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As part of the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds, the American Oystercatcher Technician/Boat Operator is responsible for aiding Connecticut Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection Wildlife Division and US Fish and Wildlife Service efforts to inventory, monitor, and steward coastal waterbirds in Connecticut.
This position will focus mainly on American Oystercatcher monitoring. The American Oystercatcher is a shorebird that nests primarily on rocky, offshore islands in Connecticut. To monitor these birds, staff will drive a boat out to the islands. The boat will also be used to carry supplies such as string fencing stakes and banding materials. The Technician will be responsible for driving the boat safely to conduct these activities, as well as assisting with monitoring, banding, and other stewardship.
This is a great opportunity to work with American Oystercatchers through monitoring and banding. The American Oystercatcher Technician/Boat Operator is a seasonal, full-time position with a 35 hours per week schedule, and is slated for April 1st - August 31st, 2020.
The Greenwich Audubon Center in Greenwich, CT provides the opportunity to work in a day camp setting with children ages 5 to 16. Camp runs for eight weeks and campers spend time exploring the meadows, ponds, and forests at the Audubon Center.
The Assistant Camp Director will work with the Camp Director to support the daily running of camp programs, assist with education and childcare, and provide administrative support to the summer camp program. The Assistant Camp Director will also be responsible for responding to all first aid/CPR incidences and emergencies that take place during the Greenwich Audubon Summer Camp hours (8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., June 22 – August 14). In addition, The Assistant Camp Director will be on call during the camp overnight from 3 p.m. Thursday, August 13 to 9:30 a.m. Friday, August 14. Please note that while this position requires attending to minor injuries and other health concerns, all training is provided and no prior medical knowledge is required.
The Sharon Audubon Center is a nature center and wildlife sanctuary owned and operated by the National Audubon Society. The nature center is located in the northwest corner of Connecticut, in the town of Sharon. The Sharon Audubon Center has over eleven miles of scenic hiking trails, and includes 1,147 acres of mixed forest, meadows, wetlands, ponds and streams. The mission of the National Audubon Society is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of the Earth's biological diversity and humanity. The Sharon Audubon Center strives to meet this mission through education, conservation and environmental research to encourage the responsible usage and stewardship of natural lands.The Sharon Audubon Center offers educational programs for all ages, nature programs, wildlife rehabilitation, research, live animal exhibits, a children's adventure center, a nature store, and a natural history library.
The Seasonal Environmental Educator/Summer Naturalist will have a furnished apartment on-site at either the Miles Wildlife Sanctuary or Sharon Audubon Center with private bedrooms and a shared kitchen, bath and living room. Students should arrange for school credit with their adviser beforehand, if applicable.
Seasonal Educators will work with and learn from experts in the field of conservation education while gaining exposure to informal education techniques both inside and outside of the classroom. Expand your Wings at Audubon and learn how to:
- Research and develop educational conservation programs;
- Create teacher resource materials for outreach;
- Draft, review and modify curriculum;
- Lead field trip and camp programs; and
- Organize community outreach and involve the community in conservation efforts.
Bent of the River Audubon center is a wildlife sanctuary owned and operated by the National Audubon Society. The sanctuary is located just west of the town of Southbury, Connecticut. Bent of the River has over fifteen miles of trails that pass through meadows and woods and are open from sunrise to sunset. With 700 acres of mixed forest, meadows, river, wetlands and streams, Bent of the River is actively managing habitats that are vital to several important bird species. The mission of the National Audubon Society is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems focusing on birds, other wildlife and their habitats for the benefit of the Earth’s biological diversity. Bent of the River Audubon Center strives to meet this mission through education, conservation and environmental research to encourage the responsible usage and stewardship of natural lands. Bent of the River Audubon Center offers educational programs for all ages, nature programs, bird-banding research, land management programs and a historical house and barn on the property.
This is an exciting seasonal opportunity taking place from June 15, 2020 - August 19, 2020. This position will provide naturalists with valuable teaching experience, naturalist training, an understanding of how a non-profit organization works as well as many rewarding networking opportunities. Additionally, the position will be an opportunity for the candidate to sharpen / broaden their environmental education skills in:
- Providing hands-on environmental education and natural history topics to students while in the classroom and the field.
- Writing and coordinating curriculum for students featuring a variety of natural history lessons, games, crafts and activities.
- Effectively managing time for age appropriate lessons and activities.
- Executing a summer camp program while communicating with parents, staff and campers.
The Greenwich Audubon Center in Greenwich, CT provides the opportunity to work in a day camp setting with children ages 5 to 12. Camp runs for eight weeks and campers spend time exploring the meadows, ponds, and forests at the Audubon Center. Summer Camp Counselor Naturalists will work with the Camp Director and Audubon Education Specialists to develop lesson plans for assigned grade groups (K-1, 1-2, 2-3, 4-5). You will conduct daily hikes, crafts, and other activities with a group of up to 24 children, while maintaining a safe, fun, and educational environment.
This position begins on June 15, 2020, and includes a week of staff training from June 15 to June 19. Summer Nature Day Camp begins on June 22 and ends on August 14. The daily work hours are 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Additionally, all staff will be scheduled for two weeks of Early Drop Off and two weeks of Late Pick-up Extended Hours sessions from 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., respectively. 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).