Reporting to the Forest Program Director and based in central Pennsylvania, the Forest Program Associate will help implement forest conservation efforts, with a focus on key-forested landscapes within the Pennsylvania Wilds and Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscapes. This work is part of National Audubon’s Working Lands conservation strategy and Healthy Forests Initiative. Specifically, this position will help deliver expected outcomes associated with a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Central Appalachia Habitat Stewardship Program. The Program Associate will help to design and conduct management, education, and outreach programs targeting forest owners and managers to promote sustainable forest management techniques that enhance bird habitat and sequester carbon. Focal bird species include Prairie Warbler, Golden-winged warbler, American Woodcock, Ruffed Grouse, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, and Wood Thrush. Forest management to improve carbon sequestration and climate resiliency will be done in collaboration with American Forest Foundation’s Family Forest Carbon Program.
The position will train foresters about bird- and carbon- friendly management practices, conduct field assessments, consult with forest owners and managers on management plans for their properties, and forge partnerships to achieve landscape-scale conservation. A key contributor to forest work within the Atlantic Flyway, the Program Associate effectively collaborates with key Audubon staff in the eastern region and partners with organizations that share Audubon’s forest conservation objectives.
**In order to be considered for this position, candidates must include a cover letter of interest with their application.
**Candidates will ideally be based in vicinity of State College, PA given eastern and western state travel required for the job, although other locations will be considered.
The Pennsylvania office is part of the new Audubon Mid-Atlantic Office, which covers Pennsylvania, Maryland, and connected landscapes in surrounding states. As we scale our work across the region, this position may have the opportunity to work across this wider geography and with a broader group of partners.
- Develop and implement time-bounded project implementation plans the National Fish and Wildlife Project described above and others.
- Help develop Best Management Practices that incorporate bird habitat requirements, carbon sequestration, and sustainable forestry.
- Write management plans for private, public, and industrial forests to improve forest health for birds, carbon sequestration, and climate resiliency.
- Integrate carbon sequestration principles into existing training program for foresters to increase their understanding of forest management for birds.
- Develop, plan, and deliver outreach programs in collaboration with partners to promote sustainable forest management that also helps create conditions for priority bird species and carbon sequestration.
- Teach training workshops and conduct outreach to private landowners, public land managers, foresters, and others.
- Conduct field site visits and write management plans to enhance bird habitat, sequester carbon, and improve overall forest health.
- Serve as a leader and expert on forest management and forest bird habitat requirements in order to advise other Audubon Pennsylvania staff members and participate in larger forest conservation community.
- Collaborate with other Audubon staff in surrounding states on Healthy Forests projects.
- Enhance existing and establish new partnerships with state and federal agencies and NGOs.
- Work with land trusts, state and federal government agencies, and other conservation groups to achieve conservation results shared with Audubon’s forest program.
- Write reports, articles for newsletters, and social media content.
- Give public presentations and bird walks as related to the forest program.
- Help to draft grant proposals, as needed.
- Assist with other project-related activities deemed necessary by Audubon Pennsylvania and partners.
Qualifications and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in forestry, natural resources, conservation biology, wildlife management, or a closely related field (Master’s degree preferred) and 2-4 years’ relevant professional experience required. An equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered.
- Demonstrated experience and skills in planning and implementing large multi-faceted, outcome-based projects.
- Strong knowledge of forest birds of Pennsylvania and their habitat requirements; must be able to identify forest birds by both sight and sound.
- Demonstrated understanding of forestry and forest management techniques that are employed in eastern forests.
- Basic knowledge of natural solutions to climate change and carbon sequestration in forest systems is preferred, but not necessary.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to coordinate with diverse audiences, including landowners and forestry professionals.
- Must be results-oriented; success will be evaluated by number of forest owners and managers reached, number of foresters trained, and, ultimately, by acres of habitat properly managed.
- Ability to work independently and part of a larger team in a dynamic fast-paced environment. A positive attitude and sense of humor is essential.
- Tech-savviness, including proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and substantial experience using GIS for landscape analysis and conservation planning.
- Willingness and ability to work outdoors, including in inclement weather and traversing across uneven and steep terrains with or without accommodation.
- Must have a valid driver’s license and personal vehicle for state-based travel.
- Passion for and commitment to the mission of the National Audubon Society.
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