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).
One of two Maryland educational centers of the National Audubon Society, Patterson Park Audubon Center is located in urban southeast Baltimore and based out of an office in a rehabilitated row home, across the street from Patterson Park. Popular programs at the Center work to engage participants in conservation education and outcomes, through academic environmental education, community engagement, and stewardship. The programs are outdoor-based, hands-on experiences that provide:
Patterson Park Audubon Center requires a bilingual educator to prepare and instruct conservation education programs. The position primarily involves teaching adult education programs in Spanish, as part of an Audubon signature program, Bird Ambassadors. The position also involves an important role in program promotion and outreach and requires written and spoken Spanish language fluency.
Bird Ambassadors is a unique program of Patterson Park Audubon Center, which seeks to build on five years of success in connecting Baltimore Latinos to migratory birds as a way to engage new adult Latinos in local conservation issues. Audubon’s Bird Ambassadors are motivated through their personal connection to migratory birds, whose journeys follow similar routes to their own, north and south along the Americas. Where these New Americans may not have the means to visit their families in Latin America, birds fly south to winter in their home countries, year after year. On this foundation, Audubon created a program to engage Baltimore Latina mothers in conservation action to improve their community for birds and people. We are expanding the reach of this project to include their neighbors in nearby communities with substantial Latino populations. With the guidance of the experienced Bird Ambassadors, and facilitated by Audubon’s bilingual staff, we will expand awareness on local environmental issues to reach Latinos not currently active in this conversation.
Audubon seeks to hire a Spanish speaking educator to design, implement, and evaluate a series of informative programs to share the challenges of migratory birds and the local solutions. Though the exact format of the activities depends on feedback from an advisory group of the original Bird Ambassadors and can be adapted according to new participants’ feedback, Audubon’s experience working with Latino families in Baltimore guides us. We know the programs need to be hands-on, fun, and accommodating of parents with young children. Content will focus on migratory birds to start, then will shift to birds and the Chesapeake Bay.