Forest Program Associate

Job Locations
Regular, Full-Time
Job Category
Program/Project Management


The National Audubon Society is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. We work throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon’s state, regional, national, and international programs, nature centers, and chapters have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. As a sentinel species, we recognize that the fate of birds is inextricably tied to the fate of us all.


Audubon has more than 700 staff working across the United States and seven countries in 17 state and regional offices, 41 nature centers, and 23 wildlife sanctuaries. Together as one Audubon, we aspire to alter the course of climate change and habitat loss, leading to healthier bird populations and reversing current trends in biodiversity loss.


Audubon is committed to a culture of workplace excellence, where our talented and diverse staff are deeply engaged, with a strong sense of belonging. The birds Audubon pledges to protect differ in color, size, behavior, geographical preference, and countless other ways. By honoring and celebrating the equally remarkable diversity of the human species, Audubon will bring new creativity, effectiveness, and leadership to our work throughout the hemisphere.

Position Summary

The Forest Program Associate will help implement forest conservation efforts as part of the Healthy Forests Initiative – a critical component to Audubon’s Working Lands conservation strategy. Specifically, this position will help deliver outcomes associated with grants from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, US Forest Service, and Natural Resources Conservation Service, as well as other related programmatic work. The Forest Program Associate will support the development of habitat management plans and conduct outreach and education programs that target forest owners and managers, both public and private, to promote sustainable forest management techniques that create and improve habitat required by priority forest bird species (Prairie Warbler, Golden-winged warbler, American Woodcock, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, and Wood Thrush). They will also assist with training foresters on bird-friendly management practices, conduct field assessments, develop habitat management recommendations for forest owners and land trusts, and work with foresters and other land managers to implement forest management. A key contributor to forest work within the Atlantic Flyway, the Forest Program Associate will work closely with forest program staff in CT, NY, and other Audubon state and regional programs. Additionally, this position will collaborate with partners, organizations, and agencies that share Audubon’s forest conservation objectives.



Specifics for the role:


**This is a grant funded position currently funded for three years.  There is an opportunity for renewal pending additional funding.


**This position will work remotely (e.g. home office) with the ability to travel to project sites in  northeastern New York and throughout Connecticut.  

Essential Functions

  • Conduct field site visits to assess forest habitat and review existing or develop new habitat management plans and/or stand-level silvicultural prescriptions to provide management options to improve bird habitat.
  • Oversee implementation of on-the-ground forest conservation projects, including the management of contracts, the direction of contractors, staff, and volunteers, coordination and communication with key agencies and partners, and reporting.
  • Assist in administering a training program for foresters to increase their understanding of integrating silviculture and forest management for birds.
  • Develop and deliver   outreach programs and workshops for landowners and land managers, in collaboration with partners, to promote sustainable forest management that also helps create habitat required by priority bird species.
  • Serve as an expert on forest management and forest bird habitat requirements in order to advise other Audubon staff members as well as partner organizations and agencies.
  • Collaborate with other Audubon staff in Connecticut, New York and surrounding states on Healthy Forests Initiative
  • Work with multiple partners, including land trusts, state and federal government agencies, and other conservation groups to achieve conservation results shared with Audubon’s forest program.
  • Develop and manage grant and project budgets, quarterly billings, and financial reports in close coordination with finance and administrative staff.
  • Give public presentations and bird walks as related to the forest
  • Assist with other project-related activities by Audubon CT and NY partners.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in forestry, wildlife management, conservation biology, natural resources or a closely related field, Master’s degree preferred, and 3-5 years’ relevant professional experience required. An equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered.  
  • Demonstrated understanding of forestry and forest management techniques employed in eastern forests, especially as they are applied to meet multiple landowner objectives, including habitat improvements for a full suite of forest birds. Strong knowledge of GIS and its application in the conservation.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of forest birds of New York and their habitat requirements; comfortable
  • identifying forest birds by both sight and sound or willingness to learn.
  • Excellent interpersonal, with the ability to coordinate with diverse audiences, including landowners and forestry.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking, public presentation, and the ability to synthesize and communicate technical and complex information to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Must be results-oriented; success will be evaluated by number of forest owners and managers reached, number of foresters trained, and, ultimately, by acres of habitat properly
  • Ability to work independently and part of a larger team in a dynamic fast-paced environment. A positive attitude and sense of humor is
  • Willingness and ability to work outdoors, including in inclement weather and traversing across uneven and steep terrains with or without accommodation.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license. Position requires regular travel (often using rental vehicles and with occasional use personal vehicle).
  • Willingness to work occasional weekends and evenings as the job demands.
  • Passion for and commitment to the mission of the National Audubon.

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

All staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than January 31, 2022, unless they are approved by Human Resources for a qualified exemption. Those unvaccinated after January 31st will be required to follow a weekly testing protocol.


All unvaccinated staff are required to wear masks or other approved facial coverings while working indoors at all times or outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained. Further, effective December 13th, any unvaccinated staff person entering an Audubon building must submit a negative Covid-19 test that has been taken within 72 hours. 


This policy is effective through February 27th and may be changed due to changes in the law and/or changes to Audubon policies such as the Return to Work/Hybrid Work policy.


All new hires must be fully vaccinated prior to their start of employment unless they are pre-qualified by HR for exemption.


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