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On-Site Operations Staff

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association

Kempton ,  Pennsylvania

Sanctuary On-site Operations Staff Position

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is a private non-profit conservation organization in Eastern Pennsylvania located along the central Appalachian Mountains. It was established in 1934 as the first refuge for birds of prey in the world and hosts over 75,000 visitors annually with peak visitation during the fall season. It consists of 2550 acres of forest with 8 miles of hiking trails and several public and private facilities that are in operation seven days a week for a full calendar year.  

Position Title: Sanctuary On-site Operations Staff

Salary Range: $24-$26,000 plus benefits and housing

Position Summary:

The Sanctuary On-site Operations Staff member is required to reside on grounds and is responsible for ALL operational needs of the organization throughout the calendar year. These duties consist of but are not limited to: building and trail maintenance, medical emergencies, weather emergencies, security, land management and custodial duties.

Essential Functions:

This position is a key member of the Land & Facilities Department and will report to the Director of Land & Facilities. This position holds responsibility for the following:

  • Performs duties on ALL matters and priorities of the Land and Facilities Department of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary.
  • Supervise, conduct, and assist full time and part-time staff and volunteers on sanctuary projects and functions.
  • Supervise and conduct work with Service Learning students on land management projects.


  • Degree in Resource Management, Parks and Recreation, or related field with 2 years/seasons of experience and/or a minimum of 5 years of experience in park/refuge management
  • Wilderness First Responder or higher level of emergency medical training preferred and/or the willingness to receive training and provide emergency care
  • Must posses a valid driver’s license
  • Must be able to perform the physical labor required for all aspects of the position including the ability to carry a 50 lb. backpack in adverse conditions for 5 miles and be able to perform various job responsibilities in inclement weather.
  • Two years of general maintenance experience including carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and masonry
  • Experienced in supervising and conducting trail building and maintenance in forested landscapes
  • Proficient in the operation of hand and power tools, chainsaws, mowers, string trimmers, manual transmission vehicles, 4X4 trucks and tractors
  • A willingness to perform Best Management Practices (BMP) related to invasive species control. Herbicide Applicators license preferred or the ability to receive license.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively both verbally and written
  • Possess skills to effectively interact and educate the public on Sanctuary mission
  • A basic knowledge of Northeast flora and fauna
  • Must be able to work and collaborate in a team environment
  • Must be available on scheduled weekends and holidays
  • The ability to perform in an environment of changing workloads and priorities

This is considered a conservation professional position. All serious applicants will be considered but please do not apply if you do not possess any of the minimum qualifications. The On-site residence is a modern three room cottage that is located on the property.

How to Apply:

Email cover letter and resume/CV to Todd Bauman, Director of Land & Facilities at (I will be out of office till May 8th so please be patient for correspondence)

Looking to fill position by July 2017 but start could be flexible for the right candidate. For more information regarding organization look us up below.

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