• Environmental Educator/Naturalist

    Job Locations
    US-NY-Cold Spring
    Type
    Seasonal, Full-Time
    Job Category
    Education/Teaching
    ID
    2019-3885
    City
    Cold Spring
    State/Province
    NY
  • 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 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

     


     

    Position Summary

    The educator will work directly with the Education Manager to prepare, develop and present high-quality conservation based education programs to groups of children and adults. Classes range from K-12, with a focus on 3rd through 5th. Additionally, the educator will develop and implement informal public programming throughout the season, and assist in the daily operations of the Nature Center and land stewardship, as needed.  Work will primarily take place at one of the four Hudson Valley Audubon sites, including Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary, Ramshorn-Livingston Sanctuary, Rheinstrom Hill Audubon Center and Sanctuary, and Buttercup Farm Audubon Sanctuary.

    Essential Functions

    Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Education Manager, the Educator will be responsible for:

    • Assisting in and working closely with other education staff to develop and execute conservation-based school and community education programs.
    • Ensuring that all programs function smoothly and professionally, and that all program participants have a safe, enjoyable experience.
    • Work with the education manager in revising lesson plans and curriculum.
    • Prepare lesson plans/curriculum, program set-up and clean-up, and program evaluation.
    • Maintain inventory, condition and organization of educational materials, supplies and equipment.
    • Staff the Nature Center, interact with the public to provide information about Audubon and Audubon’s mission, and answer questions for visitors.
    • Assisting with daily operations and light maintenance of center properties, including general housekeeping.
    • Participating in other conservation efforts, scientific research and habitat restoration work. This includes: collecting and identifying invertebrates in the field, eel monitoring, invasive species control, plant surveys, and marsh bird surveys.
    • Serve as a role model naturalist and environmental steward, and be a positive ambassador of Audubon.
    • Perform other duties deemed necessary by the Education Manager to further the mission of Audubon.

    Qualifications and Experience

    • Experience in Environmental Education, Education, Environmental Studies, or related field. Minimum of 2 years college education.
    • Prior teaching experience is preferred, including teaching in schools, nature camps, nature centers, science museums, zoos, or other programs emphasizing science or nature education. 
    • Excellent interpersonal/communication skills with adults & children a must.
    • Canoeing experience a plus.
    • Self-motivated, detail-oriented with the ability to work well as part of the team.
    •  Excellent time-management and organizational skills.
    • Ability to be flexible
    • Valid driver’s license and own vehicle is required.
    • Must be comfortable working outdoors in variable weather conditions.
    • Knowledge of how to use a computer, MS Office applications (Word, Excel), and social media platforms.
    • Must be able to commit to the full 22 weeks, starting in April 8th, 2019. Weekend and holiday work is a must.
    • 35 hour work week, Daily schedule varies, but most days are 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Hours outside of those times will be required with certain programs and field based projects.
    • On-site housing is available, if needed.

     

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