American Bird Conservancy
Gulf Coastal Program Manager
Title: Gulf Coastal Program Manager
Supervisor: Vice President, Southeast Region
Location: Gulf Coast region (Houston, Texas / Virtual Gulf-wide)
Help American Bird Conservancy protect shorebirds and seabirds along the Gulf Coast of the United States!
The Gulf Coastal Program Manager 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 declining and imperiled shorebirds and seabirds through habitat stewardship, partnerships, public outreach and education, and by directly addressing specific threats to birds such as human disturbances, coastal recreation, trash and plastics, and collisions with buildings and glass windows. Focal species include Piping, Snowy, and Wilson’s Plovers, Red Knot, Black Skimmers, and Least Terns, and other species benefit by association.
The Gulf Coastal Program Manager will maintain 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 Coast. This program involves recruiting and working with volunteers to protect shorebirds while they are nesting, foraging, and roosting through measures such as signage, fencing, and outreach. The manager will also oversee educational programs and social media messaging designed to encourage coastal recreationists to respect and avoid sensitive areas. The manager will perform similar duties for an ongoing partnership with Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama and evaluate opportunities to expand the Program in other Gulf Coastal areas. The manager will oversee additional community-based bird conservation activities such as working with local stakeholders to prevent collisions with buildings, replacing invasive plants with native species, attaining protective bird or environmental designations, and technical assistance in local planning to promote conservation and minimize threats to birds. The manager is responsible for supporting and expanding the collaborative SPLASh (Stopping Plastics and Litter Along Shorelines) initiative to address the threat of marine debris in the greater Houston-Galveston region. The manager will also coordinate with federal, state, and local partners in Gulf-based policy and advocacy, including submitting comments on projects located on public lands.
The manager 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. Additional positions could be added in the future.
This position requires a great deal of collaboration within ABC and with external partners as well as 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. Specific duties include:
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.
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