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Migratory Shorebird Program Manager

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Sectors Nature Conservation, Ecology, GIS
Salary (Minimum)
Salary (Maximum)
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 06/10/2022
Company Name BirdLife Australia
Contact Name Human Resources Dept.
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IMPORTANT:  This Advertiser has requested that applicants MUST be National Residents / Valid Work Permit-holders.  Other applicants need not apply.


We are looking for a Migratory Shorebird Program Manager to lead our Migratory Shorebird Program team to help deliver the 2023 Bird Conservation Strategy. The Migratory Shorebird Program Manager will lead the development, implementation and adaptation of projects to improve conservation outcomes for migratory shorebirds, and more broadly shorebirds and their habitats.

The Migratory Shorebird Program Manager focuses on the delivery, coordination and evaluation of the Migratory Shorebird Program and the Migratory Shorebird Conservation Action Plan (MSCAP) to achieve its goals. The program manager is responsible for team management, cross organisational collaboration and building and growing relationships with external stakeholders to deliver outcomes.

You will do this by:

  • Developing and implementing BirdLife’s Migratory Shorebird Program in line with priorities identified by the MSCAP and towards a long-term MS Strategy in order to establish and secure national and international leadership in this field;
  • Working closely with the MSCAP Coordinator to evaluate, adapt and improve the MSCAP to achieve its goals;
  • Initiating and overseeing initiatives to attract funding, including preparation of grant applications and funding pitches, and development and growth of relationships with key funders.
  • Guiding and improving the delivery of the National Shorebird Monitoring Program which is critical for informing adaptive conservation management;
  • Collaborating with BirdLife Australia’s branches, groups, observatories, affiliates, government agencies, NRMs, Indigenous groups, local government and other relevant stakeholders both nationally and internationally
  • Ensuring the Migratory Shorebird Program maintains an active, supported and engaged volunteer base who contribute to shorebird monitoring and delivery of on-ground conservation and education actions.
  • Identifying and developing priority projects, actions and partnerships for addressing the needs of migratory shorebirds in Australia and along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway;

Status and remuneration:

This is a full-time position (1 FTE) offered on a 3-year contract. This is a hybrid position based from BirdLife Australia’s National Office Carlton, Melbourne and a home office location.

Enjoy an attractive salary range from $79,800 – $85,842 per annum plus 10.5% Superannuation. You will also enjoy great benefits, including additional special leave entitlements, 17.5% leave loading and access to LinkedIn learnings professional development and networking platform.

For more role details refer to the position description attached below or email enquiries to people&safety@birdlife.org.au  

To apply for this role you must have:

  • A relevant degree in science (zoology, ecology, conservation or similar) and at least four years of relevant experience;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of migratory shorebirds and the conservation issues facing them, in particular, the challenges around managing shorebird populations and their habitats;
  • Excellent oral and written communications,
  • Exceptional relationship-building skills, including demonstrated experience working across a diversity of stakeholders;
  • Ability to manage and contribute to a resilient, high-performance team
  • Strong planning and organisational skills including demonstrated experience in managing the implementation of conservation projects
  • Demonstrated influence and negotiation skills
  • Open to innovative ideas and practices, and a desire to strive for continuous improvement
  • High level computer literacy including databases and GIS;
  • Have valid Australian work rights with permission to work
  • Submit a cover letter, resume and brief statement addressing the position’s key selection criteria to people&safety@birdlife.org.au      

Closing Date: Applications for this role close on Thursday 6 October 2022

Please note BirdLife Australia does not accept applications from recruitment agencies.

At BirdLife we value diversity and inclusion and actively encourage applications from diverse groups and communities

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