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Position Title: Stewardship Project Director- South
Department:   Stewardship
Location:        Center for Research and Education (CRE), Cape May, NJ
Reports to:     Vice President for Stewardship
Job Class:     Full-time (40 hour week) 

 New Jersey Audubon is a privately supported, not-for profit, statewide membership organization. Founded in 1897, and one of the oldest independent Audubon societies. New Jersey Audubon fosters environmental awareness and a conservation ethic among New Jersey's citizens; protects New Jersey's birds, mammals, other animals, and plants, especially endangered and threatened species; and promotes preservation of New Jersey's valuable natural habitats.

Job Description:  New Jersey Audubon is seeking a Stewardship Project Director - South to work collaboratively both internally and externally by leading a team of conservation professionals as we seek to conserve and restore wildlife and habitat across three broad landscapes; forests and farms, coasts and wetlands and cities and towns. The Stewardship South team works on public and private lands engaging land owners, managers and agriculture producers to implement best management practices, create, enhance and restore wildlife habitat, while engaging the public and working to protect water resources. Activities include, but are not limited to, implementing sustainable agricultural practices that are compatible with the development of habitat conservation and protection plans and strategies critical for wildlife conservation. 

The Director is responsible for developing and managing project plans and budgets, securing or helping to secure funding for habitat enhancement projects, and serves as one of the lead NJA staff working on the Delaware River Watershed Initiative.

Major Responsibilities:
  • Responsible for developing and managing project plans and budgets, and securing or helping to secure funding for habitat enhancement projects.
  • Creates and manages programmatic and project budgets, takes a lead role in fundraising in all areas: government grants, individuals, corporations, foundations, grants and gifts.
  • Directs and manages habitat restoration and habitat enhancement projects.
  • Serves as one of the lead NJA staff working on the Delaware River Watershed Initiative. 
  • Consults with landowners and managers on habitat management practices.
  • Aids in developing and implementing habitat conservation and restoration activities.
  • Interacts with numerous partners (public, private and government) to promote effective, adaptive conservation management actions associated with critical habitats.
  • Supervises Stewardship staff which includes full-time and seasonal staff;
  • Initiates, cultivates and helps to maintain relationships with key project partners and supporters. 
  • Directs landowner outreach efforts; aids landowners in the development of project proposals for federal funding; delivers federal and state conservation incentive programs through landowner contacts. 
  • Develops and implements conservation plans and habitat management plans on public and private lands. 
  • Oversees development of and conducts workshops for stakeholders and the public.
  • Identifies opportunities to expand NJA conservation programs. 
  • Works with the Vice President for Stewardship and other department staff to identify funding sources and prepare project reports and proposals. 
  • Represents NJA on regional coalitions, councils and committees. 
  • Maintains existing key relationships with partners, funders, and other contacts.
  • Completes other tasks as assigned.
  • Participates with other NJA staff to adopt a “team” approach towards daily operations. 
Knowledge/Skills:
  • Experience developing and implementing restoration, stewardship and wildlife management projects.
  • Strong understanding and knowledge of ecological processes and familiarity with regional wildlife and/or plant life and/or ecosystems.
  • A motivated self-starter who is also a strong team player. 
  • Possess effective time management skills and the ability to organize complex projects and budgets.
  • Ability to work effectively on multiple complex projects and complete tasks independently when necessary.
  • Strong work ethic and attention to detail.
  • Good communication skills and the ability to interact with the public and others.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to accept direction and constructive feedback.
  • Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office) to fulfill the job requirements, able to conduct internet research and use standard web-based tools and maps, etc.  Experience using GIS software (e.g. ESRI) essential.
  • Familiarity with a variety of software programs, including standard Microsoft software products. GPS experience is a plus. 
  • Fundraising or grant writing experience is beneficial. 
  • Experience supervising staff is preferred. 
Qualifications: 
  • M.S. in wildlife biology, natural resources, or related field preferred including an emphasis in land management, restoration, stewardship and/or conservation planning. Relevant experience may be substituted for education. 
  • Minimum five years experience working in the natural resources or conservation field. 
  • Must be able to perform field work under all types of adverse weather conditions.
  • Must have the physical capacity to walk on uneven surfaces and in rough terrain carrying equipment weighing up to 50 lbs.  
  • Must be willing to travel to different inventory locations throughout New Jersey and work weekends and nights as required.  This requires a reliable vehicle and a valid drivers License.
  • Flexibility to adjust hours to meet specials needs of the department. 
Starting Date: Immediate. 
Salary: Commensurate with experience.  
Deadline: This position will remain open until filled.
Application:  Qualified individuals may apply by emailing their resume, cover letter, salary requirements, and three professional references, preferably as one document, to hr.stewardshipsouth@njaudubon.org

The New Jersey Audubon Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, national origin, ethnic background, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.