Seasonal Educator, Summer Sanctuary Adventure Program

Job Locations
US-NY-Oyster Bay
Seasonal, Full-Time
Job Category
Oyster Bay


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 approximately 450 local chapters, 120 campus chapters, 17 state and regional offices, 34 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country. 


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Position Summary

To safely, implement TRSAC Programs for children ages 5-14. Seasonal Educator will be needed approximately 9 weeks over the course of the summer (1 week of training, 8 weeks of camp) Monday through Thursday, for 7-8 hours per day. Summer camp staff will work as needed based on any restrictions, because of COVID-19 requirements or weather related program cancellations.

Essential Functions

  • Setting up and cleaning up each day’s activities.
  • Planning and executing each weeklong program session for their individual small group of children - including teaching discovery hikes, pond explorations, live animal programs, nature crafts and games.
    • Special attention will be taken for following all current Audubon and CDC guidelines for Covid-19 safety, including mandating proper distancing between campers and staff, mask-wearing, not sharing materials, keeping groups separated, cleaning and disinfecting, etc.
  • The Educators must keep good communication with the Education Manager to report bathroom usage (for cleaning purposes,) possible sick campers, as well as other camp communication as required.
  • Deep cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, materials, tables and chairs and other items used during the day will be expected at the end of each camp day.
  • Seasonal Educators will be required to wear a mask at all times while on the Audubon grounds, with many built-in mask breaks at safe distances throughout the day.
    • All camp staff will be required to complete and pass a Covid-19 health questionnaire, as well as any other related COVID-19 requirements. Counselors showing/feeling any signs of Covid-19, will be asked to be tested for COVID-19 and remain home until results are received.
  • Summer programming will primarily be 100% outdoors, with the exception of thunderstorms or other potentially dangerous hazards.  

Qualifications and Experience

  • Completion of at least two years of college coursework in environmental or life sciences is preferred. Some teaching experience and/or curriculum development is necessary, and environmental education experience preferred.
  • Seasonal Educators must be poised in guiding a group and initiating activities, working autonomously, and aware of Covid-19 guidelines and TRSAC safety procedures and the ability to enforce those safety precautions.
  • Other important assets are a excellent work ethic, natural history background, self-motivation, on-going enthusiasm, commitment, flexibility, a desire to learn, and the ability to work well with others and with children.
  • Counselors must show respect for others, nature and the outdoors, be enthusiastic about working, even in unfavorable weather conditions, pleasant, reliable and able to carry out simple assigned tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Must have a ride to and from the Audubon Center each day for work.
  • Ability to walk trails on uneven terrain, and must be able to run, sit, stand, grasp, lift, carry, walk, push, reach, climb and pull for short and extended periods of time.
  • Able to work outdoors in the heat of summer and during rain while wearing a mask.
  • Must be willing to have temperature checks performed each day and receive Covid-19 testing, possibly several times throughout the summer.


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