Senior Education Coordinator

Job Post Information* : Posted Date 4 months ago(5/17/2023 2:27 PM)
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The National Audubon Society is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects birds and the places they need today and tomorrow. We work throughout the Americas towards a future where birds thrive because Audubon is a powerful, diverse, and ever-growing force for conservation. Audubon has more than 700 staff working across the hemisphere and more than 1.5 million active supporters.

North America has lost three billion birds since 1970, and more than 500 bird species are at risk of extinction across Latin America and the Caribbean. Birds act as early warning systems about the health of our environment, and they tell us that birds – and our planet – are in crisis. Together as one Audubon, we are working to alter the course of climate change and habitat loss, leading to healthier bird populations and reversing current trends in biodiversity loss. We do this by implementing on-the-ground conservation, partnering with local communities, influencing public and corporate policy, and building community.

Audubon is committed to a culture of workplace excellence, where our talented and diverse staff are deeply engaged with a strong sense of belonging. The birds Audubon pledges to protect differ in color, size, behavior, geographical preference, and countless other ways. By honoring and celebrating the equally remarkable diversity of the human species, Audubon brings new creativity, effectiveness, and leadership to our work throughout the hemisphere.

Position Summary

The Senior Education Coordinator will provide nature education to Phoenix youth as a lead naturalist guide and program coordinator at the Nina Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center. The core functions of this position include coordinating our school programs, including K-8th grade field trips and in-classroom presentations, service-learning opportunities, and community programs at the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center.


Additionally, the Education Coordinator will help recruit and manage our Center volunteers, seasonal interns, along with the Center and Audubon Education team.



$43,000 / year

Essential Functions

  • Develop, implement, and deliver creative and engaging nature science and conservation education curriculum for grades K-8 through onsite fieldtrips and classroom visits.
  • Plan and deliver community programs for adults and families, including Saturday Bird Walks, Girl Scout programs, lectures, and workshops.
  • Coordinate and offer service-learning opportunities at the Center for groups of adults, students, and Boy Scouts, including internal and external communication, scheduling, and delivering the program. May collaborate with other Center staff for additional support.
  • Coordinate logistics for school field trips, classroom visits, and other community programs including program promotion, pre and post communication, registration, and scheduling.
  • Collect and report data on programs and participants, including evaluations, registration numbers, anecdotes, and photos, to the Education Director for grant, donor, and annual reporting purposes.
  • Work with Education and Outreach team, other Audubon staff, and community partners, to develop and deliver new programs both onsite at RSAC and out in the greater Phoenix community.
  • Foster and maintain partnerships with local organizations involved in our education and Center programs.
  • Participate in development of effective promotional materials and marketing strategies for community programs, including regular updates to upcoming events flyers and Center brochures. Will collaborate with other Center and State staff for additional support and strategy.
  • Present a professional and friendly manner when interacting and working with the public, volunteers, Audubon members, teachers, parents, and other conservation groups.
  • Serve as an ambassador for Audubon while participating at outreach events as needed.
  • Maintain inventory, condition, and organization of educational materials, supplies, and equipment.
  • Help recruit and supervise education and weekend volunteers.
  • Help deliver volunteer and intern trainings with the Center Director and Education Director.
  • Assist staff and volunteers in the daily operating and maintenance activities of the Rio Salado Audubon Center, including staffing after-hour events.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in the natural sciences, education, or related field
  • At least three years of experience in teaching, working with children, program management, community engagement and/or other related applicable experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered.
  • Background in educational program design and assessment, knowledge of wildlife conservation issues
  • Experience leading groups and teaching groups of students.
  • Attention to detail, excellent time-management, and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems creatively.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • General knowledge of the natural history of the Sonoran desert region, and the ability to clearly communicate that knowledge to the public through programs as well as personal encounters in the nature center.
  • Capacity to work easily and effectively with people from diverse backgrounds, build relationships, be diplomatic, and exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the dynamics of a complex organization.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion and increasing access to conservation and the outdoors for historically excluded populations.
  • Interest and understanding of Audubon's mission and vision as a conservation organization, and the Rio Salado Center as an urban environmental education and community center.
  • Willingness to participate in maintenance projects and visitor services.
  • Ability to work weekday mornings Tuesday-Friday, and Saturdays from 8am-1pm.
  • Must be willing to travel as the job requires.
  • Must pass a background check.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.

This position is a union eligible position and is represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA).

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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