Audubon Community Nature Center is always on the lookout for talented individuals to join the team. See below for current and annual positions.

If you have questions about applying for a position, please call (716) 569-2345 or email

Current Openings

President - Apply by February 18

Job Description

The Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) in Jamestown, New York is seeking an experienced, progressive individual to assume leadership of the organization as President. ACNC has been a dynamic community institution for over 60 years. We own and manage 600 acres with 5 miles of trails and a nature center. ACNC has a robust education program for schools, youth, adults and families. We host school field trips, outreach programs, day camp, public programs and large events. These programs and events bring our brand to life by generating wonder and excitement for the natural world.

The Nature Center is located in scenic western New York with a diversity of nature from numerous lakes and streams to forest-covered hills. It is an outdoor lover’s paradise. The rural community boasts warm and friendly people and an affordable place to live. Follow your passion and join us.

The President is the chief executive officer responsible for the overall leadership, management and administration of ACNC. You will be supported by a seasoned, dedicated staff and a large corps of enthusiastic volunteers. Working collaboratively with Board, staff and volunteers, you will lead an excellent program to new heights and provide leadership and inspiration for the next era of growth.

Scope and Responsibilities

Strategic Planning and Leadership
The President leads the organization through a strategic planning process that sets goals with measurable outcome-based objectives for the future growth of the organization. You will oversee the implementation of the plan to ensure ACNC is best serving the community.

Fiscal Management and Development
The President ensures sound financial management through developing and executing an effective budget and overseeing all philanthropic development including grants, membership and giving by individuals and businesses.

Community and Board Relations
The President is responsible for nurturing and developing relationships within the wider community. As the spokesperson of the organization, you will represent ACNC at community organizations and public functions. The President speaks knowledgeably on ACNC’s mission, programs and future to the wider community.

The President reports directly to the Board of Directors. You will communicate effectively with the Board, utilize their time and talents to advance the mission of ACNC and assist in the recruitment and development of board members.

Buildings and Grounds Management
The President has overall responsibility for the buildings, grounds and the physical plant. Working with the building and grounds manager, staff, and the Land Use Management Committee, you will provide oversight for 600 acres, a three-story nature center and outbuildings.

Personnel Management
The President oversees the hiring, supervision and evaluation of a small, passionate staff. You will also cultivate and maintain volunteer relationships. An ideal candidate will inspire a diverse group of staff and dedicated volunteers to be creative, to problem solve and to complete diverse tasks.

• Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
• Five years of management experience, preferably in a nature center setting.
• Broad management skills and evidence of strong, inspirational leadership ability.
• Fundraising experience, including grant writing and donor cultivation from individuals and businesses.
• Experience in facility management.
• Passion for and understanding of the natural world and environmental issues.

• Master’s degree in a relevant field.
• Natural history and/or education background.
• Community oriented.
• Experience in creative problem solving.
• Experience in working with Doubleknot or a similar constituent relationship management system.
• Strategic planning experience with a focus on outcome-based objectives.
• Land management experience, including invasive species planning.
• Experience with a capital campaign.
• Familiarity with Quickbooks or a similar financial software.

Salary and benefits commensurate with experience.

To Apply
Send application including cover letter, resume and the names of three references to:
Audubon Community Nature Center
Presidential Search Committee
1600 Riverside Road
Jamestown, NY 14701

Deadline: February 18, 2018

ACNC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer serving the Western New York and the nearby Pennsylvania areas. All employees are treated equally and are encouraged to achieve their fullest potential. We respect the individuality of each member of our community and we are committed to a workplace free of any kind of discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, national or ethnic origin, politics or veteran status. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

Invasive Species Coordinator

Applications accepted through March 15 for a position that runs from early May through mid-August.

General description:
The Invasive Species Coordinator will recruit volunteers and oversee all pulls and treatments of Water Chestnut and Phragmites done on Audubon premises. This includes procuring materials and supplies, coordinating a team of Invasive Species Management Assistants, recruiting and supervising volunteers, maintaining equipment, and cleaning up after pulls. The coordinator will also keep records, write reports, and present an end-of-year synopsis to the President of ACNC.

· At least 21 years of age
· Experience organizing, training, overseeing and rewarding volunteers
· Able to work independently
· Understanding of and appreciation for safe methods to work around and in water
· In good physical condition, able to navigate outside in all weather and in up to 4 feet of water wearing chest waders
· Interest in, comfort in, and knowledge of the natural world
· Enthusiasm for learning and sharing

· Familiarity with Audubon Community Nature Center
· Marketing experience to attract volunteers
· Detail oriented
· Experience removing Water Chestnut, a floating aquatic non-native invasive species or Phragmites.
· Experience operating tractors
· Experience using kayaks or boats

Wage: $12.20/hour
Early May through mid-August; Hours may vary based on scheduled activities and/or weather.
250-300 hours; Some weeks of work will be more intense than others based on weather and scheduled pulls.

Organization and Marketing: Organize and train team of Invasive Species Management Assistants for work from mid-May to mid-June; Coordinate with the PRISM Invasive Species specialists for their time; Organize and publicize pulls during June and July which may include securing equipment, supplies and lunch for the group; Schedule and organize additional pulls as possible, based on volunteer recruitment, but at least one pull with at least 8 volunteers weekly.

Supervision: Coordinate the effort following the Contract with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for Invasive Species Control;Supervise Invasive Species Management Assistants; Recruit and train group leaders; Oversee scheduled pulls; liaison with professional herbicide applicator to provide boat, sprayer, herbicide and other equipment and supplies for spraying in late May or early June.

Materials and Supplies: Procure boats, equipment and supplies as needed; procure lunch for volunteers at events when needed; check supplies regularly for condition and repair or replace as needed.

Event Management: Perform the Group Pull Leader checklist; Check in with the front desk before going and upon return to document that everyone who participated has returned safely; Transport volunteers to and from worksite in an Audubon vehicle; Make sure participants have the materials and information required and act in a safe manner; Return materials to storage, checking for any items that need to be repaired or replaced; Coordinate with OWLs (buildings and grounds crew) for disposal of plants and other support.

Project Maintenance and Reporting: Coordinate with OWLs to install screening at the outlet; Schedule and monitor clearing the screen at the outlet that minimizes the introduction of Water Chestnut into the greater watershed; Coordinate with Water Chestnut Champion (if applicable) for Conewango Creek; Data entry of participants; Write year-end report including number of pulls, number of volunteers and total volunteer hours worked; Provide journal and photographic documentation of work completed; Upon completion of this Report, there will be a payment of $500.

Apply by March 15, 2018:
Please send a resume with three references and cover letter to
Audubon Community Nature Center – Invasive Species Project
1600 Riverside Road
Jamestown, NY 14701
or with “Application for Invasive Species Coordinator” as the subject line.

Invasive Species Management Assistant

Applications accepted through March 15 for a position that runs for four weeks in June with possible additional hours in July and early August.

General Description:
Audubon Community Nature Center in Jamestown, New York has openings for Invasive Species Management Assistants for 4 weeks in June 2018 with possible additional hours in July and early August. Exact dates will be determined based on applicant availability and weather conditions. The job entails pulling and removing the invasive species known as Water Chestnut from ponds, and using kayaks, rowboats and chest waders to access the site. These conditions often require considerable physical exertion and present the possibility of injury and the need to operate in an especially safe manner.

· Must be at least 18 years of age
· Able to work in a team
· Physically able to work in up to 4 feet of water in chest waders
· Work in variable weather conditions and terrain

· Experience operating tractors
· Experience in kayaks or boats

This is a full-time, temporary position.
Wage: $10.40/hour, no benefits
June, potential with a potential of additional hours in July and August
Hours: 32-36 hours/week in June; possible hours in July and August weather depending.

Apply by March 15, 2017: Please send a resume with three references and cover letter to
Audubon Community Nature Center – Invasive Species Project
1600 Riverside Road
Jamestown, NY 14701
or with “Application for Invasive Species Management Assistant” as the subject line.

Summer Nature Education Internship - Apply by March 1

Applications accepted January 1 – March 1 for positions that run from Mid-May through Mid-August.

Nature Education Internship, paid, hourly.
New York State minimum wage, no benefits.
Applications Accepted: January 1 – March 1
Start Date: Mid-May (more details below)
Duration: Typically through mid-August

General Description:
Lead Discovery Walks; serve as camp counselor through the summer; assist with caring for our educational live animals; attend walks and classes led by naturalists and volunteers for professional development (often includes bird-banding, wildflower identification, bird-house monitoring, citizen science projects, and more); assist with daily operations of the nature center (including recycling, compost, cleaning, and maintenance). If time allows assist with weekend programming including classes, birthday parties and rentals.


  • At least 18 years of age
  • Interest in, comfort in, and knowledge of the natural world
  • Experience working with children
  • Must be in good physical condition, able to navigate up to 3 miles a day on rough terrain in variable weather conditions


  • Enthusiasm for learning and sharing
  • Familiarity with Audubon Community Nature Center
  • Are planning to enter an environmental field or those who hope to teach environmental and/or science topics or elementary age students


New York State minimum wage, no benefits.

May through August
(exact start and end dates are somewhat negotiable).

30-40 hours/week, occasional weekends
in May and June, 30 hours per week, usually Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Once camp starts, a maximum of 40 hours per week, usually 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. Hours are flexible, as there are some weekend events. There may be some weeks when you are asked to work Saturday instead of Monday, for example.

School credit:
If you are applying for school credit, you must submit the internship requirements from your school
with your application (number of hours/credit, if a project is required, if certain activities must be completed, etc.)

Discovery Walks:
In May and June ACNC offers guided walks to schools. Your job is to engage the students in meaningful learning activities along the way and to make sure you keep to a specified schedule. Training and observation is provided before you lead your first solo walk.

Summer day camp:
Starting in late June, 8 weeks of summer Day Camp begin. You assist and observe during the first week of camp, then lead your own groups for the remainder of the summer. Written outlines of each camp are provided, it is your job to fill out the subject matter with activities, lessons, and projects.

Intern Project:
Each year, our interns may choose projects from a list to complete. Past projects have involved the creation of displays, such as a “fishing pond”, a frog song board, and raptor exhibit. Another was a self-guided nature trail and accompanying booklet. This is dependent on time available and not a requirement.

What does ACNC do for you?

You’ll walk away from this internship with experience working with groups of children in Preschool through High School. ACNC provides learning opportunities in the form of a weekly hike with a naturalist, recommended reading materials, job-shadowing the various positions at a nature center, research projects such as bird banding, and off-site field trips.

You have the opportunity to develop lesson plans for week-long camp and participate in land management in the sanctuary. You’ll gain experience working with a collection of reptiles and amphibians as part of the education animal collection and minimal training on the care and maintenance of a Bald Eagle.

Finally, ACNC hopes you walk away with a better understanding that environmental education is a way of life, not a field of interest. Through experience, knowledge and action, your work here will give you the tools to shape the future and its citizens.

To apply send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Sarah Hatfield, 1600 Riverside Road, Jamestown, NY  14701 or email to


Audubon Community Nature Center
1600 Riverside Road
Jamestown, NY 14701

(716) 569-2345

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Sunday 1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.