Conservation Program Manager

Regular, Full-Time
Job Category
Program/Project Management


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, 22 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

Working closely with and reporting to the San Francisco Bay Director, the Conservation Program Manager will oversee conservation projects and activities throughout the San Francisco Bay.  As an integrated member of the San Francisco Bay Program and Richardson Bay staff; s/he will develop and conduct monitoring surveys and applied studies, restoration and habitat conservation projects.  The Program Manager will also lead and support community engagement efforts and environmental education programs that promote environmental awareness to achieve long-term conservation goals. The Program Manager will be expected to promote science-based conservation around the Bay Area within the mission of Audubon California to conserve and restore natural ecosystems with a focus on birds and their habitats.

Essential Functions

  • Oversee conservation projects of the SF Bay Program focusing on key waterbird species, Bay Area watersheds and ecosystems, and include diverse community involvement.
  • Create and implement workplans for conservation activities including monitoring and applied studies, restoration and management, community outreach and education, and advocacy.
  • Partner on collaborative projects for SF Bay waterbird species and their ecosystems including identifying grant opportunities and developing proposals for funding.
  • Develop procedures, coordinate field support, and analyze data for biophysical surveys and applied studies of Bay Area projects; assist or lead data analysis, report writing, and publication of project results.
  • Supervise full-time staff, seasonal positions, consultants or contractors, interns, and volunteers, as required. Recruit participation of community volunteers and work in close coordination with environmental education students; maintain a volunteer database.
  • Develop and administer project budgets, quarterly billings, progress and financial reports, and oversee project implementation and permitting.
  • Manage the 900-acre waterbird sanctuary in Richardson Bay including distributing notifications and deploying markers for the annual winter closure.
  • Lead the semi-monthly Richardson Bay wintering waterbird survey including volunteer recruitment and Coordinate or participate in other waterbird surveys of key estuary areas.
  • Coordinate the annual Waterbird Festival including promoting the event and seeking sponsorships.
  • Work in cooperation with Bay Area chapters to communicate on Bay Area conservation issues and to partner on relevant projects.
  • Seek opportunities to raise the profile of the conservation program and disseminate information to a broad audience through printed, spoken, and electronic media and develop newsletter and webpage content.


Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in ecology or related field required, Master's preferred. Equivalent experience may be considered in lieu of graduate education.
  • 3-5 years’ project management experience, specifically overseeing or liaising with decentralized teams and applying the best available science to achieve conservation outcomes.
  • Strong background in ornithology and waterbird biology, surveys and spatial ecology, and science-based conservation.
  • Knowledge of Pacific coast riparian, estuarine, and coastal ecosystems flora and fauna, and experience in monitoring estuarine resources; knowledge of SF Bay ecology, particularly birds, and salt marshes a plus.
  • Proven experience developing proposals and obtaining grants to support conservation projects.
  • Demonstrated skill with databases, statistical analysis of biophysical data, and writing reports or papers to present results.
  • Ability to work independently or providing leadership as part of a multi-faceted team. Strong organizational and relationship building skills, excellent attention to detail while able to multi-task.
  • Demonstrated experience managing people and projects and working with diverse partners; experience in recruiting, organizing, and managing teams of community Background with environmental education students of various ages is a plus.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills and the ability to synthesize and communicate technical and complex information to both technical and non-technical audiences including stakeholders with diverse backgrounds.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite (Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint, Word) and statistical analysis software (R or stat packages). Ability to use ArcGIS for conservation planning and mapping a plus.
  • Willingness to travel throughout the Bay Area and handle field work under a wide variety of conditions working occasional weekends or long hours on a flexible schedule as needed.
  • Valid state drivers’ license required. Experience handling small watercraft is preferred.
  • Commitment to the mission, values, and programs of Audubon California.


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