Director of Properties and Facilities

Maine Audubon

Opening posted: 10/18/2021 | Expires: 11/30/2021

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Maine Audubon is hiring for a Director of Properties and Facilities to join their team in Falmouth and play a key role in the organization’s management. Maine Audubon owns and/or maintains a permanent presence at fourteen wildlife sanctuaries, and is responsible for 2400 acres. Eight of these sanctuaries are advertised and maintained for public use, including four that host educational/visitor centers for the public.  Maine Audubon owns 15 buildings ranging in age from 1793 to 2021.  

The Director of Properties is responsible for planning, implementing, managing, and controlling all properties-related functions of Maine Audubon. The position leads design and construction of properties and facilities and ongoing stewardship thereof.  Role performs hands-on direction and participation in the day-to-day management and maintenance of Maine Audubon’s properties, buildings and facilities, staff, and equipment.  This role also supports properties-related needs of all departments within the organization and seeks to maximize the mission-based programmatic and public engagement potential of Maine Audubon’s sanctuary properties

Essential Job Functions

Properties Management and Oversight

  • Direct and participate in implementation of land stewardship practices and ongoing properties maintenance on all Maine Audubon sanctuaries and properties. Revise, create, and maintain current sanctuary management plans for Maine Audubon’s properties, in accordance with mission-based practices.
  • Hire and work with contractors to design and build Maine Audubon facilities.
  • Coordinate maintenance of trail systems and signage on all of our sanctuaries.
  • Direct and participate in repair and maintenance of the physical infrastructure of Maine Audubon’s sanctuaries and properties.
  • Direct and perform building repair and maintenance on the buildings and structures at Gilsland Farm in order to provide a safe and welcoming environment for visitors and employees.
  • Evaluate property and infrastructure needs; plan and budget improvements.
  • Oversee and coordinate work by outside contractors and vendors on Maine Audubon properties.
  • Oversee and implement day-to-day management procedures for Maine Audubon’s properties, facilities, structures, and equipment.
  • Collaborate with other Maine Audubon departments to plan and perform setup/preparation for events and programs.
  • Ensure administrative requirements of contracts, contractors, volunteers, and various groups are met in timely fashion, with proper recordkeeping.
  • Ensure that Maine Audubon complies with deed restrictions and conservation easements held by other conservation organizations on some of Maine Audubon’s properties.
  • Perform continual planning and execution of methods and practices (such as improved signage, trail maps, trail blazing, parking, etc.) to enhance the quality of visitors’ experience on our properties.
  • Perform annual monitoring of conservation easements held by Maine Audubon.
  • Direct and participate in seasonal maintenance functions, including sidewalk snow removal.
  • Promote, coordinate, and participate in volunteer opportunities for outside organizations and individuals in our sanctuaries.
  • Respond to off-hours security alarms. Occasional work on “off days” for snow removal, in response to alarm system notifications. Timely review of requests related to the accessibility of Maine Audubon’s facilities and properties from members of the public.
  • Provide courteous and effective written and oral communication to general inquiries pertaining to properties and facilities.


  • Identify capital needs of properties and structures and incorporate into capital improvement plan.
  • Develop, monitor, and administer the annual department budget throughout the year.
  • Manage departmental historical recordkeeping of all properties and infrastructure.


  • Perform strategic planning to continually integrate sanctuaries into the delivery of Maine Audubon’s mission.
  • Oversee and direct department staff to assure a highly productive and efficient department.
  • Collaborate with Board of Trustees committees, as appropriate.
  • Collaborate with other staff to promote mission related utilization of Maine Audubon properties.
  • Cultivate and maintain an inclusive and respectful work environment for department staff.
  • Perform all other job-related duties as assigned

Education & Experience

  • Preference for a Bachelor’s degree in natural resources or related field or an equivalent combination of experience and education
  • Eight to ten years of progressively responsible related experience in hands-on management of properties and facilities.


  • Excellent field skills, including working with map, compass, and GPS systems, handling and maintaining tools and equipment, reading terrain, and identifying/understanding natural resource sensitivities/constraints.
  • Landscape, nursery, or other Green Industry experience preferred.
  • Experience creating and administering departmental budgets
  • Ability to engage with multiple priorities and perform effectively.
  • Experience and/or knowledge of various trade skills (landscaping, carpentry, HVAC, plumbing).
  • Contract administration experience.
  • Knowledge of organic pest controls; possess (or able to obtain) a Master Pesticide Applicator license.
  • Experience with hand operated power tools.
  • Experience operating tractor/front end loader required.
  • Arc GIS experience preferred.
  • High level of integrity and dependability, with a strong sense of urgency and results-orientation.
  • Strong attention to details and organization skills required.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with staff and stakeholders from diverse backgrounds.
  • Strong problem solving and creative skills and the ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions based on accurate and timely analyses.
  • Valid Maine driver’s license and safe driving record

Physical Demands And Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions.

Field work is performed outdoors in all weather conditions and requires frequent walking, climbing, bending, crouching, carrying and lifting objects up to and over 50lbs. 

The employee is required to frequently use hands or fingers for grasping small objects, including hand tools, operating devices such as GPS and compass, operating trucks, trailers, lawnmowers, chainsaws, table saws and related power tools. Frequent required to lift, handle or feel objects, work overhead on ladders. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.

Some work is performed in office environment while operating computer, printer, and other office equipment. Regular travel is required. Weekend and night work is common.

This is a Full-Time position with benefit package including paid time off and retirement plan. Compensation is competitive and employee health care is covered at 100%. 


Maine Audubon is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.