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Conservation & GIS Manager

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016
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Location: Falmouth, Maine
Department: Conservation
Immediate Supervisor: Sally Stockwell, Director of Conservation

Purpose of the Position:
Lead the organization’s conservation projects that focus on conserving, restoring, and reconnecting high value wildlife habitats in Maine and across the region, and engage other professionals and the public in activities that support this work. Work closely with other state and federal agencies and organizations to develop and advocate for public policies and programs that protect native wildlife and wildlife habitat.  Manage Maine Audubon’s (MA) GIS computers and software, and provide GIS mapping services for conservation projects and other organizational-wide analysis and activities.

Essential Functions:

  • Lead the organization’s programs to conserve, restore and reconnect high value wildlife habitats.  These programs are centered around the Beginning with Habitat program and currently include efforts to improve both aquatic and terrestrial connections through the Stream Smart, Wildlife Road Watch, and Habitat Highways programs.
  • Maintain MA’s GIS hardware and software, stay current with GIS training, and provide GIS services for organization as needed.  Also supervise a GIS volunteer.
  • Develop new conservation projects and work with Executive Director and Director of Conservation, conservation staff and grant writer to write proposals and prepare grant reports for such projects.
  • Prepare and deliver expert testimony before Maine Legislature, Land Use Planning Commission, Board of Environmental Protection, or other as needed.
  • Review and comment on state significant or precedent-setting development proposals that may have adverse effects on high value habitat or rare, threatened or endangered species.
  • Conduct research and prepare technical information sheets or reports and public guides on current and sometimes controversial policy issues.
  • Prepare and give presentations and other outreach activities and materials for the public and other professionals on a variety of conservation topics.
  • Collaborate with other Maine Audubon staff to complete other organizational conservation projects as needed.
  • Prepare, regularly review, and monitor annual project and grant budgets.
  • Actively participate in All Staff and Conservation Department monthly meetings.
  • Occasionally attend conferences for professional and program development purposes.

Internal:  Reports to the Director of Conservation and occasionally supervises seasonal biologists and interns and volunteers.  Coordinates policy positions with other Maine Audubon staff, including, staff lobbyist.  Works with Maine Audubon staff to present programs for the public and provide conservation content for education programs.  Works with Maine Audubon staff to produce reports and outreach materials, answer media calls, and prepare op-eds, press releases and materials for Habitat.

External:  Partners and collaborates with staff of various state and federal agencies and nonprofit and for-profit organizations.  Engages and works with Maine Audubon chapter leaders and members and National Audubon and various National Audubon state offices where appropriate.  Engages volunteer citizen scientists and activists in program and policy work.

Printer/copier/scanner; digital projector and laptop for PowerPoint presentations; GIS hardware, software and printer; calculator; telephone; cell phone; remote cameras; etc.


  • Master’s Degree in ecology, conservation biology, forestry, natural resource management or similar field.
  • Professional experience with GIS is required.
  • Knowledge of Maine wildlife conservation issues and methods of landscape scale conservation planning is preferred.
  • Ability to connect with people essential; understanding how to effectively communicate and motivate them to participate and “move people to action” desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience in producing maps and graphics that are compelling and explain complex topics to a variety of public audiences.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with a diverse group of people and build long-lasting relationships with volunteers and other environmental organizations and agencies.
  • Solid organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects concurrently.
  • Objective and balanced approach to research, writing and communications.
  • Excellent communication skills – speaking and writing a must. Clear, credible communications, verbal, written and graphic.

Physical Requirements:
Ability to walk over rough terrain with a full day pack to conduct field work required.  Also ability to lift and carry field equipment, digital equipment, and presentation materials and equipment up to 50 pounds.

To Apply:
Please send cover letter and resume to Conservation & GIS Manager search, Maine Audubon, 20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth, ME 04105 or email to [email protected] with “Conservation & GIS Manager” in the subject line. Application deadline is October 7, 2016. Maine Audubon is an Equal Opportunity Employer.