Conservation Manager

Job Title: Conservation Manager

Employee Summary: Full-time, exempt position

Reports to: Executive Director



Position Summary:

Established in 1916, Seattle Audubon Society (SAS) cultivates and leads a community that values and protects birds and the natural environment. The Conservation Manager for Seattle Audubon manages conservation programs and issues, promotes conservation policies, coordinates advocacy and outreach activities and supports the volunteer Conservation Committee.

Summary of Responsibilities:



– Guide the strategic conservation efforts of Seattle Audubon while managing a diverse portfolio of conservation projects (urban forestry, threatened and endangered species, habitat loss, etc.).

– Monitor local and regional policies and projects likely to have an impact on birds and the natural environment, share this information with appropriate internal and external constituents, help guide our process of choosing whether to take action.

– Recruit, mentor and support conservation volunteers at all levels.

– Participate actively in fundraising efforts related to conservation.

Urban Habitat & Regional Conservation

– Advance the Canopy Connections project by maintaining the online Seattle Tree Map. Engage the SAS and the environmental community, conduct outreach events, recruit mapping volunteers and provide relevant site updates.

– Advocate for increased protection and effective management of Seattle’s urban forest.

– Manage SAS campaigns aimed at protecting threatened and endangered bird species and their habitat, including but not limited to ongoing efforts on Northern Spotted Owl and Marbled Murrelet.

– Evaluate conservation issues as they relate to SAS conservation priorities and facilitate development of organizational positions or comments.

– Create organizational documents (reports, maps, brochures, position papers, comment letters, resolutions, etc.) that advance SAS conservation priorities.

Conservation Committee

– Support the Conservation Committee by helping to establish and maintain committee processes and provide guidance in developing priorities, annual goals, and specific tasks to accomplish. Tasks also include new member development, member engagement, taking meeting minutes, setting meeting agendas, fielding questions, and serving as point of contact for committee members.

– Assist the committee in determining a course of action for any issues brought to the committee for consideration and help formulate any recommended resolutions for the board.

– Be the initial point of contact for groups requesting SAS engagement on a conservation issue and provide appropriate responses and communications externally and internally.

– Work with the Conservation Committee Chair, Co-Chair, and other staff and volunteer leaders to advance the organization’s conservation agenda.

Communications, Advocacy, Outreach

– Communicate conservation information and board resolutions to our members and public via website posting, press releases, articles in Earthcare/E-news, social media, and other means.

– Generate and distribute “action alerts”, legislative session updates, and other materials to mobilize our members and the public to take action on specific issues.

– Field calls from the public, our members, and other organizations. Determine SAS engagement and educate people on how to take action on their own or how to link up with local groups engaged in conservation advocacy.

– Serve as a spokesperson, representing the organization and conservation program to the membership and the public at large through events, media, and other venues.

– Serve as a conservation messenger who can articulate SAS conservation topics to legislators, media government agencies and other environmental groups.

– Network and coordinate advocacy as appropriate with National Audubon, Audubon Washington, other Audubon chapters, and with other environmental groups.

– Contribute to the successful implementation of the organizational strategic plan and goals.


– Must have a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and be able to travel regionally when required.

– Some night and weekend work is required.

– Comfort and familiarity with all necessary software.

– Other duties as assigned.

– Ability to lift 30 lbs from the floor.

– Positive energy, collegial focus, and the ability to maintain good humor under stress.

The ideal candidate will have proven conservation experience and a record of success. We seek a person who will provide great energy and effective management of our conservation efforts and who is a skilled communicator.

How to apply

Seattle Audubon invites candidates to submit a resume and cover letter. All documents are required and must be submitted in .doc or .pdf format. Please address all materials to the Conservation Manager Hiring Committee. Applications will be accepted through March 21st, 2014 but applicants will be screened on an ongoing basis and the position may be filled at any time.

Apply to:

Seattle Audubon is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Seattle, Washington
Seattle Audubon Society (SAS)

8050 35th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA, 98115, US