Here you can find all the latest Audubon International news! From the great environmental efforts of our members, to where we will be next, to helpful tips you can apply at your golf course, you can find it all here.
  • 05/12/2014 1:31 PM | Katie Hopkins (Administrator)

    At this year’s National Planning Conference in Atlanta, Joanna Nadeau, associate director of environmental programs, really got to be a part of the action by hosting a panel featuring three communities certified in Audubon International’s Sustainable Communities Program. The session, Comprehensive Planning for Sustainability, was part of the Sustaining Places Symposium. One theme that emerged from all the featured Certified Sustainable Communities was the power of collaboration.

    Read more about Joanna's experience on the APA Blog.

  • 04/22/2014 2:13 PM | Katie Hopkins (Administrator)

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  • 04/15/2014 3:30 PM | Katie Hopkins (Administrator)
    Now is your last chance to earn entries in our Earth Day raffle for US Open tickets.

    Here's how to enter:

    New members: Sign up for one of our programs to receive ten entries.

    Current or lapsed members: Renew your membership to earn five entries.

    BONUS: Any Audubon International member can earn entries in the raffle for referring new members to our programs. For each new member that signs up and mention's your facility's name, you will receive one entry.

    To enter, call 518-767-9051 and mention the US Open raffle when you sign up or renew. Or sign up or renew online and check the box the enter. All entries must be received before April 22nd.

    Good luck!

    The prize is two (2) Gallery Weekly Ticket Packages, from June 9-15, 2014, at the Pinehurst Country Club in Pinehurst, NC. Each ticket has a value of $475.00.

    U.S. Open Gallery Weekly Ticket Package (June 9 - 15, 2014) includes:

    •  Daily U.S. Open tickets for all practice and championship rounds June 9 - 15 (playoff ticket if needed June 16)    •  Complimentary general parking Gallery tickets provide general admission to the grounds of Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (Course No. 2) to walk the course and purchase food and beverage at concession stands.

    The winning packages will be awarded to registered member facilities ONLY, not to individuals. Raffle tickets are not available for purchase. Since Audubon International membership is based on facility participation, the winning facility, and their management will be notified shortly after the drawing. The tickets may be re-distributed, given, or raffled to individuals within the facility; staff, members, or others only upon the discretion of the management. Winning tickets will not be mailed to facility prior to May 15, 2014.

    The Winner will be determined by random drawing. The drawing will take place on April 22, 2014, at approximately 12:30 p.m. EST. Winners will be notified by telephone or/and e-mail or/and mail. Prizes cannot be redeemed for cash.
  • 04/08/2014 2:07 PM | Katie Hopkins (Administrator)

    On 3/31, the "Dean of Green" radio show at Illinois State University had Dave Kopsell from the Illinois State University Department of Agriculture stop by to talk turf and discuss ISU's Weibring Golf Course and their involvement in the ACSP for Golf. Click on "Talking Turf with Dave" at the website below to listen to the great things Dave had to say about our program.

  • 03/31/2014 3:30 PM | Katie Hopkins (Administrator)
    We are looking for 2014 summer interns! This summer we will have two types of internship positions available: an Environmental Communications Internship and an Environmental Research Internship.

    The intern(s) will be asked to work between 10 and 20 hours per week for 10 to 12 weeks. The start date is flexible, but preferably in mid-to-late May. This is an unpaid internship. Read more about each position:

    Environmental Communications Internship
    Audubon International is seeking an Environmental Communications Intern(s) for summer 2014. The intern(s) will report to the Associate Director of Outreach & Communications and focus on creating content for the organization’s publications, website, and social media. The intern(s) will have the option of working in our Troy, NY office or working from home, with preference given to those who are able to attend weekly or bi-weekly in-person meetings.

    Required Qualifications:

    ·         Current college student or recently graduated student in the field of environmental science/communications/journalism/graphic design.

    ·         Experience researching and writing articles or papers on environmental topics.

    ·         Passion for our organization’s mission.

    Desired Qualifications:

    ·         Experience in graphic design and familiarity with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

    ·         Experience with nonprofit organizations.

    ·         Experience with video production.

    To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Tara Pepperman at along with a writing sample (5-page maximum). Students with experience in graphic design can also send one to three design samples in jpeg or PDF format. Please put the job title and your name in the subject line of the email. Applications are due on Friday, April 18th.

    Environmental Research Internship

    Audubon International is seeking an Environmental Research Intern(s) for summer 2014 to compile, analyze, and summarize information collected from natural resource site assessments, environmental plans, and certification documentation. Project results will focus on the benefits of environmental best practices for natural resource management, sustainable landscaping, and water and chemical use. The intern(s) will help develop research questions that will guide data compilation and analysis.

    This is an ideal project for students interested in environmental best practices and environmental behavior as well as data management and research. All work will need to be done in our Troy office. The intern(s) will directly work with the Associate Director of Environmental Programs and report to the Intern Coordinator. 

    Required Qualifications:

    ·         Current college student or recently graduated student in the field of environmental science/environmental policy/planning/conservation or data management.

    ·         Passion for our organization’s mission.

    ·         Experience in Microsoft Office.

    Desired Qualifications:

    ·         Experience with nonprofit organizations.

    To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Tara Pepperman at along with 3 references. Please put the job title and your name in the subject line of the email. Applications are due on Friday, April 18th.

  • 03/17/2014 4:28 PM | Katie Hopkins (Administrator)

    Associate Director of Environmental Programs

    Position Description

    Audubon International (AI) seeks a highly-qualified and enthusiastic individual to serve as an Associate Director of Environmental Programs. The incumbent will be primarily responsible for overseeing the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP) and ACSP for Golf, and will join a team of program managers implementing additional Audubon International programs: the Signature Program, the Green Lodging Program, and the Sustainable Communities Program. The incumbent will directly engage a wide range of stakeholders (golf course superintendents, club managers, property managers, government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, academic institutions, etc.), and report directly to the Executive Director.

    Organization Overview

    AI is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit environmental organization headquartered in the Albany-area of upstate New York. Our mission is to deliver high-quality environmental education and facilitate the sustainable management of land, water, wildlife, and other natural resources in all places people live, work, and play. The organization, which has been in existence for over 25 years and is not affiliated with National Audubon, works with a wide range of interested partners, including golf courses, developers, agriculture producers, small businesses, large corporations, academic institutions, fellow not-for-profits, community associations, local governments, and state and federal agencies. Through education, technical assistance, certification, and recognition, Audubon International facilitates the implementation of natural resource management practices that ensure land, water, wildlife, and other natural resources are sustainably used and conserved.

    ACSP & ACSP for Golf
    The ACSP is an education and certification program that helps organizations and businesses protect our environment while enhancing their bottom line. The program offers information and guidance to implement an environmental management plan that improves efficiency, conserves resources, and promotes conservation efforts. Audubon International awards certification to publicly recognize and reward the environmental achievements and leadership of ACSP members.

    The ACSP for Golf is a widely recognized and highly-regarded education and certification program that helps protect our environment and preserve the natural heritage of the game of golf. The program serves as a valuable resource for golf courses by facilitating the conservation and restoration of wildlife habitat, enhancing environmental health, improving economic efficiency by reducing operating costs, minimizing potentially harmful impacts of golf course operations, and providing courses with valuable communication and marketing tools.

    Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
    Program Member Service

     *   Assist AI membersundefinedprimarily in the golf industryundefinedin the development of management plans and other technical documents required as a component of the organization's rigorous education and certification process.
     *   Serve members via requests for information through timely in-person, written, telephone, and email communication.
     *   Conduct periodic site visits to assist members with ongoing environmental planning and management activities.
     *   Cooperate with AI’s network of partners to ensure that program materials are up-to-date and disseminated to appropriate audiences.

    Outreach & Education
     *   In conjunction with other staff members, the incumbent will play a leading role in marketing and promoting all of AI's education and certification programs through direct sales and special events.
     *   Develop and conduct seminars, presentations, and informational briefings to help educate AI members (active and prospective) about the benefits of sustainable natural resource management and the efficacy of the organization's approach to environmental stewardship.
     *    Promote all AI programs via stakeholder meetings, media interviews, newsletters, and participation in various industry and environmental working groups.
     *   Play a leading role in the growth of program membership and the development of relationships with other public and private sector organizations interested in partnering with AI in the delivery of the its education and certification programs.

     *   Work with AI staff to develop and implement yearly goals, objectives, strategies, and budget proposals for ACSP and ACSP Golf programs in conjunction with other programs being implemented by the organization.
     *   Participate in organization- and program-level strategic planning efforts.
     *   Coordinate with appropriate AI's staff to ensure that information maintained in the organization's web-based member database is up-to-date and accurate.

    Preferred Qualifications:
     *   A bachelor's degree in an appropriate field of study (i.e., recreational turf management, horticulture, landscape architecture, natural resource management) with relevant and related professional experience, OR a master's / certificate degree in an appropriate field of study with relevant professional experience
     *   Must be dedicated to educating and encouraging golf course superintendents and other types of land managers become actively involved in environmental stewardship projects
     *   Excellent interpersonal communication skills and experience working with diverse constituencies and membership demographics
     *   Ability to excel both by working independently and as part of a collaborative team.
     *   Strong technical and persuasive writing skills
     *   Computer proficiency (i.e., Microsoft Office suite, database management, internet-based research, professional applications of social media)
     *   Knowledge and/or professional experience in golf course management is essential
     *   Pre-existing professional connections in the golf industry is highly desirable

     *   Familiarity with wildlife and ecosystem science (particularly of North America)

    This is a full-time, permanent position. Audubon International offers a mission-driven work environment that promotes continued employee growth and development. Our non-profit organization offers its employees a competitive compensation package, including salary, individual health benefits, retirement benefits, and vacation.

    Deadline for Application:  Open until filled.

    How to Apply:

    Submitted applications will be reviewed upon receipt and must include the following:
     *   Cover letter summarizing the candidate's qualifications for the position, including a description of how prior educational training, experience and skills prepare the candidate to fulfill the job responsibilities detailed above
     *   Curriculum vitae or resume
     *   Contact information (name, job title, phone and email) for 3-5 professional references
     *   Writing sample (5 pages maximum) which demonstrates analytical reasoning skills and ability to communicate technical concepts or analysis to a non-technical audience
     *   Application materials should be submitted via e-mail to with the job title and your name in the subject line (i.e., Associate Director of Environmental Programs - Jane Smith)

  • 03/13/2014 11:46 AM | Katie Hopkins (Administrator)

    Hello from Audubon International! My name is Doug Bechtel, and I am excited to be the new Executive Director at Audubon International. I have been working with many of you recently on our golf programs and I must say it has been extraordinarily rewarding to work with members of this organization, many who have been with us for over a decade. I am also inspired by your commitment and by our shared belief that the critical work you do has a positive impact on our communities and our natural landscape. 

    Here in Troy, we are slowly seeing Spring emerge, perhaps more slowly than we would like. I imagine you are preparing for the growing season and either digging out from snow, or dealing with drought, or even preparing for colder weather (we are International, as you know). Weather may be an easy topic to break the ice, but it is also a reminder about change and how the environment is critical to your work and business. For me, as a bird-nerd, it is a time to watch and wait for the return of birds as they migrate and nest. I hope you all enjoy the coming change in season as well.

    Working with people on sustainable practices has been a career for me. Prior to AI, I worked for over a decade and a half in protecting lands and waters with The Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire. I led teams and staff in managing natural lands and worked with landowners to protect the native areas in their towns. I am so honored and privileged to bring my experiences to AI in order to continue this critical work with you and your organizations. Keep it up; our members are superheroes!

    As I step into this new role for Audubon International, I can tell you that our focus will be to continue to provide the highest quality service to our members and to continue to effectively deliver a high-impact program that provides significant benefit to both our members and the natural environment. We are determined to make the quality of member services the highest priority in this organization.

    Lastly, we have a great Team here at AI. We are all focused on providing great service, protecting natural lands where you work and play, and reducing our impact on nature. Feel free to reach out to any of us at any time; we are happy to hear from you. Thanks for your efforts on these shared goals.

    Stay in touch!

  • 01/10/2014 4:17 PM | Katie Hopkins (Administrator)
    Golf Digest recently released their list of the World's 100 Greatest Golf Courses. Nineteen of those 100 courses are certified by Audubon International including Pine Valley Golf Club in New Jersey which landed the number one spot. Congratulations to all who made the list!

    To read the full Golf Digest List, click here.

    Audubon International Golf Courses on the List
    #1    Pine Valley Golf Club, New Jersey

    #14  Merion Golf Club, Pennsylvania

    #15  Pebble Beach Golf Links, California

    #22  Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand

    #25  Crystal Downs Country Club, Michigan

    #30  St. George's Golf & Country Club, Ontario

    #34  The Links at Fancourt, South Africa

    #35  Bethpage State Park (Black Course), New York

    #36  Prairie Dunes Country Club, Kansas

    #49  Valderrama Golf Course, Spain

    #62  Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, Oregon

    #68  Ballyneal Golf Club, Colorado

    #69  Wade Hampton Golf Course, North Carolina

    #89  TPC Sawgrass, Florida

    #90  Loch Lomond Golf Course, Scotland

    #92  Spring City Golf & Lake Resort (Lake Course), China

    #97  Baltusrol Golf Course, New Jersey

    #98  Hamilton Golf & Country Club, Ontario

    #100 Spring City Golf & Lake Resort (Mountain Course), China

  • 12/13/2013 8:59 AM | Anonymous
    Our members know that we are always encouraging them to reduce intensively maintained turf acreage, minimize fertilizer inputs, use lower toxicity pesticides, and reduce water use. This article in GCM Magazine provides a helpful overview of metrics for these sustainability efforts that can help golf course facilities measure and communicate their environmental goals in a very practical, science-based way. We highly encourage reviewing these simple approaches and guidelines and considering how you can take them back to your facility. 
  • 11/14/2013 12:21 PM | Katie Hopkins (Administrator)

    Jennifer Batza, our Membership Coordinator, whom so many of you have gotten to know over the years, has been offered an exciting job opportunity with another organization. We will miss her dearly, and we wish her the best of luck. Though no one can ever fill Jen’s shoes, other staff will be stepping in to help out for a smooth transition to a new membership coordinator.

    Jennifer took a moment to say farewell to our members:

    What an adventure! I have been the membership secretary/coordinator for Audubon international for over 13 years. I am lucky to have worked with so many wonderful people around the globe and a multitude of staff over the years. It has been my pleasure to help so many members and individuals through our certification programs, bird identification, wildlife rehabilitation, travel, event planning, personal growth, tragedies and whatever else was needed.

    To me we have all been one big family, learning and facing challenges together, and I will miss every one of you dearly. I hope you have enjoyed working with me as much as I have with you. My next adventure is not far from AI and is still in education. I will be working as an Account Clerk for New York’s Capital Region Board of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES) in their Career and Technical School.

    I am excited to start my new adventure on November 18th, but I am sad to be moving on from Audubon International.

    I wish you all the best, and keep up the great work!


    To send Jennifer a personal note of thanks and farewell, email her at

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