Seasonal Center Assistant

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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 towards a future where birds thrive because Audubon is a powerful, diverse, and ever-growing force for conservation. Audubon has more than 700 staff working across the hemisphere and more than 1.5 million active supporters.

North America has lost three billion birds since 1970, and more than 500 bird species are at risk of extinction across Latin America and the Caribbean. Birds act as early warning systems about the health of our environment, and they tell us that birds – and our planet – are in crisis. Together as one Audubon, we are working to alter the course of climate change and habitat loss, leading to healthier bird populations and reversing current trends in biodiversity loss. We do this by implementing on-the-ground conservation, partnering with local communities, influencing public and corporate policy, and building community.

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Position Summary:
The Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center (TRSAC) in Oyster Bay, NY is the first Audubon Songbird Sanctuary in the U.S. established in 1923. The land was gifted by the Roosevelt family to honor President Theodore Roosevelt, who is buried next door a Youngs Memorial Cemetery. The TRSAC recently completed a $3 million renovation of the grounds, gardens, and center, opening the brand-new Wood Thrush Education and Visitor Center in May 2023. The TRSAC is 14 acres of wooded trails, including a large native demonstration garden.

The center and grounds are open year-round, attracting nature-enthusiasts from near and far. Being a part of the Audubon team means making a difference for birds and conservation. The Seasonal Center Assistant position is a part-time, seasonal position assisting with essential day-to-day center functions and visitor engagement. The Seasonal Center Assistant supports the TRSAC by ensuring all visitors are engaged, animal ambassadors cared for, and the building is running smoothly.

The Seasonal Educator will work 15 hours per week April 15, 2024 through September 15, 2024, and must provide their own transportation to the center. This role is on-site based out of our Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center (TRSAC) in Oyster Bay, NY.

$17.00 / hour
Essential Functions:
  • Work front desk of the Visitor’s Center on one weekend day, and possibly two weekdays a month or for events as needed.
  • Serve as a key holder ensuring facilities are opened, closed, and secured at appropriate times.
  • Inspect Visitor’s Center before, during, and after shifts whenever on site. Includes but not limited to; picking up trash or debris from outside the front of Visitor’s Center to parking lot area, rearranging and re-stocking pamphlets and trail maps, ensuring thermostats are on or off, doors and windows locked, and garbage emptied.
  • Provide staffing support as needed for the gift shop, admissions, and visitor experiences including public programs, camps, and volunteer groups that are at the center.
  • Support public programs coordinator with social media posts and communications as needed.
  • Assist as needed with admin, databases, bulk mailings, and other items.
  • Assist in supervising volunteers assigned to support front desk and Visitor’s Center.
  • Assist with gift shop; count bank, enter new stock into inventory, stock shelves, run reports, advertisement and promotions, etc.
  • Provide basic landscaping support around the immediate building perimeter to ensure the site is attractive to guests in the warmer months; includes weed pulling, watering, trash removal, etc.
  • Assist in cleaning the Visitor’s Center as needed.
  • Participate in scheduled staff meetings and trainings.
  • Support other departments, programs and events as needed.
  • Other job-related duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Experience:
  • Commitment to the Audubon mission.
  • GED or high school diploma required.
  • Valid driver’s license with reliable transport required.
  • Experience interacting with the public in a fast-paced environment; ability to remain composed under pressure; experience working at a museum, historic site, or other public facing facilities a plus.
  • Bird and plant identification experience (especially as it relates to Long Island) a plus, but not required.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to relate to and communicate with staff, volunteers, vendors, and the community.
  • Self-starter with the ability to organize/prioritize workload and complete assignments on time.
  • Must be able to work weekends, evenings, and holidays in summer weather conditions. Ability to lift up to 25 lbs with or without accommodation
  • First Aid and CPR certification is preferred.
  • Multi-lingual preferred (Spanish, English, ASL, etc.).
  • Proficiency on Microsoft office required. Social media experience and graphic design desired.
  • Adaptability and flexibility to a changing environment.
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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