Director of Environmental Programs for Golf

Job Type

Full Time




120 Defreest Drive
United States


Position Description

The position is primarily responsible for overseeing Audubon International’s environmental programs for golf including the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP) for Golf, Monarchs in the Rough and Raptor Relocation Network. Information on all of these programs is available at

The Director directly engages with a wide range of stakeholders (golf course superintendents, club managers, property managers, program partners, funders, etc.), and reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer.

This is full-time, exempte position located Troy, NY. It is not a remote position. Position involves regular overnight travel for site visits, conferences, presentations, etc.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

Program Member Service

· Assist ACSP for Golf members in the development of management plans and other technical documents required as a component of the organization's education and certification process.

· Assist Monarchs in the Rough members with the development of habitat for monarch butterflies and other pollinators

· Oversee management of Raptor Relocation Program

· Serve members via requests for information through timely in-person, written, telephone, and email communication.

· Conduct periodic site visits to assist members with ongoing environmental planning and management activities.

· Cooperate with AI’s network of partners to ensure that program materials are up-to-date and disseminated to appropriate audiences.

Outreach & Education

·In conjunction with other staff members, the Director plays a leading role in marketing and promoting membership in AI’s programs as well as all of AI's education and certification programs through direct sales and special events.

·Develop and conduct seminars, presentations, and informational briefings to help educate AI members (active and prospective) about the benefits of sustainable natural resource management and the efficacy of the organization's approach to environmental stewardship.

- Promote all AI programs via stakeholder meetings, media interviews, newsletters, and participation in various industry and environmental working groups.

· Play a leading role in the retention of program membership

· Develop and maintain relationships with other public and private sector organizations interested in partnering with AI in the delivery of its education and certification programs.


· Work with AI staff to develop and implement yearly goals, objectives, strategies, and budget proposals for ACSP Golf, Monarchs in the Rough and Raptor Relocation Network programs in conjunction with other programs being implemented by the organization.

·Participate in organization- and program-level strategic planning efforts.

·Coordinate with appropriate AI staff to ensure that information maintained in the organization's web-based member database is up-to-date and accurate.

·Manage staff, including but not limited to, Program Specialist.

Level of Language Proficiency

Required Qualifications:

·Bachelor's degree in an appropriate field of study (i.e., recreational turf management, horticulture, landscape architecture, wildlife biology, natural resource management) with relevant and related professional experience,

· Must be dedicated to educating and encouraging golf course superintendents and other types of land managers become actively involved in environmental stewardship projects

· Excellent interpersonal communication skills and experience working with diverse constituencies and membership demographics

· Ability to excel both by working independently and as part of a collaborative team.

· Strong technical and persuasive writing skills

· Computer proficiency (i.e., Microsoft Office suite, database management, internet-based research, professional applications of social media.

· Experience developing and delivering informational and educational programs in person and/or via virtual tools is desirable.

· Familiarity with wildlife and ecosystem science (particularly of North America)

Preferred Qualifications:

· Master's / certificate degree in an appropriate field of study (see above) with relevant professional experience

· Knowledge and/or professional experience in golf course management

· Knowledge and/or experience with pollinator species and programs

· Pre-existing professional connections in the golf industry is highly desirable

· Experience with writing and/or managing grants

Additional Requirements: 

The person in this position must be able to:

· Remain in a stationary position 50% of the time.

· Occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc

· Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer.

· Regularly ascends/descends stairs to access office equipment.

· Frequently communicate with members and interested parties who have inquiries, and exchange accurate information in these situations.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

How to Apply:

Submitted applications will be reviewed upon receipt and must include the following:

  • Cover letter summarizing the candidate’s qualifications for the position, including a description of how prior educational training, experience and skills prepare the candidate to fulfill the job responsibilities detailed above.
  • Recent writing sample of choice
  • Curriculum vitae or resume.
  • Contact information (name, job title, phone and email) for three professional references
  • Application materials should be submitted via e-mail to with the job title and your name in the subject line (i.e., Program Specialist – Jane Smith).