Conservation Manager, Wisconsin

Job Locations
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 identify, 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.


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Position Summary

The Conservation Manager for Audubon Great Lakes in Wisconsin will be an integral member of the Audubon Great Lakes team.  They will be responsible for building partnerships, engaging the network, and implementing conservation projects that realize Audubon’s ambitious goals for the region with an emphasis on program delivery across the state of Wisconsin. Working closely with public agencies, tribes, NGO partners, Audubon’s network of chapters and volunteers, the Conservation Manager will restore habitat for birds and people, while supporting Audubon’s policy and engagement teams in building a diverse constituency that defends and creates strong public policy across the five-state Great Lakes region (WI, IL, IN, MI, OH).


The Conservation Manager will manage and further develop ongoing conservation projects in Audubon’s key geographies. This role will also build relationships and secure funding to expand Audubon’s on-the-ground conservation work in priority regions of Wisconsin and beyond as identified in Audubon’s Great Lakes conservation plan. The Conservation Manager will engage existing conservation partners to advance national and regional advocacy goals and focus on diversifying Audubon’s network. Working with the Great Lakes policy and engagement teams, they will build support that helps realize Audubon’s Climate, Coasts, Water and Working Lands conservation objectives and policy goals. The Conservation Manager will grow and diversify Audubon’s conservation partnerships, community science participation, stewardship engagement and advocacy efforts.


This role will report to the Director of Conservation, Great Lakes and Upper Mississippi Flyway.

Essential Functions

  • Plan, implement, track and report on habitat restoration and enhancement projects.
  • Identify opportunities, develop proposals, and secure funding for habitat projects.
  • Build large and diverse partnerships to influence habitat management in priority geographies through monitoring, communication, and landscape-planning.
  • Oversee contractual and volunteer habitat restoration and enhancement implementation.
  • Work with Great Lakes conservation colleagues and national science staff to improve the application of research and monitoring results, as well as continue to refine conservation targets with regional agency and NGO partners.
  • Develop and communicate an understanding of local ecosystems and restoration best practices.
  • Deeply engage members and partners in priority advocacy action.
  • Serve as a public representative of Audubon, which may include presentations, public speaking, meeting participation and other interactions with agencies, NGOs, Chapters and landowners to both gather and disseminate information.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, natural resource management, public policy or related field.
  • 5 + years field experience in conservation planning and/or habitat restoration and enhancement techniques.
  • Ability to manage complex projects with a variety of partners and to meet deadlines is essential.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to build consensus among a wide range of individuals.
  • Demonstrated experience with grant writing, writing scientific reports, and writing for a general, non-science audience.
  • Supervisory or leadership experience.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills and the ability to engage and motivate diverse audiences.
  • Comfort navigating contentious regulatory and political issues to seek common ground with diverse interests.
  • Strong facilitation skills and ability to coordinate complex projects.
  • Excellent judgement and a strong concern for safety of staff, volunteers, and the public.
  • Ability to perform tasks requiring physical exertion, outdoors, in all weather conditions and on difficult terrain, with or without accommodation, while maintaining a positive attitude and setting an example for intern crews.
  • Ability to understand and explain the connection between conservation outcomes and public policy.
  • Valid Driver’s License and the ability to travel throughout the Great Lakes’ region. Reliable transportation required.
  • Must be willing to work a flexible schedule including evenings, early mornings, and weekends as the job demands.


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