Job Openings

Current positions available with Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania

Open positions: Nature Store Retail Associate (Beechwood) and Seasonal Event Assistants.

Seasonal Event Assistant

Position Summary:

Audubon at Succop Nature Park is looking for multiple, part-time Seasonal Event Assistants to support onsite events. These are temporary seasonal positions for people who like to interact with others while representing an organization with a mission to connect people to nature. 

The positions are seasonal and shifts include weekend days and evenings. Work schedules and total hours worked will vary based on the candidate’s availability and flexibility. The assistants report directly to the Center Coordinator. Beginning wage is $13.25/hour.

Essential Functions:

  • Follow detailed check-list in preparing the site for rental events and transitioning the site for the next event; duties will include equipment set-up and tear down; stocking supplies, cleaning the house and pavilion, and cleaning and maintaining restrooms.
  • Serve as a key holder ensuring facilities opened and locked at appropriate times.
  • Ability to safely operate equipment, including but not limited to Gator all-terrain vehicle and backpack leaf blower.
  • Serve as a liaison with catering staff, vendors, and clients throughout the event period; respond to questions and monitor activities to ensure rules and regulations are followed by all parties.
  • Direct and manage traffic during peak arrival times.
  • Inspect site before, during and after events; document damage and incidents involving guests with assistance from the manager-on-call.
  • Receive training to provide staffing support as needed in the gift shop.
  • Participate in scheduled staff meetings and trainings.

Qualifications and Experience:


  • Driver’s License; will be asked to drive a Gator all-terrain vehicle.
  • Criminal and child clearance background checks are required for all ASWP staff, interns and volunteers. Substance abuse tests may be required.
  • Be able to lift at least 25lbs consistently. Be able to be on feet throughout the shift.
  • Time and weekend flexible; must be able to stay longer than scheduled time when the need arises.
  • Candidates should enjoy working with others, solving problems, and thinking quickly to find solutions. This invaluable experience will be very beneficial in future positions.
  • Personable and friendly even when pushed or doing duties outside of your description; lots of face to face time with vendors, catering staff, clients and guests.
  • Be familiar and follow safety standards as outlined by the Center Coordinator.

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

Nature Store Retail Associate

Join our nature store team as a Retail Associate and be surrounded by the beauty of Beechwood
Farms Nature Reserve, headquarters of the Western Pennsylvania Audubon Society. The Nature Store is the heart of the property, and typically the first stop for visitors before they explore the five miles of trails and 134 acres of sanctuary at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve.

The nature store carries a wide array of bird feeding supplies, birding/hiking gear, as well as a thoughtfully curated selection of nature-focused gifts. Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve is an inspiring place to be, with the opportunity to learn much about birds and nature through senior staff and educational programming.

Position Summary:

The Retail Associate is expected to provide superior customer service to our visitors, assist with product placement, operate the Point of Sale system and ensure a safe and clean retail space, often in an independent manner. This position will be responsible for opening and closing the nature store and securing the facilities at the end of the day. The Retail Associate is responsible for providing immediate assistance to the Retail Manager in a variety of assigned tasks in preparation for and during the sales day. Additionally, the Retail Associate will provide staff support during event rentals at Beechwood. This is a weekend and evening position.

Required hours
include:
Saturdays 9am-5pm
Sundays 9am-5pm
+ with occasional evening hours as needed for event rentals.

Primary Duties:

Retail Duties

·      Complete opening and closing procedures

·      Ensure product is stocked and displayed properly

·      Assist customers with product selection

·      Assist customers with their sale using Point of Sale

·      Assist telephone callers and direct calls appropriately

·      Assist with inventory related administrative tasks

·      Assist with product orders

·      Clean product and displays

·      Work independently in the store

Rental Support

·      Provide staff support during event

·      Provide immediate assistance to rental party

·      Ensure facility remains safe

·      Close building and ensure security

Other Duties

·      Other duties related to sales preparation and/or client assistance as directed by supervisor

Requirements:

The Retail Associate is required to provide his/her own personal transportation to and
from Beechwood.

The appearance of our employees is an important aspect of rental events, so the employee may be required to conform to a specified dress code.

This position requires daytime, evening and weekend work; a commitment to a flexible schedule is an important requirement.

Background Check:

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

Physical Abilities:

·       Routinely required to carry birdseed that weighs 40 lbs.

·       Routinely required to be on feet throughout the shift

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

About ASWP:

Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania (ASWP) is an environmental education and conservation engagement organization founded in 1916 and based in Pittsburgh (Fox Chapel). It is an independent chapter of National Audubon Society and serves a seven-county region consisting of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington, and Westmorland counties. ASWP maintains three nature reserves – Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve in Allegheny County, and Succop Nature Park and Todd Nature Reserve in Butler County. With an annual budget of approximately $1,250,000 and 18 employees (plus seasonal help), ASWP conducts both formal and informal programs in schools and at its three locations, and conservation projects throughout the region.

The mission of Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania is to: Connect the people of southwestern PA to birds and nature through its programs, projects, and places.

www.aswp.org

Job Type: Part-time

Pay: $11.25 per hour

COVID-19 considerations:
Staff are required to wear facemasks, store guests are strongly encouraged to wear face masks. Our store offers curbside pickup. When weather allows, doors are opened for fresh air. We run an air purifier in our checkout area and have a plexiglass shield.