Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania is expanding its conservation efforts and consolidating activities under this new Director-level position.
The Conservation Director will be responsible for developing and managing a diverse portfolio of conservation projects including habitat creation and restoration, Citizen Science and other monitoring programs, and tracking and mitigating the effects of climate change. He or she will monitor local and regional polices that impact birds and the environment and develop strategies to minimize potential negative impacts. The Conservation Director will engage the staff, board, volunteers, and 5,000 Audubon members throughout southwestern PA to champion ASWP positions. The Conservation Director will help evaluate future land acquisitions, advise Nature Center Managers on items related to existing properties, and integrate the activities of the Audubon Center for Native Plants and Whetzel Land Steward into our broader conservation efforts. The Conservation Director will work with the Executive Director and Development staff to raise funds for conservation programs.
This position reports to the Executive Director.
Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania (ASWP) is an environmental education and conservation engagement organization founded in 1916 and based in Pittsburgh (Fox Chapel). It is an independent chapter of National Audubon Society and serves a seven-county region consisting of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington, and Westmorland counties. ASWP maintains three nature reserves – Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve in Fox Chapel, Allegheny County, Succop Nature Park in Butler, Butler County, and Todd Nature Reserve in Sarver, Butler County. With an annual operating budget of approximately $1,400,000 and 16 employees (plus seasonal help), ASWP conducts both formal and informal programs in schools, local parks, and at its three locations, advocates on behalf of birds and nature, and conducts conservation programs throughout western Pennsylvania.
The mission of Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania is to connect the people of southwestern Pennsylvania to birds and nature through our programs, projects, and places.
Preferred Qualifications and Prerequisites:
The Conservation Director will have a Master’s Degree in Public Policy, Ornithology, Biology or other natural sciences or a combination of a Bachelor’s Degree and at least 5 years of experience – preferably at a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. A proven track record of innovative thinking and professional success is essential.
Must be able to work evenings and weekends. Candidates must have a valid PA Driver’s License and Pennsylvania Act 33/34 clearances are required. The Nature Center Manager must be able to conduct tours of the facility and grounds and participate in organization activities that require lifting items weighing up to 50 lbs. ASWP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
How to Apply
Submit resume, letter of introduction, and salary requirements (required; a range is acceptable) in confidence, via mail or e-mail to: Jim Bonner, Executive Director, Audubon Society of Western PA, 614 Dorseyville Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15238; firstname.lastname@example.org.