Boston Nature Center Sanctuary Committee Volunteer

Location: Mattapan, MA
Sanctuary: Boston Nature Center

About Mass Audubon

Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 140,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.

About This Position

About Boston Nature Center
The Boston Nature Center (BNC) seeks to engage its diverse community in understanding our role as human beings within the natural world and create a sense of connection among all living creatures. BNC is a community-based education center and wildlife sanctuary. Its all-inclusive programs are offered on-site and off-site and often occur with other collaborators and partners. Interactive exhibits and community programs integrated into a seasonal theme provide the focus and opportunities to learn and teach about the natural world and understand how it works.

About This Position
The Boston Nature Center Sanctuary Committee aims to promote, advise, and assist the Boston Nature Center Sanctuary located in Mattapan, Massachusetts. Sanctuary Committee Volunteers advise and support the Sanctuary Director in all areas of Sanctuary operations, including finance, development, planning, programs, property management, and recruitment. Sanctuary Committee Volunteers:

  • Promote the Sanctuary’s use for conservation, education, research, and environmental advocacy.
  • Participate in long-range Strategic Planning for the management of the sanctuary.
  • Serve as a liaison between the Mass Audubon and the community.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Participate in bi-monthly Sanctuary Committee meetings.
  • Participate in the annual Sanctuary Committee meeting.
  • Serve on one of four standing subcommittees focused on the following areas:
    • Education Advisors Task Force supports both formal and informal learning. This group meets quarterly.
    • Environment Committee strategizes on issues to restore and protect the BNC.  This group meetings bi-monthly.
    • Planning and Development Committee helps to establish meaningful connections with our neighbors.  This committee meets monthly.
    • Nominating Committee assists in the ongoing recruitment of Sanctuary Committee members. This group meets quarterly.
    • Members are expected to attend at least 80% of Committee meetings.

Qualifications

At Mass Audubon, our highest priority is finding the best candidate for the job. Research has shown that people of color and women are less likely to apply for jobs if they don't believe they meet every one of the qualifications described in a job description. We encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of our described qualifications or you have a less traditional background. We are looking for applicants with the following qualifications:

  • Strong familiarity of the surrounding communities, in and around the Boston Nature Center;
  • Lived experience or work expertise in the committee areas as described under the Duties and Responsibilities section;
  • Strong interest in the environment, environmental education, and community engagement;
  • Familiarity with and a commitment to supporting diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice initiatives.

Additional Information

Other Requirements:

Employees must successfully complete a CORI and SORI Background Check and a Motor Vehicle Record (if applicable) is required.

COVID-19 Considerations

Mass Audubon requires that all staff, regardless of their work location, disclose their vaccination status. Proof of vaccination status will be required immediately upon hire. This should also include a booster shot if it has been 5 months since you were initially vaccinated.

Mass Audubon's Commitment To Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Justice

Mass Audubon's mission is to "protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and for wildlife" by building a strong coalition of employees, volunteers, and community members. We recognize that the environmental movement and field of conservation have been affected by societal systems that have limited opportunity and access for many people. As a result, Mass Audubon is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. We are engaged in an ongoing process of organizational assessment and change, designed to remove barriers and create a workplace where all forms of diversity are recognized and valued.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Mass Audubon is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. Mass Audubon prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

How To Apply

Please indicate your interest in volunteering by sending completed applications (PDF) to:

Heather Deschenes, Operations Manager
Job# 3633