Seasonal Center Assistant

Job Locations
US-TX-Cedar Hill
Seasonal, Part-Time
Job Category
Community Relations/Outreach
Cedar Hill


The National Audubon Society is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. We work throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon’s state, regional, national, and international programs, nature centers, and chapters have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. As a sentinel species, we recognize that the fate of birds is inextricably tied to the fate of us all.


Audubon has more than 700 staff working across the United States and seven countries in 17 state and regional offices, 41 nature centers, and 23 wildlife sanctuaries. Together as one Audubon, we aspire to alter the course of climate change and habitat loss, leading to healthier bird populations and reversing current trends in biodiversity loss.


Audubon is committed to a culture of workplace excellence, where our talented and diverse staff are deeply engaged, with a strong sense of belonging. The birds Audubon pledges to protect differ in color, size, behavior, geographical preference, and countless other ways. By honoring and celebrating the equally remarkable diversity of the human species, Audubon will bring new creativity, effectiveness, and leadership to our work throughout the hemisphere.

Position Summary

Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center is a 200-acre wildlife refuge, located in Cedar Hill, TX. The ecosystem property is owned by the City of Cedar Hill, National Audubon Society and the local Audubon Dallas Chapter.  The building is owned and managed by the National Audubon Society. The C.E. Doolin visitor center includes classrooms, indoor bird viewing, meeting space, offices and nature store. The site includes 3 miles of hiking trails, children’s play area, demonstration gardens and picnic area.


The center and the surrounding grounds are open year-round, attracting nature enthusiasts from throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Being a part of the Audubon team means making a difference for birds and conservation. The Seasonal Center Assistant position is a part-time, seasonal position assisting with essential day-to-day center functions and visitor engagement. The Seasonal Center Assistant supports Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center by ensuring all visitors are engaged, animal ambassadors cared for, and the building is running smoothly. 


The Seasonal Center Assistant can expect to work an average of 24 hours per week and is required to provide their own transportation to the center.

Essential Functions

  • Open parking gate and pedestrian gates to visitors at appropriate time.
  • Provide assistance in set-up/clean-up of facility rentals.
  • Unlock Visitor Center at opening and prepare visitor window and point-of-sale for store purchases.
  • Lock visitor center, ensure building is secure at closing.
  • Lock parking gate and pedestrian gates at closing.
  • Check/restock supplies in public bathrooms.
  • Communicate supply and maintenance needs to Center Director or Finance/Operations Manager.
  • Provide customer service support and engagement.
  • Feed and care for Ambassador Reptiles
  • Assist with Social Media posts
  • Assist as needed with admin, databases, nature store, and other items
  • Report issues with building, trails, and nature play area
  • Development and/or maintain community partnerships through communication and coordination
  • Assist with training and working with center volunteers
  • Willingness to be trained for informal education opportunities with the community, such as animal encounters, guided hikes, presentations, etc.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Ability to make sound decisions related to safety and security.
  • Preferred experience in local ecosystem knowledge, 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
  • Must be able to work full day on Saturdays with minimal supervision.
  • Training provided as needed.
  • Willingness to learn and lead guided hikes and reptile programs while outdoors or offsite.
  • 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.

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

All new hires must be fully vaccinated prior to their start of employment unless they are pre-qualified by HR for exemption.


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