Nature Center Manager

Audubon Society of Western PA

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Connecting people to birds and nature since 1916

About ASWP

Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania (ASWP) is an environmental education and conservation engagement organization founded in 1916 and based in Pittsburgh (Fox Chapel). ASWP is a fiscally and legally independent chapter of National Audubon Society and serves a seven-county region consisting of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington, and Westmorland counties. ASWP maintains four public facilities – Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve in Fox Chapel, Allegheny County, Succop Nature Park in Butler, Butler County, and Todd Nature Reserve and Buffalo Creek Nature Park in Sarver, Butler County. With an annual operating budget of approximately $1,600,000 and 16 employees (plus seasonal help), ASWP conducts both formal and informal programs in schools, local parks, and at its four locations, advocates on behalf of birds and nature, and conducts conservation programs throughout western Pennsylvania.

The mission of Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania is to connect the people of southwestern Pennsylvania to birds and nature through our programs, projects, and places.

Position Summary

The Center Manager will be based out of Buffalo Creek Nature Park and manage the Babcock Nature Center, located in Sarver, PA. The Center Manager will report to the Executive Director and take additional direction from the Operations, Education, and Conservation Directors. The successful candidate will be a hands-on and creative manager, with a demonstrated history of customer service and public engagement. The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Overseeing the safe and efficient operations of all activities at Buffalo Creek Nature Park and Babcock Nature Center.
  • Coordinating education programs and public events.
  • Managing the retail operations at the center.
  • Maximizing facility usage and rental opportunities.
  • Recruiting and coordinating volunteers.
  • Championing the mission of ASWP both at the site and throughout the local community.

Primary Duties

As a new position in a new facility—Babcock Nature Center will open in June 2021—this position’s associated duties and time allocations will evolve quickly. The successful candidate must be able to adapt to, and drive, this evolution.

Facilities Management

  • Recruiting and supervision of staff and volunteers to work at the facility, including programming, facility maintenance, and guest relations positions.
  • Coordinating earned income activities including the onsite Audubon Nature Store, concessions, and facility rental operations.
  • Insuring a safe and pleasant environment and compliance with all rules and regulations.
    Coordinating with Buffalo Township on park and trail maintenance issues.

Public Engagement

  • Create a warm, inclusive, and welcoming environment for visitors, volunteers, and staff.
  • Coordinate and participate in programs; In coordination with Education Department, develop and deliver formal and informal environmental education programs.
  • Recruit volunteers and members.

Community Relations

  • Work with Buffalo Township to insure a mutually beneficial collaborative effort.
  • Meet with businesses and other organizations to foster strong relationships and a vestment in the new park.
  • Enhance the relationship with Freeport Area School District and other nearby districts.
  • Attend township and other meetings as necessary to represent ASWP.
  • Recruit volunteers, members, and other relationships throughout local communities.

Skills and Competencies

  • Educational experience related to the needs of the position.
  • 4+ years of professional experience specific to environmental education and/or public engagement – preferably at a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
  • Demonstrated communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends. Candidates must have a valid PA Driver’s License and Pennsylvania Act 33/34 clearances are required.
  • The Nature Center Manager must be able to conduct tours of the facility and grounds and participate in organizational activities that require lifting items weighing up to 50 lbs.
  • Dedication to the mission of Audubon Society of Western PA; Personal qualities of credibility, organizational agility, and job ownership.


Salary range is $45,000 to $50,000. Staff housing is available in lieu of partial salary. Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania is dedicated to providing a competitive salary, excellent benefits, and a flexible work environment where we connect to nature every day. We are committed to creating a diverse workplace and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

How to Apply

Submit resume and letter of introduction, via e-mail to: Jim Bonner, Executive Director, Audubon Society of Western PA, at

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