Cambridge Community Field Teacher

Location: Cambridge, MA
Sanctuary: Magazine Beach , Broadmoor , Drumlin Farm , Habitat

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

We are looking for experienced educators who are enthusiastic about working with youth in school and out of school, highly motivated, love to be outdoors, dedicated to environmental education and deeply committed to equity in access to nature. Cambridge Community Field Teachers work with Mass Audubon Education Coordinators to develop and implement hands-on, youth-driven, nature-based programming for schools, after school programs, community groups, and families, promoting Mass Audubon’s mission of protecting the nature of Massachusetts for wildlife and people. The ideal candidate will also support Mass Audubon’s commitment to climate change education, equity, and justice and bring a diverse range of experiences, expressions, and views to their work. Cambridge Community Field Teachers will primarily teach in Cambridge though may occasionally teach and participate in trainings at sanctuaries throughout Greater Boston including Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary in Natick, Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln, and Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary in Belmont.

Duties & Responsibilities

The following items are representative of the position, including but not limited to:

  • Facilitate/lead groups of 10-15 program participants in hands-on, outdoor, nature-based learning experiences at our Metro West sanctuaries and through outreach to schools and community organizations.
  • Assist with the planning and development of new programs and activities at Mass Audubon’s new drop-in Nature Center at Magazine Beach Park.
  • Work with Education Coordinators to develop and deliver nature-based educational programs to schools, after school programs, community groups and families.
  • Have familiarity with and understanding of the Massachusetts curriculum standards and how to implement outdoor education programming in support of classroom curricula and at the appropriate level for the age and development of program participants.
  • Monitor program participants in all types of outdoor environments and ensure the safety and comfort of all participants.
  • Maintain a professional work environment, which includes equipment cleanup, facility cleaning, and storage of program gear and materials.
  • Participate in Field Teacher trainings and professional development opportunities.
  • Convey Mass Audubon’s mission, Action Agenda and educational philosophies throughout all programs.

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:

Must Have’s: 

  • Passion for natural history, environmental education and/or science education.
  • Experience as an educator, working with a variety of audiences, including school groups (preK-12) community groups, and/or families in inquiry-based teaching and learning.
  • Strong organizational, time management, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills.
  • Skills and ability to work with diverse groups, exercise cultural humility, and implement best practices in inclusion.
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude and work collaboratively, as a positive contributor to the team.
  • Proficiency in standard business software, such as Microsoft Office or G Suite.

 Nice to Have’s: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in process or completed, preferably in education, environmental education or related field, including formal or informal.
  • Fluency in other languages (Spanish, Amharic, Haitian Kreyòl, Portuguese, or other).
  • Preference given to candidates from the Cambridge community.

Compensation & Benefits

This position’s base salary range is $16 - $18 per hour; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements. 

This is not a benefits eligible position.

Additional Information

Work Schedule: 

High seasons for programming run mid-April through mid-November.  During these high-volume program times, minimum availability of at least three mornings or afternoons per week required. Evening, and occasional weekend availability is required. Winter work has more limited opportunities but can include February school vacation week

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 send resume and letter of interest to:

Robin Stuart, Regional Education Manager
Job# 3727