Thank you for your interest in joining our team. Audubon Canyon Ranch is a great place to work with people who love the outdoors as much as you do. 

Current Job Opportunities:

Director of Conservation Science, Marshall, CA (pdf)
Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR) seeks a Director of Conservation Science, our lead scientist who works designing and implementing ACR’s science agenda and provides technical leadership and support to other ACR science staff. The position works with the executive director and ACR Board in strategically growing ACR’s science program. S/he communicates results of ACR research to a wide audience through peer-reviewed publications, ACR technical reports, popular articles, public speaking, and other media, and additionally serves as managing editor of The Ardeid, ACR’s annual publication on conservation science for a sophisticated, popular readership. The Director participates as an active member of ACR’s Senior Management Team, and engages in public conservation planning and policy issues, as appropriate. Collaborates with ACR’s director of stewardship to oversee the management of ACR properties on Tomales Bay. Contributes to ACR fund development strategies and activities. Provides input to the ACR Board of Directors to ensure that board policies are in compliance with ACR’s conservation science mission and activities. Conducts occasional natural history seminars for ACR volunteer and community groups. Current active projects that the Director will oversee include: a GPS telemetry project studying movement and habitat use of Great Egrets; a large, ongoing citizen science project monitoring nest abundance and productivity of all known heron and egret nesting sites in the north San Francisco Bay Area; ongoing monitoring of landbird, waterbird and shorebird populations; and a study of the effects of prescribed and wild fire on landbird habitat relationships.

Please review job description (linked above) for responsibilities, and required skills and qualifications.

TO APPLY: Applications must be submitted by email no later than April 30, 2018. Send application materials to, with the subject line “Application for Director of Conservation Science.” Please include:
• a cover letter stating your research interests and philosophies
• curriculum vitae
• PDFs of 3-5 peer-reviewed publications demonstrating your research experience

Prescribed Fire Specialist, Fire Forward Program, Glen Ellen, CA (pdf)
Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR) seeks a Prescribed Fire Specialist for its Fire Forward Initiative, a regional cooperative effort to bring about a new approach to fire management in the North San Francisco Bay area -- one that acknowledges our fire-adapted and fire-dependent landscapes and incorporates this understanding into all aspects of our regional culture. ACR is partnering with public and private agencies across the region, state and country to increase the pace and scale of fuels treatments using a cooperative approach.

The Prescribed Fire Specialist will work with the Fire Forward Program Director and ACR’s science and stewardship staff to build a regional cooperative fire management program. He or she will identify and assess units for prescribed fire or other fuels treatments on ACR lands and on the lands of our partner agencies and land owners/managers, write burn plans and smoke management plans, interface with CAL FIRE and other fire agencies, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and other permitting agencies, and neighbors and community members. He or she will also maintain fire equipment and hire or recruit crew members as needed. 

This is a fast-growing new program with excellent growth potential for a motivated fire professional who is passionate about the role of fire in California ecosystems, has direct experience planning and implementing prescribed fire and other fuels treatments, and is able to hit the ground running.

Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in fire science or forestry and/or at least 5 years of experience (seasonal or full-time) in prescribed fire implementation. The ideal candidate would have certified qualifications as a Burn Boss (RXB1), Firing Crew Leader, or Registered Professional Forester.

We will start reviewing applications on April 9, and on a rolling basis after that until position is filled. Please submit your resume and a cover letter as one or two attachment(s) to an email. Send the email to with “Prescribed Fire Job” as the subject line. If you have questions about the position or ACR contact Please no phone calls.
Last House Administrative Assistant, Bouverie Preserve, Glen Ellen, CA (pdf)

We wish you luck in your job search and hope you will consider getting involved with ACR as a volunteer.