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 Audubon Center and Sanctuary at the Francis Beidler Forest (Beidler) is a critical asset in Audubon South Carolina’s network, located in Harleyville, South Carolina in Dorchester, Berkeley and Orangeburg Counties (in the fastest growing counties in the country). At Beidler, the general public should be able to learn through interactive exhibits, programs and lectures about Audubon’s priority conservation programs, including watershed protection and restoration, forested wetlands, bird friendly forestry, longleaf pine restoration, native plants and climate resiliency strategies. Beidler features a 1.75 mile boardwalk through a virgin cypress-tupelo forest (with trees over 1,000 years old), a canoe/kayak trail system, a guest cottage, a lakeside house, and almost 18,000 acres of habitat that are managed and restored as part of Audubon’s Climate Stronghold and Working Lands program. Beidler is open year round and offers different programs according to season. Fall and spring are full with scheduled school groups, Tues-Friday. Summer is scheduled with camps. Hunting and fishing club leases are also maintained. A medium-size gift shop in Beidler provides support for the center’s educational programs applied conservation work. There is additional programming opportunity to bring people, families, groups to Beidler Forest to learn about Audubon’s initiatives, on the ground nature based tourism, and re-connecting people to nature through the arts. There is opportunity to promote diversity and inclusion as we are seeking designation as an Important Site on the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom with National Park Center. The goal is to help transform Beidler Center from a nature center to a regional hub of influence on conservation advocacy issues, and to engage colleges and universities in continuing with existing and new conservation research.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Center Manager is analogous to that of an ambassador, representing Audubon’s Beidler Forest Visitor Center (Beidler) as a cornerstone of Audubon South Carolina and as an integral part of National Audubon’s 43 Centers nationwide. S/he is expected to be a visionary thinker who can bring new programming opportunities to increase attendance, increase diversity of participants, and increase sphere of influence at the local level. The Manager also perform daily tasks that ensure the center operates smoothly and visitors have positive experiences that can lead to more engagement with Audubon and its national programs. This includes identification and implementation of new programming, and coordinating staffing of all education, conservation programs and scheduled events, managing small gift store (updating inventory data, fulfilling on-line order sales, restocking gift shop merchandise) and assisting with center and office administration functions. Special projects, like teaching educational programs, will also be vital role as the on-site Audubon ambassador. The Center Manager will need to learn all the priority projects and understand the relevance of Beidler within each program (Climate, Working Lands, Water, Bird-Friendly Communities and Coastal Program). Ideally, they would oversee creating an on-line store and an Artist in Residence Program as new initiatives, and identify/implement new ways to expand participation at Beidler. They are responsible for sound fiscal management of Center operations.
Additionally, the Center Manager should be prepared to plan and take part in special events that are held at the center. This may include, but is not limited to, staying late for the night lectures and community outreach meetings, fundraisers, special events, and participating in special activities designed for children, providing interpretation for scheduled group visits, etc.
This position is a full-time and the work schedule is 5 days on and 2 days off. Some weekends and evenings are required.
Public Programs and Outreach