Land and Facilities Coordinator

Job Locations
Regular, 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 approximately 450 local chapters, 120 campus chapters, 17 state and regional offices, 34 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country. 


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Position Summary

The Paul J. Rainey Wildlife Sanctuary is a 26,000-acre refuge owned by the National Audubon Society in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana. Established in 1924, it’s Audubon’s oldest and largest sanctuary.  The property includes not only marshland and ponds but beach and bay-shore.  The Rainey sanctuary provides habitat for over 200 species of birds including endangered piping plovers and more recently, whooping cranes.  Cougars, coyotes, bobcats, otters, muskrat, and nutria also call Rainey home. 


The Land and Facilities Coordinator will support the Sanctuary Manager with the daily operations at Rainey Sanctuary. This includes land and habitat overseeing and improvements, maintenance of structures and equipment, monitoring of boat traffic and waterways, and more. 


This is a part-time position and will require transportation, of seven miles, by boat to the Sanctuary where work will be performed, and overnight stays of two nights per week at the Sanctuary.

Essential Functions

  • Evaluate and monitor sanctuary habitat and habitat improvements.
  • Assist with the implementation and overseeing of conservation projects including restoration, bird counts, monitoring, and research.
  • Monitor boat traffic and patrol waterways to prevent unauthorized persons from trespassing in private canals or on property. Prevent hunting, fishing, crabbing, or any other resource harvest by unauthorized entities.
  • Maintain grounds, buildings, equipment, boats, airboat, and vehicles.
  • Maintain property signage along waterways and interior boundaries.
  • Assist with periodic prescribed marsh-burns to maintain marsh health.
  • Maintain proper operation of water control structures, keeping them clear of debris and vegetative growth.
  • Prepare for Storm/hurricane impact to support Sanctuary assets and conduct cleanup/repairs following storm impact.
  • Supervise yearly alligator egg collection and yearling returns.
  • Remove feral hog, coyote, and nuisance animals in accord with Sanctuary policy.
  • Assist with outreach events, stakeholder meetings, and tours of the Rainey landscape, conservation projects, birding spots and areas of interest.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of Audubon’s strategic plans and priorities
  • Work cooperatively and effectively with National Audubon staff in the Delta region to ensure adherence to policies and procedures.
  • Participate in relevant Audubon all staff calls and staff working groups, task forces, phone calls, meetings, and/or conventions as appropriate and requested.
  • Remain at Rainey a minimum of two nights per week
  • Other manual labor tasks as required.

Qualifications and Experience

  • 2+ years of experience in land management.
  • Basic knowledge of habitat organization and bird and plant identification.
  • Ability to safely operate a variety of small to midsize boats in shallow waterways or willingness to learn and complete training within XX months.
  • Ability to maintain outboard motors, operate and maintain hand and gasoline operated instruments.
  • Experience with basic trades including plumbing, carpentry, and electrical.
  • Ability to effectively coordinate with other staff, and interact positively with visitors to the sanctuary and others in the community.
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as alone in a remote, isolated location.
  • Ability to work outdoors in varying weather conditions, working conditions and terrains with or without accommodation.
  • Ability to safely traverse marsh, wet or unstable environments on with or without accommodation.
  • Willingness to work weekends and evenings as needed.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office including Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word.
  • Ability to transport up to 50 pounds with or without accommodation.
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude and professional work ethic; be punctual and reliable.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license and have access to personal transportation.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in biology or related field a plus.


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