Seasonal Sanctuary Steward

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (HMS) is seeking a responsible and motivated individual to join our team as a Seasonal Sanctuary Steward.

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is a private non-profit conservation organization in Eastern Pennsylvania located along the central Appalachian Mountains.  It was established in 1934 as the first refuge for birds of prey in the world and hosts over 75,000 visitors annually with peak visitation during the fall season.  It consists of 2550 acres of forest with 8 miles of hiking trails and several public and private facilities that are in operation seven days a week for a full calendar year.

Position Title: Seasonal Sanctuary Steward/Invasive Specialist

Compensation: $12.00 (Hourly wage) – (Up to 40 hours a week)

Schedule: Mid-May to Mid-August

There are currently two positions available which combined with full-time staff will serve as a team prioritizing control of invasive species and native restoration.

Position Summary

This Stewardship position is chiefly responsible for conducting invasive species control on the sanctuary utilizing manual, mechanical, and chemical methods.  Other principal responsibilities will be utilizing GPS to aid in mapping invasive species, conducting restoration efforts through seeding and planting, and a variety of media production to share and educate public.  Other duties when required are: Facilities and trail maintenance, responding to medical and weather emergencies; minimal custodial duties, and anything else that is deemed a priority throughout season.

Position Breakdown

65% – conducting removal and eradication of invasive species
20% – 
time conducting restoration efforts utilizing native sources
10% – 
mapping invasive species/producing media for educating public
5% – 
miscellaneous duties


  • Preferred degree tract or degree in Environmental Science, Resource Management, Parks and Recreation, or related field
  • Experience with invasive species control such as pulling, mowing, cutting, or spraying
  • Must be 18 years of age or older and possess a valid driver’s license
  • Must be able to perform the physical labor required for all aspects of the position including the ability to carry a 50 lb. backpack in adverse conditions for 5 miles and be able to perform various job responsibilities in inclement weather.
  • Preferred experience in conducting restoration utilizing native species
  • Proficient in the operation of hand and power tools, mowers, string trimmers, hand saws, and 4X4 trucks and tractors
  • A willingness to perform Best Management Practices (BMP) related to invasive species control
  • Must be able to communicate effectively both verbally and written
  • Preferred first aid/CPR certifications or at minimum willingness to respond to medical emergencies
  • Possess skills to effectively interact and educate the public on Sanctuary mission
  • A basic knowledge of Northeast flora and fauna
  • Must be able to work and collaborate in a team environment
  • The ability to perform in an environment of changing workloads and priorities

How to Apply

If interested, email cover letter and resume/CV to Todd Bauman, Director of Sanctuary Stewardship at [email protected].