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 approximately 450 local chapters, 120 campus chapters, 17 state and regional offices, 34 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.
The Forest Program Associate will help implement forest conservation efforts as part of the Healthy Forests Initiative – a critical component to Audubon’s Working Lands conservation strategy. Specifically, this position will help deliver outcomes associated with grants from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, US Forest Service, and Natural Resources Conservation Service, as well as other related programmatic work. The Forest Program Associate will support the development of habitat management plans and conduct outreach and education programs that target forest owners and managers, both public and private, to promote sustainable forest management techniques that create and improve habitat required by priority forest bird species (Prairie Warbler, Golden-winged warbler, American Woodcock, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, and Wood Thrush). They will also assist with training foresters on bird-friendly management practices, conduct field assessments, develop habitat management recommendations for forest owners and land trusts, and work with foresters and other land managers to implement forest management. A key contributor to forest work within the Atlantic Flyway, the Forest Program Associate will work closely with forest program staff in CT, NY, and other Audubon state and regional programs. Additionally, this position will collaborate with partners, organizations, and agencies that share Audubon’s forest conservation objectives.
Specifics for the role:
**This is a grant funded position currently funded for three years. There is an opportunity for renewal pending additional funding.
**This position will work remotely (e.g. home office) with the ability to travel to project sites in northeastern New York and throughout Connecticut.
Conduct field site visits to assess forest habitat and review existing or develop new habitat management plans and/or stand-level silvicultural prescriptions to provide management options to improve bird habitat.
Oversee implementation of on-the-ground forest conservation projects, including the management of contracts, the direction of contractors, staff, and volunteers, coordination and communication with key agencies and partners, and reporting.
Assist in administering a training program for foresters to increase their understanding of integrating silviculture and forest management for birds.
Develop and deliver outreach programs and workshops for landowners and land managers, in collaboration with partners, to promote sustainable forest management that also helps create habitat required by priority bird species.
Serve as an expert on forest management and forest bird habitat requirements in order to advise other Audubon staff members as well as partner organizations and agencies.
Collaborate with other Audubon staff in Connecticut, New York and surrounding states on Healthy Forests Initiative
Work with multiple partners, including land trusts, state and federal government agencies, and other conservation groups to achieve conservation results shared with Audubon’s forest program.
Develop and manage grant and project budgets, quarterly billings, and financial reports in close coordination with finance and administrative staff.
Give public presentations and bird walks as related to the forest
Assist with other project-related activities by Audubon CT and NY partners.
Qualifications and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in forestry, wildlife management, conservation biology, natural resources or a closely related field, Master’s degree preferred, and 3-5 years’ relevant professional experience required. An equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered.
Demonstrated understanding of forestry and forest management techniques employed in eastern forests, especially as they are applied to meet multiple landowner objectives, including habitat improvements for a full suite of forest birds. Strong knowledge of GIS and its application in the conservation.
Project management experience including fiscal management, managing project deliverables, reporting on progress, and writing grant proposals. The ability to manage multiple projects and prioritize is essential.
Knowledge of forest birds of New York and their habitat requirements; comfortable
identifying forest birds by both sight and sound or willingness to learn.
Excellent interpersonal, with the ability to coordinate with diverse audiences, including landowners and forestry.
Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking, public presentation, and the ability to synthesize and communicate technical and complex information to both technical and non-technical audiences.
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
Ability to work independently and part of a larger team in a dynamic fast-paced environment. A positive attitude and sense of humor is
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. Position requires regular travel (often using rental vehicles and with occasional use personal vehicle).
Willingness to work occasional weekends and evenings as the job demands.
Passion for and commitment to the mission of the National Audubon.
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