The Indiana Audubon Society is the oldest conservation organization continuously operating in Indiana. It is not a chapter of the National Audubon Society, but an independent statewide organization whose mission is “to stimulate interest in birds and their protection; to serve the needs of youth, civic, church, schools and other groups by providing information concerning birds; and to educate the public concerning the necessity for conserving and preserving Indiana’s natural heritage, its unique flora and fauna.”

POSITION TITLE: Resident Caretaker(s)

LOCATION: Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary, 3499 S Bird Sanctuary Road, Connersville, IN 47331

SUPERVISORS: Resident Sanctuary Managers, Carl & Amy Wilms


The Resident Caretaker(s) (RC) provides essential maintenance to the property, buildings, and equipment to the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary (MGBS).   The RC will provide positive customer service to all MGBS visitors.  This position provides a great opportunity for a motivated self-starter/family to use their naturalist, educational, and communication skills to establish strong, collaborative relationships across Indiana and particularly to assist with bettering the health of the environment and ultimately birds.  This position has been created in association with the Indiana Audubon Society (IAS) Mission Statement.  This position is an excellent opportunity for environmental advocates, teachers, birdwatchers, etc. who have a strong commitment to understanding the maintenance of a 700-acre wildlife habitat and being an active member of IAS.


  • The RC will receive direction from, and report to, the MGBS managers and submit a monthly work log to the Resident Managers for review by the IAS Sanctuary Committee.
  • Walk/clear hiking trails visually inspect bridges, ponds, and waterways. Report to MGBS Resident Managers conditions which require changes and/or repairs.


  • The ability to greet sanctuary visitors congenially and professionally.
  • The ability to communicate (spoken & written) with supervisors, co-workers, and the general public in an open and fair manner.
  • A working knowledge and capability of performing general maintenance on, but not limited to: buildings, tractor, power tools, mowers, plumbing, electrical, and carpentry. This includes the ability to evaluate when to attempt a job or to hire professional services.
  • Skills in working with, and directing volunteers.
  • Operation skills required include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • Tractor operation
    • Operation of: chain saws, mowing equipment, power tools
    • Basic hand tool use
  • A knowledge and respect for basic biological ecosystems.
  • A respect for self and family that results in fun time: Take time to play.


  • Prior knowledge of Indiana birds and habitats
  • An understanding of issues related to native and non-native plant species
  • Group presentation skills
  • Computer skills including use of Microsoft products: including Google Drive
  • Family/significant others are welcome to apply together (note this in your uploaded documents)


Time commitment of 12-hours/week averages, working on any/all of the following as directed by MGBS Managers:

  • Share mowing, trail maintenance, and equipment maintenance.
  • Report any repair requirements to the Resident Sanctuary Managers immediately.
  • Accept weekend responsibilities to insure the Sanctuary is not left unattended on weekends. Weekend duties will be shared by both residences.
  • Coordinate with the Resident Sanctuary Managers to facilitate group-use activities and assist accommodating these groups.
  • Meet with the Resident Sanctuary Managers regularly to report and/or evaluate efficiencies, projects, and procedures.
  • Attend Sanctuary Committee meetings when requested by the Sanctuary Committee Chair.
  • Present all purchase requests to the Resident Sanctuary Managers for approval and submit receipts to the Resident Sanctuary Managers for reimbursement as soon as possible.
  • Organize and assist in the preparation of MGBS for lAS convention weekends. Including, but not limited to:
    • Cleaning (walls, floors, furniture, windows, rest rooms, & fireplace, etc.)
    • Furniture set-up
  • Perform additional tasks as requested by the Resident Sanctuary Managers.
  • Understand, and agree, that any issue that cannot be resolved by conference with the Resident Sanctuary Managers must be taken to the Sanctuary Committee Chair for arbitration and resolution.
  • Coordinate scheduling of vacation time with the Resident Sanctuary Managers to insure that MGBS is not left unattended. Vacation time must be taken each year and cannot be accrued for use in subsequent years.


  • Residence: including yard, driveway, garden, and garage.
  • Utilities: electricity, water
  • IAS Membership, Convention registration and Convention meals.
  • Four weeks of vacation per year, responsibility free.
  • No salary is offered for this position.


Job performance will be reviewed and evaluated by the Indiana Audubon Society, Inc. Sanctuary Committee at least annually.


Must be made online to include: Cover letter, Resume, Statement of goals, 3 References. Applications will be reviewed beginning on May 1, 2018 and be accepted until a qualified candidate is found.

Families are welcome to apply: If applying with a spouse or significant other, please include this information in the Cover letter, Resume(s), and Statement of goals.


Applications will not be considered without a Cover letter, Resume, and Statement of goals to work experience that must be uploaded. 



Questions about the position should be directed below to Todd Nelson, MGBS Sanctuary Chair. No phone calls, please.


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