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: Development Officer
Location: Cape May or Plainsboro, New Jersey
Reports to: Vice President for Development
Classification: Part time (32 hour week)
The Development Officer has the primary responsibility for individual fundraising efforts in central and southern New Jersey. He/she will also manage a small portfolio of national donors to the Cape May Bird Observatory and work closely with our mission areas and center directors with cultivation and solicitation of prospects. The Development Officer will also work closely with the Director of Development and Vice President for Development to coordinate the organization’s fundraising strategy and priorities.
The position will be located at one of two possible locations; the Cape May Bird Observatory, Cape May, New Jersey or The New Jersey Audubon Center in Plainsboro New Jersey. Frequent regional travel throughout central and southern New Jersey is required. Some evenings and weekends are required when necessary.
- Responsible for fundraising for the southern region of the state, and some out-of-state Cape May Bird Observatory prospects, supporting mission areas, Plainsboro and Cape May centers.
- Manages schedule, logistics and cultivation/solicitation strategy for VP for Development and President and CEO in the central and southern region of the state, and out-of-state donors.
- Coordinates closely with Vice President for Development in coordinating solicitation strategies organization-wide.
- Works closely with organization staff with fundraising related events throughout the organization.
- Participates with other center staff to adopt a “team” approach towards daily operations at the assigned center.
- Perform other general administrative duties as needed.
- At least three to five years proven history of successfully cultivating and soliciting gifts from individuals.
- Experience with back office functions related to gift processing, data entry and reporting preferred.
- Knowledge of membership, online giving and social media trends in fundraising helpful.
- Bachelor's degree preferred.
- High energy and passion for NJ Audubon's mission.
- Must be willing to travel in New Jersey. This requires a reliable vehicle and a valid New Jersey Driver’s License.
- Flexibility to adjust hours to meet deadlines and needs of the organization, including availability to work occasional evenings and weekends.
- Must be able to walk on uneven surfaces and be able to lift at least 25 pounds, in order to participate in special events.
New Jersey Audubon Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
- Strong written and oral communication skills.
- Excellent interpersonal and management skills.
- Experience and knowledge with effectively working with a variety of personalities, including management, donors and volunteers.
- Strong analytical skills.
- Computer literacy and experience with Microsoft Office, Excel, Raiser’s Edge (or related donor management system) required.
- Skilled in fundraising event management, prospect management and prospect research required.
- Motivated self-starter who is a team player.
- Informed and committed to the role that environmental education, conservation and research plays in our society today and its importance for the future.
- Experience with bird watching and environmental / nature related organizations preferable.
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 Joyce Fajnor, Executive Assistant and Director of Human Resources via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Position Title: Teacher Naturalist
Location: Lorrimer Sanctuary, Franklin Lakes NJ
Reports To: Sanctuary Director
Job Classification: Part time, 24 hours per week
Job Description: The teacher naturalist has duties primarily in the education branch of the NJ Audubon mission and provides natural science programs to schools, interested groups and the general public. The teacher naturalist, under the direction of the sanctuary director and program coordinator (if applicable), takes part in all aspects of programming and operating a nature center. The teacher-naturalist takes an active role in promoting New Jersey Audubon as a membership-based conservation organization.
Educational Programming and Visitor Services
- Plan, develop, schedule, and conduct natural history programs for schools, special interest groups, nature camps, the general public, and family programs.
- Maintain lesson plans, educational supplies, teaching materials, files and records, and all other programming information.
- Oversee, organize, and conduct administrative duties as needed including program registration, sending out follow-up materials and preparing reports.
- Interact with visitors to the center by answering questions about the natural world, programming opportunities, and NJ Audubon.
- Assist with the design and maintenance of interpretive exhibits, brochures and other center-specific marketing materials.
- Assist in the Center Nature Store and its operation as needed.
- Coordinate the care, feeding, and well being of live animals that are presented for educational purposes.
- Strive to increase NJ Audubon membership base.
- Represent NJ Audubon in the local community, expanding the organization’s presence to increase local awareness, support and participation.
- Develop and promote center programs with marketing materials and electronic or social media.
- Assist with the training and supervision of volunteers and staff involved in education programs or public interface.
Facilities / Property
- Assist with care and maintenance of the grounds, gardens, and trail system as needed.
- 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 appropriate for the activities at the site.
- Help maintain all nature center spaces, grounds, gardens, and trails.
- Assume additional responsibilities as requested by supervisor and NJA senior staff.
Knowledge and Skills
- Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to accept direction and constructive criticism.
- 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.
- B.A. or B.S. in the sciences or education, preferred.
- Demonstrated knowledge of natural history of NJ
- At least two years experience teaching in a nature center setting.
- Flexibility to adjust hours to meet special needs of the Sanctuary and the organization.
- Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to operate a vehicle in NJ; have the physical capacity to walk throughout the land and buildings of the sanctuary, able to move materials and to lift 50 lbs and operate mechanical equipment as needed.
Starting date: Immediate
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Deadline: This position will remain open until filled.
Application: Qualified individuals may apply by sending resumes with cover letters to: Patrick Scheuer, Sanctuary Director, Lorrimer Sanctuary, 790 Ewing Ave., Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417 or email@example.com
New Jersey Audubon Society is an equal opportunity employer.
Position Title: Manager, Communications and Public Relations
Location: Bernardsville, NJ
Reports To: VP for Development and VP for Government Relations
Job Classification: Full-time, (40 hour work week)
Under the guidance of the Vice President for Development and Vice President for Government Relations, the Communications Manager will create, deliver and manage a comprehensive internal (NJ Audubon membership) and external communications strategy for the organization. He/she will connect and grow various audiences to the mission, vision and reputation of NJ Audubon as a leader in environmental conservation and sustainability. The position will work closely with leadership throughout the organization to develop communication plans and programs aligned with organizational priorities, manage relationships with key media and other external stakeholders, and leverage social media platforms to broaden brand recognition and awareness of organizational activities and promote greater interaction between the organization, its donors, members, legislators, volunteers and other key audiences.
Major Responsibilities · Develops and coordinates implementation of a comprehensive, long-term marketing and communications strategy addressing specific organizational goals and priorities targeting key audiences.· Provides strategic counsel on communications challenges and opportunities to NJ Audubon leaders to enhance the visibility and reputation of the organization.· Develops and maintains relationships with key print and online journalists whose activities are important to the mission and vision of the organization. Provides media training and messaging to all organizational spokespeople to ensure consistent delivery of key messages supporting organizational goals.· Creates and maintains a comprehensive internet and social media strategy to enhance awareness of the organization and its activities and promote dialogue between the organization, its members and key stakeholders.· Develops plans and promotional materials supporting all special events and development initiatives.· Works with NJ Audubon center staff to guide and enhance local and regional communications strategies related to center-specific programming and statewide collaborative programming.· Centrally responsible for protecting and promoting the NJ Audubon brand. Monitors and measures the effectiveness of all communications vehicles and seeks continuous improvement based on data and feedback.· Represents NJ Audubon with key community and stakeholder organizations and the press.· Develops and manages the budget and supervises internal and external staff and consultants for communication’s initiatives.· Oversees and coordinates all print (publications) and digital communications. Works with relevant staff to develop and place traditional (earned and paid) communications and coordinated social media posts.· Participates with other NJ Audubon staff to adopt a “team” approach towards daily operations at the assigned center
Knowledge /Skills · Excellent oral and written communication skills (including editorial and copy writing experience).· Fluency with email marketing, online giving, Google Analytics and social media platforms and trends.· Strong fluency with corporate branding principals and basic design skills.· Hands-on experience with graphic design helpful, but not required (Photoshop, InDesign, Flash, basic HTML, CMS).· Excellent interpersonal and collaboration skills.· Ability to relate to and motivate a diverse range of people.· Ability to demonstrate initiative and a positive attitude.· Motivated self-starter with the capacity to work productively in a team setting.· Excellent organizational, time and project management skills and ability to manage multiple projects, shifting priorities and meet deadlines.· Ability to counsel senior leaders and subject matter experts and enhance their communications skills.· Ability to work in a team environment that values and respects the contributions of all staff and volunteers.· Innovative thinking with respect to the design and execution of all communications and public outreach efforts.
Qualifications · Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications or a related field.· Minimum of four years’ experience in marketing, communications or a related field, including internships, with media, communications agencies or corporate communications.· Passion for the environment, nature and wildlife and the ability to share that passion with others.· Must be able to walk on uneven surfaces and lift up to 25 lbs in order to participate in special events.· Must be willing to travel in New Jersey. This requires a reliable vehicle and a valid NJ driver’s license.· Flexibility to adjust hours to meet deadlines and needs of the organization, including availability to work occasional evenings and weekends.
Starting Date: Immediate
Salary: Competitive nonprofit salary (commensurate with experience) and benefits package.
Application Deadline: This position will remain open until filled.
Qualified applicants should send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Joyce Fajnor, Executive Assistant and Director of Human Resources via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
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: Maintenance/Property Worker
Location: Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary Center, Bernardsville, NJ
Reports To: Sanctuary Director
Job Classification: Part-time, hourly, up to 16 hours per week, hours vary seasonally
Date: April 15, 2014 – November 30, 2014, approximately 8 to 16 hours per week
Job Description: Part time maintenance position is responsible for maintenance and upkeep of grounds, buildings and facilities at New Jersey Audubon Society’s Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary Center, a 276–acre property, in Bernardsville.
· Grounds maintenance including (but not limited to) lawn mowing, landscaping, garbage removal, road and site improvements, and general facility security. Ensuring the safety of visitors, program participants, volunteers, and staff by keeping entrances and exits at Visitor Center free of ice and snow, limbing and removal of fallen trees/branches in high traffic areas, etc.
· Maintenance of lawn mower and additional power equipment.
· Maintenance of buildings- painting, light construction, repair work, and general maintenance.
· Supervisory responsibilities for volunteers and community service workers performing maintenance/management work on site.
· Spreading wood chips on and clearing trails, assistance with bird seed.
· Maintenance and cleaning of drainage ditches, catch basins, gutters.
· Removing (blowing) leaves from the road and drainage ditch in the fall.
· Removal/management of introduced invasive plant species. Pesticide applicators license is a plus.
· Set up and break down for public events.
· Preparation for controlled burns.
· Other special projects that come up
· Knowledge of grounds maintenance and equipment upkeep (lawn mower, chain saw, weedwacker, leafblower, etc.)
· Ability to do light construction work and building maintenance is essential. General knowledge of plumbing, electrical, and horticulture helpful.
· Must have a High School Diploma or equivalent (GED), be at least 18 years of age, possess a valid driver’s license in good standing, able to move materials and equipment weighing over 50 pounds, walk on wooded trails or over rough terrain.
· Must be physically able and willing to perform all aspects of job in all seasons.
· Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
· Flexibility to adjust hours to meet special needs of the Center.
Starting date: Immediate
Salary: Competitive and commensurate with experience.
Application deadline: Position will be posted until filled.
CONTACT: Qualified individuals may apply be sending resumes with cover letters and three references to email@example.com or by mail to Mike Anderson, Sanctuary Director, New Jersey Audubon Society, Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, 11 Hardscrabble Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924.
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.