Program Manager, Coastal Resilience

Job Locations
US-NY-Oyster Bay
Regular, Full-Time
Job Category
Oyster Bay


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. 



Position Summary

The Program Manager, Coastal Resilience will be responsible for Audubon’s efforts to restore, enhance, and manage priority coastal habitats for the benefit of salt marsh dependent bird species and to increase coastal resilience in New York. The position is part of the Audubon Connecticut and New York conservation team and will be based at the Theodore Roosevelt Audubon Center and Sanctuary in Oyster Bay, NY.

Essential Functions

As part of Audubon’s Coast Program, lead the salt marsh and coastal resilience initiative in New York. Work collaboratively with regional leadership to establish clear program objectives and goals that include bird conservation, volunteer engagement, public outreach, policy, and financial outcomes. Develop new strategies and programmatic elements to deepen the impact and raise the visibility of Audubon’s coastal resilience program, including identifying opportunities for geographic expansion.


Identify, plan, and implement new and ongoing salt marsh restoration projects, which will involve:


  • Work with Audubon CT and NY staff to identify potential restoration projects for Audubon to pursue; use re the results of a priority salt marsh assessment to inform decisions.
  • Develop requests for proposals (RFPs), bid packages, and contracts required to implement salt marsh restoration/enhancement project(s).
  • Oversee construction contracts and engineering firms completing permitting and design for salt marsh restoration or enhancement project(s).
  • Coordinate project teams to ensure regular communication, free exchange of ideas, and successful problem solving to implement projects.
  • Lead or work with partners and seasonal staff to complete pre-and post-response monitoring (e.g., bird, vegetation, elevation, and hydrology) of restoration sites.
  • Work with land trusts and other agencies to protect marsh migration corridors through land acquisitions or conservation easements.
  • Co-lead a working group that includes conservation partners and land managers (e.g., landowners, academics, and representatives from state and federal wildlife agencies, non-profit organizations, and Audubon chapters) to foster communication among practitioners, inform best management practices, improve understanding around permitting, and promote the implementation of and help secure funding for future projects.
  • Develop a close working relationship with coastal NGOs, state and federal agency partners, and community leaders/stakeholders.
  • Strive to develop partnerships that culminate in landscape-scale conservation supporting bird and other coastal wildlife populations and habitats.
  • Collaborate with supervisor and development team to identify, submit, and administer grants and engage donors and foundations to support the projects and overall program.
  • Work with the Director of Policy to advocate for the protection of coastal habitats, natural solutions to coastal flooding and erosion through policy solutions and federal funding (e.g., FEMA and NRCS funding).
  • Effectively communicate about coastal resilience issues (including sea level rise as a threat to priority bird species, the importance of salt marsh conservation, negative impacts of shoreline hardening, and natural solutions to shoreline stabilization) to elected and municipal officials, partners, and the public.
  • Work directly with the Communication Manager on communication campaigns. Contribute to press releases, articles, outreach materials, and content for social media.
  • Represent Audubon and create and deliver effective presentations at conferences, regional councils, and working groups meetings.
  • Provide expertise on restoration or enhancement of priority sites (salt marshes as well as other coastal habitat types, such as beaches and islands).
  • Comment on state and federal management plans relating to coastal resilience and sea level rise.
  • Supervise seasonal staff and assist with volunteer coordination.
  • Collaborate with Audubon’s regional (CT/NY) and national staff, as well as Audubon Chapter leaders to support policy, communications, and network priorities related to coastal resilience.
  • Participate fully and productively in staff meetings, planning efforts, and other shared staff duties.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s Degree in conservation, wildlife, or natural resources field or equivalent, plus five years of relevant work experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.
  • Familiarity with coastal resilience and adaptation issues and natural coastal processes required, knowledge of Saltmarsh Sparrow habitat needs and conservation issues a plus.
  • Project management experience including fiscal management, managing project deliverables, reporting on progress, and writing grant proposals. The ability to manage multiple projects and prioritize is essential.
  • Proven experience with the restoration of coastal habitats and managing habitat restoration or enhancement projects required; experience managing a salt marsh restoration or enhancement project highly preferred.
  • Familiarity with governmental permit processes for habitat or other related projects, preferably in the state of Connecticut and/or New York.
  • Experience developing proposals and reporting on federal grants.
  • Must be self-motivated, organized, and reliable, with the ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Strong communication skills including public speaking, public presentation, and writing skills and ability to synthesize and communicate technical and complex information to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Willingness to work occasional weekends and evenings as the job demands.
  • Willingness to travel to other locations within New York and Connecticut as well as occasionally to other states.

EEO Statement

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.

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COVID Policy

Beginning September 15, 2021: Audubon requires all staff either to provide proof of being fully vaccinated or, if they cannot provide such proof for any reason, to wear a mask while working indoors, including in all Audubon facilities and offsite, and while working outdoors in situations where they cannot maintain social distancing. In addition, at this time and until CDC recommendations change, all staff in counties the CDC identifies as having “substantial” and “high” COVID transmission ratesmust wear masks indoors (unless alone in a closed office) and outdoors in situations where they cannot maintain social distancing regardless of vaccination status. 


This policy covers national and state offices, centers, and sanctuaries, as well as Audubon employees working offsite. Should you be selected for this position, you will be asked to acknowledge you have read the above policy and provide your vaccination status.


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