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Employer:  NJ Audubon Society.
City:  Port Murray
State/Province:  New Jersey
Country:  United States
Type of Employment:  Full Time
Environmental Categories:  Conservation
Industries:  Nonprofit Charitable Organizations
Required Education:  Masters Degree
Required Work Experience:  5 to 10 years
Travel Requirements:  Never
Compensation:  commensurate with experience
Job Description: 


Position Title:                Project Director – GIS & Sanctuary/Facilities Management

Department:                  Stewardship

Location:                      Wattles Stewardship Center, Port Murray, NJ

Supervisor:                   Vice President Stewardship

Job Classification:         Full Time (40 hour week)


Job Description: Stewardship Project Director - GIS & Sanctuary/Facilities Management primary responsibility is to support NJ Audubon staff with GIS needs and to also oversee the network of NJ Audubon Sanctuaries and provide support to facilities management. The successful candidate should be able to use GIS software (i.e., ArcGIS) and hardware to map, analyze, support and answer questions related to Stewardship Department and other NJ Audubon projects.  The candidate should have a strong background in GIS and experience with manipulating data between various platforms. In addition, this position coordinates and monitors the network of NJ Audubon sanctuaries, conducting annual property visits, supporting stewardship and restoration projects on sanctuaries and assisting with tracking facilities.


Major Responsibilities


  • Act as GIS lead on major initiatives/projects involving spatial data and analysis

  • Provide GIS project support within and outside the Stewardship Department, as needed.  Including, but not limited to:

  • GIS project management

  • GIS mapping and ground-truthing

  • Generation of forest inventory survey points

  • GIS analysis

  • GIS mapping and analysis to support grant proposals, sanctuary activities, and miscellaneous projects

  • Oversee ESRI site maintenance contract and licenses for NJA.


Conservation Projects

  • Provide project assistance in the implementation of habitat restoration projects including, but not limited to plantings and non-native invasive plant removal

  • Initiate and manage restoration and habitat improvement projects on NJA-owned properties as well as on public and private lands

  • Assist in the pre and post management surveys to aid in the adaptive management of restoration projects.


NJA Facilities

  • Provide staff support to the Facilities and Land Management Committee

  • Oversee stewardship and management activities on NJA properties and easements, with focus on non-staffed sanctuaries.  Activities include:

  • Trail construction/maintenance

  • GIS mapping (trails, landscape, focal points)

  • Invasive vegetation removal and other site maintenance other than trails

  • Maintain Green Acre status on NJA-owned properties

  • Identify and initiate restoration projects at non-staffed NJA properties

  • Use GIS and other tools to evaluate potential new land acquisitions

  • Advance prepared management plans to initiate specific tasks (i.e. work closely with the NJA Forester to implement Forest Stewardship Plans) – secure forest stewardship plans where necessary. Work with NRCS/USFWS on restoration projects on NJA properties as applicable. 

  • Prepare cost reports associated with NJA existing properties and focusing on potential new properties. 

  • Monitor activities at NJA sanctuaries as it relates to building maintenance and repairs. 

  • Prepare deeds and closing documentation for basic land acquisitions.

  • Serve as initial clearing house and conduct appropriate reviews for new property offers, using developed land-acquisition protocol.

  • Organize and prepare paperwork and reports as required by NJA and outside funding sources for new land acquisitions. 

  • Assist in the cultivation of major donors as associated with NJA properties including providing property updates, participating in site visits. Oversee NJA’s Deer Management Program including all hunter contracts/activities, hunter deliverables.


  • Provide departmental assistance, as necessary, in grant writing, preparation of management plans, implantation of management plans (i.e. field work, surveys and in-house).

  • Participate in promotional activities, as required, NJA Donor Events, etc.

  • Participate in partnerships/professional organizations as it relates specifically to Stewardship, the NJA mission and GIS.

  • Oversee Land Stewards as needed.

  • Provide assistance to the VP Stewardship in addressing public questions regarding development projects or other impacts to natural habitat.

  • Participate with Center staff and volunteers to adopt a “team” approach towards daily operations at the Center.

  • Assume additional responsibilities as required.


Knowledge and Skills:

  • Experience developing and implementing restoration, stewardship and wildlife management projects

  • Able to conduct internet research and use standard web-based tools and maps

  • Experience using a GPS and GIS software (preferably ESRI) essential

  • Excellent computer skills - Microsoft Office.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Motivated self-starter with capacity to work productively in a team setting.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to accept direction and constructive feedback.

  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and a positive attitude.

  • Ability to relate to and motivate a diverse range of people and exercise cultural competence and inclusion.

  • Excellent organizational, time and project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects, shifting priorities and meet deadlines.

  • Strong professionalism and work ethic.

  • Discretion: Ability to maintain confidentiality as appropriate.

  • Knowledge of NJ Audubon and the natural world helpful.


  • Education:  MS in ecology, natural resources or related field with a strong GIS background; or, a MS degree in Geographic Information Systems with a background in ecology or natural resources.

  • Experience:  Minimum five years’ experience working in the natural resources or conservation field using

  • Experience using GIS to advance conservation efforts

  • Must be able to perform field work under all types of adverse weather conditions

  • Must have the physical capacity to walk on uneven surfaces and in rough terrain carrying equipment weighing up to 50 lbs

  • Must be willing to travel to different locations throughout New Jersey and work weekends and nights as required

  • Flexibility to adjust hours to meet deadlines and special needs of the department and the organization.

  • Must have a reliable vehicle and a valid driver’s license and be able to operate a vehicle in NJ.

Starting Date:  Immediate

Salary:  Commensurate with experienced

Deadline:  This position will remain open until filled.

Application:  Qualified individuals may apply by emailing their resume, cover letter, salary requirements, and three professional references, preferably as one document, to


The New Jersey Audubon Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, national origin, ethnic background, disability or any other characteristic protected

Company Name:  NJ Audubon Society

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