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 Ecologist 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 role is based in the Western United States, with preference for the Salt Lake City, Utah office. The Ecologist will be part of Audubon’s program focused on the Saline Lakes of the Intermountain West. This network of lakes and associated wetlands provides critically important breeding and stopover habitat for millions of migratory birds and supports local and regional economies.
Reporting to the Director of the Saline Lakes Program, this position will help drive conservation outcomes for saline lakes and the birds that depend on them by analyzing, synthesizing, generating or facilitating development of scientific information necessary to inform priorities, management plans, and policy positions. In addition, s/he will be responsible for building and working with a network of scientific and other colleagues in agencies, academic institutions, conservation organizations and other partners to advance scientific understanding of saline lakes and their associated wetland habitats.