are expected to work Monday-Friday 8 hours/day. Duties include (but are not limited to), mist-netting, bird banding, data management and biological surveys. Members of the banding staff may be asked to assist with educational programs and other outreach activities.

    Ideal candidates must possess a fanatical desire to learn about the bird banding process. Familiarity and/or experience with bird-handling or banding, and using references, such as the Identification Guide to North American Birds by Peter Pyle are a bonus.


    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.


    • Mist-netting birds
    • Bird banding
    • Data management
    • Biological surveys
    • Perform related duties as directed by the Director, Manomet Observatory


    • Desire to learn about the banding process
    • Ability to identify (or learn) Eastern birds by sight
    • Must successfully pass a background check
    • Familiar with bird banding process (preferred)
    • Interest in environmental education (preferred)


    • 8-hour days that begin before dawn five days per week
    • Ability to work in adverse outdoor conditions, including but not limited to exposure to mosquitoes, ticks, poison ivy, and extremes in weather, like hot sun, cold temperatures, rain, snow, and high winds
    • Ability to lift 30 lbs. or move up to 100 lbs. and assist others to do the same
    • Frequent walking over uneven terrain and stairs, standing, and bending
    • Handling wild birds
    • Close work with others (paperwork, visual examination)
    • Ability to live and work on-site as part of a team


    Bird Banders will be provided on-site housing. In addition to housing, interns will receive a stipend of $400 per week.


    Please email one document containing a cover letter, CV and contact information for at least two references to Evan Dalton (edalton@manomet.org). Please reference job title in subject line. Position will be open until filled.


    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.

    Manomet provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

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