• Community Engagement Coordinator

    Job Locations
    Regular, Full-Time
    Job Category
    Community Relations/Outreach
  • Overview

    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).



    San Francisco Bay Program and the Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary:


    Audubon CA’s San Francisco Bay Program works to protect this globally important estuary for the benefit of birds and people by leading priority habitat conservation projects and engaging closely on policy issues that impact the Bay’s suite of natural resources. Ecologically, the program focuses primarily on subtidal habitat conservation to support the eelgrass-herring-waterbird system. Our efforts also include innovative, climate resilient, living shorelines projects at places like Sonoma Creek and Aramburu Island, and waterbird monitoring at Richardson Bay and Point Richmond. The Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary (RBACS) in Tiburon serves as the home base of the Bay Program. Additional Center-based programming includes community-based restoration of native habitats, engagement efforts to develop future generations of conservationists, and priority conservation actions to protect key natural resources within our Sanctuary. Together, the Bay Program and the Center collaborate closely with partners throughout the Bay Area and along the California coast to leverage our work into large-scale conservation gains for the Pacific Flyway.

    Position Summary

    The Community Engagement Coordinator (CEC) will provide crucial staff support across a suite of programs focused on volunteer-based restoration of native habitats in San Francisco Bay (mostly on/near RBACS) and engagement of community members in the work of the Program and Center. This position reports to the RBACS Center Director (CD) and will work closely with the San Francisco Bay Conservation Program Manager (CPM) in fulfillment of the following functions. The general schedule for this position is Tuesday through Saturday. 


    Candidates should include a cover letter when applying to this position.

    Essential Functions

    Engagement – 50%

    • Volunteer coordination
      • Develop a coordinated volunteer program that efficiently connects interested volunteers with appropriate opportunities at RBACS and within the Bay Program (e.g., attending a weekend restoration event, participating in waterbird surveys, etc.), recruits additional volunteer support where needed (e.g., through outreach to local and area businesses/schools), and ensures that volunteers are properly trained, onboarded, and retained
      • Lead (or find volunteer leaders for) mid-week volunteer events at RBACS (approximately 3 events per month) focused on center needs (e.g., trail maintenance, weeding, and other center-based projects)
      • Develop a volunteer database that can be used for recruitment and outreach
    • Waterbird survey support
      • Work with the CPM to recruit and retain waterbird survey volunteers and ensure survey needs are adequately met, including the development of a volunteer training program to elevate volunteer monitors to a position of leadership for the program
      • Provide backup to the CPM on the implementation of the Pt. Richmond and Richardson Bay waterbird surveys, held bimonthly from November to March
    • Audubon Youth Leader (AYL) support
      • Work with the CD to further develop AYL program, including how to achieve programmatic goals, increase enrollment, and serve a broader audience
      • Serve as a second adult program leader during offsite program days (approximately 5 events per month)

    Community Based Restoration – 35%

    • Coordinate community based restoration events at Aramburu Island, Blackie’s Pasture and other restoration sites throughout San Francisco Bay as projects come online (e.g., eelgrass restoration at Pier 94).
      • Most of these events currently happen on Aramburu Island in Richardson Bay, occur on Saturdays (approximately 2 Saturdays/month), and are primarily focused on vegetation management (invasive removal, native plant revegetation). The REC will be responsible for setting the event schedule, running the events (including volunteer recruitment/coordination), and event follow up. To conduct the restoration, the REC will coordinate with the San Francisco Bay Conservation Program Manager (CPM) to identify restoration priorities, actions, and methodologies.
    • Manage the RBACS nursery
      • Work with the CPM and the Center Director (CD) to identify how the nursery can help meet programmatic plant needs, to including cultivating plants to be used in restoration projects on and offsite, and developing a cohesive vision for how the nursery aligns with relevant State/National programs (e.g., Plants for Birds)
      • The CEC will be responsible for maintaining the plants in the nursery (watering, etc.) and maintaining the nursery itself  

    Other – 15%

    • Rental support
      • Serve as day-of on-site point person for rentals at RBACS
      • Be available to assist with necessary rental deliveries and pre-event walk through
      • Lead tours of Lyford House to potentials clients and vendors
    • Assist the SF Bay Program Director, CPM, and CD on other tasks as needed, including but not limited to:
      • Light administrative duties as needed to support ongoing programs (e.g., copying, filling, prepping for meetings)
      • Writing content/providing information for reports to funders as appropriate
      • “Plugging in” where needed (e.g., providing survey support for shorebird or vegetation surveys, preparing the Center for key donor events, etc.)

    Qualifications and Experience

    • 2-4 years’ experience and undergraduate degree in a relevant field. Relevant experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.
    • Strong desire to work in a support capacity for a complex suite of ongoing conservation programs
    • Ability to identify potential efficiencies and work across projects to achieve programmatic goals
    • Attentive to detail with strong follow through
    • Flexible work style (e.g., desire to work in a team environment as well as independently as needed)
    • Desire to work with diverse communities not typically engaged in conservation efforts
    • Comfortable speaking to the public and engaging with community members to communicate program objectives and project goals
    • Flexible with scheduling and ability to anticipate upcoming needs; careful time management and punctuality
    • Comfortable with long hours in the field in adverse weather and on difficult terrain
    • Experience with Microsoft office suite including Excel
    • Bird and plant identification skills a plus (especially knowledge of local shorebirds, waterfowl, common songbirds, and raptors, as well as wetland, upland, and pollinator plants)
    • Experience with power and hand tools a plus, including ability to clean and maintain field equipment


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