Conservation Manager

Job Locations
Regular, Full-Time
Job Category
Land Stewardship


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

The Grange Insurance Audubon Center is a sanctuary for birds and nature lovers, set in parkland created from a former industrial site in the heart of downtown Columbus, along the Scioto River.  The LEED-Certified 18,000 sq. ft. building is surrounded by an 120-acre metro park  , which bring visitors from the community and beyond for onsite education programs, as well as for special public and private events. 


The Conservation Manager is a vital member of the Grange Insurance Audubon Center team and Audubon’s work in the Ohio and the Great Lakes region. She/he will work alongside and under the leadership of the Center Director to implement land management plans that align with Audubon’s priorities in Ohio, the Great Lakes region and nationally. She/he will focus on improving habitat for breeding and migratory birds, while improving water quality and building climate resiliency in and around the Center and across the state of Ohio.  

Essential Functions

  • Ensures proper management of natural systems at Grange Insurance Audubon Center by: managing day to day needs, monitoring land use and its impacts, monitoring natural areas and observing ecological needs, and identifying and implementing resource management actions.
  • Works closely with Director of Conservation, Upper Mississippi Flyway to set and implement local, regional and national restoration and land management goals.
  • Assists the Center Director to identify, collaborate and build existing and new relationships and partnerships to further community science opportunities and initiatives.
  • Develops and manages grant and project budgets, quarterly billings, and financial reports in close coordination with finance and administrative staff.
  • Develops and manages contracts, grant (programmatic) reporting, and project implementation.
  • Supervise seasonal staff, volunteers, consultants and contractors.
  • Works with national and regional science, communication, and policy staff, as well as Audubon Chapters, Centers and other regional partners to communicate results of restoration and science projects.
  • Engages and educates audiences in public speaking engagements throughout Columbus and Ohio.
  • Develops reports that analyze and interpret results, and present findings to managers, scientists, activists and the public.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in conservation biology, ecology or similar required, Master's degree preferred.
  • Five years of professional work in ecology or restoration and significant restoration experience in riparian, wetland, or estuarine habitats.
  • Understanding of avian ecology is a plus.
  • Experience writing proposals and administering government grants, and partnering with government agencies.
  • Demonstrated experience managing people and projects, and comfort in directing contractors and consultants.
  • Ability to comprehend complex hydrological conditions and to conceptualize hydrological changes is desirable.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills and the ability to synthesize and communicate technical and complex information to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as part of a multi-faceted team.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, GIS and statistical analysis software.
  • Willingness to do field work under a wide variety of conditions.
  • Valid U.S. driver’s license and a willingness to travel.
  • Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Commitment to Audubon’s mission.


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