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).
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a private not-for-profit Audubon Sanctuary encompassing 13,000 acres in Southwest Florida’s Western Everglades. The Sanctuary is open seven days a week year-round and attracts visitors from all over the world. Being a part of the Corkscrew team means making a difference for conservation. The Campus Host position is a part-time seasonal position assisting with essential end-of-day and after-hours functions related to guest safety, and facility support and security. Corkscrew closes to the public at 5:30 p.m. each night. Campus Hosts support the Blair Audubon Visitor Center by ensuring that all visitors have made it off the boardwalk at the close of business hours, and securing the gates and parking lot. Campus Hosts support the Facilities supervisor by serving as on-call resources on weekends and after hours for alarms or unexpected needs that arise from interns or visiting guests and scientists. Campus Hosts share on-call and closing responsibilities in shifts with others. Campus Hosts can expect to work an average of 1 1/2 hours per scheduled day. When not working, opportunities abound for Campus Hosts interested in volunteering in Resource Management, Facilities, the Visitor Center and Education.
Campus Host positions are filled by RV campers and are required to live on-site in their personal RV on one of Corkscrew’s two RV pads. RV sites are equipped with water, sewer and electricity hook-ups as well as a private outdoor patio and grill. Corkscrew is a remote sanctuary and is known as a dark-sky site. The RV pads are nestled in the pine flatwoods near the housing area. There are four seasonal positions (up to two people per RV) that require a minimum four-month commitment between October 1 and April 30. Applicants must own and operate their own RV, including having applicable motor vehicle licenses and insurance.