Director of Conservation

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $45,000
Maximum: $57,000



Start Date


Application Deadline



4010 Morena Boulevard
St 100
San Diego
United States


San Diego Audubon Society (SDAS) is a non-profit organization working to promote the protection and appreciation of birds, other wildlife, and their habitats in and around San Diego County. We seek a highly-motivated individual with a professional background in grassroots environmental advocacy and policy, conservation science and planning, and habitat restoration to serve as our Director of Conservation. If you have both a passion for and strong experience in environmental advocacy, endangered species protection and habitat restoration, excel at engaging partners, stakeholders, and volunteers, and have excellent project management and writing skills, we want to hear from you. 

Summary of Responsibilities

• Environmental policy and advocacy: Monitor and respond to local and regional policies and projects likely to have an impact on natural resources; advocate on behalf of wildlife and their habitats with government agencies, politicians, and industry to build consensus and support for regional conservation priorities.

• Habitat restoration and conservation planning: In close collaboration with other conservation staff and volunteers, direct on-the-ground habitat restoration and conservation planning efforts of significant regional importance in protection of threatened and endangered species and their habitats, including the ReWild Mission Bay project (

• Program development: Direct the strategic expansion of the Conservation

Program and manage a diverse portfolio of conservation projects; work collaboratively with the SDAS Executive Director and Conservation Chair to identify areas of emerging conservation concern and opportunities to meaningfully engage with partners and mobilize members on these issues throughout San Diego County.

• Project management: Manage complex project budgets and timelines, provide invoices to multiple funders, track performance to budget and task, and manage funder reporting requirements.

• Staff supervision and meeting facilitation: Supervise one full-time staff person, lead complex project teams, co-lead the Conservation Committee, and facilitate potentially sensitive meetings to convey conservation science and policy to diverse audiences. 

• Science: Possess strong knowledge of wildlife biology, coastal habitat ecology, local Southern California flora/fauna, and maintain working knowledge of a variety of subfields related to restoration best practices (including but not limited to hydrology, invasive species control, environmental regulations/permitting, land use, and urban planning).

• Fund development: In collaboration with other staff, volunteers, and board members, raise funds for the Conservation Program by identifying and pursuing new and repeat grant opportunities, grant writing, and donor/foundation relations. 

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Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish language skills highly desirable and bicultural individuals are encouraged to apply.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and Statement on Diversity

San Diego Audubon Society is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. Candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply. San Diego Audubon is committed to building a diverse and inclusive environment reflecting the diversity of our community in its board, staff, volunteers, and members and ensuring its internal culture, business practices, and programs are welcoming and advance its diversity goals. 

How To Apply

Preference is for the email submission of a cover letter and resume as a single PDF to with “Director of Conservation” in the subject line. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. Applications in other formats, such as Word documents, will also be accepted. No phone calls, please. 

If your application cannot be submitted electronically, mailed applications or applications delivered by hand to our office are also accepted at the address below:

Chris Redfern, Executive Director

San Diego Audubon Society

4010 Morena Blvd, Suite 100

San Diego, CA 92117

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position may be filled at any time. The first review of applications will begin September 1, 2018.