Houston Audubon seeks Bird Conservation Technician

Houston Audubon, a nonprofit organization established in 1969 to conserve wildlife and natural resources on the Upper Texas Coast, is looking for a Bird Conservation Technician to assist the Sanctuaries Manager in day-to-day operations of Houston Audubon’s Upper Texas Coast sanctuaries. Technicians will primarily aid in native habitat restoration of coastal sanctuaries utilizing chainsaws, tractor, sprayers, UTV and herbicides to remove non-native invasive plant species.

This is a 6-9 month seasonal position, starting in mid-September, paying $10/hr up to 40 hours per week, and located on the Bolivar Peninsula. Benefits not included. Shared housing will be provided at Houston Audubon’s Field Station in High Island, Texas. Recent graduates encouraged to apply. The deadline for application is August 31, 2018.

For a complete job description and application instructions, visit houstonaudubon.org.


Houston Audubon seeks Director of Development

Houston Audubon, a nonprofit organization established in 1969 to conserve wildlife and natural resources on the Upper Texas Coast, is looking for an independent, positive-thinking individual with a successful track record to lead, manage, and grow the organization’s fundraising program. Houston Audubon offers competitive compensation and benefits, including 401K plan matching for eligible employees, health and dental insurance, flexible work schedules, and a team environment.

The Director of Development will plan, lead, and oversee Houston Audubon’s fundraising activities. She or he will be responsible for developing and executing plans and strategies in consultation with the Executive Director to increase and sustain individual, foundation, and corporate contributions in support of the organization’s programs and operations. The Director of Development leads and manages the Development team, which currently includes a corporate relations director, events manager and a development associate.

For more information, including a complete job description and application instructions, go to houstonaudubon.org.

Houston Environmental News Update August 8, 2018

We’re busy getting ready for the Greater Houston Environmental Summit on Friday, so we don’t have an in-depth lead article for you today. We hope you will join us at the Summit, as it is a great event.

Eventbrite - 2018 Greater Houston Environmental Summit

The photo above is of the Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Preserve, and was provided to illustrate just one of the great talks at the Summit: Staying Resilient – Recovery of Attwater’s Prairie Chickens Post-Harvey, given by Jennifer Romero, Asst. Refuge Manager, Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR & Hannah Bailey, Curator of Birds, Houston Zoo.

In last week’s newsletter, our list of farmers markets was not complete. Here are a few more, courtesy of our readers. Thanks to all who sent these additions!

All this, just in time for “National Sneak Some Zucchini on Your Neighbors Porch Day.” (Send us an email if you are in search of a porch.)

Regardless of whether you are a zucchini fan, you’ll probably love the food at the Greater Houston Environmental Summit, catered by Pat Greer’s Kitchen. See the menu below.


Please register for CEC’s Greater Houston Environmental Summit on Friday, August 10, 2018. Buy your tickets now!

Annually, CEC hosts a networking and learning event for the extraordinary people who work at or are interested in the work of environmental organizations in the greater Houston region.

This year’s program includes:

  • Welcome by Commissioner Rodney Ellis 
  • Excellent Featured Speakers 
  • Table Talks: A cross between a breakout session and speed networking. See full descriptions of table talk hosts.
  • Exhibit tables from CEC member groups and local businesses.
  • Delicious, locally-grown food from Pat Greer’s Kitchen.
    • Continental Breakfast
      Scones from Angela’s Oven
      Coconut Chia Pudding with Granola and fresh fruit
      Tea and Coffee with all the fixins
    • Lunch
      Hibiscus Tea and Water
      Slow cooked, barbecued jackfruit and veggies
      Hoppin’ John – made with Texas: rice, black-eyed peas, and okra
      Salad – Market Mix
      Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and Basil Pesto
      Pimento Geez with Celery and Tomato Basil Kracker
      Strawberry Geezcake
      and, of course, lots of giant hugs!
  • A few surprises 🙂

We are grateful to the following sponsors:

Register at Eventbrite.

Houston Green Film Series

At the next edition of the Houston Green Film Series, on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, we’ll be showing Rodents of Unusual Size (see the trailer), a highly acclaimed film about the impact of nutria on coastal wetlands along the Gulf. (The film title might sound familiar if you are a fan of The Princess Bride.) Panelists will include Shannon Tompkins, who covers outdoor recreation and natural resource issues for the Houston Chronicle, and Linda Tschirhart-Hejl, the district supervisor for Texas A&M Agrilife Extension-Texas Wildlife Services and an expert on nuisance wildlife management. We’ll announce the other panelists next week. This film is NOT TO BE MISSED!

On September 19, we will be showing Dirt Rich, another excellent film, this time about the connection between regenerative agriculture and climate change.

In October, we’ll host “Wild About Houston, A Green Film Festival,” to showcase local short films telling environmental stories. Let us know if you have a film to submit!

Mark your calendar for January 30 & 31, when we’ll be hosting the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour.

CEC Seeks Board & Committee Members

The CEC is currently recruiting volunteers to serve on our 2019 Board of Directors and on board committees (programs, publications, membership, governance, finance, and development). Our Governance Committee will be hosting informational open houses for potential board members September 24 and October 22, 2018. If you are interested, please send an email with your résumé to [email protected]

Scroll down to read notes from our member organizations and the community, or view the emailed version of the newsletter, which includes a green job listing.