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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: Vice President of Government Relations
Department Government Relations
Location: Trenton Policy Office
Reports to: President and CEO
Classification: Full time regular

 

Job Description:  The Vice President of Government Relations (“Vice President”) is the lead staff of the Government Relations Department of NJ Audubon (“NJA”) which functions to determine and advance conservation policy. The Vice President is the organizational leader who works directly with decision-makers at the State and federal levels as well as with NJA members and the public on policy related matters. The Vice President works in collaboration with other NJA Departments to implement the conservation mission and is part of NJA’s leadership team working with senior staff and the President to set policy and carry out the organization’s strategic plan.

 

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

  • Direct development and implementation of policy and legislative initiatives in coordination with other NJA departments
  • Lead collaboration with partners including coalition members
  • Lead advocacy before State and federal decision-makers
  • Manage Department staff to ensure mission and programmatic delivery
  • Participate on the senior staff management team working on strategic priorities
  • Work with the Vice President of Finance, to direct budgeting and finance for the Department with a goal of aligning funding to priorities and achieving sustainability
  • Work with Development staff to seek and maintain diverse funding through grants, contracts and individual giving
  • Participate in key NJA events such as World Series of Birding and donor cultivation gatherings
  • Represent NJA at public events to expand knowledge of NJA mission
  • Work with NJA Communications team to communicate NJA positions and activities to the public
  • Participate with other staff to adopt a team approach towards daily operations at assigned center
  • Assume additional responsibilities as requested

 

Qualification/knowledge/skills:

  • Strong background in conservation or environmental policy
  • Degree in environmental policy, law, sciences or related fields or relevant practical experience
  • Minimum three-years of experience in management/supervisory positions
  • Legislative and grassroots advocacy and media experience desired
  • Demonstrated fundraising (including grant-writing and donor cultivation), budgeting and finance experience.
  • Proficient Computer Skills – Microsoft Office
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and knowledge of water/environmental/conservation issues and/or experience leading and 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
  • Motivated 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
  • 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 and travel as needed
  • 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.govrelationsVP@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.

Job Title:                        Sanctuary Director

Location:                        Lorrimer Sanctuary, Franklin Lakes, NJ

Department:                   Education

Reports to:                    Vice President of Education

Job Classification:        Full time regular (40 hours week), salaried, exempt, Housing Available

 

Job Description:  The sanctuary director is the administrator of the NJ Audubon (Organization) mission and operations at the facility and associated grounds/sanctuary.  S/he has duties primarily in the education branch of N Audubon and is expected to maintain, grow and promote center-based programming that reflects the NJ Audubon mission and meets the needs of our members, our community and the region. S/he takes a leadership role in membership growth, donor cultivation, sanctuary stewardship and community outreach.  The sanctuary director encourages and maintains an active, cooperative interface between staff, volunteers and interns involved in these programs and takes an active role in promoting NJ Audubon as a membership-based conservation organization.

 

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

Leadership/Management

  • Develop and implement long-range strategic goals in support of NJ Audubon’s Conservation Priorities.
  • Oversee the operations of the center and all associated programs.
  • Hire, train, and supervise staff so that the work and mission of NJ Audubon are fulfilled and comply with all organizational and legal requirements for hiring and employment practices.
  • Work with VP of Finance to develop and monitor annual budget and finances for Lorrimer with a goal of aligning funding to priorities and achieving sustainability.
  • Oversee facilities maintenance, inspections and improvements including buildings, grounds and onsite equipment and ensure the safety and security of sanctuary property as required.
  • Manage an effective volunteer program according to NJ Audubon’s expectations.
  • Maintain ongoing coordination with NJ Audubon headquarters staff regarding programmatic, operational, and human resources policies and procedures.

 

Education

  • Oversee, coordinate and/or provide natural history / environmental education to diverse audiences including schools and other special interest groups (scouts, birthday parties, teachers, etc.), summer camps, adult natural history/birding field trips
  • Work with VP of Education to develop / assess programs including programs for underserved populations.
  • Develop and disseminate annual calendar of events with NJ Audubon communications team.
  • Interact with other NJ Audubon staff to promote statewide education initiatives.

 

Membership/Fundraising

  • Strive to increase membership base in cooperation with Development Department and other departments as appropriate.
  • Work with VP of Development to develop, implement and evaluate annual fundraising plan.
  • Act as the chief fundraising representative at the center and participate in collaborative fundraising efforts in accord with and upon the approval of the VP of Development.

 

Member and Community Relations

  • Represent NJ Audubon in the local community, expanding the Organization’s presence to increase local awareness, support and participation, and maintain routine contact with town officials and representatives.
  • Work with the Communications Department to coordinate marketing and promotions of all programs including media, social media and community-outlets for Center programs.
  • Actively promote the Center’s programs by contacting new clients. Foster good relationships with our educational base including: schools, scouts, youth groups, and other student-oriented groups.
  • Maintain a welcoming space to effectively engage visitors.

 

 

 

Facilities / Property

  • Oversee facilities maintenance, inspections and improvements including buildings, grounds and onsite equipment such as heating/cooling systems.
  • Ensure the safety, maintenance and security of sanctuary property as required.
  • With VP of Stewardship, develop, implement and evaluate property stewardship plan.

 

Other

  • Prepare written reports, MOUs, proposals and plans as required in cooperation with Center Administrative Team.
  • Attend department and NJ Audubon meetings and serve on department or Organization committees as requested by supervisor.
  • Assume additional responsibilities as requested for the good order and operation of the Sanctuary.

 

Qualifications/knowledge/skills

  • Degree in the sciences or education or relevant practical experience in a similar position.
  • Minimum three-years of experience in managing a nature center, supervising staff and coordinating volunteers.
  • Good natural history knowledge of NJ flora, fauna and habitats with a strong foundation in conservation science with the ability to inspire others to explore the natural world.
  • Demonstrated fundraising (including grant-writing and donor cultivation), budgeting and finance experience.
  • Strong computer (Microsoft Office 365) and Social Media Skills to fulfill the job requirements.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • 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.
  • Motivated self-starter able to work independently in the execution of his or her responsibilities while collaborating with other staff and organizations with the ability to demonstrate initiative and a positive attitude
  • 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 and travel as needed.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to operate a vehicle in NJ, have the physical capacity to walk throughout the land and buildings of the sanctuary, be able to move materials and to lift 50 lbs. and operate mechanical equipment as needed.
  • Have or obtain and maintain certification for self and staff for First Aid, CPR, and other public safety certification appropriate for the activities at the site including satisfactory background check.

 

Start Date: Immediate.

Salary: Commensurate with experience. Housing on the property available.

Deadline: This position will remain open until filled

 

Application:

Qualified individuals may apply by emailing cover letter of interest, resume, and three references as a single PDF document to hr.lorrimer@njaudubon.org

Please indicate job title in the subject line so that your application is routed to the correct department.

 

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: Stewardship Technician  – South
Department Stewardship
Location: Center for Research & Education, Cape May Court House, NJ
Reports To: Stewardship Project Director – South
Job Classification: Full-time regular (40 hour week)

 

 

Job Description: New Jersey Audubon’s mission is focused on fostering environmental awareness and a conservation ethic among NJ’s citizens; protecting NJ’s birds, mammals, other animals, and plants, especially endangered and threatened species; and promoting the preservation of NJ’s valuable natural habitats. Towards this end, NJ Audubon’s Stewardship Department implements projects and programs that are central to achieving this mission. With staff based in key locations in northern and southern New Jersey and engaged statewide, the Stewardship Department is working with public and private landowners, state and local government and private industry to manage habitat and conserve wildlife resources.

 

The Stewardship Technician will work collaboratively with New Jersey Audubon staff and partners, and in consultation with the Stewardship Project Director, to implement on-the-ground conservation projects for both public and private landowners in Southern New Jersey. The position’s primary responsibilities will focus on invasive plant management in Cape May County along with other stewardship activities in Southern New Jersey. Additional responsibilities include grassland, pollinator habitat, and riparian buffer installation, wetland restoration, forest stewardship activities, and promotion and implementation of agricultural practices in the Delaware River Watershed that reduce ecological impacts and provide ecological benefits.

 

The Stewardship Technician will advise landowners participating in these habitat initiatives with recommended management techniques as well as assisting the Project Director with conservation plan development, coordination, technical support, and field assessment and monitoring. Other responsibilities will include coordinating volunteers as necessary to meet program goals; development and delivery of external communications including but not limited to presentations, press releases, and other spoken and written content; interacting with various partners (public, private and governmental) to promote effective, active conservation management actions associated with critical habitats.

 

Major Responsibilities:

  • Conducts site visits and, in consultation with the Project Director, implements specific field based projects.
  • Initiates and follows through on landowner outreach efforts and works with a variety of landowners to enhance habitat on a wide range of properties.
  • Develops and implements invasive plant management projects, primarily in Cape May County and other areas in Southern New Jersey.
  • Conducts land management tasks to meet project requirements, including, but not limited to, herbicide application, tree and shrub planting, grassland maintenance, tree thinning, wetland restoration, wildlife habitat projects, and prescribed burning projects.
  • Implements habitat restoration projects on New Jersey Audubon centers in Cape May County.
  • Assists with the implementation of habitat restoration projects on agricultural land in Southern New Jersey.
  • Facilitate community-based conservation through the development and distribution of education materials and press articles, as well as through creation of web content and social media postings;
  • Organizes and conducts workshops for stakeholders;
  • Recruit, train and coordinate volunteers to act as stewards of natural resources through data submission or participation in community restoration and stewardship events;
  • Works with the Stewardship Project Director and other department staff to identify funding sources and prepare project reports and proposals;
  • Identify and explore opportunities to expand New Jersey Audubon conservation programs;
  • Maintain key relationships with partners, funders, donors and other contacts as well as completing other tasks as requested;
  • Participates with other mission area staff to adopt a “team” approach towards daily operations;

 

 

Knowledge/Skills

  • Experience implementing restoration projects.
  • Familiarity with local flora, fauna, and characteristic ecosystems of New Jersey.
  • Familiarity with or ability to safely use standard field equipment such as a GPS, compass, and field guides, and experience with or ability to safely use and maintain tools and equipment, including backpack sprayers, planting bars, brush cutters, and power tools.
  • Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office and ArcGIS) to fulfill the job requirements.
  • Excellent oral and written skills required.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to accept direction and constructive feedback.
  • Motivated self-starter with capacity to work in a team setting.
  • Punctual with excellent organizational, time and project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects, shifting priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and a positive attitude.
  • Ability to relate to a diverse range of people and exercise cultural competence and inclusion.
  • Strong professionalism and work ethic with the ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality.
  • Willingness to work irregular hours under sometimes difficult field conditions.

 

Qualifications:

  • S in natural resources or related field with two years experience including an emphasis in land management and habitat restoration.
  • Must be able to perform field work under all types of adverse weather conditions, able to walk on uneven surfaces and in rough terrain carrying equipment weighing up to 50 lbs.
  • Must be willing to travel to different locations in Southern New Jersey as required. This requires a reliable vehicle and a valid New Jersey driver’s license.
  • Flexibility to adjust hours to meet special needs of the department and the organization.

 

Starting Date: Immediate

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Deadline: This position will remain open until filled

Application: To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and three references as one document, naming the file with the following convention: firstname_lastname_and jobtitle.. email the document to hr.stewardshipsouth@njaudubon.org and write position applied for in the 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.

 

 

Position Title: Stewardship Technician  
Department Stewardship
Location: Wattles Stewardship Center – Port Murry, NJ
Reports To: Stewardship Project Director – North
Job Classification: Full-time regular (40 hour week)

 

Job Description: NJ Audubon’s mission is focused on fostering environmental awareness and a conservation ethic among NJ’s citizens; protecting NJ’s birds, mammals, other animals, and plants, especially endangered and threatened species; and promoting the conservation of NJ’s valuable natural habitats. Towards this end, NJ Audubon’s Stewardship Department implements projects and programs that are central to achieving this mission. With staff based in key locations in northern and southern New Jersey and engaged statewide, the Stewardship Department is working with public and private landowners, state and local government and private industry to manage habitat and conserve wildlife resources.

 

The Stewardship Technician will work collaboratively with New Jersey Audubon staff and partners (including USDA-NRCs, USFWS, NJDFW), and in consultation with the Stewardship Project Director-North, to implement on-the-ground conservation projects for both public and private landowners in New Jersey. The position’s primary responsibilities will include implementation of a wide range of habitat stewardship and restoration projects, including coordinate and manage conservation and restoration projects, many of which will be associated with the Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI) and USDA Conservation programs connected with the Working Lands for Wildlife Program for American Black Duck, Northern Bobwhite, Bog Turtle and Golden-winged Warbler. These projects include invasive species vegetation control, creation of native grasslands and riparian buffers, wetland restoration, forest stewardship activities and promotion of agriculture, forestry and conservation Best Management Practices that reduce ecological impacts or provide ecological benefits.

 

The Stewardship Technician will advise landowners participating in these initiatives with habitat management practices as well as assisting the Project Director with conservation plan development, coordination, technical support, and field assessment and monitoring. Other responsibilities will include coordinating volunteers as necessary to meet program goals; development and delivery of external communications including but not limited to presentations, press releases, and other spoken and written content; interacting with various partners (public, private and governmental) to promote effective, active conservation management actions associated with critical habitats.

 

Major Responsibilities:

  • Conducts site visits and, in consultation with the Project Director, implements specific field-based projects. Help provide oversight and assist with project management for implementation of specific field-based projects
  • Initiates and follows through on landowner outreach efforts and works with a variety of landowners and agricultural producers to enhance habitat on a wide range of properties
  • Implements habitat restoration projects on private and public lands through NJ Audubon associated initiatives
  • Implements habitat restoration projects on agricultural land in Northern New Jersey
  • Conducts land management tasks to meet project requirements, including, but not limited to, herbicide application, tree and shrub planting, grassland maintenance, tree thinning, wetland restoration, wildlife habitat projects, and prescribed burning projects
  • Develop conservation and/or habitat management plans both independently and in cooperation with Project Director
  • Aid landowners in the development of project proposals for federal funding
  • Deliver federal and state conservation incentive programs through landowner contacts
  • Facilitate community-based conservation through the development and distribution of education materials and press articles, as well as through creation of web content and social media postings
  • Organizes and conducts workshops for stakeholders
  • Recruit, train and coordinate volunteers to act as stewards of natural resources through data submission or participation in community restoration and stewardship events
  • Works with the Stewardship Project Director and other staff to identify funding sources and prepare project reports and proposals
  • Identify and explore opportunities to expand New Jersey Audubon conservation programs
  • Maintain key relationships with partners, funders, donors and other contacts as well as completing other tasks as requested
  • Participates with other mission area staff to adopt a “team” approach towards daily operations


Qualifications/Knowledge/Skills

  • S, B.A. or B.T. in wildlife management, natural resources or related field with two years of experience including an emphasis in land management and habitat restoration and/or conservation planning
  • Experience developing and implementing restoration projects (experience and/or familiarity with USDA-NRCS conservation programs and practices is very beneficial)
  • Fundraising or grant writing experience is beneficial
  • Familiarity with local flora, fauna, and characteristic ecosystems of New Jersey
  • Familiarity with or ability to safely use standard field equipment such as a GPS, compass, and field guides, and experience with or ability to safely use and maintain tools and equipment, including backpack sprayers, planting bars, brush cutters, and power tools
  • Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office and ArcGIS) to fulfill the job requirements
  • Excellent oral and written skills with good social media skills
  • 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 able to work independently in the execution of his or her responsibilities while collaborating with staff and other organizations with the ability to demonstrate initiative and a positive attitude
  • 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 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 and travel as needed
  • Willingness to work irregular hours under sometimes difficult field conditions to meet special needs of the department and the organization
  • Must be able to perform field work under all types of adverse weather conditions, able to walk on uneven surfaces and in rough terrain carrying equipment weighing up to 50 lbs
  • Must be willing to travel to different locations in New Jersey as required. This requires a reliable vehicle and a valid driver’s license

 

Starting Date: Immediate

Salary:  Commensurate with experience.

Deadline: This position will remain open until filled

Application: To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and three references as one document, naming the file with the following convention: firstname_lastname_and jobtitle.. email the document to hr.stewardshipnorth@njaudubon.org and write position applied for in the 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.

 

 

Position Title:   Engagement Coordinator, Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed

Department:     Government Relations

Location:          Trenton Policy Office

Reports To:      Director, Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed

Classification:  Full-time regular, 40 hours per week

The Engagement Coordinator will work to advance the conservation agenda of New Jersey Audubon (“NJA”) through the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed (“CDRW”). The Engagement Coordinator will play an important role in raising awareness of the Delaware River Watershed, CDRW and activities of our members along with advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ”) efforts. General responsibilities include managing multiple projects, including planning key CDRW events, advancing policy priorities, coordinating with partner organizations and government agencies, and mobilizing CDRW member organizations, as well as contributing to the overall operations of CDRW and the NJA Government Relations team.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Develop a broad understanding of the mission, activities, and accomplishments of CDRW and NJA with a goal of enhancing collaboration among members, raising awareness of activities throughout the Basin, and identifying opportunities for CDRW engagement
  • Advance DEIJ throughout the Delaware River Watershed by managing CDRW’s DEIJ Workgroup including implementing work plans, coordinating and leading meetings, calls, and activities, and disseminating resources
  • Assist the Director of Human Resources in integrating DEIJ principals organization-wide and communicating to staff on internal and external DEIJ best practices as well as assuming other responsibilities as required
  • Ensure DEIJ best practices are integrated throughout all internal and external CDRW activities
  • Recruit and cultivate new organizations, businesses, and government representatives to engage within CDRW’s priorities as members, including those working on fostering DEIJ within their communities
  • Lead the planning, coordination, and execution of CDRW events including the annual Delaware River Watershed Forum, Annual Member Meeting, and other events aimed at raising awareness of the watershed as necessary
  • Prepare necessary reports for CDRW members, the Steering Committee, decision makers, the public, and other stakeholders
  • Assist the Outreach and Communications Manager by writing external communications content including action alerts, social media posts, and web content
  • Assist with organizing and advocating on behalf of CDRW and NJA policy and legislative priorities
  • Represent CDRW and NJA at external meetings and events as needed
  • Participate with other NJA staff to adopt a “team” approach towards daily operations at the assigned center
  • Assume additional responsibilities as required for NJA

 

Qualification/knowledge/skills:

  • Four-year degree and/or two to three years relevant work experience preferred
  • Excellent Computer Skills – Microsoft Office
  • 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

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.