Education Coordinator – School & Camp Environmental Education Programs

Location: Easthampton, MA
Sanctuary: Arcadia

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 with strong program coordination skills and experience. This Education Coordinator position works as part of a dynamic team of staff who support education efforts at our sanctuaries, regional schools, community venues, and other locations. 

An Education Coordinator commits the majority of their time to supporting the coordination of registration, marketing, budget management, and program development/design in one or more specific audience and/or focus areas e.g., school and youth programs, climate change education, and adult education in accordance with Mass Audubon’s Action Agenda strategic goals and Mass Audubon’s education frameworks, guidelines, and policies. The Education Coordinator may supervise seasonal/per diem educators and oversee program specific budgets with support from a Lead Education Coordinator and/or Regional Education Manager. The Education Coordinator also spends approximately 50% of their time teaching education and engagement programs. 

This Education Coordinator position serves as Mass Audubon’s school program coordinator for Hampshire and Franklin Counties in Western MA, coordinating K-12 school science enrichment programs, field trips, and afterschool programs based out of Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, in collaboration with the Lead Education Coordinator. This position also serves as the assistant camp director for all summer camp and vacation week programs based out of Arcadia. The program focus for this position includes school enrichment programs and field trips (approximately 55%), summer and vacation camps (approximately 35%), and afterschool and other programs (approximately 10%). The position coordinates all school program operations (including programming planning, marketing, and implementation, as well as hiring, training and supervising part-time staff and volunteers who support these programs) in collaboration with the Lead Education Coordinator. During the summer and school vacations this position supports camp program operations in coordination with the Camp Director/Lead Education Coordinator.

Duties & Responsibilities

Management:

  • Plan, coordinate, and market school and camp programs for the Franklin and Hampshire County area, in partnership and coordination with area camps, schools, and community groups.
  • Maintain accurate records of program curriculum, program attendance, and evaluation.
  • Assist with developing and monitoring program budgets. Create and maintain records and track program revenue and expenses. Inform supervisor of variances and take steps to change program registration trends, if needed.
  • Recruit, hire, train, and supervise full-time, part-time, and seasonal/per diem staff to support programs. Supervision includes providing new employee orientation, developing work plans, reviewing and monitoring performance, and providing ongoing training/mentoring. 

Education:

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate environmental education lessons for K-12 school enrichment, afterschool programs, and summer camp programs, with demonstrated skills and ability to work with diverse groups, exercise cultural humility, and implement best practices for inclusion.
  • Prepare and conduct activities for community engagement, events, and other related educational activities.
  • Work in collaboration with supervisors, including Regional Education Managers and statewide Education Department to ensure adherence to relevant program standards and regulations, as well as alignment with Mass Audubon audience frameworks and instructional best practices.
  • Assist in the professional development of part-time/per diem field teachers to ensure high quality program design and instruction. Provide training, mentoring, and support for staff, interns and volunteers, as needed.
  • Coordinate and market special trainings for professional audiences, including professional development for school teachers and Mass Audubon staff.
  • Maintain updated instructional materials, curricula, educational supplies, and resources.
  • Maintain the safety of all participants and staff as a priority, in accordance with specific program regulations and policies.
  • Attend regional staff meetings and actively participate in statewide education staff meetings, professional learning communities, and professional development trainings as required. Depending on expertise, design professional development opportunities for education colleagues and other departmental staff.
  • Assist in the development of educational programs and activities outside of specific area, as needed.
  • Serve as a trusted resource on natural history, legislative priorities, conservation science issues including climate change and biodiversity for visitors, program participants, other staff, and volunteers.

Marketing, PR, Etc.:

  • Participate in the planning, writing, and preparation of audience specific program catalogs, site-based informational brochures, and education related publications, including e-communications.
  • Orient visitors, program partners, participants, and community members to Mass Audubon’s mission and programs.
  • Actively engage in learning about community needs and opportunities for collaboration.
  • Assist in activities during vacation weeks, camp, special events, and community engagement, and support membership development and fundraising, as needed.
  • Support special events and other position related duties, as needed or assigned.

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 Haves: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, biological, earth science, environmental studies, or equivalent, and a minimum of 2-3 years of experience in conducting educational programs; or Master’s degree in education, biological, earth science, environmental studies, or equivalent or equivalent combination of education and experience. 4 or more years of prior supervisory experience of staff/volunteers.
  • Strong communication skills and demonstrated ability to work well with staff and volunteers.
  • Ability to relate to a diverse range of people and exercise cultural competence and best practices for inclusion.
  • Ability to establish effective Mass Audubon presence in surrounding communities related to conservation and biodiversity of urban, suburban, and rural areas.
  • Requires First Aid and CPR (child and adult) certification upon hire.
  • Valid driver’s license.

Nice to Haves: 

  • Knowledge of local natural history, conservation, and environmental education.
  • Familiarity with culturally responsive teaching or other equity-based pedagogy.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish and/or some level of Spanish language communication proficiency.

 

Compensation & Benefits

This is a full-time, non-exempt, benefits eligible position. This position’s base pay range is $21.05 - $23.65; 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: 

This position works primarily Monday through Friday with weekend and evening hours as needed.

Summer is a primary season for this position.

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

To inquire about this position, please send 1) letter of interest; 2) resume; and 3) contact info for three references to:

Dale Abrams, Regional Education Manager
Job# 3817