Managing Director, Seabird Restoration Program, National Audubon Society, Inc. – Bremen, ME
|Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action. By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive. And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level. What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 22 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country. Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).
Audubon seeks a Managing Director to build on Audubon’s Seabird Restoration Program’s (SRP) rich history and success and expand its contributions to conservation in Maine, the Atlantic Flyway and worldwide. This is a high-profile position for a dynamic conservation professional or environmental entrepreneur with opportunity for advancement. With an annual budget of $1.4 million and a full time staff of ten, Audubon’s SRP develops innovative methodology to restore and protect seabirds and engages the public through a broad range of education and engagement activities to encourage advocacy and conservation of oceans and seabirds. SRP protects 13 Maine seabird nesting sanctuaries, including seven seasonal field stations that train the next generation of seabird conservation biologists from the U.S. and other countries. The islands are home to most of Maine’s rare and endangered seabirds and are models for the possibilities of seabird restoration. To build a caring and informed public that will advance the protection of seabirds and marine habitats, SRP also operates the Hog Island Audubon Camp, Project Puffin Visitor Center, live-streaming seabird cams, boat tours, classroom outreach, and other public engagement programs. With its 40-year-plus history of innovative accomplishments, SRP has become an internationally recognized leader in seabird conservation.The successful candidate will have the knowledge, passion and leadership skills to articulate, develop, and implement Audubon’s seabird conservation goals and strategies, while working closely with SRP’s Seabird Advisory Council and Audubon’s Chief Scientist. The Managing Director will work closely with and report to the Executive Director of the Audubon Seabird Restoration Program.
This position is based in Bremen, Maine from June – August and the Managing Director may be remotely based (in the US) from September – May, ideally near Ithaca, New York.