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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:   State Policy Manager, Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed

Department:     Government Relations
Location:          Trenton Policy Office
Reports To:      Director, Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed

Classification:  Salaried, exempt, full-time regular, 40 hours per week

 

Job Description:

The CDRW State Policy Manager will work to advance the conservation priorities in the landscapes of Cities and Towns, Coasts and Wetlands, and Forests and Farms of New Jersey Audubon (NJA) through the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed (CDRW). The State Policy Manager will coordinate closely with the Director to develop and implement the Coalition’s policy and outreach strategy, build and maintain relationships with members, stakeholders, and funders, and contribute to the overall operations of the Coalition and the NJ Government Relations team. The State Policy Manager will be responsible for coordinating the state-based activities of the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed, including managing the State Lead initiative, organizing state advocacy activities, and engaging and mobilizing Coalition members.

 

Major Responsibilities:

  • Develop a broad understanding of the mission, activities and accomplishments of the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed and New Jersey Audubon with the goal of enhancing collaboration among members, engaging in advocacy around relevant state legislative and funding priorities, and raising awareness of activities throughout the Basin
  • Coordinate with staff on strategic planning and advancing the Coalition’s programs, projects, and policy positions
  • Communicate the Coalition’s goals, operational plans, and strategic vision throughout all levels of the Coalition and partners
  • Develop an understanding of relevant state and federal policies and related advocacy initiatives NJA, State Lead organizations, and Coalition members are advancing and identify new policy opportunities for member engagement
  • Manage the Coalition’s State Lead Initiative, including coordinating with the four state outreach lead organizations on developing outreach and policy agendas for each state, overseeing a re-grant program, budgeting, reporting, implementing relevant issue-based campaigns, identifying additional sources of funding, and engaging Coalition members
  • Review, analyze, and track relevant potential and pending legislation in Pennsylvania and New Jersey
  • Develop a wide range of written materials to support Coalition and advocacy efforts, including educational materials, action alerts, testimony on pending legislation, and meeting summaries
  • Assist staff by writing letters to the editor op-eds, press releases and other external communication content as needed
  • Engage in grass tops and grassroots outreach and organizing around state policy and funding issues in coordination with NJA Government Relations staff, State Outreach Lead organization staff, and Coalition members as needed
  • Assist in educating elected officials and their staffs on Coalition and NJA policy and legislative priorities
  • Represent the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed and New Jersey Audubon at external events
  • Assist in grant writing and reporting and preparing other necessary reports for Coalition members, CDRW Steering Committee, the public, and other stakeholders
  • Support coalition operations including developing campaign strategies, meeting/conference planning and management, database and list-serv management, staffing off-site events, and other aspects of workplan implementation
  • Recruit and cultivate new organizations, businesses, and government representatives to engage within the Coalition’s priorities
  • Ensure Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice best practices are integrated throughout all internal and external Coalition activities
  • Participate with other NJ Audubon staff to adopt a “team” approach towards daily operations at the assigned center
  • Assume additional responsibilities as required for the Organization

 

 

Qualification/knowledge/skills:

  • Four-year degree and three to four years relevant work experience required; Master’s degree related to conservation or environmental policy preferred
  • Excellent Computer Skills – Microsoft Office
  • Knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) a plus
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and knowledge of water/environmental/conservation issues and/or experience working in a coalition a plus
  • 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 feedback
  • Organized self-starter able to work independently in the execution of his or her responsibilities while collaborating with other organizations in various coalitions with the ability to demonstrate initiative and a positive attitude
  • Media, web, legislative and grassroots advocacy and grant writing experience desired
  • Strong professionalism and work ethic with the ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality
  • Flexibility to adjust hours to meet deadlines and needs of the organization, including availability to work occasional evenings and weekends
  • Must be able to walk on uneven surfaces and be able to lift at least 25 pounds in order to participate in special events
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to operate a motor vehicle in NJ

 

Starting date:  Immediate

Application DeadlineThis position will remain open until filled

Salary:  Commensurate with experience

Applications including a cover letter, resume, and the names of two references should be submitted to hr.govrelations@njaudubon.org

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.

 

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Position Title: Spring Hawk Migration Counter
Department:     Cape May Bird Observatory (CMBO)
Site location:    Montclair Hawk Lookout, Montclair, NJ
Office Location:  Scherman Hoffman, Bernardsville, NJ
Supervisor:      Program Director, Cape May Bird Observatory
Job Classification:  Seasonal, Full time (40-hour week) hours may vary. March 16 – May 15 

Job Description: Hawk Counter Spring Migration – Seasonal biologist/ornithologist needed to conduct survey of migrating birds of prey. NJA fosters the application of sound scientific principles and practices to address conservation issues related to vertebrate and invertebrate fauna, and the natural habitats with which they are associated.

Responsibilities:  Duties include identifying and recording migrating birds of prey, entering data into the Hawk Migration Association of North America database, and interacting with the public. 

Duties:

  • Identify and count all migrating raptors
  • Maintain daily data entry into new digital platform, and follow backup data procedures as needed
  • Keep appropriate records for rare sightings
  • Provide daily summaries for post on various NJ Audubon/Cape May Bird Observatory outlets
  • Some data entry in MS Excel possible
  • Educate visitors about raptor migration, NJ Audubon, and conservation issues
  • Provide end of season summary report for NJ Audubon publications in timely manner

Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with bird migration and strong background identifying raptors in flight a must
  • Careful data collecting skills a must
  • Willingness to work irregular hours under sometimes difficult field conditions
  • Applicants should have experience interacting with the public and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Punctual with excellent organizational, time and project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects, shifting priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Strong computer skills – Microsoft Office to fulfill the job requirements.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and knowledge of environmental and conservation issues desired.
  • 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 feedback.
  • 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.
  • Must be able to walk on uneven surfaces, climb multiple steep steps and lift 25 lbs. as necessary.
  • All applicants must have their own vehicle, and a valid, driver’s license to operate a vehicle in NJ.

Start Date: March 16, 2019

End Date:  May 15, 2019

Salary: $1,500 – 1,800/month, commensurate with experience. Housing and gas reimbursement provided.

Application Deadline: January 20, 2019

Qualified individuals may apply by sending cover letter of interest, resume, and three references as a single PDF document (including email and phone contact info) to hr.cmboseasonal@njaudubon.org
Please indicate in the subject line the position for which you are applying.

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:          George Myers Master Naturalist Intern
Department:             Cape May Bird Observatory and Nature Center of Cape May (Education)
Location:                  Cape May Bird Observatory and Nature Center of Cape May, NJ
Reports to:               Program Director, CMBO and Sanctuary Director, NCCM
Job Classification:   Seasonal Full Time (40 hrs. per week) (March 26 through December 22, 2019) 

Job Description:  The GEORGE MYERS FIELD NATURALIST INTERN develops a full spectrum of skills through hands-on participation in various educational, research and conservation projects at New Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory (CMBO) and Nature Center of Cape May (NCCM), Cape May, NJ.  Cape May is renowned as one of the world’s greatest hotspots for animal migration, as well as being a popular summertime vacation destination and beach resort. The combination of the two, offers great opportunities for wildlife research and education through public outreach.  New Jersey Audubon fosters the application of sound scientific principles and practices to address conservation issues related to vertebrate and invertebrate fauna, and the natural habitats with which they are associated.

Note:  This position is named in honor of the late George Myers, a talented CMBO Associate Naturalist who passed on much too soon. In the spirit of George, the position aims to bring the successful candidate through a full lifecycle of being a field naturalist: from learning how New Jersey Audubon translates research into outreach material and ultimately into conservation, to how we develop and execute programs for youth through adulthood.  The successful applicant will work with the Bird Observatory during the spring and fall migration periods, and for the Nature Center during the summer months, during which time they will go from an active learner to a skilled leader with a clear understanding of the needs of New Jersey’s resident and migratory wildlife, the ways in which we are working to protect them, and the ability to engage a diverse public audience to become stewards of the important resources 

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

Educational Programming

  • Conduct short programs, field trips and workshops on bird id and migration phenomena.
  • Assist visitors with bird identification.
  • Assist migration research counters when needed.
  • Orient and assist visitors to the Cape May Migration Count Sites. Over 500 people may visit per day during peak times.
  • Conduct children’s programming at the Nature Center’s summer children’s nature camp.
  • Conduct interpretive outreach programs (emphasis on local aquatic marine animals) at various locations throughout Cape May County.
  • Assist in all daily operations of running the Nature Center during the busy summer season. This may include program registration, retail operations, cleaning, gardening, animal care, aquarium and equipment maintenance, etc.
  • Organize and maintain lesson plans, educational supplies, equipment, teaching materials, files and records, and all other programming information.
  • Assist with the design and maintenance of interpretive exhibits, displays, and other center-based informational materials.

Membership

  • Strive to increase NJ Audubon/Cape May Bird Observatory membership base.

Community Relations

  • Represent NJ Audubon in the local community, expanding the organization’s presence to increase local awareness, support and participation.
  • Develop material for web/blog site and posting it.
  • Develop brochures, checklists, and displays as instructed by the Program Director.

Other

  • Obtain satisfactory background check.
  • Attend center, department and NJ Audubon meetings and serve on committees as requested by supervisor.
  • Obtain and maintain certification for First Aid, CPR and other public safety certification as appropriate
  • Participates with other NJ Audubon staff to adopt a “team” approach towards daily operations at the assigned center.
  • Assume additional responsibilities as required.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Familiarity with bird migration, birding, marine species and coastal ecology is a plus, but learning on the job is expected and we will provide training and support.
  • Punctual with excellent organizational, time and project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects, shifting priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office) to fulfill the job requirements.
  • Willingness to work irregular hours under sometimes difficult field conditions.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and knowledge of environmental and conservation issues desired.
  • Experience interacting with the public with 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 feedback.
  • 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

  • Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, ecology, environmental science or similar field preferred.
  • Flexibility to adjust hours to meet the special needs of the program and organization.
  • Must have his/her own vehicle, a valid driver’s license, and be able to operate vehicle in NJ.
  • Must have the physical capacity to walk over uneven terrain for long distances, able to move materials and to lift 25lbs.

Starting Date:  March 26, 2019   End Date:  December 22, 2019

Salary:  $ 1500/ month. Housing provided.

Application Deadline:  January 31, 2019.

Please send cover letter of interest, resume, and three references as a single PDF document (including email and phone contact info) to hr.cmboseasonal@njaudubon.org

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: Maintenance/Property Worker
Department Plainsboro Preserve
Location: Plainsboro Preserve, Cranbury, NJ
Reports To: Sanctuary Director
Job Classification Part-time, hourly, hours vary seasonally
  April 1 – October 31 approximately 8 hours per week

November 1 – March 31 approximately 4 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.
  • 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: Immediate

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.