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Director of Conservation

San Diego CA

San Diego Audubon Society (SDAS) is a non-profit organization working to promote the protection and appreciation of birds, other wildlife, and their habitats in and around San Diego County. We seek a highly-motivated individual with a professional background in grassroots environmental advocacy and policy, conservation science and planning, and habitat restoration to serve as our Director of Conservation. If you have both a passion for and strong experience in environmental advocacy, endangered species protection and habitat restoration, excel at engaging partners, stakeholders, and volunteers, and have excellent project management and writing skills, we want to hear from you.


Summary of Responsibilities

• Environmental policy and advocacy: Monitor and respond to local and regional policies and projects likely to have an impact on natural resources; advocate on behalf of wildlife and their habitats with government agencies, politicians, and industry to build consensus and support for regional conservation priorities.

• Habitat restoration and conservation planning: In close collaboration with other conservation staff and volunteers, direct on-the-ground habitat restoration and conservation planning efforts of significant regional importance in protection of threatened and endangered species and their habitats, including the ReWild Mission Bay project (www.rewildmissionbay.org).

• Program development: Direct the strategic expansion of the Conservation Program and manage a diverse portfolio of conservation projects; work collaboratively with the SDAS Executive Director and Conservation Chair to identify areas of emerging conservation concern and opportunities to meaningfully engage with partners and mobilize members on these issues throughout San Diego County.

• Project management: Manage complex project budgets and timelines, provide invoices to multiple funders, track performance to budget and task, and manage funder reporting requirements.

• Staff supervision and meeting facilitation: Supervise one full-time staff person, lead complex project teams, co-lead the Conservation Committee, and facilitate potentially sensitive meetings to convey conservation science and policy to diverse audiences.

• Science: Possess strong knowledge of wildlife biology, coastal habitat ecology, local Southern California flora/fauna, and maintain working knowledge of a variety of subfields related to restoration best practices (including but not limited to hydrology, invasive species control, environmental regulations/permitting, land use, and urban planning).

• Fund development: In collaboration with other staff, volunteers, and board members, raise funds for the Conservation Program by identifying and pursuing new and repeat grant opportunities, grant writing, and donor/foundation relations.


Full description at: https://sandiegoaudubon.org/images/San_Diego_Audubon_Director_of_Conservation_Job_Opportunity_Notice_2018.pdf.

Posted August 10, 2018

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