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  • Program Coordinator - Cape May Bird Observatory

    NJ Audubon - Cape May Bird Observat
    • Employer: NJ Audubon
      Location: Cape May Point, NJ
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    JOB DESCRIPTION:  The Program Coordinator has duties primarily in the education branch of NJ Audubon (NJA) and is the lead Cape May Bird Observatory (CMBO) staff person with respect to all CMBO programming and managing volunteer Associate Naturalists. This position has wide-ranging responsibilities as a liaison to members and visitors as well as advancing New Jersey Audubon’s conservation priorities with the goal of engaging and educating diverse populations.  The Program Coordinator oversees the Program Registrar to ensure efficient program registration and attendance record keeping.  This person will take an active role in promoting NJA/CMBO as a membership-based conservation organization.


    ·        Develop, oversee and conduct CMBO’s Weekly Walks, Field Trips, Boat Trips, Lectures, Trolley Tours, School of Birding Workshops and Road Scholars programs.  Includes recruiting, training and managing CMBO volunteer leaders and contract staff.  Includes promotion of these programs through the CMBO website, print materials, email blasts and social media. Work with the special events and NJA development teams to implement CMBO’s annual major events, including organizing leaders for Cumberland Eagle Festival; participating in Spring Weekend & Fall Weekend Festivals; and World Series of Birding.

    ·        Work collaboratively with staff from the Nature Center of Cape May on joint programming to enhance the complete suite of programs offered by NJA in the Cape May region.

    ·        Inform and inspire members and the public, and promote birding, by producing written materials and photos for birdcapemay.org, NJA Magazine and performing outreach presentations at local venues, such as libraries and garden clubs.

    ·        Assist with management and editing of the Peregrine Observer, the official journal of NJA’s Cape May Bird Observatory.

    ·        Engage and educate visitors to CMBO’s migration watch sites by hiring, training and supervising Interpretive Naturalists and the George Myers Naturalist. Assist Migration Coordinator with promotion of migration counts and other bird and butterfly monitoring activities.

    ·        Coordinate with Research Coordinator on oversight of seasonal staff housing and coordination of efforts to meet housing agreement requirements.

    ·        Promote NJA Conservation Priorities by actively engaging in southern NJ conservation issues and advocating for bird and butterfly-friendly management activities on public and private lands.

    ·        Assist Director of CMBO and VP of Education with grant writing as needed.


    ·        Work with VP of Education and the statewide education team to develop and assess programs

    ·        Maintain appropriate program outlines and materials.    

    ·        Assist with the design and maintenance of exhibits and informational kiosks.

    ·        Interact with other NJA staff to promote statewide programming initiatives.

    Volunteer Program

    ·        Maintain and oversee Associate Naturalists and field trip assistants.

    ·        Develop and oversee learning opportunities to enhance volunteers’ knowledge and skill levels.


    ·        Strive to increase NJA/CMBO membership base.

    Community Relations and Promotion

    ·        Represent NJA/CMBO in the local community and nationwide, expanding NJA presence to increase awareness, support, and participation.


    ·        Prepare written reports, proposals and plans as required.

    ·        Attend center, department and NJA meetings and serve on committees as requested.

    ·        Obtain and maintain certification for First Aid, CPR, and other public safety certification appropriate for the activities of the position.

    ·        Participate with center staff to adopt a “team” approach towards daily operations at the assigned center.

    ·        Assume additional responsibilities as required.


    Qualifications/ knowledge/skills

    ·        B.A. or B.S. in the sciences or education or relevant practical experience in a similar position.

    ·        Demonstrated experience in management/supervisory positions and coordinating volunteers.

    ·        Excellent birder with experience leading bird field trips, speaking to groups, and inspiring others to explore the natural world.

    ·        Good natural history knowledge of NJ flora, fauna and habitats with a strong foundation in conservation science. 

    ·        Strong Computer (Microsoft Office 365) and social media skills to fulfill the job requirements

    ·        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

    ·        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 50 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

    Start Date:  Immediate

    Salary:  Competitive and commensurate with experience.

    Application Deadline:   This position will remain open until filled.

    Applications including a cover letter, resume, and the names of three references should be submitted to hr.cmboprogramcoordinator@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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