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Position:       Conservation Ranching Manager

Location:      Helena, MT (Flexibility to work remotely in Montana)

Salary:          $38,000-$42,000/year

Position:       Full-time

Benefits:       Vacation, Simple IRA w/match, Health Insurance

About the Organization

Founded in 1976, Montana Audubon is an independent, statewide conservation organization whose mission is to promote appreciation, knowledge and conservation of Montana’s native birds, other wildlife, and natural ecosystems and to safeguard biological diversity for current and future generations. In our vision for the future, we seek to create an environment in which all of Montana’s native bird species have healthy, sustainable populations, ensured by long-term habitat security. Montana Audubon uses bird science, conservation education and engages in public policy work to protect our state’s incomparable wildlife and landscapes.

Summary of Position

The Conservation Ranching Manager works with ranchers, partners, Montana Audubon and National Audubon staff to coordinate the expansion of Audubon’s Conservation Ranching (ACR) program in Montana. The position is responsible for recruitment of ranches; development of Habitat Management Plans; coordination of workshops to provide production assistance; development of program protocols and their adherence in all participating landscapes; coordination of agreements and relationships with state and federal agency partners, peer organizations and NGOs; coordination of supply-chain and retail/market-side partnerships; and support of monitoring and ranch certification.

Major Responsibilities

  • Recruiting Montana ranches into the program by identifying potential participants, building relationships, and assisting interested ranchers with program entry. Develop positive relationships with producer groups, landowner associations or other entities.
  • Working with producers, NGOs, and agency partners to develop regional habitat management protocols and bird species target lists pertinent to each of the ecoregions in which the program is operating.
  • Completing Habitat Management Plans for all participating ranches.
  • Coordinating and managing agreements and relationships with state and federal agency partners, including opportunities for program funding.
  • Coordinating and managing partnerships with peer conservation organizations and program stakeholders.
  • Coordinating the development and management of supply-chain and retail/market-side partnerships, which may include retail stores, restaurants, branded programs, coops, etc.
  • Working to coordinate ecological monitoring on all participating ranches, including bird counts and potentially the measurement of vegetation and soil health.
  • Working with your supervisor to establish and review overall work plans and priorities for conservation ranching staff.
  • Working to coordinate with conservation staff to support citizen science efforts, data entry & analysis, and volunteer engagement for ACR as needed.
  • Assisting the preparation of funding proposals, and meeting with program donors and supporters as needed.
  • Ensuring adherence to policies and procedures, and positively representing Montana Audubon. Maintain a working knowledge about Montana Audubon strategic plans, priorities, and programs. Answer general inquiries from the public MTA and the ACR. Assist staff in participating states to coordinate local promotion, education and outreach.
  • Oversee ACR communications and outreach and work with national partner on marketing efforts.
  • Work with Development department to secure grants that supports Montana Audubon’s Conservation Ranching program.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in rangeland ecology, natural resource management, environmental science, sustainability, or related field, as well as 3-5 years relevant work experience.  (Master’s degree preferred)
  • Working knowledge of grassland ecology and habitat management.
  • Knowledge and appreciation of the ranching culture, range management issues, and sustainable ranching practices is (preferred).
  • Experience in the practice or promotion of sustainable agriculture, sustainable foods, grass-fed beef production or related supply chain development (preferred)
  • Must possess excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, and make decisions in the absence of specific directions.
  • Ability to effectively coordinate with staff, and interact positively with others to advance the Audubon mission.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office including Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word required, ArcGIS experience helpful; experience in additional systems and platforms a plus.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Passion for the mission of Montana Audubon, as well as knowledge or interest in bird conservation initiatives.
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends, and travel up to 50% of the work schedule.

To Apply

Please send cover letter and resume to [email protected] with the subject line “Conservation Ranching Manager”. This posting will remain open until filled with applications reviewed on a rolling basis.

Montana Audubon is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, creed, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability or status as a U.S. veteran.


Position:       Communications Specialist

Location:      Helena, MT (Flexibility to work part-time for the right candidate)

Salary:          $30,000-$32,000/year

Position:       Full-time

Benefits:       Vacation, Simple IRA w/match, Health Insurance

About the Organization

Founded in 1976, Montana Audubon is an independent, statewide conservation organization whose mission is to promote appreciation, knowledge and conservation of Montana’s native birds, other wildlife, and natural ecosystems and to safeguard biological diversity for current and future generations. In our vision for the future, we seek to create an environment in which all of Montana’s native bird species have healthy, sustainable populations, ensured by long-term habitat security. Montana Audubon uses bird science, conservation education and engages in public policy work to protect our state’s incomparable wildlife and landscapes.

Summary of Position

The Communications Specialist is a fulltime position that oversees all communications activities for Montana Audubon, ensuring a consistent message with our newsletter (and other print media), earned media, website, and social media platforms. The position will also work with one of our nonprofit partners (Tri-County Firesafe Working Group) to provide similar communication services to promote fire safety in three Montana Counties.

Major Responsibilities

  • Oversees the organization’s newsletter, website and social media platforms.
  • Ensure that all communication activities are integrated by use of an annual calendar.
  • Coordinates the production of materials designed for members, donors, foundations and corporations.
  • Coordinates the production and timely release of eNews, the newsletter, and other communications as needed.
  • Supports communications and marketing by coordinating with consultants and printing companies, preparation, staff input/writing, editing and review procedure, and deadlines.
  • Ensures all print materials available to the public are presentable and up-to-date. Ensures outreach materials for public events are up-to-date and equipment is prepared and organized.
  • Manages and maintain organizational mailing lists.
  • Manages the Montana Audubon membership programs, including the monthly renewal system, assisting in prospecting activities as needed.
  • Assists the Science, Policy, Centers and Education Departments with communication materials as needed.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • A combination of 5 years of education (2-4 year degree) and professional experience (1-3 years) in communications or related field.
  • Strong communication skills (both written and verbal) and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Highly organized with the ability to manage multiple deadlines and stay within budget.
  • Proficient computer skills, website management, and a strong social media expertise.
  • Possesses an even temperament, sense of humor, ability to take direction, and exercises good judgment and flexibility.
  • Willingness and desire to be a team player within a collaborative work culture.
  • A commitment to conservation and the mission of Montana Audubon and Tri-County Firesafe Working Group.

To Apply

Please send cover letter and resume to [email protected] with the subject line “Communications Specialist”. This posting will remain open until filled with applications reviewed on a rolling basis.

Montana Audubon is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, creed, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability or status as a U.S. veteran.


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