Seasonal Center Assistant

Job Locations
Seasonal, Part-Time
Job Category
Facilities/Property Maintenance


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 John James Audubon Center (JJAC) is based in Pennsylvania and is the original home of the artist and naturalist, John James Audubon. The mission of JJAC is to educate and inspire people to cherish and protect the natural world, by preserving Audubon’s artistic, scientific, and historic legacy and celebrating the conservation movement he inspired while serving the mission of the National Audubon Society (NAS), “to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.”


The John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove is looking for competent, dedicated, and reliable additions to our Center Assistant team to oversee different events that occur on the grounds, as well as, help maintain the serene grounds, and help fill out our museum’s front desk staff. Center Assistant's report to the Event Manager and are responsible for assisting with a wide variety of tasks at the John James Audubon Center. Tasks include, but are not limited to, preparing facilities prior to events, supervising the activities of rental parties and their vendors during the event, securing buildings, grounds keeping, and providing any other support for different departments. You should be detail oriented and able to follow a checklist of instructions, but should also be independent enough to analyze potential problems and do what is necessary to resolve each issue. It is also important that your tasks be completed in a timely fashion, so good time management habits are required. 


This is a part-time, seasonal job that will be scheduled for 10-25 hours per week. The position starts in July of 2020 and ends in November of 2020.  If working events, most hours will be during the evenings and weekends. Might be called upon to work during some weekdays as need arises and seasons change.

Essential Functions

  • Follow detailed check-list in preparing site for rental events; duties will include equipment set-up; stocking supplies, cleaning floors, windows and restrooms; and receiving inventory.
  • Serve as a key holder ensuring facilities opened and locked at appropriate times.
  • Ability to safely operate equipment, including but not limited to golf cart, industrial floor cleaner, and power tools.
  • Serve a liaison with catering staff, vendors, and rental clients throughout the event period; respond to questions and monitor activities to ensure rules and regulations are followed by all parties.
  • Direct and manage traffic during peak arrival times; use golf cart to shuttle guests and move equipment.
  • Inspect site before, during and after events; document damage and incidents involving guests with assistance from the manager-on-call.
  • Provide basic on-grounds landscaping and maintenance support to ensure the site is attractive to guests.
  • Provide staffing support as needed in other areas, such as gift shop, birthdays, admissions, and visitor experiences.
  • Assist in daily cleaning of the museum and facilities.
  • Participate in schedule staff meetings and trainings.
  • Assist in supervising individual and group volunteers assigned to support building and grounds maintenance.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Commitment to the Audubon mission.
  • GED or high school diploma required.
  • Driver’s license with reliable transport required.
  • Experience interacting with the public in a fast-paced environment; ability to remain composed under pressure; experience working at a museum, historic site, or other sensitive properties is highly desirable.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to relate to and communicate with staff, volunteers, vendors and the community.
  • Self-starter with the ability to organize/prioritize workload and complete assignments on time. Does not procrastinate.
  • Ability to safely and effectively use common cleaning solvents and supplies.
  • Must be able to work weekends, evenings and holidays in summer weather conditions.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs., including some moderately heavy objects, such as furniture, file cabinets, equipment, boxes, etc., with or without a reasonable accommodation.
  • Must be able to work at a variety of climates and temperatures as the seasons change during our event season. May be called upon to work in museum and offices as needed.
  • Adaptability and flexibility to a changing environment.


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