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The Director of Conservation will lead the development of landscape scale conservation goals aligned with Audubon’s five priority conservation strategies in Iowa, Minnesota and Missouri for the benefit of birds and the places they need to thrive. Their portfolio includes leading the science inspired conservation objectives of Audubon’s Upper Mississippi River initiative, which spans Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin. They will work closely with Audubon Great Lakes, the Audubon Center at Riverlands, the National Audubon Conservation Team and leadership in the Upper Mississippi Flyway. The Director of Conservation will collaborate with natural resource agencies (federal, state, county, and municipal), private conservation organizations, tribes and Audubon chapters in order to create long lasting conservation programs that deliver results for bird populations while improving climate resiliency. The Director of Conservation will work closely with national, flyway, and state fundraising, science, engagement, and policy teams to build sustainable income streams, conservation science strategies, and policy and engagement strategies to further Audubon’s conservation goals in the region. Additionally, the Director of Conservation will be a key player in AM/UMR’s Mississippi River Initiative which aims to improve water quality, hydrological management, and community health that also supports the birds of the Mississippi Flyway.
Reporting to the Vice President and Executive Director for Audubon Minnesota and the Upper Mississippi River, the Director of Conservation will manage the conservation and science staff throughout the region, including tracking conservation activity and defining measures of results. They will develop funding proposals to foundations, corporations, agencies, and people. 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.