Job Openings

Current positions available with Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania

Open positions: Nature Center Coordinator (Succop Nature Park) and Part-time Retail Associate (split time between Succop Nature Park and Buffalo Creek Nature Park).

Nature Center Coordinator - Succop Nature Park (Penn Township, Butler PA)

About Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania

Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania (ASWP) is an environmental education and conservation engagement organization founded in 1916 and based in Pittsburgh (Fox Chapel). ASWP is a fiscally and legally independent chapter of National Audubon Society and serves a seven-county region consisting of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington, and Westmorland counties. ASWP maintains four public facilities – Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve in Fox Chapel, Allegheny County, Succop Nature Park in Butler, Butler County, and Todd Nature Reserve and Buffalo Creek Nature Park in Sarver, Butler County. With an annual operating budget of approximately $2,100,000 and 20 employees (plus seasonal help), ASWP conducts both formal and informal programs in schools, local parks, and at its four locations, advocates on behalf of birds and nature, and conducts conservation programs throughout western Pennsylvania.

The mission of Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania is to connect the people of southwestern Pennsylvania to birds and nature through our programs, projects, and places.

Position Summary

The Nature Center Coordinator will report to the Butler Centers Director. This position requires a hands-on and creative manager, with a demonstrated history of customer service and public engagement. The successful candidate will be responsible for:

Overseeing the safe and efficient operations of all activities at the nature park.

  • Coordinating public events.
  • Providing support for educational programming.
  • Managing the retail operations at the park.
  • Maximizing facility usage and rental opportunities.
  • Recruiting and coordinating volunteers.
  • Championing the mission of ASWP both at the site and throughout the local community.

Primary Duties

Facilities Management - 50%

  • Recruiting and supervision of volunteers to work at the facility, including events, facility maintenance, and guest relations positions.
  • Coordinating earned income activities including Audubon Nature Store, concessions, and facility rental operations.
  • Insure a safe and pleasant environment and compliance with all rules and regulations.

Public Engagement - 20%

  • Create a warm, inclusive, and welcoming environment for visitors, volunteers, and staff.
  • Coordinate and participate in events; In coordination with Education Department, provide support for formal and informal environmental education programs.
  • Recruit volunteers and members

Community Relations - 10%

  • Meet with businesses and other organizations to foster strong relationships and a vestment in Succop Nature Park.
  • Attend township and other meetings as necessary to represent ASWP.
  • Recruit volunteers, members, and other relationships throughout local communities.

Other Duties - 20%

  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.

Skills and Competencies

  • Educational experience related to the needs of the position: 4+ years of professional experience specific to environmental education and/or public engagement - preferably at a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
  • Demonstrated communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends. Candidates must have a valid PA Driver’s License and Pennsylvania Act 33/34 clearances are required.
  • The Nature Center Coordinator must be able to conduct tours of the facility and grounds and participate in organization activities that require lifting items weighing up to 50 lbs.
  • Dedication to the mission of Audubon Society of Western PA; Personal qualities of credibility, organizational agility, and job ownership.

Compensation

Salary range is $40,000-$50,000. Audubon Society is dedicated to providing a competitive salary, excellent benefits, and a flexible work environment where we connect to nature every day. We are committed to creating a diverse workplace and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

How to Apply

Submit resume and letter of introduction, via e-mail to: Karen Stein, Butler Centers Director, Audubon Society of Western PA, at kstein@aswp.org.

Retail Associate - part time; split time between Succop Nature Park and Buffalo Creek Nature Park

About ASWP

Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania (ASWP) is an environmental education and conservation engagement organization founded in 1916 and based in Pittsburgh (Fox Chapel). ASWP is a fiscally and legally independent chapter of National Audubon Society and serves a seven-county region consisting of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington, and Westmorland counties. ASWP maintains four public facilities – Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve in Fox Chapel, Allegheny County, Succop Nature Park in Butler, Butler County, and Todd Nature Reserve and Buffalo Creek Nature Park in Sarver, Butler County. With an annual operating budget of approximately $2,100,000 and 20 employees (plus seasonal help), ASWP conducts both formal and informal programs in schools, local parks, and at its four locations, advocates on behalf of birds and nature, and conducts conservation programs throughout western Pennsylvania.

The mission of Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania is to connect the people of southwestern Pennsylvania to birds and nature through our programs, projects, and places.

Position Summary

The Retail Associate is a 16-20 hour/week position that reports to the Nature Center Coordinator. The successful candidate will provide excellent customer service to store customers and act as a central source of information about the parks, the organization, educational programs, and rental opportunities. Knowledge of birds and nature is a bonus; however, training is provided.

This position will work at both Buffalo Creek and Succop Nature Parks. Buffalo Creek Nature Park, located in Sarver, is the newest location for the ASWP, with 6 acres nestled between The Butler-Freeport Community Trail and Little Buffalo Creek. Succop Nature Park, located in Penn Township, is 50 beautiful acres with just under 2 miles of trails to explore. At both locations, the Nature Store carries a wide array of bird feeding supplies, birding/hiking gear, as well as a thoughtfully curated selection of nature-focused gifts.

Retail Activities – 85%

  • Complete opening and closing procedures
  • Ensure product is stocked and displayed properly
  • Assist customers with product selection
  • Assist customers with their sale using Point of Sale
  • Assist telephone callers and direct calls appropriately
  • Assist with inventory related administrative tasks
  • Assist with product orders
  • Clean product and displays
  • Work independently in the store
  • Provide information about ASWP memberships
  • Champion the mission of ASWP and its programs, projects and places


Rental Support – 10%

  • Provide staff support during event
  • Provide immediate assistance to rental party
  • Ensure facility remains safe
  • Close building and ensure security

Other Duties – 5%

  • Other duties related to sales preparation and/or client assistance as directed by supervisor

Skills and Competencies

  • Able to provide their own transportation to and from Buffalo Creek or Succop Nature Park.
  • Must commit to a weekend and evening position. This position is for  Saturdays and 

    Sundays, 9am-5pm, with occasional evening hours as needed for event rentals.
  • Must have a valid PA Driver’s License and Pennsylvania Act 33/34 clearances are required.
  • Ability to carry or move birdseed that weighs 50 lbs and may routinely be on feet throughout the shift.
  • Willingness to review, and required to follow, safety standards outlined by supervisor as they relate to primary duties.

Compensation

Salary is $12.50/hour. Audubon Society is dedicated to providing a competitive salary and a flexible work environment where we connect to nature every day. We are committed to creating a diverse workplace and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

How to Apply

Submit resume and letter of introduction, via e-mail to: Jenna Gehenio, Nature Center Coordinator, Audubon Society of Western PA, at jgehenio@aswp.org. No phone calls.