Temporary Project Coordinator

Job Locations
Temporary, 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. 




Position Summary

Reporting to the Director of Quantitative Science, the Project Coordinator will be responsible for supporting Audubon’s science and Great Lakes teams with regional bird conservation initiatives and external partnerships.


The Project Coordinator will support Audubon scientists, resource managers, and their external partners working together to conserve birds and their habitats along the Gulf coast and the Great Lakes. The Project Coordinator will work closely with the Conservation Science Manager for Audubon Great Lakes as well as external partners at the Illinois Natural History Museum and the Biodiversity Research Institute. They will support a collaborative co-production process in which diverse stakeholders use Structured Decision Making to develop research efforts to inform coastal stewardship and management decisions. They will gain experience in facilitation and collaborative decision-making while working with a broad and diverse team.


Please see details below for applications:


  1. In order to be considered for this opportunity, please include a cover letter with your application. 
  2. This is a full-time, grant-funded position funded for 1 year from start date.  **Benefits eligible.  
  3. This position may be based remotely within continental U.S.  

Essential Functions

  • Conduct a literature review on coastal bird stewardship.
  • Conduct analyses of survey data to support the coastal stewardship Structured Decision Making process.
  • Assist Audubon Great Lakes with developing and conducting a conservation opportunity assessment.
  • Contribute substantially to writing Research and Development Plans, Application Plans, and progress and final reports.
  • Support grant administration through tasks including, but not limited to: scheduling conference calls, webinars, and in-person meetings; arranging meeting space; contacting stakeholders; conference calls for the full team (investigators, postdocs, PhD student, and collaborators); and assist with budgetary management and paperwork.
  • Support data entry, storage, and organization.
  • Support timely and accurate completion of project deliverables.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, environmental studies, ecology, biology, ornithology, spatial ecology, conservation, environmental and/or climate justice, or a related field, Masters a plus, and a minimum of 1 year applied science experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered.
  • Technical skills, to include some experience with some or all of the following:
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, especially Word and Excel.
    • Familiarity with call management in Zoom.
    • Familiarity with data management and statistical analysis in R.
    • Experience with spatial data management in ArcGIS.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills, with a strong ability to interact with diverse audiences including scientists, resource managers, land owners, and other stakeholders.
  • Self-motivated, excited to learn, and willing to take on problems autonomously.
  • Excellent time and project management skills, including the ability to juggle multiple tasks and prioritize to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, to include scientific writing experience to support writing reports. Comfort interpreting information to both technical and non-technical audiences also important.
  • Ability to read and synthesize the scientific literature.
  • Experience with or certification in Structured Decision Making a plus.
  • Demonstrated personal and professional commitment to and experience in advancing equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging.
  • Broad understanding of, and passion for, bird conservation issues in Eastern North America preferred.

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.

Accessibility Statement

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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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