Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action. By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive. And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level. What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country. Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).
The Francis Beidler Forest is an 18,500+ acre wildlife sanctuary and Nature Center. It contains within its bounds, the largest remaining stand of virgin Bald Cypress and Tupelo Gum swamp forest anywhere. There is a 1.75 mile boardwalk trail at the Center and it is open to the public. The sanctuary exists to protect a large portion of Four Holes Swamp and the birds and other wildlife that call it home. Beidler Forest is a National Natural Area as designated by the National Park Service, a globaly significant Important Bird Area as designated by the American Bird Conservancy, and a Ramsar Wetland of International Significance as designated by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. Sanctuary staff maintain the boundary lines and let nature take its course on most of the wetter parts of the property, but on upland edges of the swamp, various habitat restoration work is underway. Usually this involves either the re-establishment of Longleaf pine forest or the creation of native plant grasslands. The Assistant Land and Facilities Manager, will assist the Land Manager in conducting both the care of Beidler Forest buildings and other facilities, as well as assisting with critical activities on the intensively managed parcels of the sanctuary.
The Assistant Land and Facilities Manager will be responsible for a wide variety of Land Management and Facilities Maintenance activities at the Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest. Land Management duties will involve assisting the Land Manager with boundary line maintenance, longleaf pine management, trespassing control, feral hog control, native grassland management, and fire line work. Facilities maintenance duties will involve vehicle and equipment maintenance and upkeep, mowing (tractor and push) and pruning a number of locations, boardwalk repair and upkeep, road maintenance, and miscellaneous "handiman" jobs around the Center and associated buildings (light plumbing, carpentry, electrical, etc.). GIS map work and social media contributions will also be part of the mix.
Qualifications and Experience
1. Tractor skills are a must
2. Experience with pine management
3. Handiman skills with repairs (carpentry, plumbing, vehicle/motor, electrical)
4. Hog management experience
5. Experience with precribed fire a plus
6. ArcView GIS skills a plus
7. Ability to work long hours outdoors in remote locations in all seasons