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’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary comprises 13,000 acres of bald cypress swamp, freshwater marshes and pine flatwoods in Southwest Florida. While more than 100,000 visitors walk the site’s 2.25-mile boardwalk each year, much of the acreage is closed to the public and managed for conservation purposes.
The Director of Conservation will be responsible for leading land management and driving restoration activities at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, including influencing restoration in the larger watershed to benefit the Sanctuary and regional natural resources and wildlife. The Sanctuary is a hub for wetland science, conservation and resource management for Audubon Florida and a critical area of conservation focus. The Director of Conservation will be responsible for a variety of collaborative activities that work to protect and restore freshwater wetlands for birds and other wildlife.
Reporting to the Corkscrew‘s Senior Sanctuary Director, the Director of Conservation must be an effective project leader aligned with the conservation objectives of the Sanctuary, Audubon Florida, and the National Audubon Society.
• Bachelor’s degree in Conservation Biology or closely related field, Master’s degree preferred. An equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered.
• 10 years of experience in natural resources management, biology, or related environmental or conservation work required and at least 2 years managing staff. An equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered.
• Skillful in the application of ArcGIS.
• Experience in conservation planning and/or policy and applying best available science to achieve conservation outcomes.
• Must be experienced with the principles and application of habitat management and wetland restoration techniques and watershed functions and how those concepts directly and indirectly affect local and regional birds and other wildlife.
• Experience bossing or crewing prescribed fires, eradicating invasive vegetation, operating equipment including ATVs, swamp buggies and/or airboats, or supervising others in the same.
• Experience with permitting and environmental compliance, especially regarding partner agreements preferred.
• Appreciation for and experience with the use of volunteers in land management and community science (formerly citizen science).
• Familiarity with Florida conservation and policy issues preferred. Demonstrated understanding of and passion for conservation issues in Florida is a must.
• A commitment to collaboration and leading by example. Must possess strong interpersonal skills, successful staff management experience, and a positive attitude.
• Experience managing budgets and grants, as well experience or interest in fundraising activities.
• Demonstrated leadership skills, including the ability to collaborate with partners, and manage teams and projects ethically and in a timely manner.
• Experience working with multigenerational audiences and diverse cultural communities and a commitment to increasing equity, diversity and inclusion as a core component of our work.
• A demonstrated commitment to strong health and safety practices in the workplace.
• Must be self-motivated and willing to work in a flexible, non-structured environment.
• Strong oral and written communications skills, including public speaking and presentations, and the ability to synthesize and communicate technical and complex information to both technical and non-technical audiences.
• Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office, as well as ArcGIS.
• Ability and willingness to travel locally and/or across the state (as needed) and be comfortable with working evenings and weekends, as job demands.
• Ability to work outdoors, in all weather conditions and on varying terrain, with or without accommodation; must be able to carry field equipment at times, with or without accommodation.
• Must have a valid Driver’s License.
• Demonstrated interest in conservation and the mission of the National Audubon Society is a must.
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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