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Program Support Specialist

Posted on: Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Location: Falmouth, Maine
Department: Executive
Immediate Supervisor: Group Administrative  Assistant

Purpose of the position:
In support of the mission of Maine Audubon, the Program Support Specialist plays a critical role, providing administrative and programmatic support for Maine Audubon functions and teams. A key role will be supporting the Conservation Department in the fulfillment of core responsibilities. In addition, this person will assist with hiring staff and managing volunteers at Maine Audubon.

Essential Functions:

  • Helps prepare technical program reports; reviews submissions from Citizen Science volunteers; coordinates registration, speakers, agendas, facilities and sustenance for workshops; manages data for Citizen Science volunteer surveys; and conducts background research on specific topics.
  • Updates and manages department databases and contact with landowners as needed.
  • In coordination with Communications, oversees production of major publications such as technical reports and scientific manuscripts (may involve any or all of the following as requested by staff:  typing, editing, formatting, proofing, copying, layout, and printing) as well as general correspondence, memos, and other documents.
  • Updates Conservation pages on MA website, including editing existing pages and adding links to reports and other publications as needed.
  • Coordinates logistics and materials for various workshops conducted statewide.
  • Prepares and handles mass mailings as needed.
  • Aids in the  recruitment, supervision and connecting of Maine Audubon volunteers with appropriate staff to help with general clerical and property work; trains, supervises and assists volunteers and interns assigned to specific projects. Sets front desk schedule.
  • Coordinates all aspects of hiring for Maine Audubon including drafting and posting of job announcements, scheduling interviews, communications with applicants, etc.
  •  Other duties, tasks, research, projects, events and support as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • A minimum of two years’ experience in an administrative position
  • Flexible team player in a fast-paced office environment.
  • Exceptional skills in word processing (MS Word), including familiarity with preparation of reports, manuscripts, charts, tables, and flyers.
  • Experience with desktop publishing, email, spreadsheets, databases, Internet Browsers and digital slide shows a must. Experience with these specific computer programs preferred:  Gmail and Google docs, MS Publisher, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Word Press, Endnotes Plus, and Raiser’s Edge.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and the ability to prioritize work.
  • Ability to conduct research and collect information on topics as requested.
  • Thorough understandings of the English language, including grammar, spelling, and composition; proofreading and editing skills are highly desirable.
  • Willingness to develop new skills and knowledge on program issues as time permits.
  • Knowledge of wildlife and environmental issues helpful.
  • Customer service experience.

Equipment:  Computer, Photocopier (including Scanner and Fax), Printers, Telephone, Postage Meter, Conference phone, Calculator, Projector.

Physical Requirements:   Ability to use a computer for long periods.  There is some heavy lifting necessary at times for this position (carrying trays of bulk mail, carrying boxes of reports carrying program supplies and equipment, etc.).

To Apply:
Please send cover letter and resume to Program Support Specialist, Maine Audubon, 20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth, ME 04105 or email to [email protected] with “Program Support Specialist” in the subject line. Application deadline is November 14, 2016. Maine Audubon is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Development and Gifts Manager

Posted on: Friday, October 21st, 2016

Location: Falmouth, Maine
Department: Development
Immediate Supervisor: Director of Development

Purpose of the position:
The Development and Gifts Manager administers gift processing, acknowledgements as well as membership and annual fund assistance. This position is responsible for introducing creative strategies for generating income and membership growth, overseeing data management needs, and processing all gifts received and acknowledgements for the Development Department.

Essential Functions:

Gift Processing and Acknowledgements

  • Process all gift and membership information into Raiser’s Edge.
  • Run gift acknowledgments and membership cards on all gifts processed after gift entry; prepare for mailing, obtain appropriate personal signatures as needed and mail.
  • Work with the Finance Department to ensure smooth and timely transfer of deposits and batch information to Financial Edge.
  • Recruit and supervise volunteers to assist in preparing acknowledgement letters and other administrative tasks as necessary
  • Receive all donations into department and prepare deposit for batch entry.

Membership and Annual Fund Assistance

  • Collaborate with the marketing and communications team to ensure accuracy of email lists and Habitat mailing lists.
  • Manage all aspects of monthly giving program.
  • Manage the integrity, maintenance, upkeep, and accuracy of membership and development data in
  • Raiser’s Edge, includes performing import/export, data entry, report generation, word merge, and spreadsheet functions.
  • Prepare membership budgets and monitor revenue and expenses.
  • Oversee magazine subscription and incoming national member information with National Audubon.
  • Support and collaborate with nature store, program staff, and remote sites in member acquisition, retention and stewardship.
  • Provide data extraction, support, and analysis for the organization as a whole.
  • Oversee membership information for chapter leaders. Work with chapters to improve member recruitment and retention.
  • With Manager of Membership and Annual Giving, help ensure the accuracy and integrity of Raiser’s Edge data. Play a hands-on role in overall database management.
  • Provide special event and administrative assistance to development office functions as needed.
  • Copy documents for appropriate gifts; associate with gift correspondence for paper files.
  • Make demographic changes to donor profiles as identified by processing most recent donation.
  • Lead the implementation of annual Peony Bloom and Ice Cream Social.
  • Acts as MaineShare board representative: complete and submit yearly documentation, attend quarterly board meetings and promote MaineShare message; serve on appropriate board subcommittee(s) when requested and fulfill the duties of this position.


  • Requires strong skills in donor database management, preferably Raiser’s Edge.
  • Experience coordinating solicitation mailings, creation of marketing materials, and reporting statistical analysis.
  • Experience administering a membership program.
  • Requires strong office administrative skills.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills.
  • Non-profit organization experience dealing with natural resources issues.

Technical Requirements:

  • Requires understanding of Raiser’s Edge v. 7.5 or greater.
  • Requires advanced skills in Microsoft Office applications.
  • Requires experience with email marketing software, such as MailChimp.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to use computer for long periods
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends

To Apply:

Please send cover letter and resume to Membership and Annual Giving Manager search, Maine Audubon, 20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth, ME 04105 or email to [email protected] with “Membership and Annual Giving Manager” in the subject line. Application deadline is November 4, 2016. Maine Audubon is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Membership and Annual Giving Manager

Posted on: Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Location: Falmouth, Maine
Department: Development
Immediate Supervisor: Director of Development

Purpose of the position:
The Membership and Annual Giving Manager oversees the work, systems and protocols of the development team. This position directs annual and corporate giving, is responsible for the integrity of the Raiser’s Edge database and oversees the coordination of gift processing, solicitation and acknowledgement policies and processes. This position supports the Director of Development in major gift functions.

Essential Functions:
Lead and Execute Membership and Annual Fund Giving

  • Conceive, plan, and manage multichannel strategies for the cultivation, acquisition, renewal, upgrade and stewardship of Maine Audubon’s members. This includes all aspects of acquisition campaigns (direct mail, email, social media, and other) and monthly renewals (direct mail and email).
  • Work closely with the Development and Gifts Manager to ensure coordination of solicitation efforts.
  • Provide analysis of membership campaigns and membership retention.
  • Set annual goals and identify opportunities and strategies to increase lead/prospect pool, membership base and net revenue.
  • Manage annual fund budget.
  • Design and supervises implementation of donor gatherings hosted by Board members and major donors.
  • Set up tributes program and execution

Manage Corporate Giving

  • Manage all aspects of the Corporate Partner fundraising program including management of a volunteer committee, prospecting, solicitation, and a campaign celebration event with keynote speaker.
  • Assist Development Director with Prospect Research and Major Gift Moves Management
  • Assist in developing long and short term planning objectives for the Development Department.
  • Oversee the management of the prospect pipeline and prospect tracking, identifies and assigns new prospective donors.
  • Implement a moves management system and follow-ups for major donors and prospects.
  • Provide reporting and analysis on giving trends.
  • Manage our iWave donor prospect account
  • Direct special fundraising initiatives such as issue-based campaigns

Database Management

  • Ensure that all fundraising activities are tracked in Raiser’s Edge.
  • Develop and maintain efficient systems for membership data processing.


Development Staff
Maine Audubon Staff

Donors and Prospects
Community leaders and friends

Prefer Raiser’s Edge or similar fundraising program skills
Broad spreadsheet, word processing, email, database computer skills


  • Management level and professional background in administering comprehensive fundraising programs
  • Written and oral communications skills
  • Supervisory skills
  • Experience with non-profit organization dealing with natural resources issues.
  • Ability to represent Audubon’s mission, goals, and philosophies with the highest professional standards.

Physical Requirements:
Ability to work evenings, weekends, and travel

To Apply:
Please send cover letter and resume to Membership and Annual Giving Manager search, Maine Audubon, 20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth, ME 04105 or email to [email protected] with “Membership and Annual Giving Manager” in the subject line. Application deadline is November 4, 2016. Maine Audubon is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Action Alert: Rally Against Proposed Anti-solar Net Metering Rules

Posted on: Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

The Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has proposed the most extreme anti-solar net metering rules in the country. We need your help to fight these changes!

Please join us at a rally and public hearing at the PUC on Monday, October 17.

What: Solar Rally and Public Hearing
When: Monday, October 17, rally at noon, public hearing at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Maine Public Utilities Commission, 101 Second Street, Hallowell, ME

Please RSVP on Facebook and share with your friends!

Maine is missing out on the tremendous opportunity to capture solar power—a clean, local energy source that could create hundreds of good new jobs and reduce electricity costs for Mainers.

Last month, the PUC issued draft changes that would gut net metering for future customers. Net metering has made it possible for thousands of Maine homes and businesses to own and produce their own solar power.

The PUC’s proposed rules will set Maine back even further on solar power. The proposal includes charging solar customers transmission and distribution rates even for the power that gets consumed on site!

I hope you can join us at the rally and public hearing on October 17. Your participation is critical to show Mainers support solar energy, local jobs, and energy choice.

Thank you,

JenniferJenn Burns Gray
Maine Audubon Staff Attorney and Advocate
[email protected]
(207) 781-2330 x224



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Birding Basics 2016

Posted on: Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Back by popular demand, in this lecture series we will spend a few weeks revisiting the basics of birding. This is the perfect opportunity for people newly interested in birding, novices needing a refresher, and even for ‘pros’ who want to learn something new. Every two weeks we will cover a different topic that is essential to birding. You can review the courses and join us for the topics that interest you! Classes take place at Gilsland Farm from 7:00 -8:00 pm.

October 6: Tools of the Trade
Before you go running into the field looking for birds, you want to be properly equipped. In this first class we will cover: what to look for in binoculars, which field guide is best for you, camera recommendations, and much more.

October 20: Identifying Birds
There are 10,000 species of birds in the world — with 455 spotted in Maine — but which is the one you are looking at right now? This class will teach you the essentials of identifying birds: from beak to tail, we will teach you the things to look for when identifying birds.

November 3: Finding Birds
You’ve got the tools, you know how to identify them, but where are they?! This class will focus on how to attract birds to your yard and how to find birds.

November 17: Observing Behavior
When we go birding, we get a quick glimpse into the lives of the birds we see. This week we will focus on learning about bird behavior and analyzing exactly what it is birds are doing throughout the day.

December 1: Making it Count
Now that you know the basics of birding, why do it? Learn how the sightings you make while out birding can help scientists on a local and global level. We will discuss data collection techniques and explore various citizen science projects including the Great Backyard Bird Count, eBird, and more!

Contact: Doug Hitchcox – (207) 781-2330 x237

Fall Adventures with Maine Audubon

Posted on: Wednesday, October 5th, 2016


Fall is my favorite season, since it’s a time of such incredible changes — some subtle, some dramatic. I’ve been enjoying the autumn by getting out in the field and doing some bird watching. I recently had the remarkable experience of accompanying Laura Minich Zitske, a Maine Audubon wildlife biologist, and Elizabeth Goundie, a seasonal biologist, as they monitored migratory birds along Scarborough Beach. We saw Sanderlings and Semipalmated Plovers as they commuted down from northern Canada and the Arctic to warmer climes for the winter. It’s just astonishing to think that these little birds take such extraordinarily long journeys, and that we as Mainers are a part of their story.

Earlier in September I participated in our Bald Eagles of Merrymeeting Bay cruise guided by Doug Hitchcox, Linda Woodard, and Turk Duddy. Maine Audubon has been hosting this trip since 1969. Although I have explored a lot of Maine, I had never before visited Merrymeeting Bay. It was an amazing experience to cruise along the coast and into one of the most remarkable river confluences – the merger of the Kennebec and Androscoggin Rivers. Many tribal communities in North America and cultures from other parts of the world view river confluences as sacred or holy sites, and I am grateful that Maine Audubon facilitated access to this wonderful interface of Maine’s storied rivers, wildlife, and cultural history.

If you are looking to jump start your birding adventures, October marks the launch of our Birding Basics Lecture series with staff naturalist Doug Hitchcox. Lectures will take place every other Thursday evening from 7-8 pm starting October 6. It’s a great way to enter the world of birding or brush up on your skills.

Beyond birding, another way to enjoy the fall is by attending a full moon night hike at Fields Pond Audubon Sanctuary. On October 16, November 4, or December 13, join us for a hike beneath the full moon to explore the sanctuary. It’s a great way to unwind while listening to the nocturnal sounds of creatures in the woods and meadows.

Maine Audubon facilitates experiences with the Maine’s natural world — experiences that provide us with a greater context and perspective. I think this lies at the heart of what we do.

I hope you can join us on one of the adventures we have planned for this fall!


ole-squareOle Amundsen is Executive Director of Maine Audubon. He has more than 25 years of experience in conservation leadership, with a focus on landscape scale conservation, environmental education and finance. Amundsen most recently served as program manager for the national land trust, The Conservation Fund.

Water Festival Intern

Posted on: Monday, October 3rd, 2016

IMG_4188The Southern Maine Children’s Water Festival is a day of interactive learning about clean water, wetland ecosystems and the importance of stewarding Maine’s most rapidly renewable resource. Close to 670 4th, 5th and 6th grade students and their teachers from 13 area schools attend the conference.

The 21th annual Southern Maine Children’s Water Festival is organized through a partnership between Maine Audubon, Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Poland Spring, US Fish & Wildlife and 19 other local, state and federal agencies, businesses, nonprofit organizations and the University of Southern Maine. This year it will be held on May 19 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at USM in Portland.

This internship will entail working with Linda Woodard, to organize and assist with many aspects of the festival including scheduling logistics such as rooms, presenters and exhibitors, food and supplies.  There are also opportunities to be present at the festival and help with classroom and exhibit development and much more depending on your interest!

Intern must:

  • be able to work independently
  • have organization skills
  • have experience working with the public.
  • have a background in teaching or environmental education and experience working with children would be helpful but not necessary.

Benefits may include; discounted or free admission to Maine Audubon programs and trips; enrichment in natural history and educational techniques.

The position has a flexible start time any time after November 1 and runs through May with an increase in work in April and May. Time commitment and scheduling are flexible. Volunteer opportunities are also available for those not able to do an internship.

For more information, contact Linda Woodard at [email protected].


MEDIA RELEASE: New fishing tackle regulations will protect loons from lead poisoning

Posted on: Sunday, October 2nd, 2016


For Immediate Release

October 3, 2016

Contact: Jeremy Cluchey, Director of Communications
[email protected]
207-781-2330 x222

New fishing tackle regulations will protect loons from lead poisoning
Sale of bare lead-headed jigs banned in Maine as of September 1, 2016

Photo by Marla Brin

Photo by Marla Brin

Lead poisoning has long been the leading cause of death for adult loons in Maine. In order to protect loons from lead poisoning resulting from the ingestion of lead fishing tackle, beginning in September 2016 it is illegal in Maine to sell bare (unpainted) lead-headed jigs less than 2.5” long. In September 2017, the use of these jigs will also be banned. Although painted lead jigheads are equally harmful to loons (the paint wears off in a matter of days in the loons acidic gizzard), they are not included in the current regulations.

Lead poisoning was responsible for almost one third of the documented mortality of adult loons in Maine prior to the implementation of Maine’s first lead regulations in 2002. “Adult loons either ingest lead when they catch fish with lead sinkers and jigs attached, or they pick up lead objects while eating the gravel they need to digest their food from lake bottoms,” said Susan Gallo, Maine Audubon wildlife biologist. Ingested objects like sinkers and jigs stay in loon gizzards, wearing down and elevating lead levels in blood and body tissues. Loons usually die from lead poisoning in a matter of weeks.

After An Act to Protect Maine’s Loons by Banning Lead Sinkers and Jigs (LD 730) was passed in 2013,  Maine Audubon, along with many partners including the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (DIFW),  Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, Bass Nation, and the Maine Lakes Society, created the Fish Lead-Free Initiative, a coalition with the goal of helping anglers make the switch to lead-free tackle.

“We wanted to get the word out to anglers that making the switch to lead-free can be easy now that there are so many products available for purchase in local stores and online,” said Gallo, who is spearheading the initiative. “Using lead-free tackle will make an enormous difference for loons. We are already seeing a significant reduction in loon mortality.”

Fish Lead-Free conducts outreach efforts to educate the public about the importance of fishing with lead-free tackle, including a website ( that outlines Maine’s tackle regulations and lists retailers and online outlets where lead-free tackle can be purchased. Fish Lead-Free also hosts tackle exchanges and provides interested individuals or community groups with lead exchange “kits” stocked with lead-free tackle that can be given out at public events, like fishing derbies or tournaments. Plus, Fish Lead Free has provided 350 tackle boxes stocked with lead-free tackle to the DIFW Hooked on Fishing Program.

To increase awareness of the Fish Lead Free effort, Maine Audubon reached out to other states in an effort to create unity in messaging about the importance of lead-free fishing.  New Hampshire was the first state to join Maine, creating outreach materials that integrate the Fish Lead Free logo and standard messaging. And last year, four more states contributed information to the Fish Lead-Free website to let anglers know of state-specific tackle regulations and local lead-free tackle sources.

“We’re so glad to see the loon protection regulations phased in and want to help anglers comply with the new laws,” said Gallo.

Organizations interested in hosting a tackle exchange or a presentation on loons and the importance of fishing without lead tackle should contact Susan Gallo via email at [email protected]. More information about Fish Lead Free is at


After initial lead regulations in 2002 banned the use of lead sinkers less than a half ounce, there was a slight drop in adult loon mortality, with just over 23 percent of the loon carcasses collected between 2002 and 2012 determined to have died from lead poisoning. In 2013, An Act to Protect Maine’s Loons (LD 730) banned the sale and use of lead sinkers an ounce or less. Since that time, mortality due to lead poisoning has dropped to just under 20 percent of the carcasses collected.


Maine Audubon is building a culture of stewardship for wildlife and habitat in Maine. Through a science-based approach to conservation, education, and advocacy, Maine Audubon advances wildlife and habitat conservation in the state. Our citizen science programs connect Maine people to engaging volunteer opportunities that make meaningful contributions to conservation research. The state’s leading wildlife conservation organization, Maine Audubon has eight centers and wildlife sanctuaries and serves over 50,000 people annually.

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Action Alert: Final Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument Listening Session in Orono Thursday

Posted on: Tuesday, September 27th, 2016



This month, the National Park Service (NPS) has hosted a series of public discussions on the future of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. The first three sessions held in Stacyville, Medway, and Millinocket drew approximately 340 participants.

You still have a chance to share your hopes, ideas, and concerns for the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument at the fourth listening session to be held this Thursday in Orono.

Listening Session in Orono
When: September 29, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Where: DP Corbett Building, University of Maine, Orono
Directions: Interactive Map or Description
Parking is available in CCA Commuter Lot

If you can not attend a listening session but would like to provide input, you can share your ideas and questions with NPS by sending your comments by email to:
[email protected]

or by mail to:
PO Box 446
Patten, Maine 04765

All input shared during the listening sessions and write-in comments received by October 10, 2016, will be compiled and made publicly available on the monument

NPS will also host open house hours at the welcome desks at 200 Penobscot Avenue, Millinocket, Wednesdays 2:00 – 6:00 pm and Lumbermen’s Museum, Patten, Saturdays 10:00 am – 1:00 pm through Columbus Day weekend.

Your input will help inform a management plan for the new monument that will establish the overarching vision for the public lands and guide the direction of future work and activities. Thank you for making your voice heard on this important issue.

JenniferJenn Burns Gray
Maine Audubon Staff Attorney and Advocate
[email protected]
(207) 781-2330 x224



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MEDIA RELEASE: Maine Audubon and CMP Cut Ribbon on New Electric Vehicle Charging Station

Posted on: Monday, September 26th, 2016


For Immediate Release

September 26, 2016

Contact: Jeremy Cluchey, Director of Communications
[email protected]
207-781-2330 x222

Sara J. Burns, president and CEO of CMP, and Maine Audubon Executive Director Ole Amundsen III at the ribbon cutting ceremony unveiling a new Level 2 electric vehicle charging station at Maine Audubon’s Falmouth headquarters at Gilsland Farm.

Maine Audubon Executive Director Ole Amundsen III and Central Maine Power Company (CMP) President and CEO Sara J. Burns cut the ribbon on a new electric vehicle charging station at Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm headquarters in Falmouth today.

The Level 2 electric vehicle charging station, provided through CMP’s Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Grant Program, underscores Maine Audubon’s commitment to building a culture of stewardship for Maine’s wildlife and habitat. Electric vehicles reduce carbon emissions, which helps to mitigate the effects of climate change on Maine’s wildlife and habitat.

“People come to Maine Audubon’s sanctuaries to escape the hustle and bustle, experience nature, and learn about Maine’s wildlife and habitat,” said Amundsen. “This electric vehicle charging station underscores our commitment to environmental stewardship. It also adds a new dimension to something visitors to Gilsland Farm have long understood: it is the perfect place to recharge.”

“We have always felt that our responsibilities go beyond providing safe, reliable power delivery to Maine homes and businesses,” said Burns. “We want to be a good neighbor in the communities we serve, and that includes showing respect for the environment and minimizing our carbon footprint as we do our work.”

Visitors to Gilsland Farm can see Maine Audubon’s six solar arrays mounted on trackers, which together with arrays on the Education Center building comprise 168 panels capable of producing 74,000 kWh annually. The panels are provided and maintained by ReVision Energy. In a typical year, solar generation at Gilsland Farm offsets over 100,000 pounds of carbon, and covers more than 80% of Maine Audubon’s electricity needs.


Maine Audubon is building a culture of stewardship for wildlife and habitat in Maine.Through a science-based approach to conservation, education, and advocacy, Maine Audubon advances wildlife and habitat conservation in the state. Our citizen science programs connect Maine people to engaging volunteer opportunities that make meaningful contributions to conservation research. The largest Maine-based wildlife conservation organization, Maine Audubon has eight centers and wildlife sanctuaries and serves over 50,000 people annually.

Please visit for more information.