Temporary Assistant Land Steward

Job Locations
Temporary, Full-Time
Job Category
Land Stewardship


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. 



Position Summary

The Temporary Assistant Land Steward will provide support to the Senior Sanctuary Manager to and help oversee the daily operations of the Paul J. Rainey Wildlife Sanctuary.


This is a full-time position and will require transportation, of seven miles, by boat to the Sanctuary where work will be performed, and overnight stays of one or more nights at a time at the Sanctuary.

Essential Functions

  • Assist with stewardship and maintenance goals at the Paul J. Rainey Sanctuary.
  • Periodic/semi-regular patrols of the waterways by boat.
  • Load lawn tractor into boat and mow various parts of the levee system around the sanctuary at water control structures (protects against fire), and at viewing stations (e.g., Pierson Ponds, Pig Trap, etc.).
  • Inspect levees for breaches and other issues.
  • Mow lawn around house and trim.
  • Replace boundary signs along the waterways as needed.
  • Operate water control structures around the sanctuary as needed.
  • Collect water quality measurements for Deep Lake WMU Hydrological Restoration Project.
  • Assess status on nesting terns on WCS Deep Lake Tall Terrace Project.
  • Assist with all aspects of maintenance of grounds including but not limited to property, buildings, boats, and equipment.
  • Monitor and remove nuisance animals including but not limited to coyotes and hogs as allowed in the Deed of Donation.
  • Ensure that all Audubon equipment in your possession is in good working order and stored properly.
  • Work with Senior Sanctuary Manager to remove trash, plant native vegetation, and build nesting structures as needed and appropriate. Use manual or chemical methods to control invasive and non-native plant species.
  • Perform household maintenance such as sweeping, mopping, laundry and making beds.
  • Other manual labor tasks as required.

Qualifications and Experience

  • High School Diploma or equivalent, as well as 1+ years experience in the land management field required. 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work cooperatively with a wide variety of people in demanding conditions and maintain a positive attitude.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as, part of a team.
  • Great attention to detail and safety, as well as, the ability to keep organized and accurate records and work efficiently without direct supervision.
  • Ability to operate and maintain a motorized boat required.
  • Ability to maintain outboard motors, operate and maintain hand and gasoline operated tools.
  • Ability to maneuver safely in area waterways.
  • Ability to perform hard physical work for extended and irregular periods, under adverse conditions and extreme weather conditions with or without accommodation. Requires the ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Flexible availability, with a willingness to work evenings and weekends, if needed.
  • Interest in and commitment to the mission of the National Audubon Society.
  • Valid Driver's License.

EEO Statement

The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.

Accessibility Statement

The National Audubon Society endeavors to keep our careers site accessible to any and all users.  If you would like to contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the application process, please contact Accommodations@audubon.org. This contact information is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.

COVID Policy

Beginning September 15, 2021: Audubon requires all staff either to provide proof of being fully vaccinated or, if they cannot provide such proof for any reason, to wear a mask while working indoors, including in all Audubon facilities and offsite, and while working outdoors in situations where they cannot maintain social distancing. In addition, at this time and until CDC recommendations change, all staff in counties the CDC identifies as having “substantial” and “high” COVID transmission ratesmust wear masks indoors (unless alone in a closed office) and outdoors in situations where they cannot maintain social distancing regardless of vaccination status. 


This policy covers national and state offices, centers, and sanctuaries, as well as Audubon employees working offsite. Should you be selected for this position, you will be asked to acknowledge you have read the above policy and provide your vaccination status.


Sorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later.
Share on your newsfeed