Center at Fairfield

Volunteer and Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities

Development Office Associate

We’re currently hiring a full time position that reports to the Director of Development. The Development Office Associate takes immediate direction from the Director of Development with supplemental direction from the Director of Membership. Candidates must have Raiser’s Edge experience, proficiency in MS Office software, strong attention to detail, and great initiative. Click here to read more about the position and apply.


The Connecticut Audubon Society’s Centers in Fairfield, Milford, and Pomfret are seeking enthusiastic, energetic educators for their contract teacher-naturalist positions. Our teacher-naturalists deliver our outdoor and outreach education programs, Science in Nature.

This is a great opportunity for folks who love working with children, have a passion for nature, have time during the weekday, and/or are seeking more experience in environmental education.

To apply, please send a cover letter and résumé to Michelle Eckman at and please indicate in the subject line which center to which you are applying.

Become a Volunteer

Connecticut Audubon Society welcomes volunteers, who donate their time to help us with our work in so many ways and places.  Our current volunteers participate in:

  • Citizen Science Projects
  • Projects at our Centers, including research projects, bird banding, animal care, helping with field trips, and office and administrative work
  • Work at our State Headquarters, including membership support and services

If you are interested in becoming a Citizen Scientist, read about current projects and opportunities.

If you are interested in volunteering at our Centers or State Headquarters, read about the current opportunities listed below.  We hope to hear from you.

Dave Engelman Volunteer Benchmark Award

We are humbled by the countless number of hours donated each year by our talented volunteers.  At our Annual Meeting, we recognize those truly special volunteers, who have provided many years of extraordinary service with the Dave Engleman Volunteer Benchmark Award.  Learn more about the award and the recipients.

Volunteer Opportunities

What do our volunteers do?  A variety of interesting and worthwhile projects at our offices and Centers throughout the state.  If you would like to pursue a volunteer opportunity, please contact the appropriate staff member.

Fairfield Area:

  • Mailings, telephone and office help: Contact Rick Boucher at
  • Animal care and outdoor projects: 203 259 6305, Ext. 116.

Coastal Center at Milford Point:

Center at Glastonbury:

Center at Pomfret:

EcoTravel Office in Essex:

Research Projects:


The Dave Engelman Volunteer Benchmark Award

Connecticut Audubon Society’s Volunteer Benchmark Award was established in 1993, and is given annually by our Board of Directors to one or more selected individuals whose volunteer activity has significantly enhanced our mission.  Each year, at our Annual Meeting, recipients are presented with a  plaque commemorating their dedication to conservation.

In 2007, the award was renamed the Dave Engelman Volunteer Benchmark Award.  Dave Engelman was a member of the Board of Directors, who lost a courageous battle with cancer on March 9, 2007.  He epitomized the characteristics of an extraordinary volunteer by helping Connecticut Audubon Society grow both in spirit and as an organization.  He was a longtime member, donor, Board member, and for a time interim President managing day-to-day operations.  He truly made a lasting impression on all of us at Connecticut Audubon Society.

Past recipients of the Award are:
1993: Paul van der Stricht
  Robert Braun
  Uli Hellman
1994: Gloria Barnes
1995: John Tierney
1996: W. Bradley Morehouse
1997: Ann G. Wasmer
  Fred Sibley
1998: Katherine DeWitt
  Richard King
1999: Wright Montgomery
2000: Hugh Smith
2001: Marilyn Duda (Connecticut Audubon Society staff)
2002: Leslie Carothers
2003: Karla Strickland
2004: Dave Engelman
2005: George C. Cartwright
2006: Mrs. Lucie Warren
  Milan Bull (Connecticut Audubon  Society staff)
2007: Peter and Carlene Kunkel
  Duffy Schade
2008: Lorne Wilson
  Judy Harper (Connecticut Audubon  Society staff)
2009: Wendell & Alison Davis
  Judith F. Richardson
  Carl Trichka
2010: Benjamin Williams
2011 Ross and Barbara Strickland
2012 Fred Schroeder
  Carrie Shelton
2013 Philip W. Stein
  James G. Denham

Phil Donahue


Toshia Barnett
Diana Atwood Johnson


Walter “Sandy” Sanstrom
Jerid O’Connell
Kathleen Hart
George Dewey
Lawrence J. Lunden

 2017 Louise Crocco (Connecticut Audubon  Society staff)
D.G. Warner
Dan Miller
Richard Telford




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