Coordinator, Conservation Education

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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

The Coordinator, Conservation Education will oversee the day-to-day educational programming for the John James Audubon Center (“Center” or “JJAC”), and will report to the Public Programs Manager.  Their role will be  to coordinate school, public and community conservation programming focusing on work in Norristown, PA. Educational content should align with Audubon’s mission and further national, regional (Mid-Atlantic) and Center strategic goals with an emphasis on engagement that is equitable, diverse and inclusive. The Coordinator must be team oriented and have a “can-do” attitude.

Essential Functions

  • In collaboration with the Public Programs Manager, develop comprehensive education strategies that align Center activities with regional and national conservation and goals.
  • Develop conceptual frameworks, curriculum, support materials, assessment tools, and other elements as needed for new and existing school, public and family programs. Utilize the unique natural, historic and interpretive assets of the Museum to bolster programming.
  • Deliver creative and engaging nature science and conservation education curriculum for school-aged students that meet PA Education Standards. Adapt programming for students with multiple learning abilities. Help lead workshops and other training activities for teachers.
  • Oversee on-site field trips (school, summer camp, home school, youth groups) including development and delivery of age-appropriate conservation education and coordination of hands-on conservation actions.
  • Co-create virtual, on-site, and off-site programs for adults and families, such as bird walks, lectures, canoeing, and community science projects.
  • Work with youth in Norristown and other underserved communities to create and support a ladder of engagement that provides a path to increase awareness, respond to local environmental issues, and prepare for environmentally-friendly careers.
  • Assist Public Programs Manager in establishing evaluation methods and measures for all school-aged, adult, and family education programs and community science initiatives.
  • Coordinate program logistics with teachers, chaperones, and partner organization’s staff.
  • Responsible for registration, scheduling, pre- and post-program communication, and provide monthly reports regarding activities.
  • Collaborate in developing proposals and written reports to funders; understand and prioritize deliverables related to grants.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, biology, environmental science, or related field. Experience may be considered in lieu of education.
  • Minimum three years’ experience in conservation education, preferably in an urban setting.
  • Proven skills teaching in formal and informal settings to diverse audiences.
  • Working knowledge of educational program design and assessment.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to conservation of birds, other wildlife, and their habitats.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to build consensus among a wide range of individuals. Comfort presenting and engaging others in public-speaking events and group management skills is also necessary.
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively, while managing multiple tasks, meeting deadlines and operating in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. Excellent attention to detail.
  • Highly motivated, independent worker, also capable of working well as part of a team.
  • Ability to maintain professional, positive, and friendly working relationship with general public, volunteers, and local/regional community organizations and school groups.
  • Fluency in Spanish strongly desirable.
  • Must be available for weekend and evening work as the job demands.
  • Must have current first aid and CPR certification, or obtain such certification by start date.
  • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite and experience working with digital photos and social media.
  • Must accompany/lead/supervise students on field trips on varied terrain with or without accommodation.
  • Must be willing to demonstrate/participate in activities such as bird watching/traversing trails and fishing/wading/seining in shallow water on Perkiomen Creek with or without accommodation.
  • Willing and able assist with loading/unloading/hauling equipment over moderate distances with or without accommodation.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and ability to provide reliable transportation to locations in the Norristown area.


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