Jobs

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

If you’re interested in applying for a position, please call us at (716) 569-2345 or email us at info@auduboncnc.org

Current Openings

Summer Nature Education Internship

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

Position:
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.

Qualifications:

  • 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

Preferences:

  • 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

Details:

Wage:
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 shatfield@auduboncnc.org.

 

Winter Seasonal Naturalist

Applications accepted July 1 through September 1 for positions that run from October 1 through the end of March.

Position

Winter Seasonal Naturalist, paid, hourly.
Applications accepted: July 1 – September 1
Start Date: October 1 (more details below)
Duration: Typically through March

General Description

The seasonal naturalist will teach classroom nature programs, work with naturalists to modify classroom teaching points and methods, help with festivals and events, and assist with teaching days at the center when school is not in session. Other tasks may include weekend programs, leading birthday parties and scout groups, website design and upkeep, brochure and poster design, and exhibit planning and design as skills and time allow.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent experience;
  • Experience teaching in an elementary classroom setting;
  • Experience in informal settings teaching children;
  • General natural history knowledge and comfort in the outdoors;
  • Familiar with office equipment, including copy machines, computers, scanners, and fax machines
  • Enthusiasm and the ability to be dynamic
  • Ability to work independently
  • Valid driver’s license and own vehicle

Preferences

  • Degree, or pursuit of a degree, in Education or the Natural sciences;
  • Aspirations to be a Nature Center Educator;
  • Experience using Microsoft Access;
  • Experience caring for live animals, especially reptiles and amphibians.

Audubon Naturalists spend the winter months in classrooms from the Allegheny National Forest to towns along Lake Erie.

Details

Wage: New York State minimum wage, no benefits

October through March:  October 2, 2017 – March 30, 2018

20-37 hours/week, occasional weekends: Generally Monday through Friday work schedule, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Hours are somewhat flexible, as we have some weekend events, some days when afternoons are free, and some days schools start earlier than 9:00 a.m. There may be some weeks when you are asked to work Saturday instead of Monday.

Classroom Visits: You are expected to teach classroom programs throughout the duration of the position. This involves learning certain programs for each grade level, Pre-K through 5. Training and observation opportunities are provided before you teach your first classes. Classroom programs involve interacting with children, classroom management, and conveying knowledge effectively to elementary aged students. Typically you will teach 5-6 programs in a school day. Three to four days per week are spent in schools.

Discovery Walks:  In October we occasionally lead guided walks. You may be expected to lead a walk, if experience allows. Your job is to engage the students in meaningful learning activities along the walk and to make sure you keep to a specified schedule. Training and observation is provided before you lead your first solo walk. Discovery Walks involve informal teaching methods, group management in an outdoor setting, and conveying information to students in an effective and appropriate way outdoors. For more information, visit our on-line training manual.

Public Programs: You are expected to assist with public programs if needed that happen during your employment. Programs range from sit-down lecture-type programs, to hands-on workshops. Holiday Camp, Snow Camp and Mud Camp are precursors to our Summer Day Camp and you will be expected to assist with those days. Events held within the time frame of your employment are First Fridays, Enchanted Forest, the Annual Dinner, Thanksgiving with the Birds, Christmas with the Critters, Doors Open Jamestown, Snowflake Local Living Festival, and other single-year events.

What do we do for you?

You’ll walk away from this job with experience working in classroom settings with elementary age students. Hopefully, you will have gained confidence in presenting topics to this age range and developed the skills to communicate your message effectively and efficiently. You will learn to adjust your teaching methods to the skill and knowledge levels of the audience. We will work with you to teach classroom management techniques, different teaching methods, and age-appropriate delivery of information.

You will gain experience teaching outside the formal classroom by assisting with and teaching live animal programs, public programs (such as birthday parties or scouts), and discovery walks. This will allow you to learn the differences between formal and informal education methods.

You will gain a better understanding of the workings of a small non-profit. Through administrative tasks and learning opportunities, you will see that a naturalist wears many hats in the course of his/her work. It’s not all teaching and nature!

You will learn more about the natural world through professional development opportunities with volunteers, staff, and workshops/conferences. This knowledge will give you more confidence to lead walks, prepare lesson plans, and feel comfortable teaching about the natural world.

Finally, we hope 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.

Apply

Send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Sarah Hatfield, 1600 Riverside Road, Jamestown, NY 14701 or email to shatfield@auduboncnc.org

Water Chestnut Pull Coordinator

Applications accepted January 1 through March 31 for a position that runs from early May through mid-August.

General description:
The Water Chestnut Pull Coordinator will recruit volunteers and oversee all pulls 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 and end-of-year synopsis to the President of ACNC.

Qualifications:
· 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

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

Details:
Wage: $12.20/hour
Dates: 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.

Responsibilities:
Organization and Marketing: Organize and train team of Water Chestnut specialists 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 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: Supervise Invasive Species Management Assistants; Recruit and train group leaders; Oversee scheduled pulls; 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 April 5, 2017:
Please send a resume with three references and cover letter to
Audubon Community Nature Center – Water Chestnut Project
1600 Riverside Road
Jamestown, NY 14701
or info@auduboncnc.org with “Application for Water Chestnut Project” as the subject line.

Invasive Species Management Assistant

Applications accepted January 1 through April 5 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 2017 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.

Qualifications:
· 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

Preferences:
· Experience operating tractors
· Experience in kayaks or boats

Details:
This is a full-time, temporary position.
Dates: June, potentially hours in July and August
Wage: $9.70/hour, no benefits

Hours: 35-40 hours/week in June; possible hours in July and August weather
depending.

Apply by April 5, 2017: Please send a resume with three references and cover letter to
Audubon Community Nature Center – Water Chestnut Project
1600 Riverside Road
Jamestown, NY 14701
or info@auduboncnc.org with “Application for Water Chestnut Project” as the subject line.

ADDRESS

Audubon Community Nature Center
1600 Riverside Road
Jamestown, NY 14701

(716) 569-2345
info@auduboncnc.org

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HOURS

March - October
Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

November - February
Sunday - Friday 1:00-4:30 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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