• Environmental Educator

    Job Locations
    US-PA-Philadelphia
    Type
    Regular, Full-Time
    Job Category
    Education/Teaching
    ID
    2019-4202
    City
    Philadelphia
    State/Province
    PA
  • 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).

     


    Audubon Pennsylvania

     

    Audubon Pennsylvania (APA) inspires people to conserve, restore and enjoy natural habitats throughout the state. APA focuses on birds and other wildlife through education, science, the careful use of resources, and by serving as a strong voice for policies and programs which benefit the natural world. APA programs include the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, The Discovery Center in Philadelphia, the East Park Reservoir project in Philadelphia, and the Cliff Jones Field Station and Hawk Watch in Carlisle. Adding to activities are educational programs across central Pennsylvania with offices in Harrisburg at the Wildwood Center, and Important Bird Area projects throughout the state, with a significant presence in the Kittatinny Ridge area of central Pennsylvania and Northwest Pennsylvania. Audubon Pennsylvania is based in the village of Audubon at the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, with offices in Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and Meadville.

     

    Position Summary

    The Environmental Educator will be responsible for developing, implementing, and delivering dynamic, high-quality education to our visitors, guests, and partner organizations. This includes, but is not limited to, school based programs, field trips, adult education, and tours.

     

     

     

    Essential Functions

    • Work with the Center Manager to design and implement programs and services that will keep schools and community groups engaged with The Discovery Center.
    • Promote and market school based programs to the Strawberry Mansion community.
    • Lead tours and education experiences for groups visiting the Discover Center.
    • Deliver in-class education to neighborhood schools. Focusing on elementary aged children.
    • With the Center Manager, design and implement new education programs for schools, camps, and visitors.
    • Work with Delaware River Watershed team to bring educational programming to partner sites (Cobbs Creek, Tookany/Tacony-Frankford, Darby Creek)
    • Use background and knowledge of the neighborhood to provide educational interpretation to Discovery Center guests and visitors.
    • Schedule, design and teach education programs both in the classroom, at the sanctuary and in afterschool settings.
    • Work with Center Manager to develop and implement education programs that advance the understanding and conservation of birds, other wildlife and their habitats and engage people of diverse backgrounds along the Atlantic Flyway.
    • Develop lesson plans with Center Manager to include watershed education.
    • Assist Center Manager in staffing front desk during open hours.
    • Some nights and weekends required.

     

    Qualifications and Experience

    • Associates or Bachelor's degree preferred with experience in an environmental / conservation education setting including teaching, management experience and curriculum development or similar combination.  Experience considered in lieu of education.
    • 2+ years' experience working with children on education programs strongly preferred.
    • Experience in conservation, ecology, ornithology strongly preferred.
    • Proven skills presenting to a variety of audiences:
    • Excellent communication and writing skills are essential.
    • Strong interpersonal and social skills with a positive attitude and good sense of humor.
    • Ability to work in a dynamic fast-paced environment, and have strong organizational skills in order to prioritize project tasks.
    • A self-starter, who takes initiative and demonstrates dedication; a problem-solver who works to see projects through to completion. 
    • The desire to educate diverse audiences, with an emphasis on young people, about the natural world and conservation. Desire to connect children of all ages to nature a must.
    • Capacity to work easily and effectively with a wide range of people, build relationships, be diplomatic and exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the dynamics of a complex organization.
    • Commitment to conservation and the Audubon mission. 
    • Spanish proficiency is a plus, not required.

     

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