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 Saline Lakes Policy Manager, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, will be a member of the National Audubon Society Western Water Initiative team. The Initiative’s goal is to advance balanced solutions to water use in the West to ensure birds, ecosystems, people and economies thrive. The Policy Manager will be part of Audubon’s program focused on the Saline Lakes of the Intermountain West. This network of lakes provides critically important breeding and stopover habitat for millions of migratory birds and supports local and regional economies.
S/he is responsible for key policy efforts and governmental affairs functions for the Saline Lakes Program. As part of the Saline Lakes leadership team, s/he will report to the Saline Lakes Program Director and collaborate with senior conservation policy leads for Western Water and Federal Policy to further develop the policy agenda on issues impacting saline lakes. The Policy Manager will also advocate on behalf of Audubon to local, state, and federal government officials, including agency staff and appointed and elected officials.
The initial focus of this policy/government affairs position (during the first 24 months) will be on the most time-sensitive opportunities, which include the following two focus areas:
The Policy Manager will be remotely based in the greater Salt Lake City, Utah area until the Saline Lakes office is established. Candidates should also include a cover letter when applying to this position.