The purpose of the Chief Ranger position is to ensure the successful daily operations, facility management, integration of conservation initiatives, and programmatic success of Audubon Louisiana Nature Center. In addition to these duties, the Chief Ranger must cultivate effective relationships with our guests, visitors, and all levels of staff of Audubon Nature Institute. This position closely collaborates with the Education Department to ensure the operational, conservation, guest and community engagement priorities of Audubon Louisiana Nature Center are met. The Chief Ranger is responsible for supervising, mentoring and training direct reports; effectively managing budgets for financial efficiency and programmatic success; and strategic planning to achieve national esteem and recognition for Audubon Louisiana Nature Center.
Provide a guest experience of outstanding quality (required)
- Responsible for maintaining our facility compliance standards and permitting with oversight bodies such as USDA, OSHA, Wildlife & Fisheries, etc.
- Maintain inventory and proper maintenance of Nature Center machinery, tools and other resources.
- Work with Managing Director to effectively budget for the Nature Center
- Accountable/responsible for ensuring the facility opens and closes according to schedule
- Collaborate with the Director of Education Programs to ensure the Planetarium, Interpretive Center and classrooms are ready for school programs
- Collaborate with the Director of Education Projects to ensure the highest standards of animal care are being met in the daily husbandry of the education animal collection.
- Collaborate with the Director of Volunteer and Intern Resources to create and implement a Land Stewardship Plan for the Nature Center.
- With the support of the Guest Services Attendant and Educator Naturalists, ensure Nature Center rooms and spaces are appropriately reserved, prepared, and maintained.
- Maintain a schedule of programs and room reservations that will be distributed regularly to all stakeholders.
- Act as the ALNC Safety Officer and assist with safety, emergency, and hurricane preparedness plans.
Weave quality entertainment through the guest experience (required)
- Cheerfully direct guests to ALNC resources including: exhibits, programs, facilities, and other active and passive guest experiences.
- Maintain walkways, trails, and restoration plantings (sometimes with the assistance of volunteer groups).
- Support the ALNC, Education, and Volunteer departments as needed.
Exhibit the diversity of wildlife.
- Be willing to work in a natural environment, providing appropriate habitats for all wildlife.
Preserve native Louisiana habitats.
Work with Volunteers to remove invasive species and restore natural habitats through clearing, planting, and grounds maintenance.
Provide opportunities for recreation in natural settings.
Operate a financially self-sufficient collection of museums and parks.
- Assist in the development of proper budgets for operations, security, and maintenance of the ALNC and seek ways to improve efficiency and minimize costs.
Supervision: manages the Guest Services Attendant, Educator Naturalists, and part-time Security Officer, (when needed)
Experience: We seek a responsible, self-starting and resourceful professional with experience in a Park or Nature Center setting. In lieu of this direct Park/Nature Center background, alternative routes to this position might include a progression of jobs with increasing responsibility in any of the following areas: facility operations; facility maintenance; forestry; and law enforcement.
- Degree in biology, environmental education, education or similar area.
Licensure/Certification: LA Driver’s License; may require additional licensure and training, as needed.
Machinery/Tools/Equipment Requirements: Must have the ability to operate lawn grounds maintenance equipment. Basic understanding of HVAC, Security, Lighting systems is preferred.
- Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, or a negligible amount of force frequently to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body.
- Sitting or standing, bending, stooping, and the ability to carry items weighing up to 50 pounds.
- Constant adequate range of motion and mobility required.
- Regular near acuity with clarity of vision at 20 inches or less required.
- Typical ability to collect and analyze numerical and written data and verbal information to reach logical conclusions and ability to determine the time, place and sequence of operations or actions required.
- Regular talking and the ability to express and exchange ideas by means of language expected.
- Regular hearing and the ability to perceive the nature of sounds.
- Constant ability to read, record, or type data quickly and accurately required.
- Working long hours between breaks or meals required.
- Ability to work under and handle stress in an appropriate manner required.
- May be exposed to high, medium, or low noise intensity.
- Constant contact with co-workers required.
- Affinity for animals preferred.
- Exposure to fluctuations in temperatures may be required.
- Exposure to outdoor conditions may be required.