Operations Ranger (Nature Center)

The purpose of the Operations Ranger position is to ensure, under the guidance and supervision of the Chief Ranger, the successful daily operations, facility repair and maintenance; light construction; integration of conservation initiatives; and programmatic success of Audubon Louisiana Nature Center. In addition to these duties, the Ranger must maintain effective relationships with our guests, visitors, and all levels of staff of Audubon Nature Institute. This position closely collaborates with the Educator/ Naturalists to ensure the operational, conservation, husbandry, guest and community engagement priorities of Audubon Louisiana Nature Center are met. The Ranger coordinates with the Volunteer Department, and supervises occasional and regular volunteers; being mindful of budgetary restraints; and following the vision of the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center.

Provide a guest experience of outstanding quality (required)

  • Maintains the Nature Center buildings, facilities, exhibits, trails, machinery, tools and other resources, as directed.
  • Opens and closes the facility, per schedule and procedures
  • Coordinate to ensure the Planetarium, Interpretive Center and classrooms are ready for school programs.
  • Work with Educator/Naturalists to ensure proper husbandry and enrichment standards are met for the exhibit animals. Include construction of exhibit or holding enclosures.
  • With the support of the Chief Ranger, and Educator Naturalists, ensure Nature Center rooms and spaces are appropriately reserved, prepared, and maintained.
  • Be willing to work overtime, weekends and holidays, as well as over-nights, and odd schedules.
  • Assist the ALNC Safety Officer (Chief Ranger) with executing the safety, emergency, and hurricane preparedness plans.
  • Be capable of learning complex audio/video systems, and willing to use microphones to speak to groups of people

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.
  • Support the ALNC, Education, and Volunteer departments as needed.
  • Assist in crowd control and closing procedures
  • Conduct Ranger chats for all age groups, featuring live animal handling, on occasion.

Exhibit the diversity of wildlife.

  • Per the Land Stewardship Plan for the Nature Center, assist in the removal of invasive vegetative species and lead volunteers in such efforts.
  • Assist in the pursuit of an ever-improving nature center, and seek ways to improve efficiency and minimize costs.
  • In coordination with husbandry staff, design and construct exhibits, enclosures, and life support systems for interpretive wildlife, including invertebrates, small mammals, reptiles and amphibians; fish, and birds.
  • Be willing to work in a natural environment, providing appropriate habitats for all wildlife.
  • Preserve native Louisiana habitats.
  • Work with staff and volunteers to remove invasive species and restore natural habitats through clearing, planting, and grounds maintenance.
  • Willing to learn and enthusiastically interpret the ecology of our region and its place in the global setting.
  • Provide interesting perspectives to relate to the community on different levels.
  • Make observations and record wildlife sightings and behavior. 

Supervision: volunteers

Experience: We seek a responsible, punctual individual 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 experience in any of the following areas: forestry; law enforcement; Natural resources, environmental science, wildlife management, and/or building trades, such as, carpentry, landscaping/arborist, plumbing, HVAC; Facilities management or operations, animal husbandry and/or life support beneficial. Previous experience with digital theater projection systems or planetariums beneficial.  


1. High school diploma

2. Bachelors preferred in Natural Resource Management or equivalent or experience in building trades/ facilities/ operations or animal husbandry.

Licensure/Certification: LA Driver’s License; may require additional licensure and training, as needed. Software Requirements: Windows and IOS familiarity; proficiency in Microsoft Office preferred.

Machinery/Tools/Equipment Requirements: Must have the ability to use mobile devices, computer, fax, scanner, phone and copy machine. Comfortable around chainsaw activity, and able to learn to operate. Common hand and power tool proficiency REQUIRED. Ability to operate gasoline powered equipment like: lawn mowers, weed trimmers, etc. 

Physical Requirements:

  1. 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. 
  2. Sitting or standing, bending, stooping, and the ability to carry items weighing up to 50 pounds.
  3. Constant adequate range of motion and mobility required.
  4. Regular near acuity with clarity of vision at 20 inches or less required. 
  5. 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.
  6. Regular talking and the ability to express and exchange ideas by means of language expected.
  7. Regular hearing and the ability to perceive the nature of sounds.
  8. Constant ability to read, record, or type data quickly and accurately required.

Environmental/Working Conditions:

  • 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.

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