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    NJ Audubon - Cape May Bird Observat
    • Employer: New Jersey Audubon/Cape May Bird Observatory
      Location: Cape May Point, NJ
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 12/31/2019
      Open Until Filled: No


    Position Title: Program Director

    Department: Education

    Location: Northwood Center, Cape May Point, NJ

    Reports To: Director of NJ Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory

    Classification: Full Time regular (40-hours week)

    JOB DESCRIPTION:  The Program Director 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.  The Program Director, in conjunction with NJA Research Department staff, oversees CMBO’s migration counts, as well as other bird/butterfly monitoring activities.  This position has wide-ranging responsibilities as a liaison to members and visitors. The Program Director 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 and School of Birding Workshops.  Includes recruiting, training and managing CMBO volunteer leaders and contract staff.  Includes promotion of these programs through Kestrel Express newsletter, on CMBO web site, through 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; and organizing CMBO Century Run and/or participating on a CMBO team for WSB.
    • 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 Kestrel Express 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 in bird/butterfly research and monitoring.  Help organize and implement CMBO’s Springwatch and three fall migration counts by hiring, training and supervising Interpretive Naturalists, George Myers Naturalist, and Migration Monitoring staff.  Assist with coordination and oversight of Monarch Monitoring Project. Organize twice annual Winter Marsh Raptor Survey, Ipswich Sparrow Count and other bird monitoring activities.
    • Oversight of seasonal staff housing and coordination of efforts to meet housing agreement requirements.
    • In conjunction with NJA Mission Areas, actively engage in southern NJ conservation issues, especially ensuring bird-friendly management activities on public lands in Cape May County.
    • Assist Director of CMBO and VP of Education with grant writing as needed.


    • Work with VP for Education and the statewide education team to develop and assess programs
    • Maintain appropriate program outlines and materials.    
    • Oversee with the design and maintenance of exhibits and informational kiosks.
    • Interact with other NJA staff to promote statewide programming initiatives.

    Volunteer Program

    • Develop and oversee learning opportunities to enhance volunteers’ knowledge and skill levels.
    • Maintain and oversee Associate Naturalists and field trip assistants


    • 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.
    • Obtain and maintain certification for First Aid, CPR, and other public safety certification appropriate for the activities of the position.
    • Participate with sanctuary staff to adopt a “team” approach towards daily operations at the assigned center.
    • Assume additional responsibilities as required.

    Qualifications/ knowledge/skills

    • Degree 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.
    • 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 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:  Approximately February 3, 2020.

    Salary:  Competitive and commensurate with experience.

    Application Deadline:  Dec. 31, 2019.

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