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).
National Audubon Society (NAS) is committed to protecting birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. The Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch (AWRR) contributes to the science and conservation programs of NAS, including, in particular, the grassland, climate, and water programs – all of which support birds and their habitats. The Research Ranch is an ecological field station and sanctuary for native biota in southeastern Arizona, USA. The mission of the AWRR is to be a living laboratory to determine and demonstrate methods to safeguard and rehabilitate grasslands and related ecosystems, and to assist policy makers and other citizens in the care and protection of our native ecosystems, natural resources, and quality of life. The Research Ranch is a cooperative partnership among NAS, U. S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, The Research Ranch Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, and Swift Current Land and Cattle Co. The facility was established in 1969, when cattle were first excluded from the land by the Appleton Family, and has been managed by Audubon since 1980. The Research Ranch is located 65 miles southeast of Tucson, AZ.
The Director of the AWRR is required to live on-site in housing provided by Audubon. S/he will lead all aspects of the research, conservation, and education programs of this unique Audubon field station. The Director will be the visible leader of the AWRR to the community, and will guide the integration of the AWRR into the programs and strategies of the National Audubon Society. He or she will oversee a staff of two and work with volunteers, agencies, researchers, and community leaders to ensure the long-term viability of the AWRR as a center for grassland and bird research and conservation in the Southwestern US. The Director is responsible for all aspects of planning, operating, managing, and fundraising for the AWRR, and for advancing the missions of the AWRR, Audubon Arizona and National Audubon Society (NAS)
The director will report to Audubon Arizona Executive Director and work closely with Audubon Arizona Conservation and Development Staff, NAS staff, and senior leadership.
Conservation and Land Management
Budget and Fundraising