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).
Reporting to the Audubon New Mexico Director of Conservation and collaborating with senior conservation leaders on Audubon’s Western Water Team and in the Washington, D.C. policy office, the Associate Director of Freshwater Conservation will lead New Mexico’s efforts to develop and implement policy, market-based, restoration and strategic engagement strategies to protect and restore natural ecosystems for birds and other wildlife and their habitats on New Mexico’s major rivers and tributaries, with a focus on the Rio Grande and Colorado River Basins.
Audubon’s Western Water vision is to take actions to achieve a reliable water supply for birds and people throughout the West. With its partners, Audubon aims to stabilize and increase populations of priority birds in the West by advancing balanced water management policy solutions, implementing on-the-ground restoration projects, and involving our network of members, volunteers, and chapters in meaningful activities.
The Associate Director will play a critical role as an ambassador of Audubon, representing the organization with policy makers, Tribal Nations, community members, conservation leaders and other important stakeholders to advance freshwater conservation, inform stakeholder opinions and decisions, and harness the power of grassroots movements.
The initial focus of the Associate Director of Freshwater Conservation position (~ 12 months) will be on the most time-sensitive opportunities, which include: