Program Specialist, Western Rivers

Job Post Information* : Posted Date 3 weeks ago(2/6/2024 4:45 PM)
Job Locations
Regular, Full-Time
Job Category
Program/Project Management


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 towards a future where birds thrive because Audubon is a powerful, diverse, and ever-growing force for conservation. Audubon has more than 700 staff working across the hemisphere and more than 1.5 million active supporters.

North America has lost three billion birds since 1970, and more than 500 bird species are at risk of extinction across Latin America and the Caribbean. Birds act as early warning systems about the health of our environment, and they tell us that birds – and our planet – are in crisis. Together as one Audubon, we are working to alter the course of climate change and habitat loss, leading to healthier bird populations and reversing current trends in biodiversity loss. We do this by implementing on-the-ground conservation, partnering with local communities, influencing public and corporate policy, and building community.

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 brings new creativity, effectiveness, and leadership to our work throughout the hemisphere.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Senior Manager of the Western Rivers Program at Audubon Rockies, the Program Specialist is responsible for overseeing the Western Water on-the-ground project management, implementation, grant coordination and proposals, internal and external communications, and coalition collaboration with a principal focus on water and freshwater habitat issues in Colorado. The Program Specialist will need to demonstrate strong project management skills, and an understanding of river restoration, hydrology, watershed science, working agriculture, and partnership-building. As part of the team, they will work with a broad array of internal and external partners to improve coordination and collaboration, to contribute to Audubon’s efforts to use science, projects, and communications to improve the reliability of water supplies for birds, freshwater habitats, and people across the Audubon Rockies territory, as well as produce timely work products throughout the year.


Additionally, the Program Specialist will work in partnership with water stakeholders and like-minded organizations in pursuit of Audubon’s project objectives, including assisting in advocacy on behalf of Audubon to local, state, and federal government officials, agency staff, and decision-makers.



$55,000-$65,000 / year

Essential Functions

  • Manage project development, implementation, and funding. Lead activities to advance collaborative science in relationship to on-the-ground projects in the Rockies Western Rivers Initiative program.
  • Support and manage select Audubon partnerships and freshwater habitat restoration efforts to promote the protection and restoration of Colorado River basin freshwater habitats for birds and communities.
  • Develop grant proposals to local, state, and federal agencies, as well as foundations. Manage grant application and reporting requirements.
  • Lead the development of communications, including web and social, that inform and engage members on local, state, and national conservation issues and projects to secure support for freshwater habitats.
  • Build productive relationships with stakeholders, including private landowners, tribal, BIPOC communities, staff from local, state, and federal agencies, and NGOs to conserve birds and freshwater habitats.
  • Work closely and effectively with consultants that Audubon retains for science, legal, and project work; act as a project manager and report updates to Senior Program Manager following meetings.
  • Attend Audubon chapter, council functions and facilitate chapter volunteer, outreach, and coalition building efforts that support conservation project partnerships with chapters.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in natural resources management, watershed restoration, biology, environmental policy, or related field preferred. An equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered.
  • Five plus years professional experience in environmental work and/or freshwater habitat restoration work.
  • Some experience with contractor and/or volunteer coordination and management, including recruiting and training preferred.
  • Professional experience working with resource managers, landowners, and other partners in a collaborative setting.
  • Demonstrated project management skills, including ability to manage multiple dynamic projects simultaneously and prioritize key areas of focus and time.
  • Strong communication skills, writing, editing, and presentation skills required.
  • Knowledge of western water or Colorado River issues required.
  • Positive communication and interpersonal skills a must; ability to work with multiple stakeholder groups across a decentralized organization also necessary.
  • Experience working within diverse coalitions.
  • A positive self-starter, with strong organizational and time/project management skills.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team-based environment.
  • Knowledge of Intermountain West birds and ecosystems preferred.
  • Experience working with BIPOC communities a plus.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Google, and Box applications, as well as web-based and social media tools.
  • A positive and flexible approach to work, ability to work remotely, and ability to travel and work weekends and nights as required.
  • Demonstrated interest in bird conservation and the mission of the National Audubon Society.

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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