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  1. Overview Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action. By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive. And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level. What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country. Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Position Summary The Francis Beidler Forest is an 18,500+ acre wildlife sanctuary and Nature Center. It contains within its bounds, the largest remaining stand of virgin Bald Cypress and Tupelo Gum swamp forest anywhere. There is a 1.75 mile boardwalk trail at the Center and it is open to the public. The sanctuary exists to protect a large portion of Four Holes Swamp and the birds and other wildlife that call it home. Beidler Forest is a National Natural Area as designated by the National Park Service, a globaly significant Important Bird Area as designated by the American Bird Conservancy, and a Ramsar Wetland of International Significance as designated by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. Sanctuary staff maintain the boundary lines and let nature take its course on most of the wetter parts of the property, but on upland edges of the swamp, various habitat restoration work is underway. Usually this involves either the re-establishment of Longleaf pine forest or the creation of native plant grasslands. The Assistant Land and Facilities Manager, will assist the Land Manager in conducting both the care of Beidler Forest buildings and other facilities, as well as assisting with critical activities on the intensively managed parcels of the sanctuary. Essential Functions The Assistant Land and Facilities Manager will be responsible for a wide variety of Land Management and Facilities Maintenance activities at the Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest. Land Management duties will involve assisting the Land Manager with boundary line maintenance, longleaf pine management, trespassing control, feral hog control, native grassland management, and fire line work. Facilities maintenance duties will involve vehicle and equipment maintenance and upkeep, mowing (tractor and push) and pruning a number of locations, boardwalk repair and upkeep, road maintenance, and miscellaneous "handiman" jobs around the Center and associated buildings (light plumbing, carpentry, electrical, etc.). GIS map work and social media contributions will also be part of the mix. Qualifications and Experience 1. Tractor skills are a must 2. Experience with pine management 3. Handiman skills with repairs (carpentry, plumbing, vehicle/motor, electrical) 4. Hog management experience 5. Experience with precribed fire a plus 6. ArcView GIS skills a plus 7. Ability to work long hours outdoors in remote locations in all seasons
  2. Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action. By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive. And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level. What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country. Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). The Audubon Center and Sanctuary at the Francis Beidler Forest (Beidler) is a critical asset in Audubon South Carolina’s network, located in Harleyville, South Carolina in Dorchester, Berkeley and Orangeburg Counties (in the fastest growing counties in the country). At Beidler, the general public should be able to learn through interactive exhibits, programs and lectures about Audubon’s priority conservation programs, including watershed protection and restoration, forested wetlands, bird friendly forestry, longleaf pine restoration, native plants and climate resiliency strategies. Beidler features a 1.75 mile boardwalk through a virgin cypress-tupelo forest (with trees over 1,000 years old), a canoe/kayak trail system, a guest cottage, a lakeside house, and almost 18,000 acres of habitat that are managed and restored as part of Audubon’s Climate Stronghold and Working Lands program. Beidler is open year round and offers different programs according to season. Fall and spring are full with scheduled school groups, Tues-Friday. Summer is scheduled with camps. Hunting and fishing club leases are also maintained. A medium-size gift shop in Beidler provides support for the center’s educational programs applied conservation work. There is additional programming opportunity to bring people, families, groups to Beidler Forest to learn about Audubon’s initiatives, on the ground nature based tourism, and re-connecting people to nature through the arts. There is opportunity to promote diversity and inclusion as we are seeking designation as an Important Site on the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom with National Park Center. The goal is to help transform Beidler Center from a nature center to a regional hub of influence on conservation advocacy issues, and to engage colleges and universities in continuing with existing and new conservation research. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Center Manager is analogous to that of an ambassador, representing Audubon’s Beidler Forest Visitor Center (Beidler) as a cornerstone of Audubon South Carolina and as an integral part of National Audubon’s 43 Centers nationwide. S/he is expected to be a visionary thinker who can bring new programming opportunities to increase attendance, increase diversity of participants, and increase sphere of influence at the local level. The Manager also perform daily tasks that ensure the center operates smoothly and visitors have positive experiences that can lead to more engagement with Audubon and its national programs. This includes identification and implementation of new programming, and coordinating staffing of all education, conservation programs and scheduled events, managing small gift store (updating inventory data, fulfilling on-line order sales, restocking gift shop merchandise) and assisting with center and office administration functions. Special projects, like teaching educational programs, will also be vital role as the on-site Audubon ambassador. The Center Manager will need to learn all the priority projects and understand the relevance of Beidler within each program (Climate, Working Lands, Water, Bird-Friendly Communities and Coastal Program). Ideally, they would oversee creating an on-line store and an Artist in Residence Program as new initiatives, and identify/implement new ways to expand participation at Beidler. They are responsible for sound fiscal management of Center operations. Additionally, the Center Manager should be prepared to plan and take part in special events that are held at the center. This may include, but is not limited to, staying late for the night lectures and community outreach meetings, fundraisers, special events, and participating in special activities designed for children, providing interpretation for scheduled group visits, etc. This position is a full-time and the work schedule is 5 days on and 2 days off. Some weekends and evenings are required. Essential Functions: Public Programs and Outreach Be passionate about conservation and engaging people in high-quality experiential learning in nature, and have an interest in promoting and engaging diverse communities and multi-age audiences. Understands the strategic value of Beidler as ASC’s principal place-based asset, and understands that each visitor is a potential donor, volunteer, advocate and someone who might go home to their community and participate/promote Audubon’s recommendations for bird-friendly/climate resilient communities. Work with Executive Director, Center, and State staff to plan, implement and evaluate guest experience in the center and on-grounds. Oversee and supervise the development, implementation and delivery of a wide variety of general visitor education activities. Work with Education and Center staff to oversee and supervise the development, implementation and delivery of education programming created for school groups, community groups including homeschool groups. Ensure science, policy and conservation goals are emphasized meaningfully and appropriately in visitor and education programs. Design and implement educational programming for children. Work with Director of Bird Conservation/Engagement to incorporate climate related activities into curriculum and advocacy training (e.g. sending postcards and thank you notes to elected officials by school groups and visitors). Interest and ability to develop and promote Beidler to be as much of a demonstration site for many of our sustainable development and climate solutions, bird-friendly management recommendations, and know how to communicate with elected officials, general public and media on relevance of our demonstration activities to the larger conservation imitative. Day-to-Day Operations Coordinate efforts with staff and the national marketing team to publicize the Center and its programs by maintain up-to-date information on the website, utilizing social media (Facebook, etc.). Greet visitors serving as an interpreter sharing the story of Beidler Forest and the statewide Audubon initiatives as part of the Atlantic Flyway Strategy and hemispheric conservation with energy and enthusiasm during normal business hours at the Center and at special events. Operate the retail point-of-sale system to process merchandise sales and manage inventory of local sustainable products. Assist with annual retail stock inventory. Promote all Conservation Programs and encourage Beidler visitors to support Programs Oversee and supervise the day-to-day activities of Seasonal Education Staff, grow the Seasonal Naturalist program to encourage summer college and graduate school interns. Organize and attend special event lectures and assist with refreshment preparation Develop an active volunteer core to engage community people, to help add capacity to critical administrative, outreach, interpretative and tour groups. Hire/Train new volunteers and seasonal education assistants on visitor interaction protocols. Ensure volunteers are processed in accordance with National Audubon Society policies and procedures. Coordinate all staffing to ensure proper coverage for the center and special events. Coordinate/manage daily housekeeping tasks, including but not limited to washing windows, sweeping and vacuuming, cleaning and restocking restrooms, and dusting exhibits and retail shelves. Evaluate opportunity to redesign Center building, possible expansion, and update interpretation experience. Qualifications and Experience: Bachelor's degree in an environmental education, environmental studies, biology, recreation management, nature-based tourism or business administration. 5-7 years of experience leading interpretive/environmental education in traditional and nontraditional settings, as well as 1-2 years’ in staff management and facility operations, required. An equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered. Excellent interpersonal skills, passionate about conservation and Audubon’s mission to protect birds and the habitats they need now and in the future. Must possess strong interpersonal and emotional intelligence; a dependable leader who can inspire and motivate teams. Team player with a sense of humor, flexible and adaptable, comfortable greeting, interacting and presenting to individual visitors, as well groups up to 40 persons. Commitment to high quality customer service. Takes the initiative, have ideas for expansion, experience managing staff or program and willingness to learn. Retail sales and point of sale systems experience is highly desirable. Tech-savvy, including proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and web-based systems. Experience with Salesforce and EveryAction highly desired. Familiarity and/or experience working in the non-profit fundraising area desired. A flexible approach to work schedules, with the ability to work some weekends and evenings as needed. Position has some physical requirements, such as coordinating outdoor activities, ability to walk the 1.75 mile boardwalk, canoeing/kayaking, program facilitation and event set up. Familiarity with live video cams and prior experience operating audio-visual equipment is highly desirable. Familiarity and interest in sustainable designs, low carbon solutions and help integrate into Beidler. Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion in staffing, and program engagement.
  3. Audubon Minnesota (AMN) is the local arm of the National Audubon Society. AMN manages Audubon’s conservation and network priorities the states of Minnesota and Iowa. This geography includes 145 Important Bird Areas covering 14.2 million acres and over 30,000 Audubon members, many of whom belong to one of Audubon’s 22 local chapters. The Director of Conservation will lead the development of landscape level conservation objectives for the implementation of Audubon’s five priority conservation strategies in Iowa and Minnesota for the benefit of birds and the places they need to thrive. Their portfolio includes leading the science driven conservation objectives of Audubon’s Upper Mississippi River conservation initiative, which spans Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin. S/he will work closely with Audubon Great Lakes, the Audubon Center at Riverlands, and leadership in the Upper Mississippi Flyway. S/he will collaborate with natural resource agencies (federal, state, county, and municipal), private conservation organizations, and Audubon chapters for successful implementation of their work across the landscape. The Director of Conservation will work closely with national, flyway, and state fundraising, science, engagement, and policy teams to build sustainable income streams, engagement efforts, conservation science strategies, and policy objectives to further Audubon’s conservation objectives in the region. Reporting to the Executive Director & Vice President of Audubon Minnesota & the Upper Mississippi River, the Director of Conservation will manage the conservation and science staff throughout the region, including tracking conservation activity and defining measures of success. S/he will develop funding proposals to foundations, corporations, agencies, and individuals. S/he will also be responsible for identifying funding opportunities and managing the funding relationships with natural resource agencies at multiple levels of governance along with some funder and donor relationships as assigned. Essential Functions In collaboration with the Executive Director, develop and implement conservation strategies for the benefit of birds in the region, which includes leadership of conservation strategy for the Upper Mississippi River watershed. Design and direct the conservation programs in the region to be fully aligned with National Audubon’s strategic plan, maximizing Audubon’s impact by integrating work across the full suite of Audubon’s national and regional science, conservation, network, policy, and development teams. Further Audubon’s reputation through building partnerships and coalitions with a network of land and wildlife management agencies, NGOs, and community scientists. Oversee the incorporation of community science engagement in Audubon’s conservation work and the analysis of these data and those collected by Audubon staff to inform adaptive management strategies and understand outcomes of conservation action. Manage staff and engage volunteers, as needed, to implement Audubon’s bird conservation programs. Design, implement, and direct measures of success focused on birds and habitat across priority landscapes. Provide technical expertise related to birds and habitat in the region to internal and external audiences and partners. Research and secure public and private funding opportunities to support conservation programs. Support the Vice President with development activities including solicitation of gifts and prospect development. Specific activities may include, but are not limited to, leading bird walks and giving presentations to existing and prospective donors. Develop and oversee priority bird conservation projects, in coordination with state and regional science staff and partners, in order to achieve the goals of Audubon’s hemispheric bird conservation programs. Coordinate with regional science, policy, education, and communications staff not under direct supervision to guide planning, monitoring, and conservation implementation in the areas overseen by Audubon Minnesota. Integrate these efforts into Mississippi Flyway and Gulf of Mexico conservation plans and goals. Qualifications and Experience M.S. in Ornithology, Avian Ecology, Forestry, Natural Resources Management, or a related field. 8+ years of experience in natural resources management, biology, or related environmental or conservation work and at least 4 years of management experience, specifically leading professional teams. Must be well‐versed in conservation, biology, and identification of regional birds. Strong understanding of the value and previous experience supporting community science, especially in the realm of adaptive management. Deep understanding of conservation issues in Minnesota, Iowa and Upper Mississippi River region. Proven record in project management including managing grants (writing proposals, coordinating with relevant funders, completing reports, and administering contracts), writing articles, and stewarding other relevant projects. Proven fundraising experience, specifically from public agencies and in conservation preferred. Demonstrated experience working with public agencies (federal and state). Must be self‐motivated and willing to work in a flexible, non‐structured environment. Excellent oral and written communications skills and the ability to synthesize and communicate technical and complex information to both technical and non‐technical audiences. Strong leadership and collaborative ethics, as demonstrated in previous work. Strong interpersonal and social skills with a positive attitude and good sense of humor. Proficiency with Microsoft Office, working knowledge of GIS technology preferred. Candidate must be willing to conduct in‐state travel, occasional out‐of‐state travel and be comfortable with working evenings and weekends as job demands. Valid driver's license required. Willingness to travel in cars, planes, boats and other vehicles. Ability to work outdoors, in all weather conditions and on varying terrain, with or without accommodation. Ability to carry field equipment, with or without accommodation. To Apply: https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/3665/director-of-conservation%2c-audubon-minnesota-and-upper-mississippi-river/job
  4. The Director of Conservation Science works in close collaboration with the Executive Director and as a member of the Audubon Alaska team to provide leadership on science and conservation issues pertaining to public lands and waters in Alaska. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Conservation Science will play a crucial role in developing priorities, executing strategies, maintaining relationships with diverse partners and funders, contributing to funding proposals and general communications, and ensuring alignment with Audubon’s mission and strategic plan. Candidates should also include a cover letter when applying to this position. Essential Functions Provide leadership on science and conservation issues pertaining to Alaska, including in the Tongass National Forest, Arctic (terrestrial and marine), and Important Bird Areas across the state; Facilitate the use of science in structuring Audubon’s policy actions around conservation in Alaska; Manage other science and GIS staff, including interns and contractors as needed; Collect, review, analyze, and summarize biological data, conservation policies, land management plans, NEPA documents, etc.; Identify emerging conservation issues, priority landscapes, and at risk habitats of Alaskan fish and wildlife populations and design strategies to address these issues; Collaborate with Audubon staff and other colleagues in the preparation of scientific publications; Conduct statistical analysis and spatial modeling to guide conservation planning in priority areas; Participate in fundraising and budget development and review; Represent Audubon at meetings of scientists including committees/groups (e.g. the Western Arctic Caribou Working Group), agency officials, conservation NGOs, and at public functions related to Audubon conservation science and policy initiatives; Help communicate science and conservation issues to the general public, decision-makers, funders, or news media through presentations, testimony to governmental bodies, interviews, or by leading field trips; and Maintain collaborative working relationships internally within Audubon primarily in Alaska, Washington, DC, the Pacific Flyway, and throughout the National Audubon Society and externally with representatives of other conservation organizations and staff in federal and state resource agencies and universities in Alaska. Qualifications and Experience Master’s degree in biology, ecology, natural resources, or closely related field required; Ph.D. (or equivalent experience) strongly preferred. 7 - 10 years of experience in natural resources management, biology, or related environmental or conservation work, with at least 5 years of management experience leading professional teams and/or programs. Must be well-versed in conservation, biology, and identification of local and regional birds and other wildlife. Advanced statistical experience, particularly in spatial analyses. Knowledge and appreciation of the people, values, and current conservation and policy issues throughout Alaska. Demonstrated understanding of conservation issues in Alaska a must. Supervision experience, excellent leadership and collaborative ethics, as demonstrated in previous work. Must possess strong interpersonal and social skills, a positive attitude and collaborative team approach. Proven fundraising experience to include writing and implementing grant deliverables, cultivating and managing relationships with foundations and other public agencies. Must be self-motivated and willing to work in a flexible, non-structured environment. Excellent oral and written communications skills and the ability to synthesize and communicate technical and complex information to both technical and non-technical audiences. Must be proficient with Microsoft Office and ArcGIS, knowledge of R or other statistical technologies ideal. Ability and willingness to travel locally and out-of-state and be comfortable with working evenings and weekends as job demands. Valid driver's license is necessary. Ability to work outdoors, in all weather conditions and on varying terrain, with or without accommodation; must be able to carry field equipment at times, with or without accommodation. To Apply Interested individuals should send a resume and cover letter via our career center at: https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/3655/director-of-conservation-science%2c-audubon-alaska/job
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