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Position Summary:
Audubon’s Seabird Institute combines conservation science, education, and outreach with the advocacy might of Audubon’s network to protect seabirds and the places they need. The Seabird Institute engages thousands of visitors through its work at the Hog Island Audubon Camp, Project Puffin Visitor Center, school-age programming and via narrated puffin watching cruises with partner boat companies. It reaches millions more through online programming and its puffin & osprey nest cams.

The Manager, Public Programs will play a lead role in the development and execution of the Seabird Institute’s educational programming offered through Hog Island Audubon Camp in-residence sessions, day-programs, virtual programming, and other venues. The Manager will elevate and diversify audience participation, boost levels of engagement, and stimulate revenue growth through implementation of new and existing events and programs. They will work closely with the Project Puffin Visitor Center Manager, Communication and Development Assistant, and other staff to develop innovative programs that support and align Hog Island Audubon Camp, Project Puffin Visitor Center, and Todd Wildlife Sanctuary with the Seabird Institute and National Audubon Society strategies and initiatives.

$60,000 / year
Essential Functions:
  • Develop, manage, and implement engaging Hog Island Audubon Camp educational programming. Oversee annual schedule development, marketing, program implementation, and other components of program delivery. Serve as on-site programming coordinator during in-residence sessions.
  • Sustain and grow online educational programming offered by the Seabird Institute through the Hog Island Audubon Camp, such as the Tern the Page Book Club, Making Bird Connections, Raptor Rapture, Puffin Islands, and others. Develop and maintain online delivery platforms through National Audubon Society or other channels.
  • Research and develop programs that forge closer connections to the local community, increasing access to, awareness of, interest in, and appreciation for Audubon’s Seabird Institute in Maine. Collaborate with other team members to develop and grow locally-targeted Seabird Institute (Hog Island Audubon Camp, Todd Wildlife Sanctuary, and Project Puffin Visitor Center) events and public programs, increasing annual visitorship, event participation, and operating revenues.
  • Hire, train, and supervise instructors, staff, interns and volunteers, as necessary to implement program goals. Maintain, grow, and diversify network of instructor and content delivery partners.
  • Sustain and grow relationships with key stakeholder and partner organizations, notably the Friends of Hog Island, Colby College, and others.
  • In collaboration with office and communications staff, develop appropriate materials and engagement strategies to ensure effective promotion of programs using both print and electronic media.
  • Collaborate with Seabird Institute staff to design and implement Hog Island Audubon Camp support functions such as registration and reporting.
  • Develop and track metrics to measure effectiveness of programming.
  • Maintain Wilderness First Responder certification or equivalent training and serve as the Hog Island Audubon Camp Health Supervisor as required by the Maine Department of Economic & Community Development.
  • Serve as an ambassador for the Seabird Institute, Hog Island Audubon Camp, and National Audubon Society throughout the community, specifically at meetings, advisory boards, festivals and other public events. Cultivate existing collaborations and forge new programmatic partnerships with cultural organizations and community groups.
  • Partner with Audubon staff to ensure equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging principles are incorporated in all aspects of our programming.
  • Represent Hog Island Audubon Camp and the Seabird Institute in National Audubon Society Center leadership forums and collaborations, particularly around program development and delivery.
  • Other job-related duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in the natural sciences or education or related field.
  • 5+ years of demonstrated experience in a conservation education setting including teaching, management experience and curriculum development, or a similar combination of education and experience, required.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of educational program design and assessment, knowledge of wildlife conservation issues, and ability to articulate them and inspire participation. Experience with measurement and evaluation best practices strongly preferred.
  • Attention to detail, excellent time-management and organizational skills, sound judgment under pressure and demonstrated ability to solve problems creatively.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Superior interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills that can be adapted to reach a wide range of individuals and can be used to build consensus. Experience working with multigenerational audiences and diverse cultural communities.
  • Capacity to work easily and effectively with a wide range of people, build relationships, be diplomatic and exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the dynamics of a complex organization.
  • Strong knowledge, and the ability to pass on that knowledge, of the natural history of Maine and seabird conservation is preferred.
  • Interest, understanding and commitment to the Seabird Institute’s mission and vision.
  • Knowledge and commitment to conservation of birds and other wildlife and their habitats.
  • General knowledge of scientific concepts and environmental issues.
  • Ability to work long, flexible hours, including weekends and evenings, and live on Hog Island during camp in-resident sessions.
  • Must be willing to travel as the job requires.
  • Ability to work outdoors, in all weather conditions and on varying terrain, and occasionally carry field equipment, with or without accommodation.
  • Must possess and maintain Wilderness First Responder certification or equivalent training or be willing to acquire.
  • Valid drivers license and ability to drive high-occupancy passenger vans required.

This position is represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA).

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