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
Summer Nature Education Internship - Apply by March 5

Applications accepted January 1 – March 5, 2021 for positions that run from May through August 2021.

Nature Education Internship
Paid, hourly
New York State minimum wage, no benefits.
Applications Accepted: January 1 – March 5, 2021
Start Date: May (more details below)
Duration: Typically through mid-August

General Description:

Lead Discovery Walks; serve as camp counselor through the summer; attend walks and classes led by educators and volunteers for professional development; assist with daily operations of the nature center (including recycling, compost, cleaning, and maintenance); assist with trail and ground work.


  • 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 three miles a day on rough terrain in variable weather conditions


  • Enthusiasm for learning and sharing
  • Familiarity with Audubon Community Nature Center
  • Planning to enter an environmental or education field


New York State minimum wage ($12.50 per hour), no benefits.

May through August
Exact start and end dates are somewhat negotiable.

25-40 hours/week, occasional weekends
in May and June, up to 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. weekdays. There may be some weeks when you are asked to work Saturday instead of Monday. You may not reach maximum hours for each week.

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, eight 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.


To Apply

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

Application Deadline — March 5, 2021

Invasive Species Management Assistant - Apply by March 5, 2021

Applications accepted through March 5, 2021 for two positions that run from late May through early-August.

General description:
ACNC Seasonal Invasive Species Management Assistants work both onsite and offsite within the Chautauqua Lake Watershed to remove Water Chestnut, an aquatic invasive species. Invasive Management Team members will work with the ACNC Volunteer Coordinator to recruit volunteers and oversee all hand-pulls and treatments of Water Chestnut within the ACNC property.

Additional responsibilities include properly maintaining ACNC equipment and cleaning up after hand-pulls. Assistants will also be asked to take photos of their progress, document the number of plants removed, and present an end-of-year synopsis to the Executive Director of ACNC.


  • At least 18 years of age
  • Able to work independently
  • Understanding of and appreciation for safe methods to work around and in water
  • In good physical condition, willing and able to work outside in all weather and in up to 4 feet of water while wearing chest waders
  • Enthusiasm for learning and sharing information with others


  • Familiarity with Audubon Community Nature Center
  • Experience overseeing, and working with volunteers
  • Detail oriented
  • Previous Experience removing Water Chestnut, a floating aquatic non-native invasive species
  • Experience and or comfortability using kayaks and or canoes
  • Interest in, comfort in, and knowledge of the natural world

Position Details:
Wage: $12.50/hour, no benefits
Timeframe: Late-May through early-August; Hours will vary based on scheduled activities, weather, and intensity of Water Chestnut infestation.
200 – 250 hours in total: Some weeks of work will be more intense than others based on weather and scheduled volunteer/off-site Water Chestnut pulls.

Apply by March 5, 2021:
Please send a resume, cover letter, and three references to:
ACNC – Invasive Species Project
1600 Riverside Road
Jamestown, NY 14701
or email with “Application for Seasonal Invasive Species Management Assistant” as the subject line.


Audubon Community Nature Center
1600 Riverside Road
Jamestown, NY 14701

(716) 569-2345

Click here for directions

Hours and Admission

Nature Center:

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


Click here for holiday closings

Temporarily by donation

Grounds and Liberty:

Daily, year round from dawn to dusk
Free of charge

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.

Curt and Susie Westrom

Bob and Kathy Frucella
Carnahan-Jackson Foundation

Chautauqua Region Community Foundation
Holmberg Foundation
Hultquist Foundation
Jessie Smith Darrah Fund

Lenna Foundation
Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation