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.
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.
Administration & Visitor Experience
Expense and Revenue Management
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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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 rates must 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.