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  • 01/03/2017 11:10 AM | Anonymous

  • 10/28/2016 11:13 AM | Anonymous

    R & R Products, together with the Propane Education & Research Council and Suburban Propane are announcing a special offer available exclusively for Audubon International members.

    **Special Offer for Members** 

    To promote the environmental benefit of using propane:

    ·         R&R Products is offering a discount of 5% (up to $2500) off the purchase of any propane powered equipment 

    ·         PERC is offering an additional $1000 rebate 

    ·         Suburban Propane is offering propane at a discount for 6 months

    The offer runs from October 1st through December 31st 2016.  To take advantage of this exclusive offer for Audubon International members contact: 

    Jim Coker 

    Director of Propane Applications

    R&R Products

    800-528-3446 or 865-850-2277 (cell)

    Using propane machinery has environmental benefits which include:

    •  Lower Greenhouse Gas Emissions
    • Zero Refueling Spills

    To learn more about the benefits of using propane machinery click on the link below: 

    11720 Propane-Gasoline Comparison (3).pdf

    Office: +1 (518) 767-9051, Address: 120 Defreest Drive. Troy, NY 12180 | 

  • 10/05/2016 9:46 PM | Tara Donadio (Administrator)

    Date: October 2016
    Title: Program Specialist
    Work Location: Rensselaer Technology Park, Troy, NY

    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 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 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.

  • 07/15/2016 11:07 AM | Tara Donadio (Administrator)

    Date: July 2016
    Title: Executive Director
    Work Location: Rensselaer Technology Park, Troy, NY

    Audubon International is seeking an Executive Director for a not-for-profit environmental organization that works with private and public landowners to guide the protection, preservation, and sustainable use of our natural resources. Our mission is to inspire and empower individuals, businesses, and communities to improve environmental health within human landscapes.

    Organizational Overview

    Audubon International is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to delivering high-quality, science-based environmental education and incentivizing implementation of sustainable natural resource management in several sectors. We work with business and public sectors, including recreation facilities, the lodging industry, landscaped green spaces, and private communities, and public municipalities in 30 countries. 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.

    Job Summary

    The Executive Director is based at our Troy, NY office, reports to a Board of Directors, and is responsible for the overall management and day-to-day leadership of the organization. We are seeking a leader who will inspire and motivate a dedicated staff with a shared passion for the ideals of our organization. The Executive Director develops and implements initiatives that promote membership growth, enhance the international visibility and credibility of Audubon International, and ensure the continued financial strength of the organization. 

    Key Responsibilities:

    • Board Partnership: Reports to and works closely with the Board of Directors to implement Audubon International’s strategic plan. Assists with Board recruitment, governance, and advancement efforts as needed.
    • Executive Team Management: Provides the vision, direction, advice, inspiration, and motivation to the Audubon International team that oversees daily operations and delivery of high-quality environmental programs. Ensures that staff have the resources to be successful and that their professional development is nurtured and recognized.
    • Marketing and Community Involvement: Enhances the visibility of the organization worldwide through effective public relations and marketing efforts to promote membership growth. Is an active presence in the environmental and business communities through attendance at key conferences and speaking/networking at high profile events.
    • Managing External Partnerships: Strengthen and expand Audubon International’s working relationships with external partners in the environmental and conservation field, in the industries with which we work, and beyond.
    • Fundraising and Resource Development: Assists the Director of Advancement in fundraising efforts, including donor programs and potential corporate sponsorships, grants, and other initiatives which may represent new streams of revenue for the organization.
    • Fiscal Management: Works with Chief of Operations in the development of the annual budget and, once approved by the Board, takes over responsibility to ensure the continued financial strength of the organization.
    • Accountability: Works with the Board to measure the organization’s impact and effectiveness and establish accountability for results. 

    Education, Experience, and Qualifications: 

    • 7+ years of general management experience with profit and loss responsibility for a budget in excess of $1 million. Leadership of a non-profit, environmental, and/or membership-based organization preferred. 
    • Bachelor’s degree required; MBA, Masters, or other advanced degree strongly preferred. Degrees in environmental science, organizational/nonprofit management, planning, sustainable tourism, or related fields preferred. Commensurate experience may substitute for education.
    • Significant marketing, sales, and/or public relations experience with resulting membership/customer growth and engagement. 
    • Demonstrated success in fundraising for a non-profit organization.
    • Experience working with a Board of Directors to implement a vision and strategic plan.
    • Experience developing and managing partnerships with diverse organizations and stakeholders.
    • A collaborative management style that resonates with professional staff and volunteers.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking, Microsoft Office Suite and Outlook.
    • Ability to travel 10-20 times per year, including attendance at national conferences, conventions and educational events, and walk/climb/ navigate in potentially rugged outdoor settings.
    • Ability to work in an office environment with or without reasonable accommodation, including operating office equipment, climbing stairs, sitting for extended periods of time, and communicating with staff in person, telephonically, and through computer equipment. 

    How to Apply

    Applications should include and be limited to the following:

    • Cover letter
    • Curriculum vitae or resume
    • Contact information (name, job title, phone and email) for three professional references
    • Salary history

    Application materials should be submitted via e-mail to joanna (at) auduboninternational (dot) org with the job title and your name in the subject line (i.e., Executive Director – Jane Smith). Please do not submit paper copies.

    Deadline for submitting applications is August 12, 2016.

    Additional Comments: 
    Audubon International offers a competitive salary and benefits package including health insurance and flexible work environment. This is a unique opportunity to lead a strong, well-respected organization to its next level of growth and acclaim.

    Audubon International is not affiliated with National Audubon Society or other organizations using the Audubon name.

    Audubon International provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Audubon International complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

    Audubon International expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Audubon International’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

  • 05/02/2016 1:17 PM | Tara Donadio (Administrator)

    “Do I need to work with a consultant to become a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary?”

    This is a common question we receive regarding the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses (ACSP).

    The short answer is: No. Consultants are not required for a course to become a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

    The ACSP for golf is an environmental education program with a certification component. As individuals work through the Site Assessment and Environmental Plan, put the plan into action, collect backup documentation, and develop a case study, they are on an educational path that not only changes the way a property is managed, but also the way the people involved in the program think about property management. Hiring an outside person to complete the certification process reduces staff involvement and learning, and can therefore diminish the biggest benefit of the program.

    Benefits of DIY (Do it yourself):

    One of our primary goals is keeping costs associated with the program low. We do not require consultants as this would increase program costs. We strive to keep the program fee low and do not have certification requirements that require large investments in infrastructure.

    We have worked with several members who have had success using a consultant. However, we find that those members who successfully use a consultant are the members who are very involved in the process.

    We have also worked with members who have used a consultant and have not had long-term success. Sometimes a consultant comes in, does all the work, and leaves. No one is left on site that has any ownership in the environmental program, and it subsequently falters. We want our members to be successful for the long term and having dedicated staff and golfers on site is part of that success.

    Sometimes, consultants do not follow our certification process. We have set up the certification materials to be as efficient as possible for our members to complete and for ourselves to review. If a consultant changes the looks or format of the submitted certification materials, or gives us information we do not ask for, it slows down our review time substantially. We are a small non-profit organization with a growing membership, and we simply cannot afford to extend the time needed to review materials.

    Benefits of hiring a consultant:

    In some cases, hiring a consultant is a good option. We do stress that the ACSP is not a one person task, which is why we look for each member to set up a diverse Resource Advisory Group made up of staff, golfers, and local experts. Conducting a wildlife inventory, collecting water quality data, performing an energy audit, creating educational signs, and choosing native plants are just a few of the projects that our members might not have the experience to complete. While Resource Advisory Groups are usually made up of volunteers, hired consultants are often very effective as part of these groups. A local consultant can bring expertise and will often be able to connect your environmental efforts with other local programs and incentives.

    Additionally, if your property is having significant environmental issues or is under heavy criticism, it can be a wise investment to have a professional gather some of your environmental information, such as conducting your water testing or performing an irrigation audit, and make recommendations based on their expertise.  Make sure you hire a consultant with technical expertise who can provide scientifically credible data that meet industry and regulatory standards.

    We encourage any consultants who would like to work with golf courses on the certification process to contact us. This partnership usually works best for all parties when there is a spirit of collaboration and a communal willingness to share our educational philosophy, follow our certification process, and help set up an active, resourceful, and dedicated Resource Advisory Group.

    For our members, we want to emphasize that a consultant is not required for certification. We want you and your staff to be involved in the process, as this results in dedication to, and investment in, the long-term success of your environmental work. If a consultant fits within your budget and can help you meet your specific sustainability goals, feel free to explore the option and to contact us with any questions. 

    Please reach out to us at anytime!

    Tara Donadio, Director of Cooperative Sanctuary Programs

  • 04/22/2016 9:09 AM | Anonymous

    Last month, I facilitated a symposium on urban wildlife at the Northeast Association of Fish & Wildlife Agency (NEAFWA)’s 2016 conference. This annual event brings together Fish & Wildlife staff, academic professors, researchers, and students, and non-profit wildlife conservation scientists. Every year, wildlife colleagues discuss conservation topics such as fisheries management, wildlife connectivity, and habitat restoration. 

    Urban habitat and wildlife conservation are relatively minor topics within the conservation community, at least until more recently. When proposing this symposium, I expected to have difficulty finding speakers and an engaged audience. However, I was heartened and inspired to receive sincere interest and support for the urban themes presented in the symposium. Topics ranged from urban coyotes, to conservation planning in downtown New York City, to habitats on golf courses across the Northeast. 

    Audubon International has long existed at the fringe of the traditional environmental movement. Our mission, brilliantly conceived nearly 30 years ago by Ron Dodson, was to embrace the need for developed landscapes to reduce their impact on nature, provide clean water and habitat, and support wildlife in settings where people have altered the ecology. In the past five to ten years, it has been encouraging to watch major institutions adopt the need to think and act more sustainably by implementing business and conservation strategies which focus on environmental protection, social justice, and economic vitality. Universities are adopting sustainability programs, offering more courses and majors to help our next generation achieve these goals. Major corporations now have sustainability staff and major programs that reward achievements in environmental and resource conservation. Foundations and agency funding are accepting these approaches for protecting and conserving resources.

    In our growing role within the conservation movement, Audubon International explores the many ways in which developed landscapes and properties can contribute to a healthy ecosystem. We are thrilled to see an increasing recognition of this need to incorporate human developments into a stewardship ethic. Emerging strategies for protecting basic ecological services in human settings are not only gaining acceptance among conservation biologists, they are now a business imperative.

    Over the course of the next month, people worldwide will be celebrating Earth Day, International Migratory Bird Day, and Endangered Species Day. I am sure I am missing a few notable “days”, but heck, every day is Earth Day, right? As you celebrate Earth Day (or Earth Week, or Earth Month), I encourage you to expand your vision of what it means to protect nature. People need trees, birds, and green space both in the mountains on the horizon and in the neighborhoods and cities where they work, live, and play. 

    Doug Bechtel

  • 04/08/2016 10:42 AM | Anonymous

    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. This is an unpaid internship, but interns may receive a small stipend at the conclusion of the internship.

    To apply for the internship please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Joanna Nadeau at along with references. Please put the job title and your name in the subject of the email. Applications are due on Friday, April 29.

    Environmental Research Intern


    The Environmental Research Intern will report to the Director of Community Programs and compile, analyze, and summarize information collected from community surveys and certification documentation as case studies and research reports. 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.
    • Analyzing and comparing sustainability indicators data collected by communities.
    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.

  • 01/08/2016 9:11 AM | Anonymous

    Golf Courses Taking Key Steps to Become Good Neighbors

    By Lisa D. Mickey

    This piece was published on LINKS Golf Magazine's website on January 6, 2016.

    When golfers think of golf courses, they envision expansive green spaces with ponds, trees, and native wildlife. But often when non-golfers think of these same grassy areas, some view golf courses as water gluttons and excessive abusers of fertilizers and chemicals.

    Fortunately for both sides, modern course management has demonstrated a willingness to minimize harmful substances, reduce water usage, and scale back manicured turf on these courses to better mesh the game with the natural environment. And now when both golfers and non-golfers wonder if golf courses can be good neighbors in the environment, the perception is more often a resounding yes.

    According to Audubon International, an environmental nonprofit that works with golf courses and various industries to improve environmental management, between 10–15 percent of courses in Canada and the United States are members of environmental programs. The organization (no relation to the National Audubon Society) has worked with more than 3,000 golf courses in 30 nations taking steps to conserve water, reduce chemical use, and improve wildlife habitat.

    “Managing a golf course with environmental standards is not easy,” says Doug Bechtel, Audubon International Executive Director. “It requires the facility to commit to conservation best practices, like water quality, animal habitat, and naturalizing areas not in play—none of which have an impact on playability.

    “We find that for courses making this commitment, the payback can be significant, and those courses are considered great neighbors in their communities,” Bechtel adds.

    Mark Johnson, associate director of environmental programs at the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), says his organization provides professional education and resources for course superintendents to manage the land while “using resources wisely and protecting the environment.

    “Golf courses exist and rely upon a healthy environment,” says Johnson. “Courses implementing agronomic and environmental best-management practices are valuable green spaces in any watershed.”

    Even beyond how and where grass grows, course superintendents have become more focused on replacing invasives with native species. Craig Weyandt, superintendent at The Moorings Yacht & Country Club in Vero Beach, Fla., removed a mile-long hedge of Brazilian pepper and extracted invasive Australian pines in exchange for planting more than 800 native plant species on his course.

    He also allowed his lake-bank grasses to grow 12–18 inches high, rather than mowing to two inches. By letting native lakeside plants grow, Weyandt created buffer zones around water hazards to avoid chemical runoff into ponds, while also creating wildlife habitats for fish, birds, and butterflies.

    “I think we took what we had and made it better,” says Weyandt, who has led wildlife tours for members and guests on his course for 10 years.

    For natural mosquito control, Anthony Williams, former grounds director at Stone Mountain Golf Club in Stone Mountain, Ga., had two-dozen bat boxes built on his course to attract Southern brown bats. He also added 36 bluebird boxes on his facility’s 36 holes and stopped mowing a 14-acre area to restore pasture habitat.

    “A lot of this is old wisdom that we lost along the way with actions that gave us the reputation of not being good stewards of the land,” says Williams. “What we’ve learned is that everything we do as an operation has an impact on the wildlife and the environment around us.”

    Other courses, such as The Sanctuary Golf Club in Sanibel Island, Fla., have added working bee hives and planted native wildflowers to encourage pollination by bees and butterflies. The Sanctuary is surrounded by J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

    Both Stone Mountain and The Sanctuary have earned distinction as Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries—an Audubon International program that requires specific qualification criteria for golf courses to become designated for environmental achievement.

    Locust Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y., also became certified through the program and its superintendent, Rick Slattery, says his membership gained a greater environmental awareness through the process.

    “I would hope that some day, whether or not a golf course is environmentally friendly and sustainable will enter into people’s decisions about which golf courses they choose to join and patronize,” Slattery adds.

    Water has increasingly become a greater concern throughout the nation in recent years, with western states falling under strict guidelines and new usage challenges. TPC Las Vegas, for example, has found a way to uphold the standards and conditions of the PGA Tour while maintaining only 90 acres of turf grass.

    But even rain-rich courses, such as The Bear’s Club in Jupiter, Fla., have consciously reduced water usage through state-of-the-art sprinkler systems and the use of effluent water.

    John Katterheinrich, superintendent at The Bear’s Club, says the course’s namesake, Jack Nicklaus, took extra care when he built the course in 1999. Nicklaus installed 17 lift stations to transfer water out of areas of play on the course and into a settling area planted with native vegetation. The course design filters all water twice before it leaves the golf-course property.

    In addition, The Bear’s Club maintains 65 acres of turf compared to the average 110 acres of grass for 18-hole courses in South Florida. And on a hot summer night, the course will use up to 350,000 gallons of reclaimed water compared to an average of 850,000 gallons of water used by many other South Florida courses, says Katterheinrich.

    Over the years, Nicklaus has designed or modified more than 375 courses in 36 countries through his company, Nicklaus Design, but the World Golf Hall of Fame member says one thing has remained a constant throughout his career.

    “I’ve always been a wildlife lover,” he says. “A main part of my design philosophy is that a course must be aesthetically pleasing, and [that means] not only how the course looks to the eye—the greens, fairways, bunkers, etc.—but how it also includes the trees, native vegetation, and the wildlife that surrounds the course.

    “I hope people understand how golfers and golf course designers are very good stewards of the land and environment,” Nicklaus adds. “When they finish a round on one of my courses, I hope it was a walk with nature and that golf was a part of that walk.”

    Lisa D. Mickey is a veteran golf writer and a certified Florida Master Naturalist.

  • 12/01/2015 9:31 AM | Anonymous

    TROY, NY -  Audubon International releases its "Case for Support" brochure on December 1, (Giving Tuesday) 2015.

    A case for support (also called a case statement) is a philanthropic investment prospectus. It is a document that tells prospective donors why it is important to support an organization. 

    Specifically, the case for investment in Audubon International is rooted in the opportunity to make a significant positive impact on the environment through our work to actively engaging businesses, communities, and individuals in voluntary actions and practices in conservation, sustainability and responsible environmental behaviors.

    Through a growing network of members across various industries (including golf, tourism and hospitality) and directly working with communities and municipalities, AI’s programs have demonstrated improvement on millions of acres of land through the protection of habitats for flora and fauna species, and the measurable reduction of harmful agents into soils, water, air and eco-systems. 

    Our growth and success is directly linked to our ability to reach, educate and inspire greater numbers to engage in responsible environmental practices and demonstrate continuous improvement on their own properties. Our health depends on improving land and water that is closest to our own homes and communities. 

    To view our "Case for Support" brochure, CLICK HERE

    About Audubon International

    Audubon International (AI) 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 all places people live, work, and play.

    To make a donation to Audubon International, contact, Joe Madeira, Director of Advancement,, call 518-767-9051 or click on the donate now below. Donations are 100% tax deductible.


  • 11/30/2015 10:23 AM | Anonymous

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