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National Audubon Society Program Associate, Coasts in Oyster Bay, New York

National Audubon Society

Program Associate, Coasts

US-NY-Oyster Bay

Job ID: 2020-4540
Type: Regular, Full-Time
# of Openings: 1
Category: Science
National Audubon Society


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 approximately 450 local chapters, 120 campus chapters, 17 state and regional offices, 34 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.

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.


  • Advance Audubon’s Coasts strategies on Long Island to implement a comprehensive program that reduces threats to Long Island’s priority coastal birds. Priority species include American Oystercatcher, Black Skimmer, Clapper Rail, Least Tern, Roseate Tern, Piping Plover, Red Knot, Saltmarsh Sparrow, Semipalmated Sandpiper, and Western Sandpiper.
  • Work with landowners and managers to incorporate the needs of shorebirds in habitat and site management and site planning (e.g., state and municipal site planning).
  • Develop and lead partnerships and coordinate conservation efforts with state and federal wildlife agencies, non-profit organizations, Audubon chapters, and academics to facilitate habitat protection and improve coastal resilience for coastal birds and communities at priority sites.
  • Protect, manage, and monitor Piping Plovers, Least Terns, American Oystercatchers and migratory shorebirds which includes but is not limited to erecting symbolic fencing, managing human disturbance, managing predation, and productivity monitoring.
  • Oversee data management and reporting.
  • Recruit, train, and supervise seasonal technicians and assist with the coordination of volunteers to monitor and protect beach-nesting birds.
  • Assist with fundraising and development activities, including identifying funding sources, meeting with donors, and compiling data and information for proposals and reports.
  • Create and deliver effective presentations and other communication materials and assist with press releases, articles, and social media pieces as needed.
  • Help coordinate Audubon’s coastal bird conservation work in New York with Audubon’s efforts in Connecticut and throughout the Atlantic Flyway by participating in Audubon’s Atlantic Flyway Coastal Project Team.
  • Represent Audubon on other relevant regional councils, working groups, etc.
  • Participate fully and productively in staff meetings, planning efforts, and other shared staff duties.
  • Work regularly and closely with other Audubon staff in NY and CT, especially education, policy and communications staff, as well as Audubon chapter leaders and Audubon staff in national offices.


  • Bachelor's Degree required with at least 3+ years experience required in a conservation, wildlife, or natural resources field. Master's Degree preferred.
  • Ability to identify coastal birds, familiarity with their conservation issues, and experience working on coastal conservation issues.
  • Must have strong customer service skills to engage, communicate with, and work effectively with colleagues, partners, volunteers, and landowners to coordinate conservation activities and increase impact.
  • Excellent written and public speaking skills a must.
  • Knowledge of coastal bird biology and ecology. Experience with Long Island ecosystem preferred.
  • Experience with project management, managing project deliverables, and reporting on progress.
  • Candidate must be a self-motivated, independent, progress-driven individual.
  • Experience implementing projects that improve coastal resilience and understanding state resilience planning and implementation processes a plus.
  • Understanding of the state and federal regulatory structures for permitting and the roles and responsibilities of partners in NY a plus.
  • Travel will be necessary as will occasional work on weekends, holidays, and evenings. Applicant must have a valid NY driver's license and be willing to spend occasional (2-3 times/year) nights away from home.
  • Must be able to effectively operate computers and printers (PC), telephone, computer projector, and related software (including Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Access and PowerPoint).
  • Skills with GIS and GPS a plus.
  • Willingness to work in an outdoor setting in variable conditions; must be able to spend long days in the field walking on uneven terrain, and lift/carry 35 pounds with or without accommodation.

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