Field Teacher

Location: Boston, MA
Sanctuary: Boston Nature Center

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

Are you interested in nature and science? Would you like to share that interest with others in inspiring, hands-on/minds-on, culturally responsive way? The Boston Nature Center is hiring capable, enthusiastic educators to lead summer field trips for children, teach nature programs at the Boston Nature Center and other green spaces in the city, and support other environmental programs. Join a dynamic, creative team to plan, prepare and conduct age-appropriate lessons and hands-on activities, to lead hikes, attend community events and festivals, and support Mass Audubon’s mission in building equitable access to nature. Types of responsibilities include teaching public programs, leading birthday parties, supporting farmers markets, and helping with outreach programs. 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.  

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Participate in Field Teacher trainings and professional development opportunities. 
  • Work with Education staff to develop and deliver science and nature-based educational programs to summer programs, community groups and families. 
  • Facilitate/lead groups of 10-15 program participants in hands-on, outdoor, and nature-based learning experiences at the Boston Nature Center, Boston green spaces, and schools.  
  • Assist with the planning and development of new programs and activities as needed. 
  • 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. 

 

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: 

  • A love of nature and teaching outdoors with children of varied backgrounds ages 3-18.
  • Interest in natural history, environmental education and/or science education.
  • Strong organizational, time management, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Experience in customer service or child care and excellent 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: 

  • 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.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in process or completed, preferably in education, environmental education or related field, including formal or informal.
  • Fluency in English/Spanish (or other languages) is desirable. 

Compensation & Benefits

This position’s base salary range is $17 - $20 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: 

This is a seasonal position, with a weekly schedule of Tuesday through Saturday with one evening a week. The position is scheduled to end August 13, 2022.

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 cover letter to:

Heather Deschenes, RegionalnOperations Manager
Job# 3757