Public Lands Policy Manager

Job Locations
Regular, Full-Time
Job Category
Advocacy/Public Policy/Government Relations


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. 


The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion, and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.


Position Summary

Reporting to the Vice President, Public Lands and Senior Counsel, the Public Lands Policy Manager will support Audubon’s public lands program and our efforts to defend and innovate implementation of bedrock wildlife conservation laws, as well as their implementation through on-the-ground decisions.


The Policy Manager is responsible for supporting the overall public policy functions for the public lands program at National Audubon Society (NAS) focusing predominately on federal policies, projects and planning processes, but also working at the state and local level to further our policy goals around conserving habitat on public lands and addressing the impacts of climate change. S/he/they will also advocate on behalf of National Audubon Society with federal, state, and local government officials, including agency staff and appointed and elected officials.


As part of the federal Policy team, s/he/they will be responsible for coordinating and implementing policy efforts with National Staff working in the climate, communications and development departments, as well as with policy staff in state and regional offices around the country. This includes engaging grassroots and partners, proactively communicating issues and positions, and helping attract contributions to execute successful policy campaigns and conservation outcomes.


**Please Note: Only applicants who submit a cover letter will be considered for candidacy.  


Essential Functions

  • Assist in efforts to protect places birds need, now and in the future, on public lands, including to conserve habitat and migration corridors.
  • Defend and/or advocate for improvements in public land laws, policies, and conservation designations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and expand management to support climate resilience on public lands.
  • Develop and implement strategies to secure protective management and designations and to support siting of renewable energy.
  • Review, analyze and write comments on environmental documents, proposed regulations and policies.
  • Work collaboratively with National Audubon staff, including state and regional offices, as well as external partners, to provide expertise in public lands law and policy.
  • Support Audubon partnership efforts by participating in coalitions around key policy issues and priority landscapes.
  • Advocate with federal, state and local government agencies and representatives.
  • Work with the National Environmental Policy Act and other bedrock environmental laws (Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Federal Land Policy and Management Act, National Forest Management Act,) regulations, and policies to protect habitat.
  • Develop white papers, fact sheets, memos, press releases, and briefings as directed.
  • Support Audubon’s commitments to equity, diversity and inclusion, and being an anti-racist organization in all aspects of work, such as writing comments, developing policies and work with partners.
  • Act as a spokesperson for Audubon on public land issues.

Qualifications and Experience

  • 3-5 years professional experience in legal, policy or advocacy work, including familiarity with analyzing environmental documents, guidance, regulations and legislation.
  • Legal research and writing, as well as oral and written communication skills required.
  • Degree in environmental policy, law and/or related field required.
  • Experience working within or managing diverse coalitions.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team-based environment.
  • A self-starter, with strong organizational and time/project management skills.
  • Have an interest in the mission, values, and programs of the National Audubon Society.


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