Michigan Audubon (MA) is seeking a talented and deeply experienced Conservation Manager who desires to have a positive impact on birds and people for the benefit of both. Incorporated in 1905, Michigan Audubon is a well-respected multi-faceted 501(c)(3) organization. Michigan Audubon owns a collection of properties, called bird sanctuaries, in both the upper and lower peninsulas of the state that total over 4,000 acres combined. The network consists of 18 sanctuary properties, four are considered signature sanctuaries, which include rivers, lakes, marshes, bogs, fens, grasslands, hardwoods, and northern conifer forests. Each property plays a critical role in protecting Michigan native plants and animals, including endangered and threatened species. Some of our sanctuaries are open to the public and others are maintained as habitat for at-risk species.
This position leads the various aspects of preservation and stewardship of these sanctuaries for the organization. Primary duties include development of habitat management plans and ensuring plan metrics are met, developing department budgets, engaging and working with volunteers/chapters for property stewardship, managing property needs/maintenance, advocacy and outreach efforts, and securing of funding for enhancement projects. The Conservation Manager will provide technical support and foster a sense of community among sanctuary stewards to ensure volunteer stewards are well-connected with Michigan Audubon and each other. This role is essential to fulfilling one of MA’s driving forces, conservation. We are seeking a person who has a deep passion to make the world a better place through conservation efforts and truly enjoys leading volunteers in fulfilling their desires of making an impact with the habitats in their communities.
- Develop, implement, track and report on habitat restoration plan and enhancement projects.
- Develop an understanding of local ecosystems and restoration best practices. Utilize best practice in plans and clearly communicate them to internal constituents.
- Actively visit MA sanctuaries to assess property and structure status, needs, and opportunities. Ensure signature sanctuaries are brought to a standard level of care including: standardized welcome and educational signage, safe public access, trail maps, and markers, brochures, marked boundaries.
- Ensure budget goals are met and track usage and completion of grant funds.
- Identify opportunities, develop proposals, and secure funding for habitat projects. Experience with identifying, securing, and managing grants and grant efforts is a plus.
- Build and secure key partnerships to influence habitat management. Provide presentations in an effort to engage with outside agencies to gather and disseminate information.
- Represent MA on various committees related to conservation efforts, projects, and sanctuaries.
- Oversee contractual and volunteer habitat restoration and enhancement implementation.
- Lead engagement with members and partners in conservation advocacy efforts. Develop opportunities for MA members to engage in efforts to maintain and enhance MA bird sanctuaries.
- Provide public presentations and workshops at various events and contribute articles for MA publications/newsletters.
- Provide hands-on efforts with sanctuary stewardship projects.
- Regular interaction with peers and cross-functional leadership is expected as we work collaboratively to solve problems and drive improvements and efficiencies throughout the organization. Michigan Audubon provides a small, but mighty, team atmosphere for a growing organization.
- Generous Vacation and Personal Time Off (PTO) plans
- Health, dental, and vision insurance
- Retirement plan with company match
- Paid Holidays
- Flexible work hours
- Mileage reimbursement
Education, Software and Work Experience:
- Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in either agricultural science, environmental science, forestry, natural resources management, wildlife biology or other relevant field.
- Five plus years of applicable conservation management experience.
- Experience and/or education with land protection Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and/or natural resource restoration and stewardship.
- Experience supervising and developing relationships with conservation partners and constituents.
- Strong experience in collaborating and engaging with various constituents such as local groups, chapters.
- Highly proficient in Microsoft Office Products, Gmail, and Google Docs.
- The position will require travel across the state, as well as some evening and weekend work. Candidate must have reliable transportation for use in this position.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Effective verbal and written communication skills.
- Strong critical thinking skills, attention to detail and accuracy.
- Detail oriented, accurate, flexible, and able to work in a dynamic team-centric environment.
- Results-driven and possesses strong analytical skills.
- Proactive and confident in communication.
- Customer service oriented.
- Ability to build relationships cross-functionally to drive attainment of goals and objectives.
- Able to manage priorities and time effectively.
- Demonstrated experience in meeting deadlines and managing goals through teamwork.
- Ability, and track record of, performing data reconciliations with accuracy and on time.