Range Ecologist, Audubon Conservation Ranching at National Audubon Society

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Location: Denver, Colorado

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National Audubon Society

Range Ecologist, Audubon Conservation Ranching


Job ID: 2021-4587
Type: Regular, Full-Time
# of Openings: 1
Category: Land Stewardship
National Audubon Society


Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action. By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive. And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level. What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of approximately 450 local chapters, 120 campus chapters, 17 state and regional offices, 34 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.

The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.

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Duties include assisting the Conservation Ranching Lead in ranch certification and communication, conservation project identification and implementation, developing avian habitat organization plans; documenting and advising on the implementation of conservation actions; planning and conducting avian surveys, soil surveys and vegetation sampling, as well as numerous other wildlife surveys; scientific database ownership, including utilization of GIS; and report writing and mapping.

  • Landowner Liaison - Provide excellent technical service to agricultural producers participating in Audubon’s working lands conservation programs.

  • Facilitate demand for Audubon’s conservation programs through partnerships with local agencies and organizations.

  • Provide timely access to financial assistance programs for enrolled ranches, through Audubon, local, state, and federal financial assistance opportunities.

  • Maintain connections with local conservation professionals and organizations to deliver programs.

  • Habitat Overseeing - Advocate science-supported habitat management on partner lands.

  • Establish habitat organization plans.

  • Conduct essential avian and grassland monitoring on program lands. Working Knowledge of IMBCR Protocols.

  • Identify monitoring needs regarding avian and vegetation; develop and implement monitoring techniques to address land use, avian density and occupancy, and vegetation response to disturbance.


  • Bachelor’s degree in rangeland / grassland ecology, wildlife management or biology, natural resource management, or a related field preferred.

  • 1+ years’ experience with similar work within the target area.

  • Grassland/ vegetation plant identification and management knowledge.

  • Avian identification and management knowledge.

  • Experience with sampling methods, wildlife surveys, and habitat management.

  • Knowledge and appreciation of the ranching culture, range ownership issues, and sustainable ranching practices.

  • Excellent communication skills across diverse audiences.

  • Working knowledge of ArcGIS, GPS and other GIS technologies.

  • Must be able to work self-guided and within a team.

  • Possess valid driver’s license for safe operation of 4-wheel drive vehicles.

  • Ability to walk long distances on uneven terrain and comfort to drive on unpaved surfaces.

  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.

  • Must be comfortable with extensive day travel and occasional overnight travel, as necessary