of Migratory Bird Habitats in Latin America &
President of Threatened Species
Estimated at $115,000; based on experience
The mission of American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is to conserve
birds and their habitats – the places birds need to thrive – across
the Americas. We are a growing group of 125+ dedicated staff,
located across the United States and with a network of partners
from Canada to Chile. Each year, we grow in budget and staff, and
we deliver more results aimed at preventing bird species
extinctions and reversing declines that are reducing populations of
nearly all bird groups. Our work is guided by our principles, which
include a commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
ABC seeks an entrepreneurial person with experience developing
and managing bird conservation programs to lead ABC’s work on
migratory birds in Latin America & Caribbean region. This work
is now centered around three main pillars we call BirdsPlus,
focused on promoting and implementing Best Management Practices on
working lands to enhance bird habitat, a BirdsPlus Fund to finance
investment projects, and BirdsPlus Index to measure results using
birds as indicators of conservation value. This position is
responsible for leading and coordinating ABC’s strategy and project
portfolio focused on securing and enhancing habitat for migratory
birds at wintering and stopover sites in Latin America and the
Caribbean. This person is a member of the ABC Management Team and
participates in monthly Management Team meetings and will be
responsible for managing two direct reports.
Program & Partnership Leadership:
- This position will lead the team’s work by organizing and
coordinating the team to implement projects, including
identification and management of wintering migratory bird
- This position will also coordinate with ABC’s regional programs
in the USA and Canada, such that wintering ground work complements
breeding ground activities to deliver full life-cycle conservation
for migratory populations; and coordinate with members of ABC’s
International Division on projects benefiting or focused on
migratory birds occurring outside of the US.
- Represent ABC’s migratory bird interests among other alliances
and strategic relations that benefit migratory birds through active
participation in meetings, working groups or committees. One
possible area for our program to grow will be to explore different
conservation financing strategies and investigate how we might
influence existing sources of finance (such as regional development
banks and ministries) for agricultural practices in Latin America
and the Caribbean to encourage Best Management Practices and other
actions that help birds.
- Liaise between ABC’s Communications division to develop media
content around relatable science, new discoveries, and ABC projects
as related to our work on migratory birds in Latin America &
Annual & Financial Planning:
- Set goals and objectives for the Migratory Bird – LAC program
in the ABC Annual Plan and translating these into more detailed
workplans for team members, as well as into annual budgets.
- Track budgets and spending of available funds.
- Create stretch budgets and prioritize unfunded activities.
Fundraising: Work with Development to cultivate donors
(individuals, foundations, government agencies), cultivate impact
investor opportunities, identify potential donors and grant
opportunities for unfunded activities, and apply for funding to
maintain and expand the program’s activities.
- Advanced degree in conservation finance, sustainable
agriculture, business, or a related field with knowledge of
conservation and management needs of migratory birds in the
- At least five years of experience in bird conservation work in
Latin American or Caribbean, or an equivalent combination of
education and experience.
- Well organized with keen attention to detail and
results-oriented. Ability to manage multiple projects, meet
deadlines, have the tenacity and creativity to solve difficult
problems, and bring an entrepreneurial spirit to pursue new
- Experience working with development banks and national,
regional, and local governments preferred.
- An outgoing, positive, persuasive manner and predisposition for
innovation and collaboration, but with ability to work both
independently and as part of teams, as well as with international
- Proven ability to work with partners in a way that displays
cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity
- Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage
- Willing and able to travel. Travel could involve 4-5 trips per
year, each last 7-14 days.
- Excellent writing and presentation skills in English and
Spanish, including experience organizing and disseminating
evaluation findings to donors and other stakeholders. Working
knowledge of other languages such as Brazilian Portuguese is a
- Excellent benefits package includes medical, dental, flexible
spending accounts, and employer-matched retirement savings,
flexible schedule, etc.
- Paid vacation days (starting at 15 days annually and increasing
to 20 days after 1 year of employment), paid holidays (including
both US holidays and additional ABC holidays) and sick leave.
- Lodging, meals, and transportation covered for work-related
travel away from home.
- Rental vehicle or personal mileage reimbursement where
Please apply on
If you have difficulties, please email your cover letter and
resume to HR@abcbirds.org.
At American Bird Conservancy, we believe that a diversity of
backgrounds, perspectives, and skills makes us more effective. We
are committed to creating a respectful and inclusive work
environment for all of our employees.
As an equal opportunity employer; ABC is committed to
ensuring that employees and applicants for employment have equal
opportunities regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry,
sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical
condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual
orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other
factor unrelated to the requirements of the position.