Public Programs Manager



New York, NY
United States


NYC Audubon

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New York City Audubon seeks a Public Programs Manager to coordinate and oversee educational and outreach events that engage diverse audiences with birding and conservation. The ideal candidate will have a background in environmental education and conservation, a passion for getting others interested in nature and wildlife, and an aptitude for project management. This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic team at a time of tremendous growth for the organization.

About NYC Audubon
Founded in 1979, NYC Audubon works for the protection of wild birds and habitat in the five boroughs, improving the quality of life for all New Yorkers. NYC Audubon’s conservation and science activities, education and public programs, and advocacy and outreach efforts on behalf of urban and migrating birds and wildlife are more critical than ever due to climate change effects and the devastating, steady loss of the natural environment in the City over many decades. NYC Audubon is a grassroots membership-based organization that is independent from but affiliates as an urban chapter of the National Audubon Society.

A team of 14 full-time and part-time staff, with the support of seasonal scientists and 1,500 volunteers, NYC Audubon serves a diverse community of nearly 10,000 members and the people who live and work in America’s largest urban center.


NYC Audubon’s Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility
NYC Audubon believes all people have the right to a close connection to the natural world and the right to a healthy environment. Preserving our environment is only possible if we all feel that connection. We recognize that inequities in our society are widespread and hinder access to nature. Only by embracing equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility as values and striving for them in practice will we begin to foster a love of nature in all people and inspire them to be active stewards of the environment. We further believe that to thrive as an organization and effectively advance our mission and vision, the diversity of New York City’s people must be represented in, and welcomed into, our leadership, staff, and membership. The expertise, values, and perspectives of a diverse and inclusive organization are fundamental to expanding the reach and impact of our conservation, advocacy, and educational efforts. We commit to building an equitable, diverse, inclusive, and accessible NYC Audubon, dedicated to protecting nature for all of New York City’s people and its wild birds.


About the Position
The Public Programs Manager plays an essential role in shaping how NYC Audubon engages New Yorkers with birds, birding, and conservation. Reporting to the Director of Advocacy and Engagement, and working closely with other programs and communications staff, the Public Programs Manager has primary responsibility for the organization’s bird walks, lectures, webinars, education programs, festivals, outreach events, and seasonal nature center on Governors Island.

As a member of a small, dynamic team, the Public Programs Manager manages all components of NYC Audubon’s programs including development, planning, staffing, contracts, outreach, registration, communication, and evaluation. The Public Programs Manager will also lead NYC Audubon’s efforts to engage new, diverse audiences in birding and conservation, and work with several committees of the organization’s board of directors on programs.



  • Plan, schedule, and oversee hundreds of programs annually including bird walks and classes, webinars, workshops, lectures, and educational programming
  • Research and develop new public programming and outreach, including opportunities to engage diverse audiences with NYC Audubon’s programs
  • Manage roster of nature guides including identifying and training new guides, drafting contracts, and scheduling programs
  • Develop and maintain relationships and programs with parks, education, and nature-focused organizations
  • Coordinate outreach events and festivals, including tabling at community events and producing wildlife-themed festivals
  • Manage Governors Island seasonal nature center, including maintaining relationship with partner organization, hiring and managing seasonal staff, developing exhibits and displays, managing artist-in-residence program, and implementing public programs including bird walks, workshops, and family activities
  • Recruit, train, and manage volunteers as needed for public programs
  • Plan and track fiscal year and program budgets including both revenue and expenses
  • Prepare periodic, timely budget reconciliations and forecasts
  • Prepare reports and program assessments for communications and Board meetings
  • Maintain event listings and registration pages on organization’s website and calendar
  • Produce social media content and promotions for events as needed




  • At least 3-5 years of professional history, with experience planning and coordinating education programs
  • Experience working with members of the public, and strong customer service skills
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with ability to build and maintain strong internal and external partnerships
  • Exceptional project management skills, with ability to coordinate multiple programs simultaneously and maintain attention to detail
  • Experience managing consultants, freelance contractors, and volunteers
  • Ability to travel to and work across all five boroughs
  • Demonstrated interest in environmental education
  • Experience in event planning
  • Comfort working effectively with people of varied backgrounds, and commitment to proactively engaging diverse audiences with programs
  • Proficiency with Microsoft 365/Office, Google Suite, and Zoom
  • Flexibility, positivity, and a sense of humor


  • Bachelor’s degree ideally in education, ecology, or related field, or equivalent work experience
  • Knowledge of New York City’s geography, parks, and natural areas
  • Familiarity with birds and birding

Job Details
This is a full-time position with a “hybrid” work arrangement, including some time expected in-person at the NYC Audubon office in Manhattan and some time working from home, if desired. The Public Programs Manager should be comfortable engaging with the public in-person, and able to work some weekends and evening hours (compensatory time off will be provided).

All NYC Audubon employees must be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religion or medical necessity. If you are offered employment, this requirement must be met by your date of hire, unless an accommodation for exemption is received and approved.

Compensation & Benefits
The Public Programs Manager’s starting salary will be in the $55,000 range. In addition, NYC Audubon offers a full benefits package, including a generous Paid Time Off policy; 100% coverage on medical, dental, and vision insurances for full-time employees; life and disability insurances; and a SIMPLE IRA retirement plan with a match.

Application Timing
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with a projected employment start date in July 2022.

New York City Audubon provides equal employment and advancement opportunities to all qualified employees and applicants for employment regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy, military or military reserve obligations, or any other class or status protected by law.

Candidates of all backgrounds and abilities are encouraged to apply. The NYC Audubon office is located on the 15th floor of a building with elevator access.



Position Start Date:

Monday, July 11, 2022

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How to Apply:

Job listing is here. To apply, send resume and cover letter in PDF format to, with “Public Programs Manager” in the subject line. No calls, please.

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Compensation and Benefits
The Public Programs Manager’s starting salary will be in the $55,000 range. In addition, NYC Audubon offers a full benefits package, including a generous Paid Time Off policy; 100% coverage on medical, dental, and vision insurances for full-time employees; life and disability insurances; and a SIMPLE IRA retirement plan with a match.