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.
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The Great Lakes are the largest freshwater ecosystem on the planet, providing clean drinking water to 40 million people. They also serve as a global resource to millions of birds, providing critical habitat for breeding, for stopovers during migration across the Americas, and for wintering along the shorelines and on the lakes themselves. Globally significant populations of shorebirds, waterbirds, raptors, and migratory landbirds are all intricately connected to the sustainability of a healthy Great Lakes ecosystem. A regional office of the National Audubon Society, Audubon Great Lakes has developed a comprehensive Great Lakes plan with thorough ties to members and the culture of the Great Lakes region. We are working to empower our network in the region to protect and restore wetlands and riparian areas that improve habitat for breeding and migratory birds, develops our coastal communities’ resiliency to climate change, and improves water quality for birds and people.
The Senior Manager, Wetland Conservation will be an integral member of the Audubon Great Lakes team with excellent integration to National Audubon Society conservation strategies that focus on Climate Change, Water, and Working Lands. This Senior Manager will be responsible for designing and implementing projects that restore wetlands, floodplains, and riparian corridors creating natural infrastructure solutions to water issues in Audubon’s priority regions across the Great Lakes. These projects will strengthen Audubon’s enthusiastic goals for the region to recover breeding marsh bird populations while improving water quality and developing climate resiliency. Working closely with public agencies, tribes, NGO partners, Audubon’s network of chapters and volunteers, the Senior Manager, Wetland Conservation will restore habitat for birds and people while supporting Audubon’s policy and engagement teams in building a diverse constituency that defends and creates meaningful public policy across the five-state Great Lakes region (WI, IL, IN, MI, OH).
With established federal funding mechanisms and continued support for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and Farm Bill programs, as well as state initiatives such as H2Ohio, Audubon has an opportunity to demonstrate and significantly grow nature’s capacity to naturally filter water by promoting and advancing wetlands and natural infrastructure that reduces sediment and nutrient loading to the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Watershed. The Senior Manager will work in priority geographies to design and implement these projects.
This role will report to the Director of Conservation, Great Lakes, and Upper Mississippi Flyway.