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  • 06/30/2015 12:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    TROY, NY – Audubon International is excited to announce the hiring of two new staff members as the organization continues to achieve its environmental mission. Meaghan Wilkins has joined the organization as the new Communications Coordinator and Daron Blake will fulfill the role of Program Assistant.  Meaghan joined the team at its headquarters in Troy, New York on May 28, 2015 and Daron will start on June 29.


    As Communications Coordinator, Meaghan Wilkins will work closely with the Executive Director and the Director of Advancement to develop, manage, and implement communications strategies that advance all of the organization’s programs and further the mission.  Meaghan will also develop written outreach products and oversee promotional and social media campaigns on behalf of the organization. In addition, she will managing the organization’s regular communications with its members, which includes producing the quarterly newsletter and enabling e-communications with both members and constituents.


    “We am thrilled to have such a talented and creative person like Meaghan join our team” said Doug Bechtel, Executive Director of Audubon International.  “Meaghan’s strong communication skills, design training and professional administrative experiences will help advance Audubon International and continue to increase awareness.” 

    Meaghan holds a Master’s Degree in Recreation and Sports Tourism from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a B.A. Degree in Graphic Design from SUNY Plattsburgh.  Meaghan is active in her community, serving as Recreation Director for the Village of Cambridge, NY and as a Board member for the Capital Region Park and Recreation Association. Meaghan was previously the Director of Communications for the New York State Recreation and Park Society, where she gained valuable experience working in a non-profit membership based organization. In addition, she will continue her role as the Executive Director for the Wiawaka Center for Women in Lake George, NY.


    Daron Blake will assume the role of Program Assistant on June 29, 2015.  In her duties, she will report directly to the Director of Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Programs and will process, assess, manage, and track certification activities for membership businesses in AI’s award winning natural resource management and sustainability programs. In addition to managing incoming AI Member documents and submissions, Daron will provide administrative and technical support to AI Members.


    “We are excited to welcome Daron to our team” said Bechtel.  “Exceptional member service is a cornerstone of our mission. With Daron’s background in environmental science and her fieldwork  supporting multiple land conservation efforts, she will be a great asset to our organization.  Her position is vital for us as we focus our attention on servicing members and providing the highest standard to assist our constituents in realizing their environmental goals.”

    Prior to joining AI, Daron was the Director of Communications for the Nature Museum in Grafton, VT. She has a Masters in Environmental History from Kansas State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science from SUNY- Binghamton in Binghamton NY.  Daron’s work on grasslands has been published in the Journal of Plant Ecology.


  • 05/21/2015 12:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA – The Town of Hilton Head Island has earned the Sustainable Planning Award from Audubon International.  The award is an important milestone in Audubon International’s Sustainable Communities Program and recognizes the community for completing the second stage of a rigorous three-stage certification process. Hilton Head’s successful completion of this stage means they have defined and adopted a long-term community vision and sustainability indicators.


    “For many years Hilton Head Island has been known for its great natural beauty and for innovative, environmentally sensitive practices,” notes Mayor David Bennett. “The Town of Hilton Head Island was eager to conduct a sustainability self-assessment using a nationally recognized program such as Audubon International’s Sustainable Communities Program.  This accomplishment enables the Town to build upon its long-term history of sustainability while moving forward into Stage 3 where it will implement the plans listed in the Hilton Head Island Green Blueprint.  The Town of Hilton Head Island is pleased to receive the Sustainable Planning Award and the recognition it conveys.”


    Since joining the program five years ago, Hilton Head has brought together the efforts of residents, local and regional organizations, schools, businesses and community leaders. These partners have addressed priority projects under 15 focus areas such as health and transportation. Within each focus area, goals such as enhancing bike travel and controlling storm water runoff have yielded action items that are being implemented by the Town. 

    Completed projects include:

    • Mobile educational kiosk with information about the Broad River watershed and storm water management practices
    • Energy audit and energy efficient upgrades for Town Hall
    • Rewrite of the Land Management Ordinance to achieve sustainable development goals
    • Design of Chaplin Linear Park, which will improve connectivity and recreation opportunities
    • Improved wayfinding maps and signs for 100 miles of bike paths in the community
    • Increased access for non-motorized water-based recreation through park enhancements
    • LEED-Silver Certified Fire Station constructed with pervious paving, construction waste recycled, and underground rainwater harvesting system

    “The award demonstrates the commitment by the Town and the strides they have taken toward creating a more sustainable community. Hilton Head is continuing its legacy of living in harmony with nature by prioritizing community challenges, drawing on community assets, and compiling a strategic sustainability plan with reachable goals that will have a real and positive effect on the community and its residents,” says Joanna Nadeau.  “Finishing Stage 2 of this program is a significant accomplishment.  Hilton Head is rightfully proud of earning this well-deserved award.”


    Hilton Head will now move forward into Stage 3 of the Sustainable Communities Program, during which the community will implement additional projects listed in the action plan and report progress to achieve the designation as an Audubon International Certified Sustainable Community.


    About Hilton Head

    The Town of Hilton Head Island, incorporated as a municipality in 1983 and well known for its eco-friendly development and beautiful outdoor amenities, is located on a barrier island off the coast of South Carolina.  The island encompasses 54 square miles and includes 13 miles of beaches.  The Town of Hilton Head Island is comprised of a diverse and active collection of residents who come together as one community.  Hilton Head Island not only has a large permanent population (38,000) but also enjoys an assortment of visitors and tourists each year that increases the population during summer months upwards of 80,000.


  • 05/08/2015 10:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    “Lunch & Learn” webinar series

     Audubon International and e-par USA are pleased to partner and offer free “Lunch & Learn”  live webinars on the Value of Environmental Programs for golf course superintendents and their facility.  


    Building from a joint presentation recently delivered at the Metropolitan GCSA Chapter Education Session, Audubon International Executive Director Doug Bechtel and e-par USA President & CEO Kevin A. Fletcher, Ph.D., will deliver a series of 30-minute live webinars designed to inspire the next wave of environmental leadership in golf.  


    Click here for more info and to register


  • 04/20/2015 11:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    See the Posting below:


    Position Description: Audubon International seeks a highly-qualified and enthusiastic individual to serve as its Program Specialist. The incumbent will report directly to the Director of Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Programs and other Audubon International staff to process, assess, manage, and track certification activities for membership businesses in AI’s award winning natural resource management and sustainability programs.


    Organization Overview: Audubon International is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to delivering high-quality environmental education and using incentive-based approaches to implement sustainable natural resource management in several specific business and public sectors, including recreation facilities, landscaped green spaces, and small private communities and public municipalities.

    Audubon International presently has eight staff members and is headquartered in Troy, New York.  The organization, which has been in existence for over 25 years, works with a wide range of interested partners, including golf courses, developers, small businesses, environmental not-for-profits, community associations, local governments, and state and federal agencies. Through education, technical assistance, certification, and recognition, Audubon International facilitates the implementation of natural resource management practices that ensure land, water, wildlife, and other natural resources are sustainably used and conserved. Utilizing a set of award-winning environmental education and certification programs, Audubon International is able to positively impact environmental health at multiple geographic scales, including individual properties, communities, and ecoregions.


    Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

    Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP)

    ·         Receive and manage incoming AI Member documents from direct mail and email submissions; log all Member progress information into AI’s Member Database.

    ·         Under the guidance of the Program Director, assess all ACSP certification and re-certification paperwork and other materials from AI Members.  Match submissions against AI Program Standards and respond to AI Members with appropriate feedback, recognition, progress reports, and education materials, as appropriate. 

    ·         In collaboration with other Program staff, provide needed administrative and technical support to AI Members as needed.

    ·         Coordinate with appropriate AI staff to ensure that information maintained in the organization’s web-based member database is up-to-date and accurate.

    ·         Assist program and marketing staff in communications and promotional efforts for all of AI’s education and certification programs.

    ·         Occasionally represent AI at meetings, conferences, and educational venues to promote AI’s mission and programs, and assist with member recruitment and partner relationships as needed.


    Minimum Qualifications:

    ·         A bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field of study (i.e., environmental studies, sustainable resource management, etc.) and at least one year of related professional experience.

    ·         Excellent attention to detail; ability to accurately and systematically assess completeness and rigor of AI Member submissions; match submitted data to AI standards; identify gaps in submissions.

    ·         Excellent writing and oral communication skills, including ability to write clearly about scientific concepts;

    ·         Excellent interpersonal communication skills and experience working with diverse constituencies and membership demographics.

    ·         Ability to excel both by working independently and as part of a collaborative team.

    ·         Experience and comfort with public speaking.

    ·         Working knowledge of IT systems (or ability to quickly gain such knowledge)

    ·         Computer proficiency (i.e., Microsoft Office suite, database management, internet-based research, professional applications of social media, etc.)


    Compensation: This is a full-time, permanent position, located in Troy, NY.   Incumbent will be required to work at Troy Headquarters.  Salary range:  $30,000-$35,000, dependent on qualifications.  Audubon International offers a mission-driven work environment that promotes continued employee growth and development. The organization offers its employees a strong compensation package, including competitive salary, health benefits, retirement benefits, and vacation. Diversity is highly valued.


    Deadline for Application: Open until filled.


    How to Apply:

    Submitted applications will be reviewed upon receipt and must include the following:

    ·         Cover letter summarizing the candidate’s qualifications for the position, including a description of how prior educational training, experience and skills prepare the candidate to fulfill the job responsibilities detailed above.

    ·         Curriculum vitae or resume.

    ·         Contact information (name, job title, phone and email) for three professional references

    ·         Application materials should be submitted via e-mail to tara@auduboninternational.org with the job title and your name in the subject line (i.e., Program Specialist – Jane Smith).

    Audubon International is an equal opportunity employer committed to practices that ensure employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.


  • 04/01/2015 8:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    BUSHWOOD, IL – Bushwood Country Club has been denied its request to be designated as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf. The nonprofit organization, Audubon International, which promotes sustainable practices for businesses, resorts, communities, and developments worldwide, denied Bushwood’s request for certification citing major documentation deficiencies, regulatory violations, and the illegal use of military explosives in their resource management practices.


    Tara Pepperman, Director of Cooperative Sanctuary Programs at Audubon International, stated that several violations led to the decision. “I examined their shoreline buffers, irrigation practices, herbicide and fertilizer use, turf management, and, most importantly, their wildlife management practices. Not only did they not meet any of our environmental stewardship standards or best practices, they appear to be violating at least one state law on controlled substances.”


    “Not only was there very little native habitat for small mammals such as mice, squirrels, voles, moles, or even chipmunks, they have no evidence of a single animal on the course despite previously having a very active gopher population at the site assessment,” said Pepperman. Assistant groundskeeper Carl Spackler responded, “Well, I do have a license to kill gophers from the government of the United Nations.”


    However, among the greatest violations, which Audubon International has brought to the attention of FBI, ATF, and SPCA officials, was the use of highly questionable rodent and varmint control eradication methods. Trace elements of caustic and explosive C4 was revealed in water testing samples, and was additionally found on tees, greens, and fairways along with several large craters. 


    Former club president Judge Smails exclaimed, “This is an outrage. I demand satisfaction!” When pressed by Audubon International and EPA officials to submit a new turf management plan, Judge Smails rebuffed them, stating, “You’ll get nothing, and like it.”


    Audubon International claims its decision was based on science-based evidence, including the multiple crater-like holes in the turf. “Heck, even Ben Hogan didn’t leave a divot that big,” said Pepperman. The organization’s staff did not address member complaints regarding other questionable resort conditions, including overcrowding in the pool, loud music, lascivious behavior in the clubhouse, and the bizarre bare stems in the garden flower beds.


    Audubon International has forwarded its findings to public officials. The Attorney General immediately called for a bipartisan investigation, stating, “Look, Judge Smails is a close personal friend. Heck, he gave me a scholarship to college. I mean, I love golf, but they pulled a real noonan.”


  • 03/12/2015 10:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Audubon International is seeking an Environmental Research Intern(s). The interns will be asked to work between 10 and 20 hours per week for 10 to 12 weeks. The interns will have the option of working in our Troy, New York office or working from home, with preference given to those who are able to attend weekly or bi-weekly in-person meetings. These are unpaid internships, but interns may receive a small stipend at the conclusion of the internship.


    To apply for the internship please send a cover letter and resume to Delphine Tseng at delphine@auduboninternational.org along with three references. Please put the job title and your name in the subject of the email. Applications are due on Thursday, April 30.


    Environmental Research Intern

    Description

    The Environmental Research Intern will report to the Director of Community Programs and compile, analyze, and summarize information collected from community surveys, natural resource site assessments, and certification documentation. The intern projects can be tailored to reflect specific strengths and skill sets. Possible projects include:

    • Summarizing community surveys and sustainability assessments.
    • Researching regional plans and publicly available environmental data for specified communities.
    • Researching and writing case studies on community sustainability processes or projects.
    • Researching and writing fact sheets on community-related how-to topics such as branding for sustainability.
    Required Qualifications
    • Current college student or recent graduate in the field of environmental science/environmental policy/planning/conservation/journalism.
    • Experience researching and writing articles or papers on environmental topics.
    • Passion for our organization's mission.

    Desired Qualifications

    • Experience with nonprofit organizations.

  • 02/13/2015 2:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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  • 11/18/2014 2:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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  • 09/25/2014 4:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization Overview:

    Audubon International is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit environmental organization headquartered in the Albany-area of upstate New York. Our mission is to deliver high-quality environmental education and facilitate the sustainable management of land, water, wildlife, and other natural resources in all places people live, work, and play. The organization, which has been in existence for over 25 years and is not affiliated with the National Audubon Society, works with a wide range of interested partners, including golf courses, developers, small businesses, large corporations, academic institutions, fellow not-for-profits, community associations, local governments, and state and federal agencies. Through education, technical assistance, certification, and recognition, Audubon International facilitates the implementation of natural resource management practices that ensure land, water, wildlife, and other natural resources are sustainably used and conserved.


    Position Description:

    Audubon International (AI) seeks a highly-qualified and enthusiastic individual to serve as Membership Coordinator. The Membership Coordinator provides critical member services support to all AI programs: the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP), the ACSP for Golf, the Signature/Classic Program, the Green Lodging Program, and the Sustainable Communities Program. The incumbent assists with a variety of functions including: communicating with stakeholders about the benefits of membership and serving as a primary point of contact for general questions about membership, developing membership outreach and retention strategies, developing and updating educational materials, managing the organization's membership database of approximately 3,000 organizations, generating/tracking invoices, serving as a spokesperson for the organization in various venues, answering calls from the public, and other duties as assigned.


    Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

    Membership Communications

    • Answer general public inquiries by phone or email and transfer to appropriate program management staff or external party contacts (i.e., wildlife rehabilitator, NY DEC, etc.) if needed
    • Assist the Director of Advancement and program management personnel in the development and implementation of membership sales and retention efforts and in the maintenance of AI's relationships with property management companies, members, and prospects
    • Produce monthly membership reports
    • Prepare packets for mailing to members
    • Manage the administration of certification requests including filing, listing and creating certificates
    • Generate invoices and coordinate monthly mailings
    • Maintain mailing machine and related equipment

    Database Management and Recordkeeping

    • Enter and maintain current information and data in an electronic database
    • Maintain "Members Only" area of the official website and ensure all members are able to access it
    • Maintain up-to-date electronic and physical member files in conjunction with program staff
    • Digitize hard copy member files where needed

    Business Office Assistance

    • Process checks and enter payments into the database
    • Accept credit card payments over the phone and screen online orders to be processed
    • Keep inventory of products and educational materials and reorder as needed

    Event Coordination

    • Assist AI staff as appropriate with on-site coordination
    • Play an important support role coordinating transportation and meeting place logistics

    Required Qualifications:

    ·         A bachelor's degree in an appropriate field of study (i.e., environmental studies, natural resource management, communications, business administration) and at least 3 years of related professional experience, OR a master's degree in an appropriate field of study (i.e., environmental studies, natural resource management, communications, business administration) and at least 1 year of related professional experience

    ·         Excellent interpersonal communication skills and experience working with diverse constituencies and membership demographics

    ·         Ability to excel both by working independently and as part of a collaborative team

    ·         Must be genuinely passionate about the organization's mission

    ·         Strong technical and persuasive writing skills

    ·         Strong organizational skills

    ·         Computer proficiency (i.e., Microsoft Office suite, database management, internet-based research, professional applications of social media); Proficiency with Wild Apricot is highly desirable

    ·         Knowledge and/or professional experience in golf course management is desirable


    Compensation:

    This is a full-time, permanent position. Audubon International offers a mission-driven work environment that promotes continued employee growth and development. Our non-profit organization offers its employees a competitive compensation package, including salary, individual health benefits, retirement benefits, and vacation.


    Deadline to Apply:

    October 17, 2014

     

    How to Apply:

    Submitted applications will be reviewed upon receipt and must include the following:

    ·         Cover letter summarizing the candidate's qualifications for the position, including a description of how prior educational training, experience and skills prepare the candidate to fulfill the job responsibilities detailed above

    ·         Curriculum vitae or resume

    ·         Contact information (name, job title, phone and email) for 3-5 professional references

    ·         Writing sample (3 pages maximum) which demonstrates analytical reasoning skills and ability to communicate technical concepts or analysis to a non-technical audience

    ·         Application materials should be submitted via e-mail to tara@auduboninternational.org with the job title and your name in the subject line (i.e., Membership Coordinator – Jane Smith)

    Audubon International is an equal opportunity employer committed to practices that ensure employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.


  • 08/22/2014 1:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Check out this awesome video by the Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Association! It features a couple of our certified members and really showcases the ethic we work to instill at golf courses around the world.



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