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).
Situated on the Atlantic Flyway, Pennsylvania provides critical stopover and nesting habitat for hundreds of bird species, including dozens in decline and/or at serious risk from climate change. Audubon Pennsylvania (APA) is a state program of the National Audubon Society, and focuses on establishing statewide conservation and education programs while independently pursuing local funding to support these efforts. APA, with a staff of 21 full- and part-time professionals, is poised to fulfill significant elements of National Audubon Society’s strategic plan to conserve birds and habitats at scale. The work of Audubon Pennsylvania is grounded in science, education, policy, and on-the-ground conservation with more than 30,000 members and 21 Chapters. APA programs include the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, the Discovery Center in Philadelphia, and the Waggoner’s Gap Hawk Watch in Carlisle. Adding to activities are programs across central Pennsylvania and Important Bird Area projects throughout the state, with a significant presence in the Kittatinny Ridge area of eastern and central Pennsylvania. Audubon Pennsylvania is based in the village of Audubon at the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, with offices in Harrisburg.
Audubon Pennsylvania is developing a robust forest program that includes working with private landowners and public land managers in the forested landscapes in the north-central and western regions of the state to implement forest management practices to enhance habitat for priority birds. Reporting to the Deputy Director, Conservation and Engagement, the Forest Program Manager will be charged with leading forest protection and stewardship efforts, with a focus on key-forested landscapes in the north-central and western regions of the state, as part of Audubon’s Healthy Forests initiative. This position is responsible for leading the efforts to achieve expected outcomes in a grant received from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Central Appalachia Habitat Stewardship Program. Additionally, s/he will design and conduct education and outreach programs targeting forest owners and managers, both public and private, to promote sustainable forest management techniques that create habitat required by priority forest bird species (Prairie Warbler, Golden-winged warbler, American Woodcock, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, and Wood Thrush). The Program Manager effectively trains foresters on bird-friendly management practices; conducts field assessments; and consults with forest land owners and managers on management plans for their properties. S/he collaborates with Audubon staff from NY and other states in the Atlantic Flyway, as well as with partner organizations that share Audubon’s forest conservation objectives. In addition, the Forest Program Manager will work with and advise Audubon Pennsylvania’s Executive Director and Deputy Director of Conservation & Engagement in the pursuit of policies and programs that promote and support our forest conservation goals.
The National Audubon Society has completed a Strategic Plan and Audubon Pennsylvania is in the process of finalizing a complementary state implementation plan. Forest focus areas have been identified throughout the U.S. portion of the flyway, with a long-term goal of increasing the proportions of those areas that are protected from conversion to non-forest uses and managed in ways that are compatible with the habitat needs of priority species.
Candidates should include a cover letter when applying to this position. Additionally, the role may be located remotely, with a strong desire for the State College, PA region as frequent travel for meetings, events and other activities will be required.