Administrative Assistant - Office Manager

Location: Barnstable, MA
Sanctuary: Long Pasture

About Mass Audubon

Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 140,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at

About This Position

About Mass Audubon:

Mass Audubon protects 40,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. As Massachusetts’ largest nature conservation nonprofit, we welcome more than a half million visitors a year to our wildlife sanctuaries and nature centers. Today, Mass Audubon is a nationally recognized environmental education leader, offering thousands of camp, school, and adult programs. With more than 135,000 members and supporters, we advocate on Beacon Hill and beyond, and conduct conservation research to preserve the natural heritage of our beautiful state.

About this Position:

The Administrative Assistant / Office Manager I performs the day-to-day administrative duties in support of Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, the Sanctuary Director and other staff. The Admin Assistant / Office Manager I is responsible for various administrative functions that include work involving support of business operations, visitor services, education programs, volunteer coordination, support of sanctuary events, public/community relations, and bookkeeping and financial reporting. The Admin Assistant / Office Manager I plays an important and integral role as a welcoming, customer-oriented ambassador of Mass Audubon properties, programs, and mission.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Perform a variety of administrative duties including, but not limited to:
    • setting up and maintaining paper and computer files
    • making copies
    • reading and routing incoming mail
    • maintaining office supply inventory
    • maintaining printers, copiers. and other office equipment
    • assisting the Regional Operations Manager in communications and record keeping with sanctuary/regional staff
  • Provide efficient, courteous service to the public by offering information about the operations of the sanctuary to visitors, answer telephone inquiries, staff the visitor reception desk when required, and work cooperatively with other sanctuary staff.
  • Answer phone calls and emails, including responding to general and routine inquiries about Mass Audubon and/or wildlife.  Route other inquiries to appropriate department or staff member
  • Promote visitation and programming, distributing press releases and mailings to the community.  Register participants for Education Programs in our Online Registration Program.
  • Provide administrative support for the Nature Preschool, including:
    • tuition invoicing and payment tracking
    • coordination of scholarship payments
    • answering family inquiries and other phone calls, and forwarding them to appropriate Preschool staff
    • serve as back-up staff during drop-off and pick-up times
  • Assist with the management of business operations, which may include:
    • Administration of permits and staff housing
    • Scheduling and planning around sanctuary resources, events, or rentals
    • Coordination of volunteers
    • Preparing and submitting business office invoices and other forms
    • Tracking expenses and reconciling unit income & expense summaries with office records
    • Maintaining budget files as reference for annual budget preparation
    • Preparing daily income reports and bank deposits
    • Professionally represent Mass Audubon at public events, offering information and answering questions in a customer focused manner.
  • Monitor radio and be prepared to serve as primary communication point-of-contact in case of emergency per standing policies and procedures.
  • Provide administrative duties at other sanctuaries within region where necessary.
  • Attend meetings and trainings when requested.
  • Assist during peak periods such as holiday weekends and special events


Must Have’s (Required):

  • Must be at least 18 years of age. 
  • 1-3 years of administrative/office experience required.
  • Excellent people skills and enthusiasm for a team working environment.
  • Organized with strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong desire to achieve results in meeting sales goals and demonstrated ability to effectively promote goods or services.
  • Office skills including computer, copier, scanning, and phone system.
  • Experience with varied computer software programs (Office 365, Outlook, Word, Excel).
  • A demonstrated ability to work well with other staff, volunteers, and community representatives as well as independently when necessary.
  • CPR/First Aid Certification or willingness to get certification.
  • Ability to relate to a diverse range of people and exercise cultural competence and inclusion.

Nice to Have’s: 

  • Associates degree or equivalent experience a plus.
  • Bookkeeping experience a plus
  • Experience with early childhood education administration a plus.
  • Interest in environmental issues, the natural sciences, or education preferred.


Compensation & Benefits

This position’s base salary range is $18.50 - $20.00/hour; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements. 

Benefits and Perks:
Benefits eligible staff at Mass Audubon may elect to enroll in medical, dental, and vision plans. Mass Audubon also offers disability and life insurance plans, a retirement plan through MetLife, and Flexible Spending Account options. Mass Audubon employment also includes access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and the Reciprocity Agreement through the Consortium of Non-Profit Arts/Cultural/Environmental Organizations of New England. Mass Audubon employees also enjoy 12.5 paid holidays (in calendar year 2021 - holidays may shift annually due to where days fall within calendar).

Additional Information

 Work Schedule: 

  • Thirty hours per week, including one weekend day. 
  • Hours may vary based on Sanctuary needs, including some evenings, weekends and holidays.
  • Seasonal variations in visitation may require fewer hours in winter, and more hours in summer.


COVID-19 Considerations

Mass Audubon requires that all staff, regardless of their work location, disclose their vaccination status. Proof of vaccination status will be required immediately upon hire.

Mass Audubon's Commitment To Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Justice

Mass Audubon's mission is to "protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and for wildlife" by building a strong coalition of employees, volunteers, and community members. We recognize that the environmental movement and field of conservation have been affected by societal systems that have limited opportunity and access for many people. As a result, Mass Audubon is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. We are engaged in an ongoing process of organizational assessment and change, designed to remove barriers and create a workplace where all forms of diversity are recognized and valued.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Mass Audubon is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. Mass Audubon prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. 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.

How To Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to:

Lisa Kane, Regional Operations Manager
Job# 3533