Education Coordinator – School and Summer Environmental Education Programs

Location: Lenox, MA
Sanctuary: Pleasant Valley

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

Mass Audubon is looking for a creative, passionate, energetic, and organized Environmental Educator. This Education Coordinator position works as part of a dynamic team of staff who support education, conservation, and advocacy efforts at our sanctuaries, regional schools, community venues, and other locations. The Education Coordinator spends the majority of their time developing and teaching introductory level programs to youth, families, and adults in accordance with Mass Audubon’s educational philosophy, goals, standards, and practices. They serve as a resource on natural history, environmental justice, and climate change issues for program participants, visitors, staff, and volunteers. The Education Coordinator assists in coordination, preparation, marketing, fundraising, and evaluation for educational programs and special events.

This Education Coordinator position is focused on teaching and coordinating K-12 environmental education programs for public schools in Pittsfield and other surrounding towns in Berkshire County. The program focus for this position includes in-school lessons (65-70%), summer and vacation camp operations (20-25%), and sanctuary field trips, canoe trips on the Housatonic River (10%). Most of the teaching occurs on weekdays with occasional weekend programs. During the summer months this position assists with camp program operations.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement environmental education programs for K-12 schools, youth groups, and summer camps, on a wide range of nature and environmental topics.
  • Plan and lead inquiry-based, environmental education units/lessons/activities with local schools, sanctuary field trips for schools/groups, after school programs for youth, and other audiences.  
  • Engage participants in hands-on, minds-on learning through activity stations and guided inquiry that develop science skills and ecology and conservation knowledge.  
  • Maintain educational supplies, curricula, materials, and resources.
  • Maintain the safely of all participants and staff as a priority.
  • Assume additional related duties and projects as needed.
  • Provide training, mentoring, and support for interns and volunteer program assistants as needed.

Qualifications

Must Have’s: 

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (or working towards) in life, earth, or environmental sciences,environmental education, nature interpretation, K-12 education, or equivalent.
  • One or more years leading environmental education programs, or any equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • One or more years teaching or working with children or youth in an urban setting.
  • Ability to exercise cultural competence and best practices in inclusion.

Nice to Have’s: 

  • Knowledge of local natural history, conservation, and environmental education.
  • Familiarity with culturally responsive teaching or other equity-based pedagogy.
  • Familiarity with the City of Pittsfield and/or the Pittsfield Public School system.
  • One or more years delivering urban environmental education programming or equivalent.
  • First Aid and CPR (child and adult) certification (training provided upon hire, if needed).

Compensation & Benefits

This is a two-year, term-limited, year-round, 32 hour/week, benefit-eligible, non-exempt position. Salary rate $20/hour; $33,280.00/year plus benefits.

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 12.5 paid holidays (in calendar year 2021 - holidays may shift annually due to where days fall within calendar).

Additional Information

We kindly request that you do not call to inquire about the status of your application. Those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted. 

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.

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 1) letter of interest; 2) resume; and 3) contact info for three references to:

Dale Abrams, Education Manager
Job# 3525