Senior Coordinator, Tufted Puffins

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


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Position Summary

Audubon’s Seabird Institute (ASI) seeks a Senior Conservation Coordinator, to promote conservation of the Tufted Puffin along the coasts of Oregon, Washington, California and beyond. The Senior Coordinator will work closely with external and internal partners to facilitate impactful research, support on-the-ground management actions, execute communication and engagement campaigns, among other activities in support of Tufted Puffin population restoration. The successful candidate will report to ASI’s Director of Conservation Science and work remotely from a location in the Pacific Northwest.



$45,000-$52,000 / year

Essential Functions

  • Facilitate and/or support recurring stakeholder meetings (e.g., the Pacific Seabird Group’s Tufted Puffin Technical Committee and/or other convened groups) to identify short and long-term conservation, research, monitoring, and education/outreach priorities.
    • Assist stakeholder community to identify roles and responsibilities for each priority and associated timeline, identify funding need, and follow through on planned actions.
    • Serve as Audubon liaison to key partners and stakeholders (e.g., Friends of Haystack Rock).
  • Foster communication among Tufted Puffin researchers, managers, advocates, and other interested stakeholders.
    • Maintain communication channels as appropriate, possibly including a listserv, information/document archive, website or other means.
    • Catalog current research and conservation initiatives across the range; identify areas of overlap, potential synergies, and needs for standardization; help avoid duplication of effort.
  • Support the Tufted Puffin research community’s development of a range-wide Tufted Puffin monitoring strategy as appropriate.
    • Facilitate and coordinate communication and implementation among survey groups (e.g., federal refuges, state agencies, and non-profit partners); ensure monitoring and survey protocols are consistent among survey groups.
  • Promote development of local, state, and regional management plans as appropriate. Identify and fill capacity gaps and participate in a role compatible with federal and state agency needs.
  • Develop and execute a communication and engagement strategy promoting Tufted Puffin conservation to a variety of audiences, particularly potential conservation allies.
    • Identify and deliver messaging to new and impactful audiences (e.g., journalists, policy makers, other birding and special interest organizations, public).
    • Employ social media, a website, press releases, blog, engagement events, or other means to inform interested groups/individuals about research studies, data sources, publications, etc. and associated information sources.
  • Promote and potentially facilitate the development of policies to help move puffin conservation forward (e.g., state-level listing processes). Support advocacy efforts related to policy initiatives and conservation efforts.
  • Identify potential funding opportunities; support Audubon and/or collective fundraising efforts by grant writing, personal engagement, and other means.
  • Other job-related duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in biology, wildlife ecology, natural resources, environmental education or related field and at least 3 years relevant experience required. An equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered.
  • Experience working with agency researchers and managers, along with other conservation-focused stakeholders.
  • Excellent 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.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to facilitate and work as part of a team.
  • Strong project management skills, including but not limited to, problem-solving, time management, contract and grant management, creating and maintaining collaborations with other organizations, developing public awareness activities, preparing reports, etc.
  • Ability to manage complex projects with a variety of partners and meet deadlines is essential.
  • Self-starter with a strong collaborative work ethic and ability to work independently.
  • Demonstrated commitment to conservation and passion for the mission and programs of the National Audubon Society, including our principles of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging.
  • Proficiency in MS office products, including Outlook, Word, and Excel. Working knowledge of other business software platforms such as Acrobat, Box, Concur, Salesforce, Slack, or similar.
  • Proficiency with scheduling and managing Zoom meetings.
  • Experience with producing and delivering communications products such as websites, press releases, blogs; proven ability to build a social media audience and deliver widely viewed content.
  • Must be willing and able to travel for key meetings with staff, partners, and other important stakeholders.
  • Valid driver’s license and access to personal transportation required.

This position is a union eligible position and is represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA).

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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