Director of Development
Opportunity: Houston Audubon has an exciting opportunity to join our talented, enthusiastic, and productive team. We are looking for an independent, positive-thinking individual with a successful track record to lead, manage, and grow the organization’s fundraising program. Houston Audubon offers competitive compensation and benefits, including 401K plan matching for eligible employees, health and dental insurance, flexible work schedules, and a team environment.
About Houston Audubon: Houston Audubon is a nonprofit organization established in 1969 to conserve wildlife and natural resources on the Upper Texas Coast. We have a rich history of advancing our mission with positive local, regional and global impact through sanctuary and habitat management, environmental education and conservation advocacy. Houston Audubon owns and manages 17 nature sanctuaries in the Upper Texas Coast area providing 3,474 acres of wetlands, piney wood forest, coastal woodlots and prairie, and beach that serve as critical habitat for over 300 species of migratory and resident birds. Houston Audubon sanctuaries also serve as community assets where people walk, commune with nature, learn, meditate, socialize and explore. We deliver over 700 nature-based program experiences for children and adults every year. The organization’s annual budget runs $1.5M to $1.7M, depending on special projects planned for the year.
Position Summary: The Director of Development will plan, lead, and oversee Houston Audubon’s fundraising activities. She or he will be responsible for developing and executing plans and strategies in consultation with the Executive Director to increase and sustain individual, foundation, and corporate contributions in support of the organization’s programs and operations. The Director of Development leads and manages the Development team, which currently includes a corporate relations director, events manager and a development associate.
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Bird Conservation Technician
Application Deadline: August 31, 2018
Start Date: Mid-September, 2018
Location: Houston Audubon Field Station, High Island TX
Duties and Responsibilities: The bird conservation technicians will assist the Sanctuaries Manager in day-to-day operations of Houston Audubon’s Upper Texas Coast sanctuaries. Technicians will primarily aid in native habitat restoration of coastal sanctuaries utilizing chainsaws, tractor, sprayers, UTV and herbicides to remove non-native invasive plant species. She/he will also be expected to conduct three shorebird transect surveys/month, weekly rookery surveys on land and by boat, assist with volunteer workdays, and trail maintenance/construction. He/she will also be responsible for monitoring two new rookery islands constructed January 2018 including nesting platform construction, vegetation surveys, and tree plantings. Other duties include, but not limited to, infrastructure maintenance, visitor services, assisting visiting researchers, participating in citizen science projects (Christmas Bird Counts, eBird, iNaturalist), educational/outreach programs, public/volunteer interactions, and keeping up with weekly social media posts. This is a 6-9 month seasonal position, $10/hr up to 40 hours per week located on the Bolivar Peninsula. Benefits not included. Shared housing will be provided at Houston Audubon’s Field Station in High Island, TX. Recent graduates encouraged to apply.
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