Seasonal Teacher Naturalist, Greenwich Audubon

Job Locations
US-CT-Greenwich
Type
Seasonal, Full-Time
Job Category
Education/Teaching
ID
2021-4665
City
Greenwich
State/Province
CT

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 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. 

 

The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.

 

The National Audubon Society endeavors to make https://careers-audubon.icims.com/ accessible to any and all users.  If you would like to contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the application process, please contact Accommodations@audubon.org. This contact information is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.

 

Position Summary

The Greenwich Audubon Center opened in 1943 as the National Audubon Society’s first environmental education center in the United States. The 285-acre sanctuary has approximately seven miles of trails that lead to a hardwood forest, old fields, a lake, streams and vernal ponds. Each year, over tens of thousands of adults and children visit Audubon to hike and participate in school, family and adult programs, including citizen science surveys and counts, land stewardship projects, summer camps, lectures and presentations, and natural history and ecology education programs. Ultimately, our programs give people the information they need to make informed decisions about how they interact with nature. Through education, public policy, and science, we hope to build a culture of conservation and environmental stewards for now and in the future.

 

The Greenwich Audubon Center in Greenwich, CT provides the opportunity to work in a day camp setting with children ages 6 to 13. Camp runs for six weeks and campers spend time exploring the meadows, ponds, and forests at the Audubon Center.  Summer Camp Teacher Naturalists will work with the Camp Director and Audubon Education Specialists to develop lesson plans.  You will conduct daily hikes and other activities with a group of up to 15 children, while maintaining a safe, fun, and educational environment.

 

This position begins on July 6, 2021, and includes a week of staff training from July 6 to July 9.  Summer Nature Day Camp begins on July 12 and ends on August 20. The daily work hours are 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Each Tuesday all staff will be required to attend a staff meeting from 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. (day subject to change).

 

Summer camp staff will work as needed based on any restrictions required because of COVID-19 requirements. Summer programming will primarily be 100% outdoors, with the exception of thunderstorms or other potentially dangerous hazards. All camp staff will be required to complete and pass a Covid-19 health questionnaire each day before the start of camp. At the discretion of the Center Director, summer staff will be required to receive a Covid-19 test multiple times throughout the summer.  Staff showing/feeling any signs of Covid-19, will be asked to be tested for COVID-19 and remain home until results are received. If the counselor tests positive, they will be required to not return to camp until they have complied with current State guidelines for quarantine. If there are any campers and/or counselors who become ill with Covid symptoms during camp, they will be required to be tested and their small group cohort will need to quarantine for the recommended amount of time.

Essential Functions

  • Attend a week-long camp training led by Greenwich Audubon staff
  • Develop and implement six weeks of ecology/nature-based curriculum
  • Teach a group of up to 15 children for day-long sessions
  • Provide a fun, educational experience for children during camp
  • Maintain the safety and well-being of all camp participants
  • Maintain a respectful and collegial team environment with fellow staff
  • Follow all 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.
  • Counselors 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 or as needed. 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
  • Seasonal Educators may help with other aspects of a nature center, such as contacting camp parents by phone or email, photocopying, or more.
  • All Audubon staff are required to use their best judgement in determination of the safety of personal activities outside of camp hours. By joining the Greenwich Audubon team, staff commit to refrain from crowded, unmasked or indoor activities where the CDC has established there is a greater likelihood of COVID transmission

Qualifications and Experience

  • Must be at least 18 years of age; college coursework in biology, ecology, or related field preferred
  • Knowledge of local ecology and natural history
  • Ability to teach natural history concepts, as well as the desire to work outdoors and lead hikes
  • Experience working with children preferred
  • Strong oral communication skills, especially when speaking with camp parents and/or guardians
  • Ability to work well as part of the team
  • Must be able to commit to the entire period of work
  • Must have current immunizations/medical forms; CPR and First Aid certification a plus
  • Must have a valid U.S. driver’s license

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