Black Belt Coordinator, Alabama

Alabama Audubon
Most of our work is in Hale, Perry, Dallas, and Marengo counties of Alabama, but area of emphasis will expand over time. It is expected that the coordinator will live in or near the four-county area described above.
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Full time Positions
This is an exempt, salaried, twelve-month position funded in part by grants. The starting salary is $42,000 per year. While prospects for continual funding are strong, continuation of the position after the first year is contingent on the acquisition of additional funding.
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About Alabama Audubon: Alabama Audubon is a 501(c)(3) staffed chapter of the National Audubon Society with an active membership. Our mission is to promote bird conservation and a greater knowledge of birds, their habitats, and the natural world. We provide services to the state’s birds and public, including field trips, adult courses, support for researchers and educators, scientific research, habitat restoration, and bird stewardship and monitoring. About Alabama Audubon’s Black Belt Birding Initiative: Named for its dark and fertile soil, Alabama’s Black Belt region hosts an impressive array of grassland and wetland bird species, many of which are in decline. This agricultural region is also one of the most economically challenged rural regions in the US. Our Black Belt Birding Initiative aims to improve the region’s economy and natural resource conservation by promoting bird-based ecotourism and the adoption of bird-friendly agricultural land use practices. By leveraging our organization’s expert staff and statewide reach, the Initiative aims to build excitement for wildlife tourism and the conservation practices needed to support it. About the position: The Black Belt Coordinator is the driving force behind our outreach and conservation activities in the Alabama Black Belt region, with a current emphasis on Hale, Perry, Dallas, and Marengo counties. The Black Belt Coordinator works in close consultation with Alabama Audubon’s senior leadership team to 1) develop and promote bird-related ecotourism and bird-friendly agricultural land use practices in the Black Belt; 2) develop and maintain key partnerships with Black Belt stakeholders, including local volunteers; 3) keep the public and key partners informed about our Black Belt work; 4) develop and implement outreach programs aimed at helping Black Belt communities and tourists steward, learn about, benefit from, and enjoy local bird populations; 5) participate in the planning and implementation of Alabama Audubon’s annual Black Belt Birding Festival; and 6) participate in the planning and implementation of strategies to secure funding for Alabama Audubon’s Black Belt Birding Initiative. More information can be found at
• A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, preferably in an academic field related to the goals of the Black Belt Birding Initiative (e.g., natural resource management, wildlife science, environmental science/studies, conservation, environmental education, nature tourism, outdoor recreation) • At least two years of experience working in a nonprofit, academic, business, cultural, civic, or governmental setting • Personal, academic, or professional experience working in agriculture (e.g., ranching, farming, forestry, aquaculture), natural resource management, or in agricultural communities • A deep commitment to Alabama Audubon’s core mission, and to the inclusive philosophy upon which our Black Belt Initiative is built • Exceptional interpersonal skills, including an enthusiastic desire to work with socio-economically, racially, and geographically diverse communities and organizations • Experience with, or a willingness to learn more about, the unique ecology and birdlife of the Black Belt region • Comfort and proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.) and Google Workspace • Excellent time-management skills • The ability to work evenings and weekends as is necessary • Self-motivation with an ability to work in both team and partnership settings, and with a range of personality types • A willingness to travel regularly within the region, including occasional overnight trips • A willingness to submit to a background check • A valid driver’s license and an independent, reliable means of transportation PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS The Black Belt Coordinator must be able to carry out a wide variety of physical tasks (e.g., lifting, reaching, bending, pushing, pulling, sitting, walking, typing, driving, standing, speaking) under a variety of conditions, both indoor and outdoor; tolerate a variety of challenging field conditions, including difficult weather (hot, cold, wet, inclement), remote and inaccessible locations, and inhospitable vegetation. More information can be found at It is the policy of Alabama Audubon that all persons are entitled to equality of opportunity in all areas of employment regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, national origin, religion, veteran status, genetic information, or other legally protected status. To apply, email a cover letter and resume (in PDF format) to the Alabama Audubon Hiring Committee at, with the subject line: BLACK BELT COORDINATOR APPLICATION. References may be required upon request. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.
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