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 National Audubon Society has identified the Platte River as a national conservation priority and a centerpiece of Audubon’s hemispheric water strategy. The Platte River watershed spans three states—Nebraska, Colorado, and Wyoming—and is home to millions of people. It also supports the most significant spring migration event in the Western Hemisphere with half a million Sandhill Cranes, endangered Whooping Cranes, and thousands of shorebirds and waterfowl that use this area for staging on their migration.
Audubon is seeking its first Platte River Program Manager to organize and expand our work across the watershed, and leverage our partnerships and assets to advance a comprehensive restoration and protection plan for the entire basin. Reporting to the Vice President and Executive Director of Audubon Nebraska and closely collaborating with our Vice President for Water Conservation, the Program Manager is charged with directing conservation planning and engagement among multiple stakeholders, overseeing and strengthening existing programs within the three watershed states, leveraging programs for maximum mission impact, identifying policies needed for implementation, creating innovative strategic partnerships, and executing a comprehensive strategy.
The Platte River Program Manager is seen as an experienced and credible conservation leader, one who is an ambassador of the organization and frequently serves as Audubon’s voice on avian and environmental issues across the Watershed. The Program Manager will serve in a leadership role for National Audubon Society and Audubon Nebraska, working with science, policy, communication, conservation and network staff.
He/she will manage conservation plan development across three states, engage stakeholders for maximum buy-in, facilitate and coordinate program implementation among Audubon and other partner conservation organizations within the watershed, be spokesperson with the media, represent Audubon at regional conferences, and share responsibility for managing major grants, identifying new funding opportunities, and building strategic partnerships that advances our mission. This position will coordinate with nature centers, but will not be directly responsible for managing them.