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  • Conservation Specialist (Sanctuaries Management)

    Guest Pete Deichmann
    • Employer: Houston Audubon
      Location: High Island, Texas
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 07/15/2022
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    The mission of Houston Audubon is to advance the conservation of birds and positively impact their supporting environments. Houston Audubon is seeking an experienced conservation leader and strategic thinker to strengthen the organization's conservation impact for birds through science, advocacy, and monitoring.

    About Houston Audubon

    Houston Audubon, founded in 1969, is a nonprofit, accredited land trust organization committed to enhancing life on the Upper Texas Coast for birds and people. It is dedicated to advancing the conservation of birds and positively impacting their environments through habitat conservation, environmental education, and conservation advocacy. Houston Audubon owns and manages 17 sanctuaries in five counties totaling over 4,100 acres, which includes the well-known High Island and Bolivar Flats sanctuaries. It delivers hundreds of nature-based program experiences for children and adults every year. 

    Position Overview

    Full-time position with an internationally recognized conservation organization. Working closely with the Land Director, the Conservation Specialist will guide and provide for the day-to-day management of Houston Audubon sanctuaries on the Upper Texas Coast. The successful candidate will be responsible for the assistance, coordination, and execution of various projects, including native habitat restoration, exotic and invasive species control, infrastructure maintenance, bird and vegetation monitoring, interpretation/education related to visitor services, and volunteer and technician training and oversight. This position is predominantly focused on Houston Audubon’s coastal sanctuaries located on the Bolivar Peninsula and High Island. Occasional work and travel to other Houston Audubon sanctuaries will be required.


    Annual Salary

    $30,000-$36,000 DOQ

    Hours per Week



    High Island, Texas. Shared housing is available at Houston Audubon’s Coastal Operations Center located at 2081 Old Mexico Rd, High Island, TX 77623.

    Flexible Work Options



    ·        Medical Insurance: 75% of premiums for medical and dental plans

    ·        Life Insurance

    ·        401(k) up to 3.5% match

    ·        Competitive vacation and sick leave

    Position Reports To:

    Land Director


    Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

    ·        Implement High Island and Bolivar sanctuary management plans.

    ·        Maintain a presence on the Sanctuary to deter trespass and damage to sanctuary property.

    ·        Maintain fences, trails, boardwalks, and public gathering areas.

    ·        Manage invasive vegetation according to established best practices.

    ·        Conduct vegetation and bird surveys within sanctuaries.

    ·        Train and supervise seasonal technicians and volunteers in restoration, outreach and monitoring activities.

    ·        Maintain equipment and tools.

    ·        Build and maintain relationships with neighboring residents and surrounding schools.

    ·        Lead volunteer workdays and projects in the sanctuaries.

    ·        Be available to lead guided walks.

    ·        Conduct sanctuary inspections and prepare inspection and project reports.

    ·        Assist with routine maintenance and minor repairs of buildings, equipment and other structures within the sanctuaries.

    ·        Prepare content for social media posts and articles.

    ·        Work with volunteers to manage visitor presence and operations during spring migration.


    Desired Qualifications and Skills (included but are not limited to):

    ·        A bachelor’s degree, or higher in Wildlife, Biology, Botany, Ecology, Recreation & Parks, or related field is required. Background in bird habitat conservation strongly preferred.

    ·        Interest in promoting the conservation and appreciation of birds and wildlife habitat.

    ·        Minimum of 2-3 years of relevant experience in conservation field work required.

    ·        Knowledge of land management planning and practices.

    ·        Demonstrated ability to plan, assign and supervise others.

    ·        Experience interacting with diverse team members and public constituents

    ·        Demonstrated ability to control exotic and invasive plant species

    ·        Demonstrated ability to oversee projects, work independently, and work within project budgets.

    ·        Must have strong verbal and written communication skills.

    ·        Excellent physical condition required. Demonstrated ability to perform hard physical work.

    ·        Mechanical aptitude and knowledge of power tools and machinery is needed. Experience with chainsaws, hand and power tools, tractors, trimmers, shredders, UTVs and other tools and equipment.

    ·        Ability to assist with implementing projects including mowing, trash clean-up, restroom upkeep, trail, equipment maintenance, etc.

    ·        Ability to drive. Travel between Houston Audubon sanctuaries is required; approved expenses will be reimbursed.

    ·        Experience with GIS and leading guided tours is preferred. 


    How to apply:

    To apply, send CV or resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to pdeichmann@houstonaudubon.org, no phone calls.

    Application Deadline: July 15, 2022 – 5:00 P.M.

    Contact: Pete Deichmann, Land Director


    Houston Audubon is committed to fostering and nurturing an organizational culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion within our workplace and sanctuaries, and in our work in the community. We believe that the rich blend of ideas, perspectives, and viewpoints that come with diversity are essential to our long-term success. Our values and actions reflect our commitment to diversity and inclusion of all as reflected in our hiring practices, team interaction, and outreach and engagement at large.

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