Facilities Assistant

Regular, Part-Time
Job Category
Facilities/Property Maintenance


Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).


Position Summary

Reporting to the Resource Manager of the Silver Bluff Audubon Center & Sanctuary (SBACS), the primary function of the Facilities Assistant is to perform a wide variety of tasks in support of the infrastructure and natural resources of SBACS and occasionally of other Audubon South Carolina properties/facilities.  S/he will also be tasked with assisting with special events, education programs, tours, off-site presentations, or the like, as deemed necessary by the Resource Manager.

This is a part-time opportunity where the Assistant will have a maximum 20 hour week and is anticipated to work a flexible schedule.

Essential Functions

  • Maintain/repair the following:
    • All roads, fire lines, trails, bridges, culverts, pond levees, and lawns by mowing, grading, plowing, filling potholes, lopping branches, clearing fallen trees and debris, abating erosion.
    • SBACS property and its boundary lines, including but not limited to fences, signage, buildings, and structures.
    • Vehicles, tractors, ATVs, boats/canoes, power equipment, hand tools.
  • Record and submit to the Resource Manager all infrastructure needs and maintenance/repair activities performed.
  • Assist with prescribed burns, timber inventories, seedling survival censuses, monitoring of timber harvests; control invasive and/or exotic plant species and wildlife depredation.
  • Assist with management of the Wood Stork foraging ponds.
  • Assist as needed with natural resource research projects and monitoring efforts.
  • Patrol against general trespass, arson, theft, vandalism, and poaching.
  • Collaborate with the Resource Manager, as appropriate and report back on all maintenance and resource management activities performed.

Qualifications and Experience

  • High School Diploma or GED required.
  • Technical School training or 3 years of experience using applied mechanical skills preferred.
  • Familiarity with the use of, and maintenance/repair of: motor vehicles, tractors and associated farm equipment, ATVs, lawnmowers, chainsaws, weed trimmers, generators, pressure-washers, air compressors, and a wide variety of small power and hand tools.
  • Competence with minor carpentry, plumbing, and electrical repairs; welding skills a plus.
  • Familiarity with the use of herbicides, herbicide application equipment/safety, as well as conducting prescribed burns and with burning equipment/safety.
  • Competence with the use of office equipment, including computers equipped with Microsoft Office.
  • Familiarity with the use of GIS a plus.
  • Must be able to swim.
  • Must be willing and able to work an entire shift outdoors and endure extremes of weather.
  • Ability and willingness to work positively with the public to promote conservation goals.
  • Must be able to lead and work effectively with volunteers or in other group settings.
  • Self-motivated and able to work in a flexible, non-structured, often unsupervised environment.
  • Willing to work evenings and weekends as the job demands.
  • Must be available for overnight travel and have a valid driver’s license.


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