• Center Assistant

    Job Locations
    Temporary, Part-Time
    Job Category
    Program/Project Management
  • 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

    The Center Assistant reports to the Center Director and is responsible for assisting with a wide variety of tasks associated with the finalization of exhibits and projects associated with new construction at the John James Audubon Center (Audubon, PA) and continuing exhibit development at The Discovery Center (Philadelphia, PA). Responsibilities will include administrative support, research, writing and editing interpretive content and assistance with asset acquisition, procurement of furniture/fixtures/equipment, exhibit installation, and collections management.


    This is a part-time, temporary opportunity expected to last for up to six months and will have a 20-25 hour work week/schedule.

    Essential Functions

    • Assist with the research and the acquisition of assets related to the interpretive subject matter, which includes but is not limited to birds, John James Audubon, watersheds, and the history of the sites.
    • Provide basic administrative support to the Center Director and Visitor Services Coordinator, including calendar management, copying and distributing materials, and coordinating with vendors.
    • Assist in cataloging, photographing, moving and organizing collections; enter data into PastPerfect database; respond to internal and external research requests.
    • Participate in the creation of exhibit panels and object labels for exhibits.
    • Assist with exhibit preparation and installation.
    • Serve as a liaison between the exhibit team and education staff; assist in developing printed and electronic materials for teachers and students that enhance the exhibit experience.
    • Assist in developing scripts and hand-on resources for use by volunteer interpreters.
    • Help create content for social media sites related to the exhibits.
    • Assist with events at both sites.

    Qualifications and Experience

    • Associate's degree in museum studies or directly related field; Bachelor's preferred.
    • Two years of experience as working in a museum-setting.
    • Strong, working knowledge of Microsoft business software, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
    • Experience with graphic design and software a plus.
    • Knowledge of museum and exhibition best practices.
    • Prior experience developing, planning and implementing museum exhibitions and/or handling collections is highly desirable.
    • High level of initiative, as well as follow-through and flexibility.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to relate to and communicate with staff, volunteers, partners and the community.
    • Detail oriented and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously
    • Will consider students currently enrolled in a museum studies or related program with at least two years of academic credits or equivalent and experience in a museum-setting.
    • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs, including some moderately heavy objects, such as furniture, file cabinets, equipment, boxes, etc. with or without accommodation.  Must be able to work in a low-temperature, climate controlled office environment, as well as maneuver through an open construction environment.
    • Ability to spend at least 4 consecutive hours between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the site three days each week or 6 consecutive hours between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the site two days per week.
    • Work will require weekend hours and occasional evening hours.


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