Community Environmental Educator

Location: Topsfield, MA
Sanctuary: Ipswich River

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

About This Position

The Community Environmental Educator commits the majority of their time to developing and teaching programs to youth and families, in accordance with Mass Audubon’s educational philosophy, goals, standards, and practices. Programs are primarily offsite in Gateway Cities on the North Shore (Essex County, MA) and mostly work with youth enrolled in afterschool/enrichment groups. This role would support our goals to form stronger partnerships in our local communities and includes leading family programs on some weekends. Other time may be used to serve as a resource on natural history, environmental policy, and conservation science issues for visitors, members, other staff, and volunteers. The Community Environmental Educator assists in the coordination, preparation, and marketing of these educational programs and special events.

Duties & Responsibilities


  • Develop lesson plans and teach offsite programs for afterschool series programs, summer enrichment programs, and occasional weekend programs.
  • Support the Education Manager and Coordinator in building and maintaining meaningful relationships with community partner organizations.
  • Conduct evaluation of programs and other educational related activities.
  • Assist in grant reporting as they are related to the programs.
  • Maintain educational supplies, curricula, instructional materials, and resources.
  • Maintain the safety of all participants and staff as a priority. 


  • Assist in supporting and coordinating educators, volunteers, and interns when they are involved in relevant programs.
  • Assist in the planning, scheduling, and marketing of related educational programs.
  • Maintain accurate records of programs and program participants, and coordinate with the Education Coordinator to meet budget expectations.
  • Orient visitors, members, and community in Mass Audubon’s mission, programs, and stewardship.


  • Attend staff meetings and actively participate in statewide education staff meetings, education work groups, and professional development trainings, as required.
  • Assist in activities during vacation weeks, camp, special events, and support membership development and fundraising, as needed.
  • Perform other position-related duties, as assigned.



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 Haves: 

  • Bilingual skills in Spanish and English.
  • Comfort working outside with people who have a wide range of ages, abilities, and backgrounds.
  • Knowledge and/or interest in environmental issues that are affecting local urban communities.
  • Requires First Aid and CPR certification upon hire. 

Nice to Haves: 

  • Formal and/or informal education in environmental/outdoor education, earth sciences, environmental studies, nature interpretation, etc.
  • Familiarity with equity-based instruction or other culturally responsive teaching practices.
  • Experience leading youth in an outdoor and/or informal education setting.
  • Knowledge of local natural history, cultural history, environmental injustices and/or conservation science issues.


Compensation & Benefits

This position’s base salary range is $21.10 - $23.00; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements. 

Benefits and Perks
Benefits eligible staff at Mass Audubon may elect to enroll in medical, dental, and vision plans. Mass Audubon also offers disability and life insurance plans, a retirement plan through MetLife, and Flexible Spending Account options. Mass Audubon employment also includes access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and the Reciprocity Agreement through the Consortium of Non-Profit Arts/Cultural/Environmental Organizations of New England. Mass Audubon employees also enjoy 12 paid holidays (holidays may shift annually due to where days fall within calendar).

Additional Information

Work Schedule: 

  • Flexible Monday – Friday schedule with afternoon hours (3:00pm – 6:00 pm) required for afterschool programs during school year. Occasional work in the evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed.

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 cover letter and resume to:

Elley Palatucci , Regional Education Manager
Job# 3807