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 National Audubon Society (Audubon Pennsylvania) and the Philadelphia Outward Bound School are joining forces to save and sustain a vital part of our natural heritage in a unique partnership. Their missions converge in the East Park section of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park—just blocks from the neighborhood of Strawberry Mansion—where a century-old abandoned reservoir has become a unique wildlife sanctuary and an important stopover location for birds migrating along the Atlantic Flyway.
This groundbreaking venture, known as the Discovery Center, will be a national model for partnership and collaboration, reaching more than 15,000 children, youth and adults per year between the two organizations. The Center will protect and interpret a unique habitat rarely found in a major urban area and will provide education and adventure programs that inspire self-discovery, foster personal achievement, and build community across Philadelphia.
The National Audubon Society will use The Discovery Center as a facility for research, conservation efforts, and educational programs throughout the Philadelphia region. Audubon will engage individuals and communities by offering the resources and tools necessary to analyze, preserve and restore our natural environment. Audubon’s education programs will challenge both young people and adults through hands-on exploration of the natural world in their own backyards and neighborhoods. The Discovery Center will also allow visitors to connect to Audubon’s national and international conservation initiatives, as it serves as a major migratory stopover on the Atlantic Flyway for nearly 150 species of birds and as a premier destination for bird watching throughout the region.
As part of this vision, the Education Manager will play a critical leadership role in developing, implementing and overseeing all environmental educational programming for Audubon at the Center. Reporting to the Vice President and Executive Director of Audubon Pennsylvania, s/he will be also be responsible for engaging the constituents of the area with lively and innovative environmental programming. There will be a major focus on developing lasting partnerships in order to further embed Audubon’s presence in the adjacent community and throughout the Philadelphia region.