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The Chief Scientist is a senior leader who serves a crucial role in shaping Audubon’s science agenda to inform and drive the organization’s conservation priorities across the hemisphere. In this role, the Chief Scientist will need to be a person of deep experience and stature in the science field, and also be a person eager to work in an innovative and collaborative workplace.
The Chief Scientist is the strategic leader and provides day-to-day direction to the Science Division staff. There are currently three teams with approximately 30 staff with a $6M annual budget. Teams range from (1) Community Science, which manages the Audubon Christmas Bird Count and similar programs, (2) Conservation Science which provides spatial and quantitative support for Audubon’s five Conservation Strategies and track progress against our conservation goals, and (3) Migratory Bird Initiative.
Generating and interpreting science in support of actionable conservation and policy is at the heart of the position. Recruiting and managing staff with skills ranging from spatial and quantitative ecology to GIS and coastal biology is essential. Because of the breadth of disciplines involved in the overall program, the Chief Scientist must possess both vision and an ability to analyze and synthesize complex information that supports the organization’s conservation goals. He/she must cultivate strong and cooperative working partnerships with government agencies, corporations, foundations, and other conservation partners, and have the presence and stature to engage the highest levels of leadership in these organizations. He/she must have the ability to translate basic emerging science into Audubon’s practical and applied field approaches.
The Chief Scientist also advances the organization by directly supporting Audubon’s strategic conservation goals and objectives. This position reports to the Chief Conservation Officer (CCO) and works closely with the CCO and other senior leadership team members, and must be comfortable presenting to and working with a diverse variety of audiences , from NGOs, to government agencies to business leaders. In addition, the Chief Scientist works closely with the network of bird conservation staff and scientists in Audubon’s field offices to align and support our priorities on the ground. The Chief Scientist, in collaboration with Audubon’s development staff, will be responsible for raising and managing adequate annual financial support for current and expanding programs.
Audubon’s science program is also an essential resource and partner to our Conservation Strategies, International programs, state field offices and other ornithological institutions. Since Audubon is the BirdLife International partner in the US, the Chief Scientist will collaborate closely with the science staff of the BirdLife Secretariat and other BirdLife partners.
The Conservation Intern will gain valuable hands-on experience and professional skills in natural resource management and conservation ecology. Working at the 13,000-acre Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in southwestern Florida, the intern will assist with the implementation of an ecologically-sound land management program and assist with hydrology and wildlife monitoring projects. Each month, the work breakdown for interns will be roughly 60% resource management work and 40% research.
This paid full-time six-month internship will run from January 2020 through June 2020 and will not exceed 40 hours per week, with occasional weekend work, as needed.
On-site housing is required due to the relatively remote location of the Sanctuary and early field hours. Housing is a furnished one-level dormitory-style building with four bedrooms, two bathrooms, two joined kitchens, a living room, and a screened porch. Wireless internet, water, electricity, and local phone service are provided. Rooms may be shared (gender inclusive) with other interns and the dormitory may be shared by interns, visiting researchers, AmeriCorps team members, or other special guests.
National Audubon Society is dedicated to building a culturally diverse organization and strongly encourages applications from people of color and women.
Audubon New Mexico’s GreenStart internship program invites students and recent graduates to help shape a healthy environment and vibrant future for birds – and all of us who share the planet with them. GreenStart interns will learn from experts in the field of conservation education, wildlife biology, facilities management and political advocacy while gaining exposure to a variety of different conservation programs and strategies including:
• Development and delivery of environmental education programs
• Habitat restoration
• Field data collection
• Digital engagement
• Facilities Management
• Organizing and engaging community in conservation efforts
This internship program is designed to provide practical experience in a variety of different areas of expertise in the conservation field. Throughout the course of the internship the interns will learn from and mentor with professionals in the fields of wildlife biology, conservation education, nature center management, hydrology, and environmental policy to develop knowledge, skills, and abilities that will equip them to pursue a variety of conservation career paths. Audubon New Mexico’s GreenStart internship is a challenging and highly rewarding experience for someone considering and/or pursuing a career in conservation. This positions is specific to the Audubon’s conservation goals and nature-based community education programming and is aligned to New Mexico’s Next Generation Science Standards.
Founded in 1983, the Randall Davey Audubon Center and Sanctuary (RDAC) is a non-profit education center and wildlife sanctuary and the New Mexico State Office of the National Audubon Society. Located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, RDAC encompasses 135 acres of striking landscapes and wildlife. Bounded by thousands of acres of National Forest and Santa Fe River Watershed land, the Center and Sanctuary provides a peaceful sanctuary for plants, animals and our visitors. Ranging from common to rare, approximately 130 species of birds can be found in or over the various ecosystems of this sanctuary.
The purpose of the GreenStart Intern will be to assist in the daily operations of the Randall Davey Audubon Center and the conservation activities of Audubon New Mexico; including the delivery of school and community education programs, habitat restoration projects, bird surveys and monitoring, projects to improve the facilities at RDAC, hydrological data management, grassroots organizing, and a variety of others.
The position is seasonal, scheduled for approximately 32 hours per week. The educator will be supervised directly by the Director of Community Education at the Randall Davey Audubon Center.
Projected start date is February 18, 2020 and projected end date is May 8, 2020. Weekday, some evening, and some weekend work may be required.
Audubon New Mexico is dedicated to building a culturally diverse organization and strongly encourages applications from people of color and women.
Audubon’s chapter members, online advocates, and community activists are the key to our ability to influence decision makers on the biggest conservation challenges of today. Audubon’s Conservation Organizer will be tasked with strengthening and broadening our political power in this region, recruiting new advocates, and identifying members who can effectively participate in more active policy advocacy campaigns on Everglades Restoration and Climate Change. These positions will report to the Director of Everglades Policy and coordinate with the Director of Legislative Affairs. The Conservation Organizer is highly energetic, adaptable, relationship-oriented, and a results-driven team player who effectively engages volunteers, partners and nontraditional allies to achieve Climate Change Solutions and Everglades policy outcomes. They will be responsible for a number of activities, to include volunteer trainings, lobbying days, field trips, sign-on letters, opinion media, gathering signatures, regular statewide travel, and more.
We are looking for this person to be located in or around Southwest/Naples Florida.
The Audubon Florida Coastal Islands Sanctuaries Field Technician will be responsible for assisting with management of the colonial wading bird colonies along the central Gulf Coast of Florida and interacting with the boating and recreating public to prevent disturbance to nesting birds. This is a full-time, seasonal position that will begin approximately March 25, 2019 and last until the end of the nesting season (normally September 30th). The person in this position performs a spectrum of independent, bird nesting island conservation tasks with responsibilities that include:
•Posting sanctuary signs around bird island nesting sites and maintaining said posting;
•Patrol of nesting islands for evidence of disturbance or predation;
•Data entry as directed by supervisor;
•Protect sites from disturbance through stewardship activities, to include: training and coordinating with Audubon Colony Watch volunteers, educating the boating public about the nesting species and encouraging compliance with posted areas;
•Assist with restoration projects of the coastal sanctuary islands including non-native vegetation removal, native plantings and monitoring progress of offshore erosion control breakwater construction;
•Coordinate and assist with cleanups of the rookery islands to remove discarded fishing gear and other entangling debris;
•Interacting with boaters to avoid trespass on or closely approaching nesting islands;
•Additional Duties as assigned.
Within Audubon Nebraska, there are two centers. The first is the Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center (SCP) which focuses on grassland bird conservation by restoring and maintaining the tallgrass prairie ecosystem. The second is the Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary (Rowe) which focuses on conservation of the Platte River ecosystem and the birds that rely on it. Sustainable conservation is dependent on an environmentally literate and engaged community at each Center, so the Audubon Nebraska education team is expanding local education and engagement opportunities in the communities surrounding each Center with emphasis on the cities of Lincoln, Denton, Crete, Kearney, and Gibbon.
Education programming spans from elementary to adult age groups and strives to engage new and underserved audiences. Audubon Nebraska seeks to hire a Conservation Education Young Leader that will work primarily at SCP but will also spend time working at Rowe. This is a full time opportunity that will span 1 year. The Conservation Education Young Leader will assist in education and outreach programming as well as volunteer coordination and community science projects. This individual will also be responsible for building community connections and partnerships to increase the use of native plants through Audubon’s Native Plant PRO program that includes community proclamations, community resolutions and ordinances that favor native plant use.
By the end of the twelve months, the Conservation Education Young Leader will have introduced many new people to prairie and riverine ecosystems, local trails, and education centers; and provided steps they can take to improve habitat. This individual will also receive training in ecosystem restoration techniques such as invasive species removal, prescribed burns, and grazing. Hands on experience is a cornerstone of this opportunity and this individual will also spend one week at an Audubon Center in another state to expand their experiences and network.
Audubon Nebraska is dedicated to building a culturally diverse organization and strongly encourages applications from people of color and women.
Within Audubon Nebraska, Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center (SCP) focuses on grassland bird conservation by restoring and maintaining the tallgrass prairie ecosystem, and the Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary (Rowe) focuses on conservation of the Platte River ecosystem and the birds that rely on it. Habitat restoration and maintenance is a critical need for a thriving bird community in both large landscapes and in small yards. In Nebraska, public and conservation lands are limited in number, so habitat managers at both Centers are actively experimenting with different management techniques and monitoring the results. These results are shared among conservation partners and with local landowners to influence habitat management beyond each Center.
Audubon Nebraska seeks to hire a one year position that will work primarily at Rowe Sanctuary, but will spend time working at Spring Creek Prairie. By the end of the year, the Conservation Young Leader will have gained experience in ecosystem restoration techniques (invasive species removal, prescribed burns, grazing), monitored habitats and species, established contacts with multiple conservation partner organizations, and conducted several outreach activities. This individual will also be responsible for building community connections and partnerships to increase the use of native plants through Audubon’s Native Plant PRO program that includes community proclamations, community resolutions and ordinances that favor native plant use. This Conservation Young Leader will also spend one week at an Audubon center in another state to enhance their experience and network.
Audubon Nebraska is dedicated to building a culturally diverse organization and strongly encourages applications from people of color and women.
Reporting to the Colorado River Program Director at the National Audubon Society, the Program Manager is responsible for assisting the Colorado River Program with policy and management efforts as well as stakeholder relations with a principal focus on water and habitat issues at the United States-Mexico border. As part of the team, s/he 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, economics, law, fundraising and communications to improve the reliability of water supplies for people and birds across the Colorado River Basin, as well as produce timely work products throughout the year. Additionally, the Program Manager effectively oversees specific projects pertaining to Audubon’s Colorado River Program. S/he will work in partnership with other like-minded organizations in pursuit of Audubon’s objectives; and s/he will also advocate on behalf of Audubon to local, state, and federal government officials, including agency staff and appointed and elected officials.
**The Program Manager may be based out of Boulder, Colorado or an agreeable remote location within the region that uses Colorado River water.