Education Manager

Job Locations
US-MO-West Alton
Regular, Full-Time
Job Category
West Alton


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. 



Position Summary

Opened in 2011, the Audubon Center at Riverlands is one of 41 Audubon Centers in the U.S. Audubon Centers are hubs of impact and direction for conservation throughout their regions and communities. We are a project of the National Audubon Society and a unique partnership with the Rivers Project Office of the St. Louis District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


We use education, science, outreach, and inclusion to protect birds and their habitats in the Great Rivers Confluence Important Bird Area and the greater St. Louis Region. We build new generations of conservationists and leaders through experiential STEM-based learning in nature; use science to understand and protect birds and habitat; and offer programs and events that inspire understanding and appreciation of nature and inspire action to protect our Great Rivers, birds, and habitat.


Reporting to the Center Director, the Education Manager will lead, develop, implement and oversee all environmental educational programming for the Audubon Center at Riverlands. Specifically, they will manage the Nature Education for Stewards of Tomorrow (NEST) Program, which includes the RiverVision Leadership Project, Flight Crew, Little Creek Summer Camp, Eco-Learners, and public programming for all ages. Additionally, the Education Manager will assist with the daily operations of the Center, as well as the supervision and development of staff, interns, and volunteers. Learn more about our educational programs at

Essential Functions

  • Develop a comprehensive education program and strategies that align with Center, Regional, and National conservation plans and goals.
  • Develop conceptual frameworks, support materials, assessment resources, and other elements as needed.
  • Ensure education strategies and programs support Audubon's conservation and education goals and prioritize equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging.
  • Develop, implement, and oversee creative and engaging nature science and conservation education curriculum appropriate for grades K-12 through the RiverVision Leadership Project and Eco-Learners.
  • Oversee all aspects of Little Creek Summer Camp, including developing and delivering age-appropriate conservation and outdoor education curriculum.
  • Plan and implement public events and programs such as Birds of Winter and others.
  • Oversee program and event promotion, registration, scheduling, development/acquisition of supplies and materials.
  • Work with Center and other Audubon staff to develop effective promotional materials and marketing strategies for school, summer camps, and community programs, including regular website and social media updates.
  • Write articles for the E-newsletter, newsletter, and other print media. Occasionally interface with media.
  • Maintain and develop partnerships with educators, schools, and other education stakeholders that advance our program goals, Audubon priorities, and best outcomes for our students, campers, and schools.
  • Maintain and develop partnerships with state and federal agencies, colleges, universities, other conservation organizations, and non-profits to leverage resources and expertise for the Center's education and public engagement programs.
  • Interact with visitors and serve as an ambassador for the Center and Audubon in the community, education conferences, partner meetings, advisory board meetings, festivals, and other public events.
  • Work with conservation staff to integrate education into conservation and science programs.
  • Maintain and organize educational materials, supplies, and equipment inventory.
  • Recruit, train, supervise and appreciate education programs and event volunteers.
  • Recruit, train and supervise Flight Crew, AmeriCorps members, and education program volunteers.
  • Assist with corporate and foundation fund-raising for the Education program by serving as program lead, helping maintain relationships with current corporate and foundation donors, and assisting with identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding new funders, and helping with writing and submitting funding grant
  • Assist in the daily operations and maintenance of the Center.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in the natural sciences, education, or related field.
  • Minimum of 5 effective years of demonstrated experience in a conservation education setting, including teaching, overseeing, curriculum development, or a similar combination of education and experience, desired.
  • Interest, understanding, and commitment to the Audubon Center at Riverlands' mission and vision.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach in formal and informal settings to diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of educational program design and assessment, knowledge of wildlife conservation issues, and ability to articulate programs and inspire participation.
  • Knowledge and commitment to the conservation of birds and other wildlife and their habitats.
  • General knowledge of Mississippi River and Great Rivers Confluence natural history desired.
  • General knowledge of scientific concepts and environmental issues.
  • Experience with statistical/evaluation computations preferred.
  • Attention to detail, excellent time-management, and organizational skills, the sound judgment under pressure.
  • Demonstrated ability to resolve problems creatively.
  • Ability to work both self-guided and as part of a team.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively with a wide range of people, strengthen relationships, be diplomatic and exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the dynamics of a complex organization.
  • Experience with statistical/evaluation computations preferred.

EEO Statement

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 identity, 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.

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COVID Policy

Beginning September 15, 2021: Audubon requires all staff either to provide proof of being fully vaccinated or, if they cannot provide such proof for any reason, to wear a mask while working indoors, including in all Audubon facilities and offsite, and while working outdoors in situations where they cannot maintain social distancing. In addition, at this time and until CDC recommendations change, all staff in counties the CDC identifies as having “substantial” and “high” COVID transmission ratesmust wear masks indoors (unless alone in a closed office) and outdoors in situations where they cannot maintain social distancing regardless of vaccination status. 


This policy covers national and state offices, centers, and sanctuaries, as well as Audubon employees working offsite. Should you be selected for this position, you will be asked to acknowledge you have read the above policy and provide your vaccination status.


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