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).
Audubon Sharon has been connecting people with nature since 1962, and is located in the northwest corner of Connecticut, in the town of Sharon. Audubon Sharon consists of the Sharon Audubon Center and Miles Wildlife Sanctuary, both in Sharon, CT and a satellite sanctuary called the Edith Leopold Sanctuary in Hartland, CT. The Sharon facilities are in the heart of one of the largest core forests in Connecticut and consist of over 2,700 acres of forest, wetlands, fields and ponds. The Miles Wildlife Sanctuary is adjacent to the 3,000-acre Housatonic State Forest and the Leopold Sanctuary is adjacent to a portion of the 9,000-acre Tunxis State Forest. Audubon Sharon has long been known as a vital community resource for environmental education and conservation programs, activities including school education programs, conservation outreach, habitat management and wildlife rehabilitation.
Consisting of key habitats for birds and other wildlife in the Atlantic Flyway, Audubon Sharon actively engages in creating bird friendly communities throughout the region where birds and people can thrive and where a culture of conservation is born and can grow. Additionally, Audubon Sharon, led by its Center Director, takes the lead in statewide efforts related to forest protection and bird conservation via landowner education, forest management planning and related actions as part of one of National Audubon Society’s Atlantic Healthy Forest Initiative. This initiative includes elements of all Audubon’s core approaches to conservation – education, science, public policy, and direct habitat management.
Reporting to the Executive Director of Audubon Connecticut, the Center Director will have five core functions: manage all Audubon Sharon operations; shape the Center’s programming in support of Audubon’s mission; serve as lead for state efforts on forest conservation and participate on National Audubon Society’s Atlantic Flyway Healthy Forest team; play a significant and proactive role in fundraising for Audubon Sharon’s facilities and operations as well as other statewide and Flyway initiatives; and participate as an active and productive participant in the Audubon CT senior management team. The Director, therefore, plays an important role in carrying out the mission of Audubon Connecticut and the National Audubon Society in the northwest corner of Connecticut and throughout the Flyway.
Leadership and Staff Management
Program Development and Implementation
Marketing and Community Outreach
Budget and Fundraising
Land and Facilities Management