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

Winter - Spring Seasonal Nature Educator

Applications accepted November 23 until filled or March 1 (whichever comes first) for this temporary part-time position.

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

General Description

The Winter – Spring Seasonal Nature Educator will teach classroom nature programs and outdoor informal programs in Chautauqua County in New York and Warren County in Pennsylvania. This position is for 24 hours per week from mid-January through mid-May, 2022.


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


  • Experience teaching in an elementary classroom setting;
  • Experience in informal settings teaching children;
  • Degree, or pursuit of a degree, in Education or the Natural sciences;


Wage: New York State minimum wage ($13.20), no benefits

Mid-January through mid-May: exact dates negotiable

24 hours/week: Generally three to four days per week Tuesday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 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 an hour or two to get your schedule and prepare for the week is usually part of the weekly schedule.

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 5. 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. Three to four days are spent in schools through April.

Field Trips: Beginning in April, schools start to come on field trips to the Nature Center. This position will lead groups of students on Discovery Walks along the trails. Discovery Walk training takes place in April.

Other Programming: There is the occasionally after-school program, community-based organization program (library or YMCA), or Nature Center program that you will lead or assist with. ACNC will provide training.

Apply by March 1, 2022

Email your cover letter, resume, and three reference contacts to Sarah Hatfield at  with the subject as “Winter Seasonal Nature Educator Position.” or by mail at:
Attn: Sarah Hatfield
Audubon Community Nature Center
1600 Riverside Road
Jamestown, NY 14701.

Invasive Species Management Assistant - Apply by March 5, 2022

Invasive Species Management Assistants (2) — Apply by March 5, 2022.

Applications accepted through March 5, 2022 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 survey and remove Water Chestnut, as well as other 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
  • Able to provide transportation to both ACNC and off-site locations


  • Familiarity with Audubon Community Nature Center
  • Experience overseeing, and working with volunteers
  • Detail oriented
  • Previous Experience removing Water Chestnut or other 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: $13.20/hour, no benefits
Timeframe: Late-May through early-August; Hours will vary based on scheduled activities, weather, and intensity of Water Chestnut infestation.
250 – 300 hours in total: Some weeks of work will be more intense than others based on weather and scheduled volunteer/off-site survey and removal efforts.

Apply by March 5, 2022:
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 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.

Curt and Susie Westrom

Bob Frucella's Tax Service
Carnahan-Jackson Foundation

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

Lenna Foundation
Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation

Hal and Mary Conarro