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Current positions available with Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania

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Nature Center Manager





Position Summary

Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania will begin construction in 2017 of a new Nature Center and community park in Buffalo Township as an extension of our existing Todd Nature Reserve. This new facility will be a collaborative effort between ASWP and Buffalo Township. Prior to the construction of the new center, ASWP will open a storefront location in Buffalo Township to begin engaging the public and building support for ASWP and the new center.

The Nature Center Manager is responsible for the safe and efficient operations of all activities at the new center, including program coordination and delivery, nature store and concessions management, facility rental and maintenance activities, and overall guest relations. As the organization’s primary liaison to the local community, the Nature Center Manager will be responsible for networking within the community and building relationships with businesses, schools, and civic organizations. The Nature Center Manager will also be responsible for developing volunteer support, growing the ASWP membership base, and championing the core mission of ASWP.

This position reports to the executive director and will be responsible for helping to recruit additional staff for the new center.      

Primary Duties:

As a new position in a new facility, this position and associated duties and time allocations will evolve quickly. The successful candidate must be able to adapt to, and drive, this evolution.

  • Facilities Management (40%)

Recruiting and supervision of staff and volunteers to work at the facility, including programming, facility maintenance, and guest relations positions.

Coordinating earned income activities including Audubon Nature Store, concessions, and facility rental operations.

Insure safe and pleasant environment and compliance with all rules and regulations.

Coordinate with the township on park and trail maintenance issues.

  • Public Engagement (30%)

Create a warm, inclusive, and welcoming environment for visitors, volunteers, and staff.

Coordinate and participate in programs; In coordination with Education Department, develop and deliver formal and informal environmental education programs

Recruit volunteers and members

  • Community Relations (20%)

Work with the Township to ensure a mutually beneficial collaborative effort.

Meet with businesses and other organizations to foster strong relationships and a vestment in the new park

Enhance the relationship with Freeport Area School District and other nearby districts.

Attend township and other meetings as necessary to represent ASWP

Recruit volunteers, members, and other relationships throughout local communities

  • Other (10%)

Represent ASWP on education, conservation, and other mission-related topics to the public, media, and government agencies, where appropriate

Support and advise the Executive Director and ASWP Board of Trustees on issues important to the local community

Other duties and activities as assigned by the Executive Director.

Preferred Qualifications and Prerequisites:

The Nature Center Manager will have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Education, Biology or other natural sciences, or at least 5 years of experience in a similar position - preferably at a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. A proven track record of innovative thinking and professional success is essential.

Must be able to work evenings and weekends. Candidates must have a valid PA Driver’s License and Pennsylvania Act 33/34 clearances are required. The Nature Center Manager must be able to conduct tours of the facility and grounds and participate in organization activities that require lifting items weighing up to 50 lbs. ASWP is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

How to Apply

Submit resume, letter of introduction, and salary requirements (required; a range is acceptable) in confidence, via mail or e-mail to:

Jim Bonner, Executive Director, Audubon Society of Western PA, 614 Dorseyville Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15238 or via email to hr@aswp.org.

Conservation Director

Position Summary

Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania is expanding its conservation efforts and consolidating activities under this new Director-level position.

The Conservation Director will be responsible for developing and managing a diverse portfolio of conservation projects including habitat creation and restoration, Citizen Science and other monitoring programs, and tracking and mitigating the effects of climate change. He or she will monitor local and regional polices that impact birds and the environment and develop strategies to minimize potential negative impacts. The Conservation Director will engage the staff, board, volunteers, and 5,000 Audubon members throughout southwestern PA to champion ASWP positions. The Conservation Director will help evaluate future land acquisitions, advise Nature Center Managers on items related to existing properties, and integrate the activities of the Audubon Center for Native Plants and Whetzel Land Steward into our broader conservation efforts. The Conservation Director will work with the Executive Director and Development staff to raise funds for conservation programs.

This position reports to the Executive Director.

Primary Duties

Program Planning and Management (40%)

*     Develop and implement habitat work, including Backyard Habitat and Bird Friendly Communities initiatives.

*     Coordinate Chimney Swift habitat and other species-specific programs.

*     Expand Bald Eagle nest cameras and develop other wildlife engagement opportunities.

*     Manage and grow Important Bird Area program (IBA).

*     Identify and prioritize new initiatives.

*     Manage conservation and plant center staff.

Policy and Public Engagement (30%)

*     Monitor legislative and policy issues and work with Executive Director and Board of Trustees to develop appropriate positions.

*     Develop and coordinate communications with Audubon members and the public on conservation and policy issues.

*     Represent ASWP at meetings and seek opportunities for constructive engagement.

*     Recruit and coordinate volunteers and interns to help further ASWP’s conservation priorities.

Fund Raising (20%)

*     Develop and manage grants - Help to source new funds.

*     Collaborate with Executive Director and Development staff to increase conservation funding.

*     Meet with foundations, corporations, and individuals to grow and reinforce support.

Other (10%)

*     Represent Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania on education, conservation, and other mission-related topics to the public, media, and government agencies, where appropriate

*     Support and advise the Executive Director and ASWP Board of Trustees on issues important to the local community

*     Other duties and activities as assigned by the Executive Director.

Preferred Qualifications and Prerequisites:

The Conservation Director will have a Master’s Degree in Public Policy, Ornithology, Biology or other natural sciences or a combination of a Bachelor’s Degree and at least 5 years of experience - preferably at a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. A proven track record of innovative thinking and professional success is essential.

Must be able to work evenings and weekends. Candidates must have a valid PA Driver’s License and Pennsylvania Act 33/34 clearances are required. The Conservation Director must be able to conduct tours of the facility and grounds and participate in organization activities that require lifting items weighing up to 50 lbs. ASWP is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

How to Apply

Submit resume, letter of introduction, and salary requirements (required; a range is acceptable) in confidence, via mail or e-mail to: Jim Bonner, Executive Director, Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania, 614 Dorseyville Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15238; hr@aswp.org.

Seasonal Event Assistant

Position Summary:

The Seasonal Event Assistant is responsible for providing immediate assistance to center staff in a variety of assigned tasks in preparation for and during wedding ceremonies and receptions at Succop Nature Park.  The Seasonal Event Assistant is expected to assist the staff to prepare and maintain the facilities and grounds in a safe and clean manner before, during and after events; and ensure guests are provided with the utmost attention throughout their experience.  The employee reports directly to the Center Coordinator.  Beginning wage is $11.25/hour.

Primary Duties:

Facility Duties

*     Set-up tables and chairs as per event needs

*     Place signs, decorations, etc. as per event needs

*     Assist caterers with specific event set-up and clean-up

*     Assist caterers with guest services

*     Clean and disinfect restrooms

*     Clean event shelter, dispose of trash and recycling

*     Stock/replenish trash can liners, toiletries, etc. in all public areas

*     Ensure tables and chairs are clean and well-presented

*     Assist with parking/traffic during events

Grounds

*     Clean-up grounds to ensure area is event-ready

*     Clean-up patios, entrances, walkways and driveways

Other Duties

*     Other duties related to event preparation and/or assistance as directed by supervisor

Requirements:

The Seasonal Event Assistant is required to provide his/her own personal transportation to and from Succop Nature Park.

The appearance of our employees is an important aspect of these events, so Seasonal Event Assistants may be required to conform to a specified dress code.

Background Check:

*     Criminal and child clearance background checks are required for all ASWP staff, interns and volunteers

Physical Abilities:

*     Routinely required to carry equipment in excess of 50 lbs.

*     Routinely required to be on feet throughout the shift

*     May be required to safely operate a Gator all-terrain vehicle

Safety:

*     All staff, interns and volunteers are required to review equipment safety standards as they relate to their duties

*     Required to follow safety standards as outlined by supervisor

Expectations:

*     Expected to report to work as assigned and meet with supervisor as needed

*     Expected to work independently as assigned

*     Expected to deliver work standards appropriate to his/her abilities and according to the expectations of the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania

Contact: Davlin Smith dsmith@aswp.org or (724) 586-2591.