• Center Assistant, Audubon Greenwich

    Job Locations
    US-CT-Greenwich
    Type
    Regular, Part-Time
    Job Category
    Office/Support Services
    ID
    2018-3636
    City
    Greenwich
    State/Province
    CT
  • 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

    Audubon Greenwich has been connecting people with nature since 1942.  Creating life-changing experiences that enable community members and their families to appreciate, understand and protect the natural world is at the very core of our mission. The Greenwich Audubon Center is a nature center and wildlife sanctuary owned and operated by the National Audubon Society. The nature center is located in the southwest corner of Connecticut, in the town of Greenwich. The Greenwich Audubon Center has over 15 miles of scenic hiking trails, and includes 650 acres of mixed forest, meadows, wetlands, ponds, and streams. The mission of the National Audubon Society is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of the Earth's biological diversity and humanity. The Greenwich Audubon Center strives to meet this mission through education, conservation and environmental research to encourage the responsible usage and stewardship of natural lands. The Greenwich Audubon Center offers educational programs for all ages, a seasonal newsletter, nature programs, annual Hawk Watch,  live animal exhibits, a children's learning center, a nature store, and a bird viewing area.

    The Center Assistant will provide high-quality administrative support to the Audubon Greenwich Center and programs. Specifically, s/he will be responsible for providing excellent customer service, executing rental contracts, staffing the Nature Store and facility rentals as needed, and ensuring the smooth operation of the Audubon Greenwich Nature Store. The position is located in Greenwich, CT, reports to the Center Director and will have a 20 hour/week schedule, Tuesdays through Saturdays.

    Essential Functions

    • Act as the face of Audubon Greenwich, greeting visitors, answering questions and triaging requests as needed.
    • Responsible for staffing the Nature Store and coordinating Nature Store volunteers to assist with customer needed.
    • Serve as the Center point of contact for facility rentals:
      • Work closely with senior Center staff and catering contractor for Barn rentals to ensure that contracts are created and delivered on a timely basis.
      • Respond to all event booking inquiries and other public communication within one business day.   
    • Sort incoming and prepare outgoing mail; assist with electronic submission of proposals, reports and correspondence as needed.
    • Inventory, order office and nature store supplies as needed.
    • Inventory and order store merchandise as necessary in accordance with the seasonal store purchase order calendar
    • Other duties as requested

    Qualifications and Experience

    • High School Diploma or GED equivalent required (Associate degree preferred) and 1-2 years' demonstrated office administration experience required. An equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered.
    • Exceptional organizational ability, attention to detail and a can-do attitude are essential.
    • Proven ability to track and move tasks/projects to completion in a fast-paced environment.
    • Ability to work independently with limited supervision, as well as part of a small team.
    • Excellent customer service and communication skills.
    • Critical thinking skills and a problem-solving attitude.
    • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office products, including Outlook, Word and Excel; experience with Point-of-Sales systems a plus.
    • Ability to exercise discretion and maintain strict confidentiality.
    • Bookkeeping and contract preparation experience a plus.
    • Bilingual in English and Spanish strongly desired.

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