Director of Community Outreach

US-NE-Gibbon
Type
Regular, Full-Time
Job Category
Education/Outreach/Teaching
ID
2017-3391
Gibbon
NE

Overview

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

Increase community-based stewardship of the Platte River and associated habitats through a successful volunteer and outreach program at the Iain Nicolson Audubon Center that works in partnership with the Kearney area community.

 

To support the National Audubon Society's mission - to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the Earth's biological diversity.

Essential Functions

  • Develop and lead a plan for annual, year-round volunteer recruitment and training in coordination with program staff.
  • Develop and lead a plan for annual volunteer retention and recognition in coordination with program staff.
  • Promote volunteer program through presentations, marketing at community events, media relations, and producing/distributing marketing materials.
  • Expand local engagement in crane season programming and eco-tourism at Rowe Sanctuary. Organizes crane season volunteer schedule in order to fill all needed positions.
  • Oversees the annual review and revision of Rowe’s safety procedures, including coordinating training for staff and volunteers.
  • Oversees the coordination of volunteer housing, including maintaining and scheduling of Rowe’s volunteer houses, as well as the securement of off-campus additional housing as needed.
  • Ensures that the center is staffed with trained volunteer(s) at any time that staff is unavailable to greet visitors and answer phones.
  • Assist all staff in filling needed volunteer positions throughout the year.
  • Keep current the volunteer handbook detailing guidelines and policies.
  • Assist with programs as indicated by Center Director.
  • Manage volunteer database.
  • Develop and implement a communications plan utilizing social media, the newsletter and other print sources, website, and news media to increase the number of contacts that Rowe Sanctuary has with volunteers annually.

 

Qualifications and Experience

  • An engaging and energetic demeanor and the ability to inspire and motivate staff, volunteers, and potential partners will be fundamental to success.
  • A passion for conservation of the natural resources of Nebraska.
  • Must demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Must demonstrate excellent organizational skills and be able to multi-task.
  • BS or BA degree in education, science, communications, or related field preferred.
  • Minimum of three years of experience preferred in volunteer program or customer service.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office ® software essential.
  • Experience working with nonprofit, volunteer-based organizations preferred. 
  • Willingness to work flexible hours including weekends and evenings

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