Associate Director, Blair Audubon Visitor Center

Job Locations
Regular, Full-Time
Job Category
Program/Project Management


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. 






About Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary


Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a private not-for-profit Audubon Sanctuary encompassing 13,000 acres in Southwest Florida’s western Everglades. Our mission is to preserve Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and support the conservation and restoration of natural ecosystems throughout the Western Everglades. We use science driven land management and education to protect birds, other wildlife, and people. Being a part of the Corkscrew Swamp team means making a difference for conservation.


Amenities include a 2.25-mile wooden boardwalk, the Blair Audubon Visitor Center, Nature Store, Gallery Café, Discovery Room, as well as education, research and natural resource management programs. The Blair Audubon Visitors Center is the gateway to the boardwalk and our formal entry point for our members, guests, visitors, volunteers and vendors. More than 100,000 people visit Corkscrew Swamp each year, and the Sanctuary enjoys the support of nearly 60 regular volunteers. The Sanctuary serves as an anchor for Audubon Florida’s policy advocacy in the Western Everglades and is a living laboratory for the study and restoration of Southwest Florida’s freshwater wetlands. In the next two years, the Sanctuary will likely undertake a facilities improvement; this position will have a critical role in shaping the future of this jewel of the National Audubon Society and RAMSAR Wetland of International Significance.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Sanctuary Director, the Associate Director is primarily responsible for the oversight and management of staff, volunteers and budgets supporting the Blair Audubon Visitor Center visitor experience programs. They will provide leadership, ensure visitor and education programming and support Audubon’s mission and goals for the Sanctuary and greater Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed, Big Cypress and Everglades ecosystems. They will plan budgets, project revenue and manage expenses associated with all programs related to visitor experience. Additionally, the Associate Director will play a lead role in marketing the Corkscrew Swamp experience to attract visitors and program participants, all while embracing and advancing the Sanctuary’s mission which aims to influence conservation of the Greater Everglades.


The Associate Director will lead the Blair Audubon Visitor Center operations and guest services including Admissions, its Nature Store and Gallery Cafe sales, general visitor and volunteer assistance, and membership sales as well as public and youth education programs.


COVID-19 mitigation at the Blair Audubon Visitor Center includes frequent sanitation, a Plexi glass partition, Merv-13 filtration system, timed ticketing, mask requirement inside the Visitors Center, and the closure of some amenities.


This is a full-time position working 40 hours per week.  Ability to work evenings and weekends required.

Essential Functions

Administration & Visitor Experience

  • Along with the Sanctuary Director, manage the annual and long-range strategic planning processes for public programs, education, volunteers in alignment with Audubon’s mission and strategic plan and to build a constituency for conservation of the ecosystems supporting Corkscew Swamp Sanctuary;
  • Supervise and evaluate programs and education to provide visitors with enriching experiences. Evaluate the effectiveness of the various programs and develop recommendations;
  • Manage the business plan for admissions and the store and supervise the store and admissions manager;
  • Oversee display development, design, installation and maintenance;
  • Hire, manage, train and coach Center staff working on public programs, education, volunteer projects and the Blair Nature Store. Ensure effective personnel management, which involves attracting, training, retaining and evaluating staff;
  • Collaborate with Facilities Team on maintenance and repair of the boardwalk;
  • Work with Sanctuary Director and appropriate staff members to ensure science, policy and conservation goals are emphasized meaningfully and appropriately in visitor and education programs.

Expense and Revenue Management

  • Plan budgets and manage expenses for visitor experience programs and facilities;
    Work with Sanctuary Director to set earned income goals for admissions, sales and program offerings;
  • Supervise staff to solicit and renew Friends of Corkscrew members;
  • Along with the Sanctuary Director and development team, manage donor relationships and records and cultivate and solicit gifts. Help develop grant proposals and write reports; work with development staff on record keeping, and acknowledgements related to development; and assist with planning and carrying out donor events and visits;
  • Coordinate management of the Center website, maintain education/center content and work with specific program staff to periodically monitor and update timely information;
  • Provide oversight and coordination of marketing and social media efforts, working closely with state staff to ensure inclusion of public programs, to include website management;
  • Coordinate marketing of Center education and program offerings.

Risk Management

  • With Sanctuary Director, develop and direct safety protocols and risk management for programs and facilities as advised by National Audubon Society;
  • Ensure compliance of education and conservation staff with NAS policies and procedures as well as state and federal requirements.

Land Management/Science

  • Cross-train in Sanctuary operations involving science and land management.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in an environmental field, education, or business administration required; Master’s degree or other advanced training is preferred;
  • 7+ years’ professional management experience, to include the management of teams and providing oversight to budgets, revenues and expenses; an equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered.
  • Must possess strong interpersonal and emotional intelligence;
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills that can be adapted to reach a wide range of individuals and can be used to build consensus. Experience working with multi-generational audiences and diverse cultural communities.
  • Strong time management skills, with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment both independently and with a team;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, to include Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word necessary; experience in additional systems and platforms a plus;
  • Familiarity and/or experience working in the non-profit fundraising area desired;
  • A flexible approach to work schedules, with the ability to work some weekends and evenings as needed;
  • Commitment to and desire to advance equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging.
  • Passion for the mission of the National Audubon Society, as well as knowledge or interest in Florida conservation initiatives, policy, restoration and education standards, is ideal;
  • Position has some physical requirements, such as coordinating outdoor activities, program facilitation, event set up and boardwalk maintenance.

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.

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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.


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