Field Teacher-North Shore
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. Field Teachers serve as members of Mass Audubon’s North Shore team and work with Education Coordinators to develop and implement hands-on, youth-driven, nature-based programming for schools, after school programs, community groups, and families, ensuring educational and outreach outcomes, and 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. Our North Shore includes Joppa Flats in Newburyport, Ipswich River in Topsfield, and Endicott Preschool in Wenham.
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 North Shore sanctuaries and through outreach to schools and community organizations including programs and lessons based in marine/forest/pond/field/wetland habitats.
- 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 into outdoor education programming in support of classroom curricula and at the appropriate level for the age and development of program participants.
- Assist with the planning and development of new programs and activities as needed.
- Participate in Field Teacher trainings and professional development opportunities.
- 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 and storage of program gear and materials.
- Convey Mass Audubon’s mission, Action Agenda and educational philosophies throughout all programs.
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:
- Bachelor’s Degree in (process or completed) or equivalent experience, preferably in education, environmental education or related field, including formal or informal background in natural history, environmental education and/or science education.
- Strong organizational, time management, oral, and written communication skills.
- Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills.
- Demonstrate a positive attitude and work collaboratively, as a positive contributor to the team.
- Skills and ability to work with diverse groups, exercise cultural humility, and implement best practices in inclusion.
Nice to Haves:
- 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.
- Proficiency in standard business software, such as Microsoft Office or G Suite.
- Have a valid driver’s license.
Compensation & Benefits
This position’s base salary range is $16.60-$18.60; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements.
This is not a benefits eligible position.
Work is typically Monday-Friday with occasional work in the evenings, on the weekends, and during holidays. Depending on the season, this role could work anywhere from 0-20 hours in a given week, with occasional opportunities for more hours.
Preference given to candidates able/willing to teach at two or more of our North Shore sites (Joppa Flats & Ipswich River), and who are available for two or more days per week.
This assignment is from September through June. Candidates have the option to stay on board with us over the summer if they choose to apply to work on the summer camp team. Regardless of your employment with us in the summer we will reach out in August to see if you are still interested in returning to work for the next season.
High seasons for programming run October-November and March-June. During these high-volume program times, minimum availability of 2 days per week is required.
Employees must successfully complete a CORI and SORI Background Check and a Motor Vehicle Record (if applicable) is required.
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
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