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.
Reporting to Audubon Mid-Atlantic’s (AMA) Director of Conservation for Maryland, the Coastal Program Manager is a new position in Audubon Mid-Atlantic’s growing coastal conservation team and plays a core role in implementing Audubon’s coastal conservation goals across Maryland’s eastern shore. The Coastal Program Manager’s main responsibility will be to manage coastal resilience projects, including on-the-ground-restoration as well as conservation planning processes and science-based monitoring, which protect, restore and enhance salt marsh habitat and beach and island habitats for priority bird species.
They will work closely and build partnerships with internal conservation staff and with external partners including federal, state, local and private landowners, land managers, scientists and others. The Coastal Program Manager will provide expertise in the ecology of salt marshes and their birds, and experience in coastal project management.
Candidates should include a cover letter when applying to this position.
• Manage restoration projects, including coordinating partners, to restore or enhance salt marsh habitat for priority bird species.
• Co-lead, with Director of Bird Conservation, the development of a restoration and resiliency plan for Maryland’s salt marshes, which targets high marsh habitat for Saltmarsh Sparrow.
• Build and maintain partnerships between Audubon and Federal, State, and Local government agencies, environmental organizations and other entities.
• Support spatial analyses, using GIS, as part of conservation planning processes.
• Oversee environmental monitoring to assess bird populations and salt marsh habitat condition, and to document effectiveness of salt marsh restoration projects.
• Recruit, train, and supervise full-time and seasonal biologists and monitoring technicians.
• Assist with fundraising and development activities including identifying funding sources and securing and administering grants to support the program.
• Prepare and deliver written comments and testimony as needed; create and deliver effective presentations; interpret scientific research for non-technical audiences; and, help develop press releases, articles, outreach materials, and content for social media.
• Represent Audubon and give presentations at conferences, regional councils, and working groups meetings.
• Work regularly and closely with other Audubon staff in Maryland and Pennsylvania, especially policy and conservation staff, as well as Audubon Chapter leaders and National Audubon Society staff to support policy, communications, and network priorities related to coastal resilience.
• Partner with Audubon staff to incorporate equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging into our coastal work. Participate fully and productively in staff meetings, planning efforts, and other shared staff duties.
Other job-related duties as assigned.
• Bachelor’s Degree in conservation, wildlife, or natural resources field and 5 years of relevant work experience. Master’s Degree in a or equivalent and 2 years of relevant work experience preferred. Equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered.
• Familiarity with coastal resilience and adaptation issues and natural coastal processes.
• Experience overseeing complex or multiple projects, including habitat restoration/enhancement projects, through to success, including meeting financial goals and project deadlines, managing third-party contracts, conducting required reporting, and tracking, and coordinating the work of key staff and partners.
• Experience developing proposals for foundations, individual donors, and federal sources and tracking progress on those to effectively report out. Experience managing federal grants is strongly desired.
• Experience working on field research or monitoring projects; ability to identify coastal birds. Experience surveying marsh birds and vegetation highly preferred.
• Familiarity with Saltmarsh Sparrow habitat needs and conservation issues.
• Experience securing regulatory permits for wetland projects.
• Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills that can be adapted to reach a wide range of individuals and used to build consensus. Ability to synthesize and communicate technical and complex information to both technical and non-technical audiences.
• Proficiency in ArcGIS, comfort using a GPS unit and a mapping system through ArcGIS Collector on an iPad preferred. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) required.
• Experience with motorboat operation and maintenance.
• Experience working with or familiarity with Mid-Atlantic coastal habitats and conservation stakeholders.
• A willingness to travel in-state, occasionally out-of-state, and be comfortable with working occasional evenings and weekends.
• Ability to traverse far distances on uneven terrain while carrying a heavy daypack and equipment with or without accommodation.
• Must possess a valid driver’s license.
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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