Seasonal R/V Site Host, Mitchell Lake

Job Locations
US-TX-San Antonio
Type
Seasonal, Part-Time
Job Category
Facilities/Property Maintenance
ID
2020-4470
City
San Antonio
State/Province
TX

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. The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion, and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.

 

Position Summary

Mitchell Lake Audubon Center is a 1,200-acre wildlife refuge, located in south San Antonio, TX. The property is owned by the local water utility, San Antonio Water System (SAWS), and managed by the National Audubon Society. The historic Leeper House serves as its visitor center, with a small education pavilion on property. The site includes 7.5 miles of both walking and/or driving trails.

 

The center and the surrounding grounds are open year-round and attracts visitors from all over the world. Being a part of the Audubon team means making a difference for conservation. The Site 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. Site Hosts support Mitchell Lake Audubon Center by ensuring all visitors have left the property at the close of business hours, and securing the gates and parking lot.

Site Hosts can expect to work an average of 5-10 hours per scheduled week. When not working, opportunities for Site Hosts to volunteer in public education, resource management, visitor services, and maintenance of gardens and trails is encouraged.

 

Site Host positions are filled by RV campers and are required to live on-site in their personal RV on one of Audubon’s two RV pads. RV sites are equipped with water, sewer, and electricity hook-ups. Site Hosts share closing responsibilities with staff as needed.

Essential Functions

  • Open front gate to visitors at appropriate time
  • Sweep and pick up trash around gate entrance
  • Sweep porch of general debris
  • Pick up trash along fence line and across property as needed
  • Provide assistance in set-up/clean-up of facility rentals
  • Unlock Visitor Center at opening
  • Lock visitor center at closing
  • Close gate at closing
  • Check trails and roads for obstacles due to weather or overgrowth
  • Check roads and trails for visitors at closing
  • Check/restock supplies at pavilion bathroom
  • Check/restock supplies at center bathrooms
  • Communicate supply and maintenance needs to Center Resource Coordinator                                                                                                  

Qualifications and Experience

  • Must have an RV, valid driver’s license, and a personal cell phone with service provider.
  • Ability and willingness to volunteer at least 20 hours per week, in area separate from your assigned duties
  • Ability to make sound decisions related to safety and security.
  • Ability to drive utility vehicle, ATV, riding mower, tractor, and/or 12-15 passenger van a plus.
  • Preferred experience in general maintenance, working with the public, and/or in customer service roles.
  • Bird and plant identification experience (especially as it relates to Texas) a plus, but not required.
  • Training provided as needed.
  • Ability to walk at least 2 miles to conduct trail sweep preferred
  • Ability to lead walking tours and programs while outdoors on and off-trail preferred
  • Must be eager to learn and share knowledge
  • Must be comfortable working with youth and the public.
  • Must be self-motivated and able to both follow directions and work independently.
  • Must demonstrate ability to be reliable and punctual.
  • Experience with active, outdoor work including hiking and observing wildlife in physically strenuous settings, variable weather conditions, in remote locations, and on hazardous terrain preferred.
  • First Aid and CPR certification is preferred.
  • Multi-lingual preferred (Spanish, English, ASL, etc.)
  • Proficiency on Microsoft office required                     

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