• Camp Assistant, Summer Urban Naturalists Program

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  • Overview

    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 46 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).





    Position Summary

    Patterson Park Audubon Center, located in urban southeast Baltimore, works to improve the city for birds and people. The Center is based out of an office in a rehabilitated row home, across the street from Patterson Park. Popular programs at the Center work to engage students and adults in conservation education and projects, through academic environmental education, community engagement, and stewardship. The programs are nature-based, hands-on experiences that provide:   

    • Education in an outdoor setting and that correlate with academic curriculum standards;
    • Education, engagement, and stewardship opportunities that intentionally guide participants to contribute to conservation outcomes of Audubon’s Atlantic Flyway conservation plan;
    • Education, engagement, and stewardship opportunities that align with Chesapeake Bay protection and restoration goals; and
    • Opportunities for Audubon to increase the diversity of people taking conservation action at the local level.

    Patterson Park Audubon Center seeks four part-time (approx. 20 hours/week though this will vary by week) Assistants to help plan, instruct, and document the Summer Urban Naturalists (SUN) day camp in Baltimore City. The SUN Assistants will be trained, then lead campers entering kindergarten through 5th grade in hands-on environmental activities one day per week for five weeks, utilizing 155-acre Patterson Park as an outdoor classroom. We seek enthusiastic individuals who will inspire others about the natural world.


    This position may involve moderate hiking, wading in water, fishing, handling live animals, equipment maintenance, the ability to lift 50 pounds. Note: Audubon office is only accessible by stairs.

    Essential Functions

    • Prepare materials and deliver instruction for elementary school-aged campers in Patterson Park. Evaluate and enhance curriculum content, materials, and procedures as needed.
    • Lead groups of approximately 15 campers in engaging, hands-on, environmental activities, including stewardship projects, nature-themed games, both structured and unstructured nature play, and an off-site field trip.
    • Create and edit a short video documenting Summer Urban Naturalist activities to be presented at the end of camp.
    • Maintain accurate records of program participation.
    • Serve as a role model naturalist and environmental steward.
    • Work closely with the Education Manager to assist with animal care and office duties as needed.

    Qualifications and Experience

    • One year of experience working with children in an educational setting preferred.
    • Enjoy working with diverse children ranging in age from those entering Kindergarten to 5th grade.
    • Basic knowledge of Chesapeake Bay ecology and Baltimore City ecology.
    • Basic knowledge of and commitment to conservation of birds, other wildlife, and their habitats.
    • Demonstrated video editing skills.
    • Demonstrated group management skills.
    • Flexible, self-motivated, organized, responsible.
    • Ability to work as a team and also with minimal supervision.
    • Professional and friendly manner.
    • Fluency in Spanish is a plus.


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