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

Nature Educator, Full Time - Apply by October 3, 2021

Applications accepted through October 3, 2021 for a position that begins November 29, 2021 (start date is flexible and also depends on COVID-related protocols in the local schools).

Position Details

Title: Nature Educator
Reports to
: Education Coordinator
Supervises (paid): none
Supervises (unpaid): none
Salary: Full-time, Salaried Non-Exempt ($31,200 – $42,212 based on experience); health insurance; retirement match after one year of employment
Start Date: November 29, 2021 (flexible, possibly earlier)

General Description
The Nature Educator’s primary responsibilities include teaching nature and science-based contracted educational programs as well as programs offered at the Nature Center and in the community. Programs include school classroom programs, guided nature walks, birthday parties, live animal programs, play facilitation programs, and intergenerational nature education programs. This person is educational support for various festivals, events, fundraisers, and programs as needed. Includes one Saturday per month, and the normal schedule is 40 hours per week though during events it may be slightly more. Candidates must pass a background check as the position involves extensive work with children.


Education: Teaching Programs (75%)

  • Teach contracted programs including those in classrooms, schoolyards, neighborhoods, at the Nature Center, and during birthday parties
  • Teach and develop public programs including summer day camps and Little Explorers

Education: Teaching preparation (15%)

  • Maintain educational props used in programs
  • Prepare for lessons by reading lesson plans, adjusting lesson plans, creating schedules, and developing themed lessons for Little Explorers

Education: Festivals and Events (5%)

  • Provide educational programming and support

Additional Roles and Responsibilities (5%)

  • Compose nature-related newspaper articles to be published locally
  • Act as a community resource for nature-related topics


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher, or equivalent experience, in an education related field
  • Experience teaching multiple age levels in both formal and informal settings
  • Knowledge of and comfort in the natural world
  • Ability to work with a flexible schedule
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Self-directed, but also able to work in a team environment
  • Flexible and open minded


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficient with word processing, spreadsheets, database, and desktop publishing
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Previous experience working in a nature center type setting

To Apply:

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

Applications due by October 3, 2021, midnight.



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:

Nature Center 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 for all non-members on Sundays.

Use of the trails and exploring the outdoor exhibits, are free year round, even on holidays, from dawn to dusk.

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 and Kathy Frucella
Carnahan-Jackson Foundation

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

Lenna Foundation
Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation