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
Temporary Nature Educator

Applications accepted now until November 1, 2023.

Temporary Nature Educator

Reports to: Education Coordinator

Supervises (paid): None

Supervises (unpaid):  None

Salary: Full-time, temporary, hourly


General Description

The Temporary Nature Educator will teach classroom nature programs, guide outdoor walks, and lead 8 weeks of summer day camp in Chautauqua County in New York and Warren County in Pennsylvania. This position is for 40 hours per week from January through September, 2024.


  • Enjoys working with children in classroom and outdoor settings;
  • Experience working with and teaching children;
  • Enthusiasm and the ability to be dynamic;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Valid driver’s license and own vehicle;
  • Clear background check


  • Experience teaching in an elementary classroom setting;
  • Experience in informal settings teaching children;
  • Comfort and familiarity with the flora and fauna of western New York



Wage: $15.60/hour

January – September 2024: exact dates negotiable

40 hours/week: Generally, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Hours are somewhat flexible, as there are some days when afternoons are free, and some days schools start earlier than 8:30 a.m. Mondays are typically office days used for program prep, so that allows preparation and project time. Some Saturdays and evenings are included for festivals, events, fundraisers, and programs.

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 grade 6. ACNC provides training and observation opportunities 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. Classroom programs usually run through April.

Field Trips and Schoolyard Programs: Beginning at the end of April, schools start to come on field trips to the Nature Center or host outdoor walks in their schoolyards. You will lead groups of students outdoors on Discovery Walks along the trails and in local schoolyards. Discovery Walk training takes place in April, and walks run through the end of June, with a few over the summer.

Day Camp and Camp Days: There are a handful of Camp Days during the course of the year on school breaks. These are one-day programs that mimic the Day Camp program and activities in different seasons. You would observe and assist with the first day, co-lead the second day, and lead subsequent days. Starting in late June, eight weeks of summer Day Camp begin. You will assist and observe during the first week or two of camp, then lead groups for the remainder of the summer. Written outlines may be available for some of the established camps, others may require writing your own lesson plans.


Apply: Send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Sarah Hatfield,, or 1600 Riverside Road, Jamestown, NY  14701 by November 1, 2023.


Audubon Community Nature Center
1600 Riverside Road
Jamestown, NY 14701

(716) 569-2345

Click here for directions

Hours and Admission

Nature Center Hours:

Monday - Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

1:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Building Admission:

Members - Free
Non-member Adult (ages 16+) - $6
Non-member Child (ages 3 - 15) - $2
Children ages 2 and under - Free
Maximum cost for a Family - $15
Free admission to the Nature Center for SNAP/EBT cardholders.
Free admission for all on Sundays

Grounds and Outdoor Exhibits:

Open daily, year round from dawn to dusk free of charge

Click here for holiday closings

Thank you, Community Partners

Audubon Community Partners make a significant financial contribution each year because they believe that every child deserves the opportunity to have a real and healthy connection to nature.

 Carnahan-Jackson Foundation
Chautauqua Region Community       Foundation
Curt and Susie Westrom
Holmberg Foundation
Hultquist Foundation                   
Jessie Smith Darrah Fund
Lenna Foundation
Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation
















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