The Search Committee is composed of board members, staff, and active volunteers.
Board and Search Committee Chair Pierre Chagnon said, “Audubon Community Nature Center in Jamestown, New York, is seeking an experienced, progressive individual to assume leadership of the organization as president. ACNC has been a dynamic community institution for over 60 years. We own and manage a 600-acre wetland preserve with five miles of trails and a nature center. ACNC has a robust education program for schools, youth, adults and families. We host school field trips, outreach programs, day camp, public programs and large events. These programs and events bring our brand to life by generating wonder and excitement for the natural world.”
In recent years ACNC has experienced the expansion of the education staff and thousands of hours logged annually by volunteers; the development of the Education Master Plan and increasing education programs throughout Chautauqua and Warren (Pa.) Counties; growth to more than 35,000 individual contacts each year, including over 1000 programs for nearly 17,000 student contacts; and the formal adoption of the Audubon Community Nature Center name, with its accompanying mission, vision, and belief statements, slogan, graphics, and website.
The scope and responsibilities of Audubon’s president include strategic planning and leadership, fiscal management and development, community and board relations, building and grounds management, and personnel management.
The Presidential Search Committee is looking for someone with a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field; five years of management experience, preferably in a nature center setting; broad management skills and evidence of strong, inspirational leadership ability; fundraising experience, including grant writing and donor cultivation from individuals and businesses; experience in facility management, and a passion for and understanding of the natural world and environmental issues.
Chagnon concluded, “The president will be supported by a seasoned, dedicated staff and a large corps of enthusiastic volunteers. Working collaboratively, they will lead an excellent program to new heights and provide leadership and inspiration for the next era of growth.”
Ruth Lundin, ACNC president for almost two decades, will retire when her successor is in place.
Details on the position and how to apply are at auduboncnc.org/jobs.
Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways. Visit at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa., or online at auduboncnc.org.