Senior Program Coordinator, Gillmor Sanctuary

Job Locations
US-UT-Salt Lake city
Regular, Full-Time
Job Category
Program/Project Management
Salt Lake city


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

Audubon Rockies, a regional office of the National Audubon Society, is seeking a Senior Coordinator for the Gillmor Sanctuary located on the shores of the Great Salt Lake. The Senior Coordinator will focus on the tasks and responsibilities associated with Sanctuary operations to include maintenance and management of a complicated wetland and upland ecosystem. They will serve as an ambassador for Gillmor Sanctuary helping raise awareness with government and elected officials and staff, adjacent land developers, key decision makers, and the general public through workshops, presentations, fieldtrips and articles. The Senior Coordinator will help drive science-based conservation and management not only for the Gillmor Sanctuary and, potentially, for other saline ecosystems.



  •  $45,000 to $50,000/year 

Essential Functions

  • In coordination with the Sanctuary Manager, and working closely with local, state and regional partners, develop and maintain an adaptive management strategy that focuses on migratory and breeding shorebird habitat at the sanctuary.
  • Develop and implement water management strategies that enhance shorebird habitat.
  • Ensure proper management of natural systems at Gillmor Sanctuary by managing day-to-day needs, monitoring land use and its impacts, monitoring natural areas and observing ecological needs. Identify and implement resource management actions.
  • Help develop and maintain key relationships with partner organizations, other landowners/ leases/ easements, water master and other stakeholders.
  • In collaboration with state, regional, and national staff, support the cultivation and maintenance of current donor relationships. Help identify and secure new private and public funding sources to that support the conservation strategy and vision for Gillmor. This will include writing public and private grants, participating and, in some cases, leading donor events, and conducting donor visits.
  • Partner with local Audubon chapters, US Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS), Mitigation Commission to strengthen stewardship of the sanctuary through organized volunteer work days.
  • Serve as a public representative of Audubon and the Gillmor Sanctuary team which; may include presentations, public speaking, meeting participation and/or other interactions with agencies, NGOs, Audubon chapters, and landowners to both gather and disseminate information.
  • Help organize and lead fieldtrips for agencies, chapters, public and key decision makers.
  • Develop an understanding of the Sanctuary’s current and historical transactions including leases, easements, agreements, USACE 404 and other permits, property boundaries, property ownership, greenbelt, tax exempt, and legal and other restrictions etc. ensuring proper land management and compliance with neighboring landowners. Help create management document that includes a narrative that captures unwritten aspects and assessment of potential present and future risks to Audubon.
  • Gain deep on-ground familiarity with all aspects of the ecosystem including plants, animals and macroinvertebrates
  • Assist in adaptive water management practices to promote productive habitat with a focus on shorebirds while controlling the spread of invasive vegetation and preventing avian disease.
  • Keep water courses free from algae, tumbleweeds and other debris.
  • Assist with monitoring including bird surveys, vegetation mapping, and charting water levels and work with NAS science enhance database of bird surveys.
  • Carryout or oversee maintenance of property improvements including signage, fences, locks, and other infrastructure needs such as water control structures and berms, etc.
  • Maintain ATV, mower, herbicides, shed, tools and truck.
  • Monitor for trespass and vandalism and maintain non-access areas with signage staking and flagging
  • Work with Gillmor staff to understand and manage for invasive/noxious weeds.

Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience

  • BS in wildlife, fisheries or natural resources-related fields. An equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered.
  • 3 - 5 years of work experience, preferably in a conservation non-governmental organization and/or government natural resource management agency, required.
  • Willingness to work in a remote location.
  • Ability to perform strenuous activities in sometimes harsh conditions including hot and cold temperatures, uneven terrain, and insects with or without accommodation.
  • Proven leadership, ability to think strategically and work both cooperatively and independently
  • Applied experience with science-based conservation initiatives and/or on-the-ground management, maintenance, and restoration efforts strongly preferred.
  • Track record of success in initiating and maintaining creative partnerships with a diverse suite of groups, including local officials, businesses, NGOs, government agencies, private landowners, academic institutions and other non-profit partners.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking and presentations, and the ability to synthesize and communicate technical and complex information to both technical and non-technical audiences. Experience with scientific and policy commentary a plus.
  • Experience with grant writing and fundraising a plus.
  • Strong time and project management skills, including the ability to juggle multiple tasks and prioritize to meet deadlines.  Strong organizational skills and careful attention to details a must.
  • Ability to build consensus among a wide range of individuals (e.g. conservation partners, private landowners and ranchers, volunteers, and local community members).
  • Good political sense, collaborative approach, and ability to reconcile different viewpoints to achieve conservation outcomes.
  • Ability to participate in virtual and in-person meetings.
  • A passion for birds and natural resource conservation.
  • Knowledge and experience with bird and plant identification strongly preferred.
  • Proficiency with Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and other key Microsoft Office and web-based products.
  • Must have or be willing to obtain herbicide applicator certification.
  • Willingness and ability to conduct in-state travel and work early mornings/evenings and weekends as job responsibilities require.
  • Ability to traverse long distances on uneven terrain and lift up to 50 lbs without accommodation
  • Valid driver’s license required. 

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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