Project Manager

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Regular, Full-Time
Job Category
Program/Project Management


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 approximately 450 local chapters, 120 campus chapters, 17 state and regional offices, 34 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). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.  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 Project Manager for Audubon’s Southwest Florida Shorebird Program is responsible for managing rigorous shore/seabird nesting season surveys and for rigorous nonbreeding season surveys of migratory and resident shore/seabirds. The Project Manager is also responsible for continuing to develop and overseeing volunteer bird stewardship programs at sites within the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (RBNERR) and Clam Pass County Park in Collier County, and at the Little Estero Island Critical Wildlife Area (CWA) in Lee County. Beginning in 2020, the Project Manager will be responsible for developing a nesting shore/seabird survey and stewardship program at Cayo Costa State Park on Cayo Costa and North Captiva islands in Lee County that may also include other regionally important sites in Southwest Florida.


The Project Manager works on mainland beaches, but also travels by motorboat to work on remote, offshore islands alone or with other staff or volunteers. These sites include, but are not limited to: Keewaydin Island, Big Marco Pass CWA, Tigertail Beach, Cape Romano, and Second Chance CWA. The Project Manager will hire and supervise part-time seasonal staff that manage bird stewardship volunteers at Big Marco Pass and Little Estero Island CWAs. The Project Manager will hire and supervise a full-time seasonal staff to survey and manage volunteers at Cayo Costa State Park islands, a position which may be converted to a full-time permanent position depending upon funding availability. The Project Manager is responsible for the ongoing, effective coordination with RBNERR research and education managers and staff with whom this position will be closely allied as well as a broad variety of other state and local agency staff, regional organizations, and volunteers.


This is a full-time, grant-funded position available approximately January 10, 2021 through December 31, 2023.  Additional funding may be available to extend the term of employment beyond December 2023.


*From March through August (“breeding season”), s/he will lead all monitoring and protection activities for the project.  From August through March, the Project Manager will be responsible for: completing surveys and updating metrics into the database, reporting on and resighting leg bands, overseeing all seasonal staff, volunteer recruitment, management, and training; writing short articles with photos for publication in Audubon and RBNERR social/news media; and helping to conduct verbal and written outreach to key user groups impacting coastal birds in Collier and Lee counties.


Essential Functions

By closely collaborating with Audubon Florida's Director of Bird Conservation and Southwest Florida Policy Associate, as well as designated RBNERR staff, Florida State Park staff, and other partners, s/he will ensure all sites:

  • Are effectively surveyed during the state-prescribed beach-nesting bird survey windows.
  • Have accurate data posted online in the Florida Shorebird Database by required deadlines.
  • Are monitored at least weekly for nesting progress and disturbance, with attendant Florida Shorebird Database (FSD) data entry, and stewarded to the terms of Audubon’s contracts, to include posting and maintaining symbolic fencing and signage.

Additionally, the Project Manager is charged with:

  • Mentoring, training, and directing seasonal staff and volunteers on disturbance monitoring, surveying and stewardship activities.
  • Biweekly nonbreeding bird surveys and data entry into Audubon’s Access database in a timely manner.
  • Educating and engaging the public around coastal bird conservation through outreach at beach sites, verbal presentations to key constituencies, and via short articles/stories with photos for Audubon and RBNERR news media.
  • Contributing to technical and grant report writing.
  • Overseeing the deployment and maintenance needs of assigned program vehicles, trailers, boats and UTVs.
  • Coordinating with RBNERR managers at staff meetings and organizing agendas with Audubon partners at semiannual meetings of the Collier and Lee Shorebird Partnerships as needed.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, wildlife ecology or related field required; Master's degree a plus.
  • Minimum 4 years’ demonstrated expertise in shorebird and seabird identification and performing wildlife surveys required. 
  • Demonstrated experience working with external partner agencies and organizations and leading volunteers, programs, and projects is required.
  • Strong verbal and written communication and problem solving skills; demonstrated ability to work independently and maintain accountability for work products is required.
  • Excellent judgment and decision-making skills, one who possesses a high degree of integrity in all deliverables is required.
  • Familiarity and experience with operating and maintaining equipment, including motorboats in coastal marine environments, ATV/UTVs, trucks and trailers is required.
  • Demonstrated experience with safely performing field work in occasionally harsh coastal marine weather conditions year-round is required.
  • Must be able to work long days, weekends, and holidays as needed during the coastal bird- nesting season.
  • Interest in conservation and passion for the mission of the National Audubon Society is required.


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