Seasonal Educator

Job Locations US-NM-Santa Fe
Seasonal, Full-Time
Job Category
Santa Fe


Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).



Position Summary

The purpose of the seasonal educator will be to assist in the development and implementation of school and youth based programs conducted by Audubon New Mexico and the Randall Davey Audubon Center. The position is temporary, starting at 30 hours per week between March and May, then transitioning to 40 hours per week during summer camp (from June through August 3rd) for a total of 20 weeks. The educator will be supervised directly by the Education Manager and Summer Camp Director at the Randall Davey Audubon Center and Sanctuary. Projected start date is March 12, 2018 and projected end date is August 3, 2018. Weekday, some evening, and some weekend work required.

Essential Functions

  • Lead groups of elementary students outdoors and in-classrooms through innovative environmental education activities and curricula at the Randall Davey Audubon Center and Sanctuary (RDAC) and in Santa Fe schools;
  • Work closely with staff members to plan and implement programs for adult and family outreach and education programs;
  • Assist in developing and implementing innovative environmental education activities and curricula for the summer day camps for children ages 4-12;
  • Ensure daily safety and well-being for summer campers;
  • Mentor teen youth volunteers in the Volunteer Naturalists and Junior Naturalists-in-training program;
  • Interact professionally and positively with students, teachers, parents, and visitors;
  • Maintain and enhance existing activities/curricula, including the upkeep of program materials and resources;
  • Serve as a role model naturalist and environmental steward to students and community;
  • Assist as necessary with the maintenance of nature center buildings and grounds at RDAC;
  • Interact with the public to provide information about Audubon and Audubon’s mission, answer specific questions for visitors associated with the Randall Davey Audubon Center and be a positive ambassador of Audubon;
  • Promote Audubon’s conservation initiatives within the community.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Valid NM driver’s license;
  • Minimum of two years college level study, including academic study in natural resources, natural sciences (geology, biology, environmental science etc.), education, recreation or related field is strongly desired. Bachelor’s degree preferred. Similar professional experience in the field of natural resources and/or Nature Centers, with experience in education or outreach may be substituted;
  • Experience and background in environmental education, natural history, and science education;
  • Experience working with elementary-level students (PreK-6th grade);
  • Creative ability to design, write and evaluate environmental education curricula, lesson plans and activities;
  • Skills teaching in formal and informal settings to a variety of audiences;
  • Excellent public speaking and group management skills;
  • Ability to work and collaborate with people of varying backgrounds;
  • Hard working, flexible, and self-motivated;
  • Ability to work individually and in a team setting;
  • Professional and friendly manner;
  • Background in New Mexico natural history desirable;
  • Conversational Spanish highly desirable;
  • Must be able to stand on your feet for long periods of time, lift loads up to 25 lbs, and traverse uneven terrain for over 2 miles.  Must be able to lead groups in an outdoor setting, including being able to traverse the trails and uneven terrain of the Nature Center and surrounding properties, preserves, and sanctuaries in variable weather conditions.


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