Center Assistant

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Holly Springs, MS, United States

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30+ days ago

The National Audubon Society is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. We work throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon’s state, regional, national, and international programs, nature centers, and chapters have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. As a sentinel species, we recognize that the fate of birds is inextricably tied to the fate of us all.

Audubon has more than 700 staff working across the United States and seven countries in 17 state and regional offices, 41 nature centers, and 23 wildlife sanctuaries. Together as one Audubon, we aspire to alter the course of climate change and habitat loss, leading to healthier bird populations and reversing current trends in biodiversity loss.

Audubon is committed to a culture of workplace excellence, where our talented and diverse staff are deeply engaged, with a strong sense of belonging. The birds Audubon pledges to protect differ in color, size, behavior, geographical preference, and countless other ways. By honoring and celebrating the equally remarkable diversity of the human species, Audubon will bring new creativity, effectiveness, and leadership to our work throughout the hemisphere.
Position Summary:

The Part-Time Center Assistant will assist with facility, native plant nursery and land management operations, including facility rentals and educational events, watering and maintaining native plant stock, staffing the visitor center and assisting in land management activities as needed. Opportunities to receive training and participate in prescribed burns, plant and wildlife surveys, as well as other field based conservation science activities exist for candidate with interest.

Essential Functions:
  • Assist in all aspects of Native Plant Nursery and Plant Sales. Work with volunteers to grow plants, weed, water daily and maintain nursery area.
  • Ensure a welcoming experience for guests by maintaining access to Visitor Center, answering phone calls, staffing the gift shop, providing information about center campus, trails and available recreational or educational opportunities.
  • Participate in and help coordinate environmental educational programs for school groups, families and adults and Center special events.
  • Assist with management of social media presence and monthly newsletter as needed.
  • Assist with management of hummingbird feeding stations during season (March-Oct), to include making and stocking sugar water, cleaning and filling feeders daily.
  • Assist in maintaining inventory, condition and organization of Center’s materials, supplies, gift shop and equipment.
  • Interact and work with the public, Audubon members, teachers, volunteers and others.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Experience:
  • High School Diploma required.
  • Ability to work weekends required.
  • Demonstrated experience and comfort using various software programs, specifically Microsoft Office Suite,
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks, meet deadlines and operate in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills: ability to work with others is essential.
  • Self-motivated and willingness to work in a flexible environment.
  • Ability to stand and/or move constantly during a shift.
  • Ability to work unsupervised.
  • Willingness to learn new tasks.
  • Knowledge of horticulture, gardening or native plant husbandry is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with children and families in an educational environment.
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs. and move trays of plants, bags of soil, rental equipment and other landscaping and tools with or without accomodation.
EEO Statement:
The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.
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All new hires must be fully vaccinated prior to their start of employment unless they are pre-qualified by HR for exemption.