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Director of Conservation

Nature Forward (formerly Audubon Naturalist Society) seeks a dynamic Director of Conservation to provide strategic leadership for our environmental advocacy, community (citizen) science water quality monitoring programs, and community outreach work in the DC metro region. The Conservation Director will develop, define and implement campaign strategies to influence local and state policy decisions, organize community advocacy actions, and build coalitions that advance Nature Forward’s advocacy priorities in Human Health & Access to Nature, Biodiversity and Habitats, Climate Crisis and Sustainable Land Use. The Director supervises a collegial team of advocates, monitoring and outreach specialists, and contractors and interns in pursuit of positive environmental legislation and on-the-ground best practices that support nature for all communities in our region.

In addition to organizing and running advocacy campaigns in MD, DC, and VA, the Conservation Director manages organizing and outreach efforts including coalition building, advocacy training, and dissemination of community engagement tools and events that support effective implementation of local environmental protection and justice policies. We seek a strong and collaborative manager who is an excellent communicator across multiple platforms and audiences. This senior, supervisory position reports to the Nature Forward Executive Director and will work closely with fellow Department Directors and the Board of Directors to align the work of the Conservation team with Nature Forward’s mission, vision and strategic plan.

Nature Forward is committed to building a diverse team that draws on the strengths of people with a variety of identities, backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. If you are an environmental champion with leadership, management and outreach experience, please send your cover letter and resume to, before June 15, 2023.

Salary range – $78,000 – $94,000 based on experience.