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).
The Green Mountain Audubon Center in Huntington, Vermont provides natural science education for schools, families, adults, teachers and the general public. The Center also offers a summer day camp program for children ages 4 to 12. Audubon education programs provide people with direct experiences in nature. Our programs are outdoors, science-based, interactive, and lead participants to take action to help protect birds, other wildlife and their habitats. The Center also conducts scientific research in the form of avian monitoring and is a land management demonstration site for the public. We have a working, education-based sugarbush that produces approximately 100 gallons of syrup each year. Thousands of people visit the sugaring operation each year to learn about the process of maple sugaring.
The Maple Sugar Maker will work with staff to ensure successful operation of the 600+ tap maple sugaring operation at the Center. The program utilizes a bucket sap collection system and s/he will be specifically responsible for preparing the sugarhouse for the season; including setting up the arch, evaporator pan and all other sugaring facilities to ensure the production of maple syrup will take place with the first sap run. The Maple Sugar Maker will keep the sugarhouse in a presentable condition both inside an out at all times and will work with volunteers and the Maple Sugaring Assistant on a regular basis to coordinate the gathering of sap. S/he must be available and willing to answer questions and demonstrate the maple sugaring process to students, teachers and visitors to the Center on a regular basis and is responsible for the timely breakdown and “closing” of the sugarhouse at the end of the season.