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You might be just the person we're looking for to fill an open position. To apply for any of the positions listed below, send a resume and cover letter to the address listed for that position. The New Jersey Audubon Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, national origin, ethnic background, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.


Position Title:  Program Registrar  – Cape May Bird Observatory
Department:    CMBO
Location:         CMBO – Center for Research & Education
Reports to:      CMBO Program Director
Job Classification:   Hourly, Part time – 20 hours per week

JOB DESCRIPTION:  The Program Registrar is an important liaison to members and the public for NJ Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory. The main responsibilities of this position include maintaining a program registration system for CMBO pre-registration programs, keeping attendance records, and responding to program and other inquiries from a range of audiences, on the phone, through email and in person. 


  • Manage online registration system for all pre-registration programs including School of Birding Workshops and Birding Breaks, Special Programs, and Field Trips.
  • Answer inquiries about programs, assist customers with the registration process as needed, and send participants program instructions and additional materials relating to programs.
  • Maintain contact with preregistered program leaders regarding status of programs, forward participant rosters to leaders, and make arrangements for classroom facilities, loaner binoculars, and other program materials as needed.
  • Manage the Guides for Hire program including responding to requests for guides, maintaining a roster of guides, and keeping records as needed of all requests and completed tours.
  • Oversee payment protocols for School of Birding Leaders and for Guides.
  • Maintain an orderly record keeping system for all delivered programs including weekly walks, and compile program service delivery statistics as directed.
  • Maintain records of program attendance, income, and volunteer hours and submit necessary forms and reports in a timely manner.
  • Assist with programs marketing including print and social media, and bulletin boards.
  • Answer incoming calls and respond as appropriate, either directly or by re-directing callers to the appropriate staff member.
  • Process program related memberships/renewals in Raiser’s Edge Database and mail appropriate materials.
  • Process payments for programs and membership through center register (POS/RMS).
  • Assist Administrative Director with renewals and new member processing as needed.
  • Prepare new member packets
  • Reconcile and submit UPS invoices to HQ.

Other Responsibilities
  • Assist in office and the Nature Store when needed.
  • Participate with Center staff and volunteers to adopt a “team” approach towards daily operations at the Center.
  • Assume additional responsibilities as required.

  • Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office, Google cloud applications), social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, others), online registration platforms (such as RegOnline, EventBrite, Active Networks) and membership databases (RaisersEdge preferred).
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Motivated self-starter who is also a team player.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to accept direction and constructive feedback.
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and a positive attitude.
  • Interest in and knowledge of New Jersey birds and other natural history subjects desirable.
  • Punctual with effective time management skills and organizational skills.

  • Associate’s Degree, Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in office functions.
  • Flexibility to adjust hours to meet the special needs of the department and organization.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to operate a vehicle in NJ.
  • Ability to lift and move office and Nature Store items up to 25 pounds. 
Starting Date:  immediate
Salary:  Competitive and commensurate with experience
Application Deadline:  Until filled
Please send cover letter of interest, resume, and three references as a single PDF document (including email and phone contact info) to hr.programregistrar@njaudubon.org 

New Jersey Audubon Society is an equal opportunity employer.


Job Title:  Vice President of Development and Communications
Supervisor:  President and CEO
Location:  Bernardsville, NJ

New Jersey Audubon Society (NJA) has retained m3 Development, a leading philanthropic services firm to conduct a search for a dynamic Vice President of Development and Communications.  The Vice President of Development and Communications will report to the President and Chief Executive Officer of NJA and will have a close working relationship with the Board of Directors, manage a staff of eight individuals directly and indirectly, and work with volunteers to develop and build fundraising, marketing and communications programming.  The Vice President of Development and Communications will implement comprehensive and diverse philanthropic efforts to aid NJA in meeting its mission, vision and programmatic objectives.

The position requires an individual who has a commitment to the vision and mission of NJA working in a highly motivated environment where dedication, passion, and the ability to work with high-level volunteers and key staff members in achieving the fundraising goals of NJA and its varied programs is essential.  The successful candidate will have an entrepreneurial spirit, drive and significant experience, in the form of a demonstrated track record in carrying a portfolio of qualified major gift prospects and soliciting and securing gifts in the five, six and seven-figure range.

In addition, he or she should also have significant experience in all aspects of a well-crafted development and communications office including membership, direct mail, special events, corporate/foundation support, and capital campaigns.  The Vice President of Development and Communications will bring creativity and experience to the advancement of NJA and its programs, as well as the ability to engage participation from all levels, creating and fostering an atmosphere of excitement and energy.  The successful candidate must possess a strong work ethic, be self-motivated in approaching their work with a strong sense of dedication to its various programs.  NJ Audubon plans to launch a Capital Campaign in the near future. This position will lead the planning efforts and play a key role in launching the Campaign.

Established in 1897, NJ Audubon (NJA) is a statewide nonprofit organization, one of the nation’s oldest Audubon societies, and independent of the National Audubon Society. NJA’s mission is two-fold: connecting people with nature and stewarding the nature of today for the people of tomorrow.  Through its conservation, education, and research initiatives, NJA promotes environmental awareness and a conservation ethic among New Jersey citizens and is committed to the preservation of our natural habitats and the protection of birds, mammals, other animals, and plants, especially threatened and endangered species. 
NJA's original focus centered on abolishing the feather trade which was decimating the populations of several bird species.

Over the course of the 20th century, in response to increasing development and the resultant habitat loss threatening wildlife, the organization expanded its focus in conserving wildlife and habitat and delivering conservation education.
New Jersey Audubon experienced remarkable growth leading to the current membership of approximately 18,000, a staff of 70 employees, 8 office locations (including 6 nature centers), 34 sanctuaries and hundreds of volunteers!  This growth has enhanced our ability to foster environmental awareness and a conservation ethic among citizens; protect New Jersey's birds, animals and plants, especially endangered and threatened species; and promote the preservation of natural habitats.  
Research and education provide the groundwork from which NJA advances all of its conservation goals.  Our scientists both study and raise awareness of hazards affecting breeding grassland bird species, impacts of biodiversity in wetlands, and causes for the ongoing decline of migratory shorebirds.  Through a wide variety of programs-- including hikes, summer camps, lectures, workshops, volunteer opportunities and citizen science, to name a few-- our educators bring people of all ages closer to our natural world.  NJA stewardship staff ensures the integrity of our natural systems through habitat protection and restoration of New Jersey forests, agricultural landscapes and shorelines.  In addition, our conservation staff advocates for securing open space, sheltering land vital for drinking water, safeguarding habitat, creating parks, and protecting our state's working farms.

NJA carries out its goals through its mission areas--Stewardship, Education, Research and Government Relations--through activities such as: 
  • Management of natural resources and land acquisition;
  • Environmental education programs for children, teen-agers and adults;
  • Research efforts, including field work and publications; 
  • Urban initiatives to link people in cities with the natural environment; and, 
  • Advocacy at the local, state and national levels.

NJA has an impressive track record in the passage of key legislation, including the Endangered and Nongame Species Conservation Act, Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act, Pinelands Protection Act and the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act.  We have also played an instrumental role in every Green Acres bond since 1961, which collectively have provided over three billion dollars for open space preservation.


New Jersey Audubon Society seeks a motivated and committed Executive with a strong entrepreneurial spirit, development and communications background with both the capacity and the demonstrated track record to respond effectively. He or she will be expected to contribute broadly to all aspects of the fulfillment of the mission and growth of NJA. The role he or she will play includes:

  • Lead the organization’s fundraising (80%) and communications (10%) efforts, including management of a dynamic and innovative development department of eight members, and motivates other staff, volunteers and Board members to actively participate in fundraising and communicating.
  • Serve as a member of the senior staff team (10%) and an active participant in making strategic decisions affecting NJ Audubon;
  • Obtaining a thorough understanding of NJA, its mission and programs, and effectively and communicate the case for support to appropriate constituencies to increase giving and awareness;
  • Communicate clearly and persuasively to increase the visibility of NJA, its mission and scope of the various programs;
  • Build relationships and foster communications with leadership, the Board of Directors, volunteers, and staff, working closely to develop and diversify giving:
  • Identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit in partnership with the CEO a portfolio of prospects and donors with the capacity to give five-figure and above gifts and devise cultivation, solicitation and closure strategies for each prospect;
  • Coordinate, as appropriate, volunteer, staff and Board participation in partnership with the CEO, Board Chairman and key volunteers to cultivate, solicit and steward philanthropic support from NJA’s constituencies;
  • Work with the CEO and key staff to devise and implement a Development and Communications plan in accordance with NJA’s goals and mission.


The ideal candidate will possess the following attributes and experience:
  • Appreciation, commitment and understanding of the mission and outstanding programs of NJA;
  • Affirming, positive, motivational and entrepreneurial style;
  • Possess business acumen and fundraising capability to take NJA to the next level of excellence, as well as the talent to motivate the CEO, Board, staff and volunteers to work together to realize its mission and goals;
  • Significant experience at a senior level with one or more successful Capital Campaigns;
  • Proven track record in leveraging major gifts including the ability to effectively research, identify, cultivate, solicit and steward prospects and donors;
  • Energy, enthusiasm and dedication to the mission of NJA to continually surpass ambitious goals;
  • Strong personal work ethic, self-motivated and results-oriented;
  • Sense of integrity and strong work ethic seasoned with humor and perspective;
  • Superlative communications skills—both written and oral;
  • Knowledge of computerized fundraising programs;
  • Commitment to the highest standards of professionalism, integrity, excellence and diversity; 
  • Familiarity with the greater New Jersey area fundraising environment a plus;
  • Bachelor’s degree is required. Graduate degree preferred;
  • 10-plus years of professional fund raising experience in a nonprofit organization; demonstrated success in fundraising. Communications experience a plus;
  • Minimum five years’ experience in management and supervisory positions;
  • Ability to work evenings, weekends, travel as needed.


Compensation will be both competitive and commensurate with the successful candidate’s background and experience.

Inquiries, applications and nominations should be directed via email only to:
Marc S. Saffren, CFRE
m3 Development
(631) 697-3577- phone

The New Jersey Audubon Society is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.


Position Title: George Myers Master Naturalist Intern
Department: Education
Location: Cape May Bird Observatory and Nature Center of Cape May, New Jersey
Reports to: Program Director, CMBO
Job Classification: Full-time, Seasonal (April through December)

Job Description: The George Myers Master Naturalist Intern develops a full spectrum of skills through hands-on participation in various educational, research and conservation projects at New Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory (CMBO) and Nature Center of Cape May (NCCM), Cape May, NJ (1 April - 22 Dec). Cape May is renowned as one of the world's greatest hotspots for animal migration, as well as being a popular summertime vacation destination and beach resort. The combination of the two, offers great opportunities for wildlife research and education through public outreach. New Jersey Audubon fosters the application of sound scientific principles and practices to address conservation issues related to vertebrate and invertebrate fauna, and the natural habitats with which they are associated.

Note: This position is named in honor of the late George Myers, a talented CMBO Associate Naturalist who passed on much too soon. In the spirit of George, the position aims to bring the successful candidate through a full lifecycle of being a field naturalist: from learning how New Jersey Audubon translates research into outreach material and ultimately into conservation, to how we develop and execute programs for youth through adulthood. The successful applicant will work with the Bird Observatory during the spring and fall migration periods, and for the Nature Center during the summer months, during which time they will go from an active learner to a skilled leader with a clear understanding of the needs of New Jersey’s resident and migratory wildlife, the ways in which we are working to protect them, and the ability to engage a diverse public audience to become stewards of the important resources


Educational Programming
Conduct short programs, field trips and workshops on bird id and migration phenomena.
Assist visitors with bird identification
Assist migration research counters when needed.
Orient and assist visitors to the Cape May Migration Count Sites. Over 500 people may visit per day during peak times
Conduct children’s programming at the Nature Center’s summer children’s nature camp.
Conduct interpretive outreach programs (emphasis on local aquatic marine animals) at various locations throughout Cape May County.
Assist in all daily operations of running the Nature Center during the busy summer season. This may include program registration, retail operations, cleaning, gardening, animal care, aquarium and equipment maintenance, etc.
Organize and maintain lesson plans, educational supplies, equipment, teaching materials, files and records, and all other programming information.
Assist with the design and maintenance of interpretive exhibits, displays, and other center-based informational materials.

Strive to increase NJ Audubon/Cape May Bird Observatory membership base.

Community Relations
Represent NJ Audubon in the local community, expanding the organization’s presence to increase local awareness, support and participation.
Develop material for web/blog site and posting it.
Develop brochures, checklists, and displays as instructed by the Program Director.

Obtain satisfactory background check
Attend center, department and NJ Audubon meetings and serve on committees as requested by supervisor.
Obtain and maintain certification for First Aid, CPR and other public safety certification as appropriate
Participates with other NJ Audubon staff to adopt a “team” approach towards daily operations at the assigned center

Knowledge and Skills
Familiarity with bird migration, birding, marine species and coastal ecology is a plus, but learning on the job is expected and we will provide training and support.
Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to accept direction and constructive feedback
Motivated self-starter who is also a team player
Punctual with effective time management skills
Excellent oral and written skills required
Ability to demonstrate initiative and a positive attitude
Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office) to fulfill the job requirements
Ability to relate to a diverse range of people and exercise cultural competence and inclusion
Willingness to work irregular hours under sometimes difficult field conditions


Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, ecology, environmental science or similar field preferred.
Flexibility to adjust hours to meet the special needs of the program and organization.
Must have his/her own vehicle, a valid driver’s license, and be able to operate vehicle in NJ.
Must have the physical capacity to walk over uneven terrain for long distances, able to move materials and to lift 50 lbs.

Starting Date: April 1, 2016 End  Date:  December 22, 2016

Salary: $ 1500/ month. Housing arrangements may also be available.
Application Deadline:  March 15, 2016.
Please send cover letter of interest, resume, and three references as a single PDF document (including email and phone contact info) to hr.gmnaturalist@njaudubon.org

New Jersey Audubon Society is an equal opportunity employer.


Position Title:    Development Assistant (Full Time)
Department:     Development
Location:          Headquarters, 9 Hardscrabble Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924
Reports To:      Director of Development
Job Classification:  Full Time, 40 hour per week

Job Description:  

The Development Assistant reports directly to the Director of Development and is the primary technical administrator of the Society’s Raiser Edge (RE) database.  He/she serves as primary point of administrative and technical contact with Blackbaud account reps and must be familiar with all RE functionality, such as:  RE administration and business rule setups, constituent record formatting, special codes and attributes, gift processing, procedures and best practices for running queries and reports, etc.  The successful candidate must be highly organized with excellent communication, computer and analytical skills and be able to manage multiple tasks at the same time.  

Major Responsibilities:

Technical Duties:

  • Provide detailed membership and development financial reports, at the request of the Director of Development and Vice President for Development.
  • Perform database queries to analyze membership data, update constituent records, and to create subsets of records for use in fundraising appeals, membership renewals, database maintenance, etc.
  • Update constituent records in Raiser’s Edge.
  • Assist the Director of Development with special projects and fundraising appeals.
  • Work with lock box vendor to assure regular maintenance of all electronic files on contributions from members as well as donors.
  • Work with lock box vendor to assure proper gift processing procedures, coding and recognition for unusual gifts (tribute/stock/memorial, etc.)
  • Provide and prepare membership lists, reports, and electronic files for lock box vendor and direct mail vendor.
  • Occasionally support the Development team in printing labels for special mailings including New Jersey Audubon magazine and other brochures, fliers, or special appeals.
  • Technical implementation and administration of Blackbaud NetCommunity eblast system.
  • Work with Communications Manager to create design templates for various email categories; create email mailing lists for specific target audiences; schedule, prepare and send email communications according to eblast policy guidelines; review and report on email delivery and bounce statistics. 
  • Technical implementation and administration of CapWiz net advocacy system and its integration with Raisers Edge.
  • Main point of technical and administrative contact with CapWiz; provides training and technical support for Government Relations staff members.
  • Provides Raisers Edge statistics and reports on advocacy responses.

Office Support:

  • Inventory and order office supplies and membership materials.
  • Answer telephone inquiries.
  • Provide assistance with member acquisition and retention activities and events and help with post-event follow-up activities and correspondence.
  • Assist with cultivating and stewarding members and donors.
  • Work closely with the development team in responding to strategic institutional priorities as needed.
  • Help assure that membership trends and best practices are utilized to help position NJA ahead of funding changes.
  • Assume additional responsibilities for the Department and the Organization as needed. 
  • Participate with other staff to adopt a “team” approach towards daily operations at the assigned center.


  • Understanding of Blackbaud Raisers Edge database application preferred.
  • At least two years experience with Raisers Edge or similar CRM system preferred. 
  • Excellent organizational, time and project management skills and ability to manage multiple projects, shifting priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office).  
  • Excellent communications skills, both oral and written.
  • Excellent interpersonal and collaboration skills – including the ability to accept direction and constructive feedback
  • Ability to relate to and motivate a diverse range of people.
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and a positive attitude.
  • Motivated self-starter with capacity to work productively in a team setting.


  • Must be able to walk on uneven surfaces and lift up to 25 lbs. in order to participate in special events. 
  • Flexibility to adjust hours to meet specials needs of the department.
  • This position requires a reliable vehicle and a valid New Jersey Driver’s License as some travel may be required.

Starting Date: Immediate.
Salary:  Commensurate with experience.
Deadline:  This position will remain open until filled.
Application:  Qualified individuals may apply by sending resume with cover letter, salary requirements and three professional references to Human Resources via email to hr.devassist@njaudubon.org 

New Jersey Audubon Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.