Sanctuary: Magazine Beach
About Mass Audubon
Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 160,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries.
About This Position
Mass Audubon is looking for an energetic, customer-oriented individual with a love of nature to take the lead on the daily operations of our new location at Magazine Beach Park in Cambridge. Located along the Charles River in Cambridge, Magazine Beach Park is a greenspace where city residents seek connection to nature in their neighborhood. From April to November, Mass Audubon hosts drop-in nature programs at the historic Powder Magazine building, which will also serves as a home base for school, family, and adult programming on and around the river. The Powder Magazine will be staffed during open hours (two days per week in spring/fall, four days per week in summer) from mid-April through mid-November to provide visitor orientation, exploration of nature exhibits, wildlife demonstrations, opportunities to purchase snacks/drinks, and access to restrooms. Our Site Manager will be the lead staff person at the Powder Magazine to greet visitors, share nature exhibits and resources, manage the daily opening/closing/maintenance of the building, oversee seasonal staff, build community relationships, and coordinate with Mass Audubon educators on daily programming.
Duties & Responsibilities
The following duties are representative of the position, including but not limited to:
- Ensure a welcoming and safe environment for all visitors that represents Mass Audubon’s values of accessibility and inclusion. Convey Mass Audubon’s mission, Action Agenda, and educational philosophies throughout all interactions with the public.
- Serve as one of Mass Audubon’s faces to the community by engaging local residents, community groups, and arts/cultural partners in shared use of the facility and surrounding park.
- Serve as a crucial member of the Magazine Beach team, working in coordination with the Regional Director and education staff.
- Support Mass Audubon educators with education and exhibits to share the nature of the park and riverfront with drop-in visitors.
- Develop and implement an operations plan for the Powder Magazine, including opening/closing procedures, staffing plan, cleaning schedule, exhibit maintenance, and snack sales.
- Manage purchase and sales of snacks, drinks, and Mass Audubon memberships, including cash management, inventory tracking, and financial reporting.
- Track information on number of visitors and program attendees to understand trends and high demand periods.
- Supervise and mentor teen staff from the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment program in assisting with facility operations and drop in programming.
- Assist with the planning and development of special events as needed.
- Maintain a professional work environment, which includes equipment cleanup and storage of equipment and materials.
- Coordinate with the Mass Audubon Nature in the City team to provide updates, address challenges, and contribute to our overall work across the City of Cambridge.
At Mass Audubon, our highest priority is finding the best candidate for the job. Research has shown that people of color and women are less likely to apply for jobs if they don't believe they meet every one of the qualifications described in a job description. We encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of our described qualifications or you have a less traditional background. We are looking for applicants with the following qualifications:
- Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills.
- Strong organizational, time management, financial, and communication skills.
- Experience working with children and/or young adults in a formal or informal educational, community, or retail setting.
- Love of nature and enthusiasm for sharing urban nature experiences with the community
- Excitement about building a place of community and learning, and an entrepreneurial spirit to innovate with us in a new environment.
- Skills and ability to work with diverse groups, exercise cultural humility, and implement best practices in inclusion.
- Demonstrate a positive attitude and work collaboratively, as a positive contributor to the team.
- Proficiency in standard business software, such as Microsoft Office or G Suite.
Nice to Haves:
- Experience at a supervisor level.
- Fluency in other languages (Spanish, Amharic, Haitian Kreyòl, Portuguese, or other).
- Preference given to candidates from the Cambridge community.
Compensation & Benefits
This position’s base salary range is $22 - $25; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements.
This is not a benefits eligible position.
Position runs from April through November.
Hours are 40 hours/week from mid-June through August and 16 hours per week in spring and fall.
Availability for weekend and holiday hours required.
Employees must successfully complete a CORI and SORI Background Check and a Motor Vehicle Record (if applicable) is required.
Mass Audubon's Commitment To Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Justice
Mass Audubon's mission is to "protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and for wildlife" by building a strong coalition of employees, volunteers, and community members. We recognize that the environmental movement and field of conservation have been affected by societal systems that have limited opportunity and access for many people. As a result, Mass Audubon is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. We are engaged in an ongoing process of organizational assessment and change, designed to remove barriers and create a workplace where all forms of diversity are recognized and valued.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Mass Audubon is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. Mass Audubon prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
How To Apply
Please apply on ADP Workforce Now and include a resume and letter of interest with your ADP application: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=6044bc19-19e6-443a-8a51-62fe8af33798&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=452367&lang=en_US&source=EN.