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You might be just the person we’re looking for to fill an open position. To apply for any of the positions listed below, send a resume and cover letter to the address listed for that position. The New Jersey Audubon Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, national origin, ethnic background, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. We are committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourage all qualified professionals to apply.

Current Openings

Position Title: Maintenance/Property Worker
Department Plainsboro Preserve Facilities
Location: Plainsboro Preserve, Cranbury, NJ
Reports To: Sanctuary Director
Job Classification Part-time, hourly, hours vary seasonally
  April 1 – October 31 approximately 12 hours per week

November 1 – March 31 approximately 8 hours per week

 

Job Description:

Part time maintenance position is responsible for maintenance and upkeep of grounds, buildings and facilities, and for weekly cleaning of the building at New Jersey Audubon Society’s Plainsboro Preserve Center.  

Major Responsibilities

  • Groundskeeping and building maintenance including (but not limited to) lawn mowing, weed removal, landscaping, garbage removal, road and site improvements, chainsaw use, and general facility maintenance.
  • Ensuring the safety of visitors, program participants, volunteers, and staff by keeping the building and grounds safe and in good order; keeping all entrances to the Nature Center free of leaves, snow and ice; limbing and removing trees/branches from trails or anywhere they present a safety concern.
  • Maintenance of lawn mower and additional power equipment.
  • Maintenance of nature center building – painting, light construction, repair work, and general maintenance.
  • Weekly cleaning of the interior of the building, including vacuuming all carpeted floors, wet mopping all tiled floors, cleaning public and staff restrooms, emptying trash and recycling, and dusting public areas and offices.
  • Set up and break down of furniture and equipment for public events and programs.
  • Supervisory responsibilities for volunteers and community service workers performing maintenance/management work on site.
  • Trail work and maintenance.
  • Assistance with bird seed.
  • Removal/management of introduced invasive plant species.
  • Participates with other center staff to adopt a “team” approach towards daily operations at the Center.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications/Knowledge/skills:

  • 2 to 3 years relevant experience. Knowledge of grounds maintenance and equipment upkeep (lawn mower, chain saw, weed whacker, leaf blower, etc.)
  • High School Diploma or equivalent (GED), be at least 18 years of age, possess a valid driver’s license in good standing, able to move materials and equipment weighing over 50 pounds, walk on wooded trails or over rough terrain.
  • Knowledge and ability to do light construction work and building maintenance is essential. General knowledge of plumbing, electrical, and horticulture helpful.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to accept direction and constructive feedback.
  • Punctual with excellent organizational, time and project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects, shifting priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Strong professionalism and work ethic.
  • Motivated self-starter with capacity to work in a team setting.
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and a positive attitude.
  • Ability to relate to a diverse range of people and exercise cultural competence and inclusion.
  • Must be physically able and willing to perform all aspects of job in all seasons.
  • Flexibility to adjust hours to meet special needs of the Center.

Starting date:  Immediately

Salary:  Commensurate with experience.

To apply:  Please send cover letter of interest and resume, as a single PDF document listing job position in subject line, to hr.plainsboro@njaudubon.org

Application deadline:  Position will be posted until filled.

 We are committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourage all qualified professionals to apply.  The New Jersey Audubon Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, national origin, ethnic background, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.

 

Position Title:                   Nature Store Sales Associate/Naturalist

Department:                     Retail

Location:                           Cape May Bird Observatory, New Jersey, CRE        and/or Northwood

Reports to:                        Sales Manager
Job Classification:           Seasonal Part-time, up to 32 hours per week in April and May, occasional days.  June through August; and Sept. 19 – 23 and October 18 -21, 2018.

Job Description:  The Nature Store Sales Associate/Naturalist supports the retail operations and sales at the Cape May Bird Observatory Nature Stores.  The Nature Store Sales Associate/Naturalist supports all phases of store operations to ensure maximum sales and profitability, including store presentation, inventory management, and loss prevention.  The Nature Store Sales Associate reports to the Sales Manager. This position has a schedule of Sunday through Wednesday at Northwood during April and May, though candidates available consistently but for fewer than all four days may be considered; occasional days t.b.d. June through August; and Sept. 19 – 23 and October 18 -21, 2018.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Ensure customer service and satisfaction and greets visitors, answer telephones and disseminate NJA/CMBO information, promote NJA mission and answer questions about local natural areas, and natural history.
  • Assist with processing and display of merchandise.
  • Encourage membership enrollment with each sale.
  • Assist customers with merchandise selection, process sales and maintain accurate sales records and prepare daily reconciliations.
  • Assist Sales Manager with offsite sales during special events.
  • Assist and guide the work of store volunteers.
  • Maintain supply and restock of literature for center (membership brochures, checklists, information packs, etc.,) to ensure ample supply available.
  • Assist with general light maintenance of store and grounds, including breaking down of cardboard, taking out trash and recycling, filling bird feeders, cleaning up, etc.,
  • Work in cooperation with the Sales Manager and assume other responsibilities as assigned.

Other Responsibilities

  • Participate with Center staff and volunteers to adopt a “team” approach towards daily operations at the Center.
  • Assume additional responsibilities as required.

Knowledge/Skills

  • Knowledge of natural history and retail experience with the birding market or similar product line preferred.
  • Knowledge of optics a plus.
  • Excellent computer skills – Microsoft Office.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and knowledge of environmental and conservation issues required.
  • Excellent organizational, time and project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects, shifting priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills with the ability to relate to and motivate a diverse range of people, exercise cultural competence and inclusion, and accept direction and constructive criticism.
  • Motivated self-starter with capacity to work productively in a team setting with the ability to demonstrate initiative and a positive attitude.
  • Strong professionalism and work ethic with the ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality.

Qualifications:

  • High School diploma.
  • Retail experience required.
  • Flexibility to adjust hours to meet deadlines and special needs of the Nature Store and the Organization.
  • Ability to walk on uneven surfaces as needed for outdoors events and lift up to 50 lbs
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to operate a vehicle in NJ.

Starting Date:  Immediate

Salary:  Commensurate with experience.

Application Deadline:  Position will be posted until filled

Qualified individuals may apply by sending resume with cover letter as a single pdf document to hr.cmboNatureStore@njaudubon.org

Please include position in subject Line.

We are committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourage all qualified professionals to apply. The New Jersey Audubon Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, national origin, ethnic background, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.