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The Director of Conservation will lead the development of landscape level conservation objectives for the implementation of Audubon’s priority conservation strategies in Vermont for the benefit of birds and the places they need to thrive. They will be responsible for leading the Vermont conservation team in achieving the science driven conservation objectives of the National Audubon Society (NAS) with a particular focus on working lands and forests; specifically leading forest protection and stewardship efforts, as part of Audubon’s Healthy Forests Initiative. They will design and conduct programs aimed at engaging private, non-profit and forest owners and managers, both public and private, to promote sustainable forest management techniques that create habitat required by priority forest bird species.
As Director of Conservation, they will work with other conservation leadership in the Atlantic Flyway. They will collaborate with natural resource agencies (federal, state, county, and municipal), and private conservation organizations, for successful implementation of their work across the landscape in Vermont and the Flyway. The Director of Conservation will work closely with national, flyway, and state fundraising, science, engagement, and policy teams to build sustainable income streams, engagement efforts, and conservation science strategies, and will support policy priorities to further Audubon’s conservation objectives in the region.
Reporting to the Vice President and Executive Director for Audubon Vermont, the Director of Conservation will manage the conservation staff in Vermont, including tracking conservation activity and defining measures of success. They will develop funding proposals to foundations, corporations, agencies, and individuals. This role will also be responsible for identifying funding opportunities and managing the funding relationships with natural resource agencies at multiple levels of governance along with some funder and donor relationships as assigned.