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.
The Policy Director, Western Water will lead and define policy efforts and government affairs functions to advance Audubon’s mission and bird conservation objectives within our Western Water Initiative as part of Audubon’s national strategy for Water Conservation. Reporting to the Senior Director of Western Water, they will serve as a part of the Western Water team and work in collaboration with other national, regional, and state policy and program staff and external partners.
The Policy Director will be a leader implementing the Western Water Initiative’s vision for transformative water policy solutions. The Policy Director will mobilize an effective conservation network of hundreds of thousands of Audubon members and other supporters; and build and maintain working relationships with a broad range of stakeholders, including the coalition of NGOs focused on the Colorado River basin, federal legislative offices and officials, and federal and/or state agencies. Audubon is committed to turning pragmatic policy ideas and science-based solutions into real protections for birds and the places they and we all need to thrive.
Audubon envisions a livable and equitable future in the West, particularly in the face of climate change. We strive for rivers, wetlands, and lakes to be resilient, sustain habitat, and support water reliability for birds and people. Birds tell us there are essential freshwater-dependent habitats throughout the West—these include the rivers of the Colorado River Basin; Great Salt Lake, Salton Sea, and dozens of other saline lakes; the Rio Grande; as well as tributaries, wetlands, and groundwater connections to essential waterways.
Audubon’s Western Water team, with dedicated staff in 5 western states and Washington D.C., is working to align habitat protection and restoration in the places birds need, with improved water supply reliability for communities and solutions that help to address historic injustices in water allocations. With mega-drought conditions persisting into a third decade and climate change increasingly impacting water supplies and habitats in the West, there is an urgent need for durable water solutions that are both inclusive and equitable.
The ideal candidate is a skilled, strategic thinker who works well in coalitions, with in-depth experience and knowledge of water issues in the West, wildlife conservation, environmental and/or climate policy.
About this position:
**There is a strong preference is for this position to be based in Washington, D.C.
**In order to be considered for this opportunity, please provide a cover letter.
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