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 habitat loss, climate change, and a variety of other environmental stressors. 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.
Audubon Pennsylvania, 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 Forest Program Director and based in central Pennsylvania, the Forest Program Associate will help implement forest conservation efforts, with a focus on key-forested landscapes in the north-central and western regions of the state, as part of the organization’s Healthy Forests initiative – a critical contribution to Audubon’s national Working Lands conservation strategy. Specifically, this position will help deliver expected outcomes associated with a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Central Appalachia Habitat Stewardship Program. The Program Associate helps design and conduct management, 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). They will also train foresters on bird-friendly management practices, conduct field assessments and consult with forest owners and managers on management plans for their properties. A key contributor to forest work within the Atlantic Flyway, the Program Associate effectively collaborates with key Audubon staff in the eastern region and partners with organizations that share Audubon’s forest conservation objectives.
Candidates will ideally be based out of State College, PA given eastern and western state travel required for the job, although other locations may be considered. Additionally this position is grant-funded for three years, but there is an opportunity for renewal pending programmatic needs.