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Facilities Director

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is a non-profit environmental education organization founded in 1966. With a mission to advance understanding of ecology by exploring New Hampshire’s natural world, this respected community leader, located in Holderness, New Hampshire has brought visitors nearer to nature for since 1966. Open meadows, mature forests, and marsh boardwalks connect interactive natural history exhibits where native animals reside: black bears, mountain lions, raptors, river otters, bobcats, and more. 

In September 2006, 2011 and again in 2016, the Science Center gained national accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA); it is the only AZA-accredited institution in northern New England.

Using the outdoors as a classroom and live native New Hampshire animals as teaching ambassadors, programs and exhibits teach the ecological concepts of adaptations, populations, interrelationships, and habitats in meaningful and memorable ways. Visitors may tour three miles of self-guided trails from May 1 to November 1 featuring: the 3/4-mile live animal exhibit trail displaying native wildlife in woodland enclosures and buildings with hands-on interactive exhibits. Annually, more than 60,000 public visitors tour the exhibit trail, while another 25,000 participate in programs and courses, and 10,000 enjoy educational tours of Squam Lake. Most general public visitors are from across New Hampshire, closely followed by Massachusetts, and other New England states, with some from all 50 states and several foreign countries.




The Facilities Director plans, directs, and evaluates all programs and projects in support of the Science Center facilities and grounds, including maintenance, construction, engineering, housekeeping, utilities, safety, and security. The Facilities Director reports directly to the Executive Director. This is full-time, year round, salaried position with competitive salary and a full range of benefits. The job location is Holderness, NH.

The Facilities Director is charged with all responsibilities associated with the planning, design, development, implementation, supervision, and evaluation of all structural and functional components of the Science Center’s facilities (buildings, grounds, exhibits, trails, boats, vehicles, and equipment). The Facilities Director is responsible for coordinating the daily upkeep and maintenance of the Science Center facilities, planning and implementing all short-term and long-term projects and work on the facilities, and developing and managing all relevant operating and capital budgets.  As the leader and manager of the facilities staff, the Facilities Director is the person responsible at the operational level for insuring that the overall exhibit and facilities agenda is consistent with mission, vision, and strategic plan of the Science Center.

The Facilities Director will work closely with the Executive Director and four other department directors as a member of the senior management team and is responsible for the day-to-day supervision of the six person facilities staff.

  • A minimum of three years of leadership experience, preferably in non-profit sector.
  • Knowledge and experience in land management, building maintenance and construction. Interpretive exhibit design experience a plus.
  • Better than average written and spoken communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal relationship building and employee coaching skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to serve as a knowledgeable resource to the Executive Director, senior management team, and Building and Grounds Committee.
  • Good computer skills in a Microsoft Windows environment.
  • Excellent organizational management skills.
  • Availability to work occasional weekend days during our public trail season.
How to Apply:

Applicants should send cover letter and resume to Iain MacLeod at or  PO Box 173, Holderness, NH 03245

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Date Added: July 25, 2019

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