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    NJ Audubon - Cape May Bird Observat
    • Employer: New Jersey Audubon
      Location: Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville, NJ
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    New Jersey Audubon (NJA) is an independent Audubon Society with a mission to connect all people with nature and steward the nature of today for all people of tomorrow.

    Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary encompasses 300 acres of forest, fields and wetlands at the headwaters of the Passaic River in Somerset County, NJ and adjacent to Morristown National Historical Park.  There are approximately 6 miles of trails, a 14-acre deer exclosure and several buildings on site.

    Job Description:  The Nature Center Director ensures efficient and effective management, oversight and promotion of the Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary in order to generate a positive influence in the community.  The Director is expected to maintain, grow, and promote center-based programming that reflects NJA’s mission and supports the Organization’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ). The Director takes a leadership role in membership growth, donor cultivation, sanctuary stewardship and community outreach. The Director encourages and maintains an active, cooperative interface between staff, volunteers, and interns involved in these programs and promotes NJ Audubon as a membership-based conservation organization.




    ·        Develop/implement long-range strategic goals in support of NJA’s Conservation Priorities and DEIJ efforts.

    ·        Oversee all operations of the Center and its associated programs.

    ·        Work with Chief Financial Officer to develop annual budget and monitor income/expenses to maintain financial sustainability.

    ·        Serve as the lead fundraising representative at the Center and participate in collaborative fundraising and membership efforts with the Development team including creating, implementing, and evaluating annual fundraising plan, conducting events, writing/managing grants and engaging with major donors.

    ·        Work with Human Resources to hire, train, and supervise staff and manage an effective volunteer program.  

    Community Outreach and Engagement

    ·        Serve as an engaged ambassador representing NJA in the local community, expanding the NJA’s presence to increase local awareness, support, and participation.

    ·        Engage and maintain 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. 


    ·        Work with the Center education team to oversee, coordinate and/or provide natural history / environmental education to diverse audiences including summer camps, schools, and other interest groups, adult natural history/birding field trips and workshops.

    ·        Work with Education Department to develop and assess programs including programs for underserved populations and promote statewide education initiatives.

    ·        Work with senior staff to identify and develop grant-funded programs using a team approach to implementation.

    Visitor Services and Retail Operations

    ·        Maintain a welcoming space to effectively engage visitors.

    ·        Oversee a nature-focused retail operations that highlights visitor engagement and education.

    ·        Work with Chief Financial Officer and finance team on retail operations efficiency, maintaining costs and appropriate inventory.

    Facilities / Property

    ·        Oversee facilities maintenance, inspections, and improvements, including buildings and onsite equipment such as heating/cooling systems.   

    ·        Ensure the safety, maintenance, and security of sanctuary property.

    ·        Oversee grounds maintenance for the Sanctuary and work with the NJ Audubon Stewardship team to develop, implement and evaluate property stewardship plan.


    ·        Prepare written reports, proposals and plans as required.

    ·        Attend department and NJ Audubon meetings and serve on department and organizational committees as requested by supervisor.

    ·        Assume additional responsibilities as requested.


    Bachelor’s degree required; Environmental Education, Natural Science, or Business Administration preferred.


    ·        Minimum three-years of experience in managing a nature center, supervising staff, and coordinating volunteers, or relevant practical experience in a similar position.

    ·        Interpretive and public speaking experience is a plus, along with knowledge of natural sciences, especially in NJ flora, fauna, and habitats.

    Skills, Traits and Characteristics Necessary for Success

    ·        Excellent Computer Skills, Microsoft Office 365, Excel.

    ·        Excellent written and oral communication skills.

    ·        Punctual with 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 their 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.

    Physical Demands

    ·        Requires walking, standing, bending, and lifting about 50 lbs.

    ·        Must be able to climb stairs and navigate outdoor trails and perform land stewardship activities.

    ·        Ability to operate basic mechanical equipment as needed. 

    General Requirements

    ·        Flexibility to meet deadlines and needs of the Organization, including availability to work occasional evenings and weekends and travel as needed.

    ·        Have or obtain certification for First Aid, CPR, and other public safety certifications appropriate for the site including satisfactory background checks.

    ·        Reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and be able to operate a vehicle in NJ.

    ·        Must live in NJ or PA at the time of hire.

    Start Date: ASAP

    Salary: $64,000 to $70,000 depending upon experience.

    Deadline: This position will remain open until filled.


    Qualified individuals may apply by emailing cover letter and resume to hr.shwsdirector@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.

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