• Coastal Resilience Associate

    Job Locations
    US-NY-Oyster Bay
    Regular, Full-Time
    Job Category
    Oyster Bay
  • 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).



    Position Summary

    Reporting to the Long Island Bird Conservation Manager and based out of the Theodore Roosevelt Audubon Center and Sanctuary in Oyster Bay, NY, the Coastal Resilience Specialist will be part of Audubon’s Conservation Department and lead efforts to identify, restore or enhance, and manage priority coastal habitats and their associated native plant communities for the benefit of salt marsh dependent bird species and to increase coastal resilience.

    Essential Functions

    • As part of Audubon’s Coast Program, launch a new salt marsh and coastal resilience initiative in New York.
    • Lead a working group that includes conservation partners and land managers (e.g., landowners, academics, and representatives from state and federal wildlife agencies, non-profit organizations, and Audubon chapters) to foster communication among practitioners, inform best management practices, improve understanding around permitting, and promote implementation of and help secure funding for future projects.
    • Manage habitat projects, including coordinating partners, to restore or enhance salt marsh habitat for priority bird species.
    • Identify and plan new salt marsh restoration projects as well as land acquisition opportunities to protect priority salt marsh and facilitate marsh migration.
    • Comment on management plans relating to coastal resiliency and sea level rise, and advocate for natural solutions to coastal flooding and erosion.
    • Promote coastal retreat in key areas and advise post-retreat habitat restoration efforts.
    • Oversee bird and vegetation monitoring to document effectiveness of salt marsh restoration projects.
    • Recruit, train, and supervise seasonal salt marsh bird and vegetation survey technicians.
    • Assist with fundraising and development activities including identifying funding sources and securing and administrating grants to support the projects and overall program.
    • Effectively communicate coastal resilience issues (including sea level rise as a threat to priority bird species, negative impacts of shoreline hardening and post-storm habitat modification, and the importance of salt marsh conservation efforts) to elected officials, partners, and the public.
    • Prepare and deliver written comments and testimony as needed on projects, plans, and other coastal issues, interpret scientific research for non-technical audiences.
    • Contribute to press releases, articles, outreach materials, and content for social media.
    • Represent Audubon and create and deliver effective presentations at conferences, regional councils, and working groups meetings.
    • Work regularly and closely with other Audubon staff in New York and Connecticut, especially policy and conservation staff, as well as Audubon Chapter leaders and National Audubon Society staff to support policy, communications, and network priorities related to coastal resilience.
    • Participate fully and productively in staff meetings, planning efforts, and other shared staff duties.

    Qualifications and Experience


    • Bachelor's Degree in a conservation, wildlife, or natural resources field or equivalent plus three years of relevant work experience.
    • Familiarity with coastal resilience and adaptation issues and natural coastal processes.
    • Project management experience including fiscal management, managing project deliverables, reporting on progress, and writing grant proposals.
    • Experience managing habitat restoration or enhancement projects.
    • Ability to identify coastal birds.
    • Field research experience.
    • Strong oral and written communications skills.
    • Proficiency in ArcGIS software and ability to use handheld GPS devices.
    • Computer skills and proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
    • Ability to walk far distances on uneven terrain while carrying a heavy daypack and equipment with or without accommodation.
    • Willingness to occasionally work on weekends and evenings.
    • A valid driver's license and willingness to travel to other locations within New York and Connecticut as well as occasionally to other states.
    • Candidate must be a self-motivated, organized, reliable, and independent individual.
    • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with other staff, partners, and various stakeholders.


    • Experience surveying marsh birds and vegetation (highly preferred).
    • Experience managing a salt marsh restoration or enhancement project.
    • Experience with or interest in working with local and state elected officials and partners to advance conservation policy initiatives (highly preferred).
    • Familiarity with Saltmarsh Sparrow habitat needs and conservation issues.
    • Experience securing governmental permits for habitat or other related projects.
    • Experience fundraising for conservation work.
    • Experience with motor boat operation and maintenance.
    • Experience working with or familiarity with CT and NY coastal habitats and conservation stakeholders.


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