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American Bird Conservancy POSITION DESCRIPTION
Conservation Advocacy Program Officer
Managing Director of Conservation Advocacy
Washington, DC
Date of Posting:
Deadline for Application:
August 15, 2007
American Bird Conservancy, the only science-based, non-profit organization whose mission is to
conserve wild birds and their habitats throughout the Americas, seeks a highly organized and
detail-oriented individual with excellent communication and interpersonal skill to manage ABC’s
nationally recognized Cats Indoors! program.
The Program Officer will work to diminish the impact of feral and free-ranging cats on birds by
educating and encouraging domestic cat owners to neuter, vaccinate, and take measures to
physically control their cats’ outdoor activities, advocate for the passage and enforcement of
federal, state, and local ordinances providing for the control of feral cat populations, and
promote other strategies to limit the impact of cats as introduced predators.
In addition, the Program Officer will assist ABC’s Conservation Advocacy staff on an array of
federal legislative and regulatory projects. The ideal candidate will be a self starter with a
working knowledge of the congressional process in addition to strong research and analytical
 Develop pilot Cats Indoors! campaigns at sites where cat predation is impacting
endangered or threatened bird species.
 Develop government support for Cats Indoors! goals.
 Promote ABC’s Cats Indoors! program at national, state, and local levels.
 Work with other ABC program staff to limit the impact of cats as introduced predators in
sensitive natural areas internationally.
 Conduct legislative and regulatory research on a variety of complex issues.
 Analyze legislation and legislative proposals for their potential impact on America’s
native bird species.
 Attend congressional hearings, briefings, markups and meetings and reports on these
both verbally and in written communications.
 BS/BA degree, preferably in biological, conservation, political science or a related
 Two or more years of office experience in a government relations/policy environment
 Excellent writing, communication, and organizational skills.
 Proficiency with computers and software.
 Ability to work efficiently and accurately, while adhering to deadlines.
 Position will be based at ABC’s Washington, DC office.
 Belief in and dedication to American Bird Conservancy’s conservation mission.
 Good social and organizational skills and high energy and enthusiasm.
Salary is based on non-profit scale and is commensurate with skills and experience.
Send letter, resume, and references to Merrie Morrison, [email protected] by August 17,