Senior Coordinator, Land Management, Gillmor Sanctuary

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Position Summary:
Audubon Rockies, a regional office of the National Audubon Society, is seeking a Senior Coordinator of Land Management for the Gillmor Sanctuary located on the shore of Great Salt Lake. The Senior Coordinator, Land Management (will be referred as Senior Coordinator here after) will focus on the tasks and responsibilities associated with Sanctuary operations to include maintenance and adaptive management of a complicated wetland and upland ecosystem. They will serve as an ambassador for Gillmor Sanctuary helping raise awareness with government and elected officials and staff, adjacent land developers, key decision makers, and the general public through workshops, oral presentations, fieldtrips and written articles. The Senior Coordinator will help drive and implement science-based conservation and a field based observational adaptive management for the Gillmor Sanctuary and Great Salt Lake, and potentially for other saline ecosystems.

$50,000 / year
Essential Functions:
  • In coordination with the Conservation Specialist and Gillmor Sanctuary Manager the Senior Coordinator will:
    • Learn, develop and implement an adaptive management strategy that focuses on migratory and breeding shorebird habitat at the sanctuary.
    • Learn existing water management activities and help develop and implement annual water management strategies that enhance/promote productive shorebird habitat, while controlling the spread of invasive vegetation.
    • Implement and document control measures for invasive/noxious weeds and keep noxious and invasive weed management program updated with current, ecologically acceptable practices.
    • Ensure proper management of natural systems at Gillmor Sanctuary by managing day-to-day needs, monitoring land use and its impacts, monitoring natural areas and observing ecological needs. Identify and implement resource management actions.
    • Help manage and assist research and intern programs.
    • Help develop and maintain key relationships with partner organizations, other landowners/ leases/ easements, water master and other stakeholders.
  • In collaboration with national staff, support the cultivation and maintenance of current donor relationships. Help identify and secure new private and public funding sources that support the conservation strategy and vision for Gillmor. This will include writing public and private grants, participating in donor events.
  • Partner with local Audubon chapters, other organizations and agencies and universities to strengthen stewardship of the sanctuary through organized volunteer work days, fieldtrips and other opportunities.
  • Serve as a public representative of Audubon and the Gillmor Sanctuary team which; may include presentations, public speaking, meeting participation and/or other interactions with agencies, NGOs, Audubon chapters, and landowners to both gather and disseminate information.
  • Develop an understanding of the Sanctuary’s current and historical transactions including leases, easements, agreements, USACE 404 and other permits, property boundaries, property ownership, greenbelt, tax exempt, and legal and other restrictions etc. ensuring proper land management and compliance with neighboring landowners. Ensure understanding is clearly articulated in the existing draft management document.
  • Gain deep on-ground familiarity with all aspects of the ecosystem including water manipulation and response by plants, birds and other animals, and macroinvertebrates.
  • Keep water courses free from algae, tumbleweeds and other debris.
  • Assist with monitoring including but not limited to bird surveys, vegetation mapping, and charting water levels.
  • Help manage and maintain bird survey database and work with NAS science team to share key summaries.
  • Responsible for infrastructure maintenance including signage, fences, locks, water control structures, ATV, mower, herbicides, shed, tools and truck.
  • Regularly monitor for trespass and vandalism and maintain non-access areas with signage or staking and flagging.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Experience:
  • BS or MS in wildlife or natural resources-related fields. An equivalent combination of education, shorebird and/or wetland management experience will also be considered, preferably on the Great Salt Lake.
  • 3 - 5 years of work experience, preferably in on-the-ground land management with a conservation non-governmental organization and/or government natural resource management agency.
  • Willingness to work in a remote location.
  • Ability to perform strenuous activities in harsh conditions including hot and cold temperatures, uneven terrain, and biting insects.
  • Proven ability to think strategically and work both cooperatively and independently
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking and presentations, and the ability to synthesize and communicate technical and complex information to both technical and non-technical audiences. Experience with scientific and policy commentary a plus.
  • Experience with grant writing and fundraising a plus.
  • Strong time and project management skills, including the ability to juggle multiple tasks and prioritize to meet deadlines. Strong organizational skills and careful attention to details a must.
  • Ability to build consensus among a diverse range of individuals (e.g. conservation partners, private landowners and ranchers, volunteers, and local community members).
  • Excellent collaboration skills with the ability to reconcile different viewpoints to achieve conservation outcomes.
  • Ability to participate in virtual and in-person meetings.
  • A passion for birds and natural resource conservation.
  • Knowledge and experience with bird and plant identification strongly preferred.
  • Willingness to learn.
  • Proficiency with Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and other key Microsoft Office and web-based products. Familiarity with social media.
  • Must have or be willing to obtain herbicide applicator certification.
  • Willingness and ability to travel in-state and work early mornings, evenings, and occasional weekends as job responsibilities require.
  • Ability to traverse long distances on uneven terrain and lift up to 50 lbs. without assistance.
  • Valid driver’s license required.
  • Adherence to all field and psychological safety protocols established within NAS.
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