Title: Gulf Coastal Program Manager
Supervisor: Vice President, Southeast Region
Location: Gulf Coast region (Houston, Texas / Virtual Gulf-wide)
This is a full-time position with American Bird Conservancy (ABC), at a virtual field office location within the Gulf Coast region (coastal Texas to Florida panhandle) with a preference for Houston, Texas. ABC’s Gulf Coastal Program works to protect and conserve declining and imperiled shorebirds and seabirds through habitat protection, land and natural resource manager engagement, public outreach and education, and by directly addressing threats to birds such as human disturbances, coastal recreation, trash and plastics, collisions with buildings and glass windows, and more.
The Gulf Coastal Program Manager (hereafter Program Manager) is responsible for maintaining ABC’s collaborative Texas Shorebird and Seabird Stewardship Program to protect and monitor habitats, reproductive output, abundance, and distribution of shorebirds and seabirds along the Texas Gulf Coast. This program involves implementation of nesting, foraging, and roosting protection measures such as signage and fencing with help from local volunteers. These direct protection measures will be supported by on-the-ground educational efforts and social media messaging designed to encourage beach-goers and other coastal recreationists to respect and avoid sensitive areas. The Program Manager will perform similar duties for an ongoing partnership with Bon Secour NWR in Alabama and will identify other Gulf coastal areas where this kind of work is needed. Focal coastal species include Piping, Snowy, and Wilson’s Plovers, Red Knot, Black Skimmers, and Least Terns, and other species benefit by association. This position will supervise two full time employees, the Texas Coastal Program Coordinator and the Texas Coastal Outreach Coordinator, and one seasonal Shorebird Technician position in Alabama.
The Program Manager will also be responsible for overseeing and assisting in implementing additional avian conservation efforts that address threats along the Gulf coast that involve community-based bird conservation activities such as working with local stakeholders to install bird film/tape to prevent collisions with buildings or other reflective surfaces, removing invasive plants and replacing them with native species, assisting land and natural resource managers with attaining bird or environmental designations for their city or region, developing and implementing interpretive services for local environmental stakeholders, contributing bird-friendly conservation advice and participating in local planning to minimize impacts and threats to birds, developing and implementing bird and habitat conservation plans with local community leaders/stakeholders, and other related activities. The Program Manager is responsible for the Gulf Coastal Program’s collaborative initiative SPLASh (Stopping Plastics and Litter Along Shorelines), which addresses the threat of marine debris in the greater Houston-Galveston region. SPLASh will likely expand into other Gulf states.
On occasion, the Program Manager will also be engaged in Gulf-based policy-advocacy scenarios that require submitting public comments on projects located on federal lands, interacting and coordination with other organizations and entities that share similar interests, engaging and communicating with local, state, and federal government officials, and other related activities.
- This position requires an understanding of ABC’s mission, programs, and structure, as well as a thorough understanding of coastal bird ecology and the habitats they depend on.
- There will be a great deal of contact with others within and outside the organization, through public presentations, conducting and attending meetings, by telephone, through e-mail and other correspondence, and virtually. Strong networking and partnership building skills are required.
- Work with regional and local partners to implement on-the-ground conservation projects Gulf-wide.
- As funding dictates, hire and manage seasonal employees to complete site-specific project work.
- Work closely with staff to ensure volunteer work is conducted under ABC and Gulf Program safety regulations, that numbers and hours are tracked, recorded, and reported properly.
- Work with ABC’s Development team, partners, and external stakeholders to write grant proposals and conduct fundraising activities.
- Work with partners and ABC’s Finance team to prepare Cooperative Agreements and contracts for partner/sub-contract work.
- Work with ABC’s Development and Finance team and the Southeast VP to develop and manage the annual plan and associated program budget.
- Prepare and distribute technical, scientific, and non-technical reports on range-wide projects to funding sources/donors, partners, and other program stakeholders.
- Present program results at local and regional scientific and natural resource management meetings and to non-technical audiences.
- Review NAWCA grants quarterly for the Gulf Coast Joint Venture.
- Work closely with the SPLASh team(s) to develop and implement local or state-wide public awareness campaigns with partners using messaging that includes, but is not limited to, television and radio public service announcements, internet and Smart phone advertising, newsprint and digital media, community events, developing and distributing educational/marketing materials, billboard advertising, and social media.
- On occasion, engage colleagues, ABC staff, other organizations, agencies, and stakeholders in policy-advocacy issues impacting the U.S. Gulf coast.
- Work with ABC’s Communications team on marketing materials for the program, as well as preparing magazine articles, press releases, and related communications.
- Update content for HelpGulfBirds.org, a domain that is part of www.abcbirds.org. Work with Gulf Coastal Program staff to revive ABC’s Gulf Coastal Program’s presence on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/FishSwimPlay/) and establish a presence on at least one other platform.
- Other duties as assigned.
- At least a Bachelor’s Degree (with very significant work experience) and preferably a graduate degree in a resource management or biological field.
- Three or more years’ experience in partnership-based conservation.
- The ability to collaborate, maintain, and establish positive relationships with Gulf coastal bird conservation stakeholders from federal, state, local, non-profit, and private entities.
- An understanding of the geography, land use, conservation issues, birds, and conservation partners along the U.S. Gulf coast.
- Three or more years’ experience with grant proposal writing and fundraising.
- A willingness and ability to travel frequently (COVID dependent) and a valid driver’s license.
- Authorized to work in the U.S.
- Background Screening required
- Benefits include medical, medical flex, and 403(b) plan.
- Paid vacation days (15), holidays (10+), and sick leave.
- Forestry equipment/office expenses covered.
- Pre-approved professional training and workshop expenses covered.
- Lodging and meals covered for work related travel.
- Rental vehicle or personal mileage reimbursement, if partner vehicles are unavailable.
Please apply online at Bamboo HR:
https://abcbirds.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=120 by November 5, 2021. Position may remain open until filled.
If you have trouble submitting an application, please send your cover letter and resume as one document to HR@abcbirds.org
At American Bird Conservancy, we believe that a diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills makes us more effective. We are committed to creating a respectful and inclusive work environment for all of our employees.
As an equal opportunity employer, ABC is committed to ensuring that employees and applicants for employment have equal opportunities regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other factor unrelated to the requirements of the position.