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, 22 state offices, 44 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).
The Sharon Audubon Center is a nature center and wildlife sanctuary owned and operated by the National Audubon Society. The nature center is located in the northwest corner of Connecticut, in the town of Sharon. The Sharon Audubon Center has over eleven miles of scenic hiking trails, and includes 1,147 acres of mixed forest, meadows, wetlands, ponds and streams. The mission of the National Audubon Society is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of the Earth's biological diversity and humanity. The Sharon Audubon Center strives to meet this mission through education, conservation and environmental research to encourage the responsible usage and stewardship of natural lands.The Sharon Audubon Center offers educational programs for all ages, nature programs, wildlife rehabilitation, research, live animal exhibits, a children's adventure center, a nature store, and a natural history library.
The Seasonal Environmental Educator/Summer Naturalist will have a furnished apartment on-site at either the Miles Wildlife Sanctuary or Sharon Audubon Center with private bedrooms and a shared kitchen, bath and living room. Students should arrange for school credit with their adviser beforehand, if applicable.
Seasonal Educators will work with and learn from experts in the field of conservation education while gaining exposure to informal education techniques both inside and outside of the classroom. Expand your Wings at Audubon and learn how to:
Audubon Sharon, consisting of the Sharon Audubon Center and Emily Winthrop Miles Wildlife Sanctuary, has been connecting people with nature for over fifty years. Creating life-changing experiences that enable community members and their families to appreciate, understand and protect the natural world is at the very core of our mission.
The Seasonal Environmental Educator/Summer Naturalist position will:
Additionally, the position will be an opportunity for the candidate to sharpen / broaden their environmental education skills in:
**This is a five month position beginning the week of March 30th, 2020 through August 28th, 2020. The Seasonal Environmental Educator/Summer Naturalist works under the guidance and direct supervision of the Education Program Manager, however, the entire staff is available for special interest sessions, guidance and assistance. The Seasonal Educator may also work with Center volunteers, the general public, school teachers and parents.