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  1. Position Summary The Program Manager, Coastal Resilience will be responsible for Audubon’s efforts to restore, enhance, and manage priority coastal habitats for the benefit of salt marsh dependent bird species and to increase coastal resilience in New York. The position is part of the Audubon Connecticut and New York conservation team and will be based at the Theodore Roosevelt Audubon Center and Sanctuary in Oyster Bay, NY. Essential Functions As part of Audubon’s Coast Program, lead the salt marsh and coastal resilience initiative in New York. Work collaboratively with regional leadership to establish clear program objectives and goals that include bird conservation, volunteer engagement, public outreach, policy, and financial outcomes. Develop new strategies and programmatic elements to deepen the impact and raise the visibility of Audubon’s coastal resilience program, including identifying opportunities for geographic expansion. Identify, plan, and implement new and ongoing salt marsh restoration projects, which will involve: Work with Audubon CT and NY staff to identify potential restoration projects for Audubon to pursue; use re the results of a priority salt marsh assessment to inform decisions. Develop requests for proposals (RFPs), bid packages, and contracts required to implement salt marsh restoration/enhancement project(s). Oversee construction contracts and engineering firms completing permitting and design for salt marsh restoration or enhancement project(s). Coordinate project teams to ensure regular communication, free exchange of ideas, and successful problem solving to implement projects. Lead or work with partners and seasonal staff to complete pre-and post-response monitoring (e.g., bird, vegetation, elevation, and hydrology) of restoration sites. Work with land trusts and other agencies to protect marsh migration corridors through land acquisitions or conservation easements. Co-lead a working group that includes conservation partners and land managers (e.g., landowners, academics, and representatives from state and federal wildlife agencies, non-profit organizations, and Audubon chapters) to foster communication among practitioners, inform best management practices, improve understanding around permitting, and promote the implementation of and help secure funding for future projects. Develop a close working relationship with coastal NGOs, state and federal agency partners, and community leaders/stakeholders. Strive to develop partnerships that culminate in landscape-scale conservation supporting bird and other coastal wildlife populations and habitats. Collaborate with supervisor and development team to identify, submit, and administer grants and engage donors and foundations to support the projects and overall program. Work with the Director of Policy to advocate for the protection of coastal habitats, natural solutions to coastal flooding and erosion through policy solutions and federal funding (e.g., FEMA and NRCS funding). Effectively communicate about coastal resilience issues (including sea level rise as a threat to priority bird species, the importance of salt marsh conservation, negative impacts of shoreline hardening, and natural solutions to shoreline stabilization) to elected and municipal officials, partners, and the public. Work directly with the Communication Manager on communication campaigns. Contribute to press releases, articles, outreach materials, and content for social media. Represent Audubon and create and deliver effective presentations at conferences, regional councils, and working groups meetings. Provide expertise on restoration or enhancement of priority sites (salt marshes as well as other coastal habitat types, such as beaches and islands). Comment on state and federal management plans relating to coastal resilience and sea level rise. Supervise seasonal staff and assist with volunteer coordination. Collaborate with Audubon’s regional (CT/NY) and national staff, as well as Audubon Chapter leaders to support policy, communications, and network priorities related to coastal resilience. Participate fully and productively in staff meetings, planning efforts, and other shared staff duties. Qualifications and Experience Master’s Degree in conservation, wildlife, or natural resources field or equivalent, plus five years of relevant work experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered. Familiarity with coastal resilience and adaptation issues and natural coastal processes required, knowledge of Saltmarsh Sparrow habitat needs and conservation issues a plus. 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. Proven experience with the restoration of coastal habitats and managing habitat restoration or enhancement projects required; experience managing a salt marsh restoration or enhancement project highly preferred. Familiarity with governmental permit processes for habitat or other related projects, preferably in the state of Connecticut and/or New York. Experience developing proposals and reporting on federal grants. Must be self-motivated, organized, and reliable, with the ability to work independently as well as part of a team. Strong communication skills including public speaking, public presentation, and writing skills and ability to synthesize and communicate technical and complex information to both technical and non-technical audiences. Willingness to work occasional weekends and evenings as the job demands. Willingness to travel to other locations within New York and Connecticut as well as occasionally to other states. EEO Statement The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search. Accessibility Statement The National Audubon Society endeavors to keep our careers site accessible to any and all users. If you would like to contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the application process, please contact Accommodations@audubon.org. This contact information is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications. COVID Policy Beginning September 15, 2021: Audubon requires all staff either to provide proof of being fully vaccinated or, if they cannot provide such proof for any reason, to wear a mask while working indoors, including in all Audubon facilities and offsite, and while working outdoors in situations where they cannot maintain social distancing. In addition, at this time and until CDC recommendations change, all staff in counties the CDC identifies as having “substantial” and “high” COVID transmission rates must wear masks indoors (unless alone in a closed office) and outdoors in situations where they cannot maintain social distancing regardless of vaccination status. This policy covers national and state offices, centers, and sanctuaries, as well as Audubon employees working offsite. Should you be selected for this position, you will be asked to acknowledge you have read the above policy and provide your vaccination status. Please visit this link to apply - Program Manager, Coastal Resilience
  2. Position Summary A community hub of the National Audubon Society and one of three centers of Audubon Mid-Atlantic, Patterson Park Audubon Center is located in southeast Baltimore City, in a historic but modernized row home, across the street from Patterson Park. The Center works to engage participants in bird conservation, through environmental education, action projects, advocacy, and community revitalization. Patterson Park Audubon Center’s focus is on Baltimore’s birds and communities, though its activities are not limited to the city. We strive for a community-centered approach to our neighborhood revitalization efforts and co-creation of leadership initiatives, such as our youth and Latinx leadership programs. Our work is always evolving, growing, and forward-looking. We seek to be thoughtful partners, working closely with local schools, community leaders, and regional organizations to achieve shared success for Baltimore’s birds and communities. The programs are outdoor-based, hands-on experiences that include: Environmental education, bird conservation, and community revitalization. Education in an outdoor setting and that correlate with academic curriculum standards. Engagement and stewardship opportunities that address conservation needs. Community projects that serve neighborhood goals while also meeting Audubon’s mission to protect birds and the places they need. Opportunities for Audubon to engage people from diverse backgrounds in conservation action at the local level. Efforts to restore Baltimore’s bird habitat through action and advocacy. Our team’s commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging in our work, internally and externally. Activities led by the Center’s team include: Conservation education programs for elementary school groups. Green Leaders, a middle school leadership program. Bird Ambassadors, a Latinx adult leadership program. Neighborhood beautification projects such as bird-friendly garden installations. Habitat Team, volunteer stewardship of bird-friendly gardens. Community programming for children and adults – birdwatching, gardening workshops, and more – to foster future conservation stewards. The Education Manager oversees day-to-day programming and volunteer recruitment/coordination for Patterson Park Audubon Center in Baltimore. This role coordinates school, summer camp, and community programming, aligning it with Audubon’s strategic goals and in partnership with diverse stakeholders. Audubon works with a number of partners to serve Baltimore’s birds and communities. Patterson Park Audubon Center’s school programs are unique, utilizing Patterson Park as our outdoor “classroom” for six schools in walking distance of this city park. There they experience hands-on, science programming that meets curriculum standards, cultivate exploration and investigation skills, implement conservation actions, and grow as future leaders and stewards. Principals commit all kids in participating grades to the multi-part Audubon program, a unique and integral part of their elementary school experience. On board for more than your average field trips, each student visits with Audubon in fall, winter, and spring, building on environmental concepts and spiraling through our curriculum as they make their way from pre-K to fifth grade. Audubon educators stitch together these concepts through the years and lead students in age-appropriate conservation action. The Education Manager must be able to manage a demanding workload and a fast-paced schedule, while providing innovative ideas to advance the Center’s programming. The Education Manager is an important team member and leader, whose input will be valuable in the upcoming strategic planning process for Audubon Mid-Atlantic, which will shape the future of our work. They must also be a skilled communicator, able to effectively teach elementary students in the park and in the classroom. While this is the primary audience the education manager instructs, they may also lead programs for ages two – adult, including public programs and summer camp. The Education Manager oversees a small team, which focuses on community engagement and other projects of the Center. **To be considered for this opportunity, you must provide a cover letter with your application. Essential Functions Develop a comprehensive education program and strategies that align with Center, Regional, and National conservation plans and goals; develop conceptual frameworks, support materials, assessment tools, and other elements as needed. Develop and instruct creative, engaging science and conservation education curriculum appropriate for grades preK-5. Serve as lead instructor for elementary school programs. Manage program promotion, registration, scheduling, pre-program communication, development of materials, and program evaluation for all programming. Plan and implement environmental science, ecology, and service-learning programs for elementary school students, youth, family, college students, teachers, and adults. Integrate age-appropriate conservation action into education programs. Collaborate with local and regional non-profits, civic, and private partners for community revitalization and engagement initiatives. Develop new partnerships with city and state agencies, colleges, universities, research institutions, and community organizations. Serve as an ambassador for the Center and National Audubon Society throughout the community, including at conferences, meetings, advisory boards, festivals, and other events. Recruit, train, and manage staff and volunteers from diverse backgrounds to support education programs and action projects; oversee volunteer recruitment and marketing; coordinate communication. Oversee all aspects of summer camp including seasonal staff and the development and delivery of conservation education curriculum; coordinate with camp partners on logistics, schedules, and troubleshooting. Organize and supervise stewardship projects. Participate in fundraising, new initiatives, and overall growth of Audubon’s profile in Baltimore. Write grant proposals and reports to support Center programming, track program data, and interface with donors and foundation representatives. Participate in staff meetings, discussions, and trainings related to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging; seek to implement best practices in the office and during programs. Assist in the daily operating and maintenance activities; write content for the E-newsletter, newsletter, social media, and other media. Manage live animal care (two turtles). Must be available for occasional weekend and evening work. Qualifications and Experience Bachelor’s degree in education, biology, environmental science, or related field; or equivalent experience. Minimum five years’ experience in conservation education, preferably in an urban setting. Proven skills teaching in formal and informal settings to diverse audiences. Demonstrated experience in educational program design and assessment, knowledge of wildlife conservation issues, and ability to articulate them and inspire participation. Experience with measurement and evaluation best practices strongly preferred. Knowledge of Chesapeake Bay ecology, Baltimore City ecology, Maryland native plants, and curriculum standards or willingness to learn. Attention to detail, excellent time-management and organizational skills, sound judgment under pressure. Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills. Capacity to work easily and effectively with a wide range of people, build relationships, be diplomatic and exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the dynamics of a complex organization. Commitment to bird conservation and Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging. Experience managing and mentoring staff and fostering a supportive team environment. Capable of balancing a demanding workload and multiple deadlines. Able to accompany/lead/supervise students on field trips with varied terrain, demonstrate/participate in activities such as bird watching/traversing park trails and fishing/wading/seining in shallow water on rocky/sandy surfaces, with or without accommodation. Able to load/unload/haul equipment over moderate distances, with or without accommodation. Ability to carry program materials up and down steps and load into/out of the Audubon vehicle or garden cart is essential, with or without accommodation. Must be available for occasional weekend and evening work. Must have current first aid and CPR certifications or obtain such certification by start date. Fluency in Spanish preferred but not required. Valid U.S. driver’s license for operating Audubon vehicle. Occasional out-of-state travel required. Proficiency in MS Office applications; working with digital photos and video; email, internet, social media. To apply - https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/4741/education-manager/job
  3. 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 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 National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search. The National Audubon Society endeavors to make https://careers-audubon.icims.com/ accessible to any and all users. If you would like to contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the application process, please contact Accommodations@audubon.org. This contact information is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications. Position Summary Audubon is hiring a Senior Associate, Coastal Resilience (NY) to identify opportunities and lead efforts to restore, enhance, and manage priority coastal habitats and to increase coastal resilience for the benefit of salt marsh dependent bird species. This position is part of Audubon’s Conservation Department and will be based at the Theodore Roosevelt Audubon Center and Sanctuary in Oyster Bay, NY. Essential Functions As part of Audubon’s Coast Program, lead the salt marsh and coastal resilience initiative in New York. Identify, plan, and implement new and ongoing salt marsh restoration projects, which will involve:Working with NY staff and using the results of a priority salt marsh assessment: Developing request for proposals (RFPs), bid packages, and contracts required to implement salt marsh restoration/enhancement project(s). Oversee construction contracts and engineering firms completing permitting and design for salt marsh restoration or enhancement project(s). Coordinate project teams to ensure regular communication, free exchange of ideas, and successful problem solving to implement projects. Lead or work with partners to complete pre- and post-response monitoring (e.g., bird, vegetation, elevation, and hydrology) of restoration sites. Work with land trusts and other agencies to protect marsh migration corridors through land acquisitions or conservation easements. Co-lead a working group that includes conservation partners and land managers (e.g., landowners, academics, and representatives from state and federal wildlife agencies, non-profit organizations, and Audubon chapters) to foster communication among practitioners, inform best management practices, improve understanding around permitting, and promote implementation of and help secure funding for future projects. Collaborate with supervisor and development team to identify, submit, and administer grants and engage donors and foundations to support the projects and overall program. Work with Director of Policy to advocate for the protection of coastal habitats, natural solutions to coastal flooding and erosion, and for FEMA and NRCS funding. Effectively communicate about coastal resilience issues (including sea level rise as a threat to priority bird species, the importance of salt marsh conservation, negative impacts of shoreline hardening, and natural solutions to shoreline stabilization) to elected and municipal officials, partners, and the public. Contribute to press releases, articles, outreach materials, and content for social media. Represent Audubon and create and deliver effective presentations at conferences, regional councils, and working groups meetings. Provide expertise on restoration or enhancement of priority sites (salt marshes as well as other coastal habitat types, such as beaches and islands) Comment on state and federal management plans relating to coastal resilience and sea level rise. Collaborate with Audubon’s regional (CT/NY) and national staff, as well as Audubon Chapter leaders to support policy, communications, and network priorities related to coastal resilience. Participate fully and productively in staff meetings, planning efforts, and other shared staff duties. Other duties may be assigned. Qualifications and Experience Master’s Degree in a conservation, wildlife, or natural resources field or equivalent and one year of relevant work experience or Bachelor’s Degree plus three years of relevant work experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered. Familiarity with coastal resilience and adaptation issues and natural coastal processes required, knowledge of Saltmarsh Sparrow habitat needs and conservation issues a plus. Project management experience including fiscal management, managing project deliverables, reporting on progress, and writing grant proposals. Ability to manage multiple projects and prioritize is essential. Proven experience with restoration of coastal habitats and managing habitat restoration or enhancement projects required; experience managing a salt marsh restoration or enhancement project highly preferred. Familiarity with governmental permit processes for habitat or other related projects, preferably in the state of New York. Experience developing proposals and reporting on federal grants. Must be a self-motivated, organized and reliable, with the ability to work independently as well as part of team. Strong communication skills including public speaking, public presentation, and writing skills and ability to synthesize and communicate technical and complex information to both technical and non-technical audiences. Willingness to work occasional weekends and evenings as the job demands. Willingness to travel to other locations within New York as well as occasionally to other states. Ability to traverse far distances on uneven terrain while carrying a heavy daypack and equipment; with or without accommodation. Proficiency in ArcGIS software and ability to use handheld GPS devices. Computer skills and proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Experience surveying marsh birds and vegetation or familiarity with how to approach it. Experience working with or familiarity with NY coastal habitats and conservation stakeholders. Experience with or interest in working with local and state elected officials and partners to advance conservation policy initiatives highly preferred. Please apply at - https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/4680/senior-coastal-resilience-associate%2c-audubon-new-york/job?mode=view
  4. The National Audubon Society (NAS) seeks a dynamic, entrepreneurial, and strategic Executive Director to build and lead our new regional office across the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi (Audubon Delta). The Executive Director will lead a talented team to advance overall conservation objectives, strengthen and mobilize our bipartisan network, and deliver durable policy solutions across the region. The Executive Director will also serve as a Vice President of the National Audubon Society and work with their peers across the country to shape and deliver national objectives, initiatives, and processes. The incoming Vice President and Executive Director must have demonstrated success in implementing innovative conservation, policy, engagement, and development strategies. Building on the success of the region’s well-respected conservation program, they must inspire collaboration among our conservation, legislative, and philanthropic partners to deepen our conservation impact and leadership across the delta and gulf region and inspire the region’s decision-makers, conservation partners, and philanthropic community to invest in Audubon’s conservation vision and strategic plan. Additionally, the chief executive for the delta region will oversee the Pascagoula River Audubon Center and Strawberry Plains Audubon Center in Mississippi, the Paul J. Rainey Wildlife Sanctuary in Louisiana and the Little Rock Audubon Center in Arkansas. This is a high-profile position with the potential to grow National Audubon Society’s reach and effect change at the local, regional, and national levels. The Vice President and Executive Director will report to Audubon’s Vice President for the Mississippi Flyway. Please apply directly at https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/4476/job
  5. 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 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 National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search. The National Audubon Society endeavors to make https://careers-audubon.icims.com/ accessible to any and all users. If you would like to contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the application process, please contact Accommodations@audubon.org. This contact information is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications. Position Summary The National Audubon Society seeks a passionate Vice President and Executive Director to strengthen Audubon Texas’ rich history and expand its conservation contributions in Texas and throughout the entire Flyway, leading the organization to its next level of programmatic and financial success. The Vice President and Executive Director will exercise broad leadership and management responsibility in developing and executing statewide conservation policy, initiatives, and public programming. The Vice President and Executive Director will also work with senior management in exploring opportunities and the feasibility of expanding Audubon Texas’ leadership in Audubon’s Gulf Coast, as well as emerging opportunities addressing water issues in Texas. The Executive Director will lead a skilled and passionate team to advance overall conservation goals, strengthen and mobilize our bipartisan network, and deliver long-lasting policy solutions across the region. The successful candidate will have the passion and leadership skills necessary to articulate, develop, and implement Audubon’s conservation goals and strategies across the state, all while working closely with the Audubon Texas Board of Directors and staff, and Audubon’s key national conservation leaders to continue to develop the state program in tandem with strategic regional and national priorities. The Executive Director will routinely collaborate with center and chapter Board leadership, including staffed chapters in Houston and Travis counties. The Executive Director will hold the title of Vice President within the national organization and will report directly to the Mississippi Flyway Vice President. Key strategic initiatives for the Executive Director during their first 12-18 months include: Create, in close partnership with state, national staff, and advisory boards, a 3-year conservation vision and strategic plan for the state that is grounded in sound business practices to lead to fiscal growth and sustainability With a systems view across the Audubon network and Texas, support staff and volunteers in prioritizing efforts with the greatest potential for conservation impact at a local and state level, while aligned to national priorities, Create and strengthen major donor relationships, as well as expand the donor pipeline across the state, and Grow chapter membership and increase engagement and activation for policy, fundraising, and/or conservation efforts, in partnership with the Engagement Director (to be hired). Essential Functions Strategy Development and Organizational Leadership Aligned with Audubon’s overall conservation goals and strategies, lead in the design and implementation of the strategic goals and initiatives that result in the organization’s increased statewide capacity to achieve the conservation of priority birds and their habitats. Priorities include coastal habitat, prairie and grassland, and watershed conservation; urban conservation, and community education. Provide leadership, management, and mentoring to staff. Secure and focus resources on the most critical, high-leverage projects and strategies, including policy development and public engagement. Leverage the impact of Audubon Texas’s centers and sanctuaries to achieve state and flyway goals. Manage the day-to-day operations of the state office, including setting financial and programmatic goals, analyzing results, and taking corrective actions, in close collaboration with Texas’ staff; ensure that all Audubon financial standards, operating policies, programmatic commitments, and legal requirements are met. Fundraising and External Relations Represent Audubon Texas throughout the state and raise its profile and visibility to funders, partners, policymakers, and the public. In partnership with Audubon’s development team, lead Audubon Texas’s fundraising to cultivate and solicit major donors, foundations, corporations, and government agencies for Audubon Texas and to significantly increase contributions. Play an active role in helping to promote fundraising for regional priority projects across the Mississippi Flyway and Gulf Coast working with other state directors, the program managers, and other supporting staff. Through the engagement of the advisory board of Audubon Texas and its centers, support the development of a deep statewide organization through fundraising, program development, and conservation advocacy. Support and provide guidance to the Chapters in Texas to expand Audubon’s capacity for on-the-ground conservation and education at scale. Work to strengthen the statewide presence of Audubon and support these organizations in their local efforts. Continuously seek out ways to engage Texas’s diverse population in Audubon programs. Develop partnerships with government agencies and non-governmental organizations to promote and prioritize bird science and habitat conservation. The Executive Director will lead a team of roughly 21 employees. The senior leadership team for the region reports to the Executive Director. The team includes: Director of Conservation Strategies, Policy Director, 3 Audubon Center Directors, Communications Manager, e Director of Engagement and an Office Manager. There are eighteen state or regional Executive Directors across the national Audubon network that the ED may regularly turn to for peer and strategy support. Further, national development, marketing, conservation, equity and inclusion, and network teams are available for further counsel and support. It is preferred that this position be based in the State Headquarters in Austin. Qualifications and Experience Bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management, business, conservation or related field required; advanced degree preferred. 10 years’ progressive professional experience, to include 3-5 years at a senior management level with comparable staff and budget responsibilities. Strong leadership skills, with an entrepreneurial spirit and strong business and management skills; demonstrated ability to inspire and motivate staff, volunteers, donors, and potential partners a must. Demonstrated results in fundraising, in particular extensive experience with major donors, foundations, corporations, and government funders. Seasoned organizational leader with an array of experience in public policy development and advocacy, campaigns, lobbying, and/or involvement in the state legislature and in working with members of Congress. Demonstrated ability to succeed in a highly matrixed, complex organization—strong ability to influence and persuade others required. Outstanding interpersonal skills, judgment, and a demonstrated ability to collaborate and build coalitions with a wide range of individuals and organizations at the local, regional, and national levels. Tech-savvy, including proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, budgeting systems, and donor databases. Comfort with an interest in leveraging technology to enhance conservation impact and network engagement. Demonstrated experience overseeing complex or multiple projects through to success, including meeting financial goals, project deadlines, and coordinating the work of key staff and partners. Excellent and persuasive communication skills, both written and verbal, including substantial public speaking experience, and the ability to effectively represent Audubon Texas to its members, state and federal elected officials, donors, and chapter leaders, as well as in traditional and social media. Knowledge and appreciation of, as well as connection to Texas and its environment, conservation and political history, and the role of science in developing conservation strategies. Willingness and ability to travel routinely throughout the state and nationally, as required. A strong commitment to the mission, values, and programs of Audubon Texas and the National Audubon Society
  6. Position Summary A lack of understanding of the temporal and spatial distribution of the Black Rail (Laterallus jamaicensis) in Louisiana has resulted in an inability to(1)study basic aspects of the species’ biology in this part of the range and(2) implement effective conservation measures to benefit this species. Without knowing when and where the Black Rail occurs in the state, restoration and management efforts will be unable to account for the habitat needs of this rare and declining species. This project seeks to build upon three years of research to locate Black Rails in coastal Louisiana, describe important habitat on which they depend, and understand their responses to fire management. Supervised by the Director of Bird Conservation, the Marshbird Biological Assistant will work closely with Audubon Louisiana’s Marshbird Biologist to conduct point-count and drag-line surveys. By assisting with this project, the Marshbird Biological Assistant will gain experience and learn from experts in the field of conservation and avian ecology, while gaining practical skills in ornithological research, monitoring techniques, and volunteer coordination. This position is expected to work 40 hours per week for five months between February and June 2021. Please submit a cover letter and resume with your application by January 22nd, 2021. Essential Functions Conduct point count and vegetation surveys at remote sites across south Louisiana. Most point count surveys will begin one hour before sunrise or one-two hours before sunset and last 2-3 hours, preceded or followed by vegetation surveys. Assist in rail banding efforts 1-2 nights per week, up to 6 times per month, beginning 30 minutes after sundown and lasting+/-four hours. Most rail banding will occur on weekend evenings. Assist in data entry as needed. Be expected to travel 3-5 days per week, often staying in hotels, camp grounds, shared bunk houses, and other similar facilities to conduct field work. Qualifications and Experience Must have completed a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology, Ecology, Natural Resources, Agricultural Sciences, or a related field. Must be willing to work long hours outside under physically demanding conditions (hot, cold, biting insects, etc.). Must be able to walk over a mile through various wet and dry marsh habitats. This includes tall& densegrassoftentimes with uneven footing, shallow pools, and scrubby vegetation. Must have strong organizational skills and great attention to detail. Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills. Experience driving ATVs and/or operating outboard motorboats are a plus. Valid driver’s license and reliable personal vehicle(mileage will be reimbursed at the current Federal rate). Must live in, or be willing to temporarily move, to south Louisiana. To Apply: Please visit our website and apply - https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/4544/job
  7. Position Summary The Audubon Center at Riverlands is seeking one seasonal biological technician to assist in our long-term bottomland forest bird surveys for the Upper Mississippi River system. Working under the Conservation Science Associate, Biological Technicians will assist in conducting point-count surveys on islands and areas along the Mississippi River during the spring/summer. Technicians will also assist in associated data entry and quality assurance, as well as data analysis. This part-time position starts May 1st until July 31st (dates may vary due to river conditions) with some weekend and holiday work being required. Housing is not provided. Applicants will be accepted until the position is filled. Essential Functions Navigate study points using GPS and other orienteering methods Collect detailed information on bird species locations, timing, and movements Record measurements on data sheets and/or field notebook computers Meticulously enter data into computer databases Collect, record, summarize, organize, and/or file data using various standardized data collection procedures and equipment Assist with facilitation of monitoring and logistics. This may include putting together survey equipment, assisting in transportation to and from survey sites (by boat and by car), etc. Qualifications and Experience Working to or currently have a bachelor’s degree in Biology, Ecology, Conservation, Natural sciences, or related field required Prior experience conducting biological surveys is preferred Familiarity with identifying Midwestern songbirds by sight and sound is preferred Familiarity with avian point count surveys is preferred Willingness and flexibility to work early morning hours, weekends, or holidays Strong attention to detail and data entry skills Strong organization and communication skills Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite Must hold a valid driver’s license and have access to a personal vehicle Ability to operate light trucks and boats with outboard motors Boating experience desired but not required Ability to work for prolonged periods of time, with or without accommodation, under difficult field conditions such as rugged or muddy terrain, thick grass, forest undergrowth, high temps/humidity, and biting insects Ability to lift and carry weights up to 25 lbs., with or without accommodations Ability to bend, crouch, stoop, and reach with or without accommodations Ability to operate light trucks and boats with outboard motors To Apply: Please visit our website and apply - https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/4527/job
  8. Position Summary The Audubon Center at Riverlands is seeking one seasonal biological technician to assist in our long-term bottomland forest bird surveys for the Upper Mississippi River system. Working under the Conservation Science Associate, Biological Technicians will assist in conducting point-count surveys on islands and areas along the Mississippi River during the spring/summer. Technicians will also assist in associated data entry and quality assurance, as well as data analysis. This position starts May 1st until July 31st (dates may vary due to river conditions) with some weekend and holiday work being required. Housing is not provided. Applicants will be accepted until the position is filled. Essential Functions Navigate study points using GPS and other orienteering methods Collect detailed information on bird species locations, timing, and movements Record measurements on data sheets and/or field notebook computers Meticulously enter data into computer databases Collect, record, summarize, organize, and/or file data using various standardized data collection procedures and equipment Assist with facilitation of monitoring and logistics. This may include putting together survey equipment, assisting in transportation to and from survey sites (by boat and by car), etc. Qualifications and Experience Working to or currently have a bachelor’s degree in Biology, Ecology, Conservation, Natural sciences, or related field required Prior experience conducting biological surveys is preferred Familiarity with identifying Midwestern songbirds by sight and sound is preferred Familiarity with avian point count surveys is preferred Willingness and flexibility to work early morning hours, weekends, or holidays Strong attention to detail and data entry skills Strong organization and communication skills Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite Must hold a valid driver’s license and have access to a personal vehicle Ability to operate light trucks and boats with outboard motors Boating experience desired but not required Ability to work for prolonged periods of time, with or without accommodation, under difficult field conditions such as rugged or muddy terrain, thick grass, forest undergrowth, high temps/humidity, and biting insects Ability to lift and carry weights up to 25 lbs., with or without accommodations Ability to bend, crouch, stoop, and reach with or without accommodations Ability to operate light trucks and boats with outboard motors To Apply: Please visit our website and apply - https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/4526/job
  9. Position Summary The Audubon Center at Riverlands and US Army Corp of Engineers – St. Louis District is seeking one seasonal area search survey technicians to assist in long-term bottomland forest bird surveys for the Upper Mississippi River system. Working under a supervisor from the Army Corp of Engineers, the Area Search Technician will assist in conducting area search surveys on islands along the Mississippi River during the spring/summer. This technician will also assist in associated data entry and quality assurance, as well as data analysis. This full-time position starts May 1st until July 31st (dates may vary due to river conditions) with some weekend and holiday work being required. Housing in not provided. Applicants will be accepted until the position is filled. Essential Functions Navigate study points using GPS and other orienteering methods Collect detailed information on bird species locations, timing, and movements Record measurements on data sheets and/or field notebook computers Meticulously enter data into computer databases Collect, record, summarize, organize, and/or file data using various standardized data collection procedures and equipment Assist with facilitation of monitoring and logistics. This may include putting together survey equipment, assisting in transportation to and from survey sites (by boat and by car), etc. Qualifications and Experience Working to or currently have a bachelor’s degree in Biology, Ecology, Conservation, Natural sciences, or related field required Prior experience conducting biological surveys is preferred Familiarity with identifying Midwestern songbirds by sight and sound is preferred Familiarity with area search surveys is preferred Willingness and flexibility to work early morning hours, weekends, or holidays Strong attention to detail and data entry skills Strong organization and communication skills Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite Must hold a valid driver’s license and have access to a personal vehicle Ability/willingness to operate light trucks and boats with outboard motors Boating experience desired but not required Ability to work for prolonged periods of time, with or without accommodation, under difficult field conditions such as rugged or muddy terrain, thick grass, forest undergrowth, high temps/humidity, and biting insects Ability to lift and carry weights up to 25 lbs., with or without accommodations Ability to bend, crouch, stoop, and reach with or without accommodations Experience using ArcGIS Collector or Survey 1, 2, 3 software packages desired To Apply - Please use this link and apply to our website - https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/4525/job
  10. Position Summary 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. Essential Functions 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. Application: Please apply directly on our website at - https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/4506/job
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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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