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Operations Manager 

REPORTS TO: Executive Director
LOCATION: Okemos, Michigan

Position Summary: The Operations Manager will develop and implement strategies to promote efficient office and organizational management that supports the continued success of Michigan’s oldest conservation organization. S/he will provide business guidance and support to the team on issues of office and financial management and reporting, contracting, human resources, outreach, and all aspects of fundraising.

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Application Process: Please submit a résumé, cover letter, and three professional references in .PDF format to:
Heather Good, Executive Director

Please, no phone call or email inquiries regarding this position.

Deadline: February 15, 2017, 5:00 pm EST

Kirtland’s Warbler Tour Guide

LOCATION / DATES: Grayling, Michigan, May 8 – July 4, 2017, with potential for temporary extension through Hartwick Pines

EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Temporary/Seasonal Independent Contractor

COMPENSATION: A rate of $2,400 for the contract period, paid in biweekly installments. Lodging included at Camp Wa-Wa-Sum during period of employment.

Position Overview

The Kirtland’s Warbler Tour Guide (hereafter “guide”) is a contracted employee by Michigan Audubon who will assist Michigan Audubon in leading Kirtland’s Warbler tours for the public at Hartwick Pines State Park located in Grayling, Michigan.

The guide will be responsible for developing a high level of knowledge of all aspects of Kirtland’s Warbler identification, biology, history and management, in preparation for leading public tours throughout the employment period.

The guide is also responsible for leading the tour in all types of conditions, including biting insects and cold, windy weather.  At times it may be necessary to wait up to 2-3 hours with participants to see a Kirtland’s Warbler.  Typically, about 98-99% of participants get a view of a Kirtland’s Warbler, and the guide will be responsible for maintaining this level of excellence.

The guide will be expected to represent Michigan Audubon and in a courteous, professional manner, and to answer questions regarding the organization to their best ability. Communication, education, and outreach are key components to this role in sharing the Kirtland’s Warbler with visitors.


  • Demonstrated expertise of Kirtland’s Warbler management, biology, identification, and history, or willingness to obtain it.
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently with little supervision, to accept guidance from a supervisor, and to maintain consistent communication with supervisors throughout the contract period.
  • Ability and willingness to represent Michigan Audubon in a professional, knowledgeable, and friendly manner.
  • Ability to identify and train tour participants in identification of non-Kirtland’s warbler species present in the Jack Pine community (e.g. Hermit Thrush, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Yellow-rumped Warbler, etc.).
  • Ability to tolerate adverse weather (rain, snow, fog, cold, etc.) and adverse conditions (mosquitoes, black flies).
  • Ability to lead groups of people over rough terrain and under harsh conditions with clear and skillful communication.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to live in a remote area a great distance from a major metropolitan area.
  • Ability to drive a vehicle in sandy conditions and/or rough terrain.
  • Willingness to perform other related duties in support of the entire Kirtland’s Warbler project as assigned.


  • Possession of current CPR/First Aid certification, or willingness to obtain it.
    The guide will be responsible for acquiring CPR/first aid certification.
  • Willingness to provide own transportation for use during the tours.
    The guide is required to possess a valid state driver’s license and their own vehicle. Mileage reimbursement during work hours will be provided.
  • Schedule: for the first three weeks of the program, the guide will work seven days a week. After that time, the guide will work six days a week and will have one day off per week, which may or may not be on a weekend. The guide will be expected to work up to 40 hours per week with a potential need for additional hours if the situation presents itself.
  • Housing: Arrangements for housing will be made with Michigan State University, which operates Camp Wa-Wa-Sum, east of Grayling. The guide will not be responsible for lodging costs. There will likely be other groups and researchers staying at Wa-Wa-Sum, so the guide must be willing to live in close quarters with other people. Please note that the camp is located in a remote area approximately 15 miles from Grayling, a town of < 1,800. Cell phone and Internet service at the Camp is limited.

To Apply

An e-mail containing a cover letter and resume with two professional references can be sent to: Lindsay Cain, Education Coordinator at

Position is open until filled. Please, no inquiries about the position.

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