Educator

Job Locations
US-MO-West Alton
Type
Regular, Full-Time
Job Category
Education/Teaching
ID
2021-4809
City
West Alton
State/Province
MO

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. 

 

 

 

Position Summary

Opened 2011, the Audubon Center at Riverlands is one of 41 Audubon Centers in the U.S. Audubon Centers are hubs of influence and leadership for conservation throughout their regions and communities. We are a project of the National Audubon Society, a key component of Audubon’s Upper Mississippi River Program 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 and public engagement 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 focused on under-resourced schools and communities; use science to understand and protect birds and habitat; and offer programs and events that promote an understanding and appreciation of nature, and inspire action to protect our Great Rivers, birds and habitat. 

 

The Educator is an essential team member and will be responsible for planning, developing and presenting quality programming to children and adults that is aligned with Audubon priorities. They will also be responsible for helping maintain positive relationships with staff, volunteers, program participants, teachers, community members and other stakeholders.

Essential Functions

  • Implement environmental education and other outdoor recreation programs for families, adults and children at Audubon Center at Riverlands and at off-site locations in surrounding communities, including all aspects of programming, planning, creating lesson plans, set up, clean up, implementing program evaluation and follow up. Programs include, but are not limited to Nature Education for Stewards of Tomorrow (NEST), which includes the RiverVision Leadership Project, Little Creek Summer Camp, Flight Crew and Eco Learners.
  • Assist Education Manager with executing Flight Crew Program and Alternative Spring Break, a teen summer/spring conservation jobs program. This includes recruiting, hiring, training and supervising 7-10 Flight Crew staff members.
  • Communicate and serve on the Green Teen Alliance (GTA) Coalition including summer/spring conservation jobs Alumni program.
  • Take a lead role in facilitating Little Creek Summer Camp, a three-week day camp in collaboration with Ferguson-Florissant Schools.
  • Assist Education Manager in executing fee-based programs such as Eco Learners, Bus Tours and the Riverlands Outdoor Wellness Series.
  • Serve as essential team member for public engagement programs such as Birds of Winter Series and Bows for Birds, a regional bird-themed scavenger hunt.
  • Develop and maintain self-guided activities on the sanctuary including Story Book Walks and interactive trail stations.
  • Serve as essential team member in maintaining a welcoming and accommodating environment for visitors to the Center. This will include, among other things, greeting and orientating visitors, answering phones and opening/closing responsibilities on weekdays and some weekends.
  • Interact and collaborate with multiple audiences: staff, partners, teachers, donors, visitors, Audubon members, and volunteers. This may include answering phones, and opening/closing responsibilities on weekdays and some weekends.
  • Serve as an essential team member for the development and planning of public events at the Center and in the community of North County including Ferguson Pop-up events.
  • Assist with communications to schools, partners, staff and other stakeholders including but not limited to program promotions, program scheduling and other related program needs.
  • Assist with recruiting and training volunteers with a goal volunteers who can support or independently conduct programs on behalf of Audubon Center at Riverlands.
  • Promote a positive workplace culture by collaborating, being open to new ideas and experiences, and valuing equity, diversity, and inclusion in our workplace and off-site locations. Can include facilitating environmental justice trainings in youth programs and summer/spring job opportunities.
  • Articulate the mission of Audubon to the program participants.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Education Manager.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in the Natural Sciences, Education, or related field and one year teaching in an environmental education setting required. An equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse groups of children, adults and families
  • Ability to teach in an active and physical environment
  • Knowledge and commitment to the conservation of birds, other wildlife and their habitats, as well as basic knowledge of natural history and environmental science
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and communication skills
  • Must be self-motivated, detail-oriented with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Willingness to work flexible hours, including occasional nights and weekends
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and, because this position will require some staff travel within the community, the Educator must also have access to reliable transportation
  • Demonstrated interest in conservation and the mission of the National Audubon Society

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.

Accessibility Statement

The National Audubon Society endeavors to keep our careers site 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.

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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