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).
For the Birds! (FTB!) is an innovative place-based and experiential environmental education program that enhances and promotes learning in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and the language arts; nurtures responsible environmental values, and cultivates more engaged community members and citizens. FTB! consists of multi-session programming for students in grades 2-8 that includes in-classroom lessons, outdoor learning and activities, and field trips to local and state parks. FTB!, program content is curated to create a foundation of skills and knowledge critical to academic achievement and fulfills both National Common Core Standards in Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening, and Language and the New York State performance standards and curriculum requirements for math, science, and language arts. Furthermore, FTB! also meets the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in engineering, technology, and applications of science; life sciences; and earth and space sciences. The program culminates in a habitat enhancement project where students, under the guidance of FTB! staff, install bird-friendly gardens.
Currently, the program is delivered in 65+ classrooms in more than 20 schools and after school program sites across all five New York City boroughs and reaches over 1,500 students annually. This is a two-year, grant-funded opportunity, although additional funding is being pursued to extend the position.
The For the Birds! Environmental Educator is responsible for assisting with the implementation of FTB! throughout the five boroughs of New York City. S/he will also be responsible for teaching independently in multiple schools, classrooms and after school program sites. Additionally, they will assist the FTB! Program Director with administrative duties related to the delivery and expansion of the program. This includes, but is not limited to: curriculum development and revision, materials preparation and inventory, school set up, follow up and wrap up, and other administrative duties as needed. Specific duties include: