WANTED: Program Director, Salton Sea wildlife habitat restoration (California)

Audubon California seeks a full-time Salton Sea Program Director for its office at 220 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, California to grow contributions to conservation in Southern California, with specific attention on restoring the Salton Sea.

The Program Director is charged with expansion and implementation of existing campaigns, with conservation partners, to secure significant and sustained commitments to Salton Sea habitat restoration and management. S/He will exercise leadership and management responsibility in developing conservation programs, advancing conservation science and policy, engaging the network and attracting new funds.

S/he will also assist with the facilitation of the State of California’s Salton Sea Management Plan (SSMP) that supports Audubon’s goals to protect birds and their habitat at the Salton Sea while also controlling for dust to protect human health. The Program Director will collaborate with and advise a coordinated multi-disciplinary group of policy, science, modeling and other technical experts working to address key water-related challenges at the Salton Sea.

The focus of the Salton Sea Program Director position includes:

  • Raising awareness and stressing urgency around the environmental degradation and threat to public health at the Salton Sea, helping lawmakers and other decision makers to understand that the State of California must make a significant and sustained investment in real solutions there.
  • Securing the best outcomes for birds and people around the Salton Sea by influencing the State’s SSMP planning and immediate implementation process and ensuring habitat protections in the draft plan, anticipated December 2016.

The Salton Sea is part of the Colorado River Basin; consequently, in addition to his/her work in Southern California, the Program Director will serve as an expert liaison between the Salton Sea and Audubon’s Colorado River program in the context of ensuring water for habitat throughout the lower Colorado River basin.

This position will report to the Vice President of the Pacific Flyway/Executive Director of Audubon California and with a dotted line to Audubon’s Program Director, Western Waters.

Photo of Salton Sea by Rman 348 via Wikipedia.

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