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Position: Audubon Sanctuary Resident Manager, Bernard W. Baker Sanctuary (Bellevue, MI)


The sanctuary resident manager position is a unique opportunity to connect with nature and the local community. The resident manager(s) will represent Michigan Audubon both on the property and within the community. As such, Michigan Audubon expects the resident manager(s) to uphold the organization’s mission and values while integrating with the local community. The resident manager(s) will work to maintain healthy habitat for birds on the sanctuary and also engage the public by raising awareness for local bird conservation and stewardship. Michigan Audubon will provide guidance and support when necessary, but the resident manager(s) must be self-motivated and able to work independently. This is a contract position with an estimated average commitment of 10 hours per week.


    • General ongoing tasks:
      • House and outbuilding maintenance; minor repairs
      • Replace/Recharge fire extinguishers
      • Property maintenance


  • Mowing (preferred, but not mandatory)


      • Landscaping/maintain vegetation around the house/outbuildings
      • Trail maintenance, tree clearing when needed. Walk trails 1 time per week, minimum.
    • Keep kiosk information up-to-date (printer and supplies provided)
  • Scheduled events:
    • Nest box annual maintenance/repair/replacement
    • Assist Michigan Audubon staff during signature events (if applicable)
    • Lead a minimum of 4 bird/nature walks (ability to cater to adults and children preferred) annually.
    • Conduct biological monitoring following MAS sanctuary protocols (per interests/experience)
    • Lead or coordinate volunteers to participate in the Christmas Bird Count/NA Migratory Bird Count at the sanctuary
  • Community engagement:
    • Active involvement in local Audubon chapter/birding club
    • Involvement in other nature groups of interest (gardening clubs, Kiwanis, etc.)
    • Identify local businesses/groups for grant opportunities, donations, or corporate workday opportunities
    • Lead regular stewardship workdays to remove invasive plants or otherwise improve habitat on the property (minimum of once monthly May – October)
      • Reach out to local groups of interest to distribute flyers
    • Engage the community to volunteer for sanctuary monitoring efforts. Provide training with assistance from CSC.
      • Nest box monitoring, point counts, vegetation surveys, butterfly surveys, etc.
    • Provide regular media updates:
      • Stories for local papers
      • Articles in Audubon or other local interest group newsletters
      • Share photos and nature observations
      • Presentations as needed to Audubon or other local interest groups
  • Other tasks:
    • Work with Michigan Audubon staff, partners, and contractors to coordinate large-scale habitat improvement projects.
    • Communicate on a monthly basis with MA staff to report hours, accomplishments, and action items. This may include a monthly or bi-monthly group conference check-in call, and written report with regular categories: hours spent improving building, maintaining habitats, etc.; short report on walks/tours; new ideas; action items for MAS staff.
    • Work with Michigan Audubon staff to develop educational programming, habitat improvement projects, or other independent projects that align with personal interests and experience of the Resident Manager(s) and Michigan Audubon’s mission.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to keep accurate, thorough records.
  • Ability to work in the outdoors in varying weather conditions, working conditions, and uneven terrain.
  • Familiarity with Michigan flora, fauna, and habitats.
  • Background education in ecology, biology, natural resources, or education preferred, but applicants with relevant volunteer or work experience will also be considered.


  • Reduced rent is offered at a rate of $500 per month in exchange for 10 hours/week of service as Resident Manager.
  • All utilities will be coordinated and paid for by Resident Manager.

To be considered for this resident manager tenancy, please send the following to Heather Good (

  • Resume
  • Cover letter detailing why you want the position and your strengths that would benefit the sanctuary
  • Personal contact information
  • Contact information for 3 references

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