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Volunteer and Membership Coordinator Position - Naples, FL
This position is a permanent, full-time, hourly role whose primary responsibilities are listed below.
 
Position Summary:

Responsible for management and coordination of all activities for a 200+ volunteer corps and for Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Friends membership program. Tasks include volunteer recruitment, training, management, and communication as well as membership recruitment, processing, tracking and communication.

For additional information and to apply, including a resume and cover letter, visit: https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/3253/volunteer-and-membership-coordinator/job

Sales Associate Position - Naples, FL

Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary located at 375 Sanctuary Road, Naples, FL 34120 is seeking a Sales Associates for temporary seasonal employment in our Blair Audubon Visitor Center. Come work at a premier visitor destination and work in the Nature Store, Gallery Café’ or at Admissions to serve customers from around the world as they visit the last intact old growth Cypress forest on a 2 ¼ mile long trail and experience educational exhibits and tours. Open year-round, daily from 7:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Pays $8-$10 per hour for Sales Associates and various shifts available. Apply online at https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/3244/sales-associate/job
Duties include:

  • Provide the highest level of customer service for all visitors.
  • Strive for profitability by serving as a knowledgeable, courteous, and helpful Associate.
  • Balance daily cash drawer at the end of shift.
  • Support all retail operations at the Sanctuary.
  • Re-stock all needed supplies at admissions desk, gallery café, and store as necessary
  • Provide assistance with limited merchandise pricing as needed.
  • Assist with planning and operations of special events conducted by Audubon.
  • Develop an understanding of the ecology and natural history of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.
  • Commit to pre-determined schedules, coverage, and daily operations.
  • Good resume’ builder if seeking future work in natural resources or environmental education.

For more information contact Roswitha Marold at rzmarold@audubon.org or 239-348-9151 X106.

Qualifications and Experience

  • High School Diploma
  • Preferred 2 years’ experience in a sale related position
  • Superior customer service skills
  • Ability to handle cash and receipts accurately
  • Knowledge of merchandise inventory system
  • Strong communication skills
  • Must be able to lift up to 30lb
  • Flexibility

Please apply online at the Audubon Career Center: https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/3131/sales-associate/job

Conservation Intern - Naples, FL

Position Summary

The Conservation Intern will gain valuable hands-on experience and professional skills in natural resource management and conservation ecology. Working at the 13,000-acre Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in southwestern Florida, the intern will assist with the implementation of an ecologically-sound land management program and assist with on- and off-site hydrology and wildlife monitoring projects. Each month, the work breakdown for interns will be roughly 67% resource management work and 33% research.

This full-time six-month internship will run from January through June 2017 and will not exceed 40 hours per week, with occasional weekend work, as needed.

On-site housing is required and provided due to the relatively remote location of the Sanctuary and early field hours. Housing is a furnished one-level dormitory-style building. There are 4 private bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 joined kitchens, a living room and a screened porch. Wireless internet, water, electricity and local phone service are provided. Housing will be shared with interns and/or visiting researchers.

Essential Functions

Under the guidance of Audubon staff, the intern will develop skills in a variety of conservation activities, including:

  • Managing non-native, invasive and native nuisance species using a wide variety of tools such as herbicide sprayers, chainsaws, and hand tools;
  • Helping with planning, execution, and follow-up monitoring of prescribed fire operations in a variety of natural habitats; and
  • Participating in ecological monitoring of hydrology (water level and rainfall) and wildlife populations to guide conservation and restoration. Wildlife monitoring will include a combination of aquatic fauna sampling (and laboratory processing), wading bird surveys, herpetofauna surveys, and mammal monitoring (trailcam maintenance and image processing). Interns may also be asked to assist with wading bird monitoring flights using a fixed-wing aircraft.

Interns are expected to assist with additional Sanctuary events and activities, as needed. An opportunity to pursue personal conservation-based interests (e.g. environmental education, environmental policy, or ecological research) is available through the completion (design, and execution) of an independent project with the guidance of Sanctuary staff. 

Qualifications and Experience

The candidate must:

  • Be currently enrolled in or a recent graduate of an institution of higher learning, pursuing a degree in natural science or related field;
  • Excel in interpersonal communications and interpersonal skills while maintaining a team-focused attitude;
  • Possess a basic understanding of ecology and a desire to learn about conservation;
  • Demonstrate the ability to exercise sound judgment and adaptability to changing work conditions;
  • Possess a valid driver’s license (experience with ATVs, 4WD vehicles and the ability to operate a manual transmission is a plus); and
  • Commit to the full duration of the internship (January 2017 - June 2017).

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to work long hours in the field in sub-tropical wetland environments, exposed to harsh South Florida environment (sun, biting insects, severe summer storms), sometimes alone and carrying field gear (up to 40 lbs.) for extended periods; and
  • Ability and willingness to work in murky waters and thick vegetation that serve as home for potentially dangerous wildlife such as alligators and venomous snakes

Please apply online at the Audubon Career Center: https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/3000/conservation-intern/job

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