Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary


Posted August 13, 2021


The Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary Operations Manager is responsible for furthering Indiana Audubon’s mission through maintenance, research, conservation, and public outreach at the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary.  The Operations Manager has overall responsibility for a wide range of management and administrative functions that support both the day-today and long-term activities on the Sanctuary grounds. The Operations Manager is a key member of the Indiana Audubon leadership team and reports to the Executive Director.

The purpose and objectives of the Indiana Audubon Society shall be to engage in educational, scientific, investigative, literary, historical, philanthropic and charitable pursuits which protect and conserve our natural resources including water, air, soil, plants and wildlife, especially birds, and to stimulate in Indiana public appreciation of the values of such natural resources and the need for their conservation.

“Whereas, by my said Last Will and Testament I gave and devised certain property to the Indiana Audubon Society, Incorporated for the purpose of establishing and maintaining a Sanctuary for birds, as a memorial to my beloved daughter, Mary Gray, to be known as the Indiana Audubon Sanctuary in memory of Mary Gray.  Now, I hereby will that said Sanctuary shall be known as the ‘Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary’, and that said Sanctuary shall be maintained and conducted under such name and no other.”
Last Will and Testament, Alice Green Gray, 24 July 1941

Responsibilities and Duties

The Operations Manager is responsible for the direct oversight and management of Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary through:

  • Management and coordination of day-to-day maintenance and upkeep of the Sanctuary and associated equipment.
  • Coordination of resource management activities.
  • Managing research activities and proposals on the Sanctuary property.
  • Visitor education and outreach via events, programs, and festivals.
  • Financial record keeping and budget management.
  • Recruitment, supervision, and scheduling of volunteers for a variety of Sanctuary needs.
  • Marketing and communication, including website and social media.
  • Direction and operations of revenue generating streams, such as rentals, program fees, and grants.
  • Maintaining and preserving Indiana Audubon’s history through the MGBS archives.

  • Must be highly organized, have excellent communication and customer service skills, and ability to interact with the public.
  • Associate degree plus two or more years related managerial and operational experience. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Working knowledge of general maintenance, not limited to buildings, tractors, power tools, plumbing, electrical, and carpentry.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, Outlook and other computer software.
  • Ability to relate to a diverse range of people and exercise cultural competence and inclusion.
  • Have or be willing to acquire First Aid and CPR certifications and be able to respond effectively to emergencies.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Supervisory experience preferred.
  • Natural resource background preferred, including knowledge of Indiana birds and their habitats.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time position and includes a benefits package, commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Included with salary are full-time residence, including yard, driveway, garden, and garage.  Electricity, internet, and water are also included. 

Equal Opportunity and Commitment

Although Indiana and Federal antidiscrimination laws do not apply to Indiana Audubon, Indiana Audubonis committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, disability, gender identity, results of genetic testing, or service in the military. Equal employment opportunity applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leave of absence, compensation, and training.

Indiana Audubonis committed to creating and maintaining a workplace in which all employees have an opportunity to participate and contribute to the success of the business and are valued for their skills, experience, and unique perspectives. This commitment is embodied in Indiana Audubon policy and the way we do business at Indiana Audubon and is an important principle of sound business management.

To Apply: Applicants should submit documents (preferably one PDF) including: cover letter, resume with relevant experience, and contact information for three references (include phone and email). Closing date: 9/15/2021. For questions about this position, email us Here.


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