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).
Reporting to National Audubon Society’s Chief Scientist, the Director of Conservation Science will lead efforts to advance applied science to sustainable fisheries, marine protected areas, and seabird colony restoration and management for Audubon’s Marine Conservation initiative. The Director will also establish and lead the Seabird Institute. The Seabird Institute builds on 45 years of pioneering research, under the Seabird Restoration Program (SRP), helping build and sustain robust breeding populations in this era of climate change and other threats. The institute will serve as the foundation for Audubon’s marine conservation efforts under its Coast Strategy, helping to ensure sufficient prey and suitable habitats for seabirds, while training new generations of seabird managers and restoration experts, in the U.S. and internationally.
The Director effectively leads the SRP conservation and project management staff and works in close collaboration with the Chief Scientist, SRP Managing Director, and the Vice President for Coastal Conservation to develop conservation priorities and policies for the Marine Conservation initiative. S/he also works with development teams to submit funding proposals to foundations, corporations, agencies, and individuals, as well as identify funding opportunities and managing the relationships with natural resource agencies at multiple levels of governance.
Location: Spend summers Maine; offseason location negotiable.