Outdoor Early Childhood Educator

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

Berkshire Nature Camp at Pleasant Valley is celebrating its 77th year. We are seeking caring, committed, and enthusiastic educators to lead campers in a summer full of nature exploration and discovery. Mass Audubon’s mission is to protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and for wildlife. Mass Audubon protects 36,500 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. Our Berkshire Nature camp is based out of the ecologically rich Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, in Lenox, MA.

The Early Childhood Educator will facilitate programming for the Knee High Naturalists (ages 3-5).

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Design and implement a nature education program for young children in coordination with the Early Childhood Program Lead;
  • Plan daily sessions, including short hikes, exploration activities, nature crafts, stories, songs, etc.; 
  • Provide a physically and emotionally safe environment for young children at both indoor and outdoor settings; 
  • Maintain physical environment by contributing to housekeeping tasks as needed and/or requested; 
  • Spend up to 4 hours daily outdoors with the participants during all kinds of weather; 
  • Be available for all 10 weeks of camp, including approximately 2 weeks of paid training, depending upon position. 

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:

  • Love of nature and teaching young children;  
  • Experience with and a strong commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice;
  • Bachelor’s Degree (completed or in progress) in Environmental Education, Early Childhood Education, or equivalent experience/knowledge;
  • Ability to pass background record checks (CORI, SORI, and NSOPW).

Nice to Have’s:

  • Certification in CPR/First Aid or Wilderness First Aid highly desirable; 
  • Experience working outdoors with children ages 3 to 6 years old.

Compensation & Benefits

This position’s base salary range is $15 - $16; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements. 

This is not a benefits eligible position.

Additional Information

Work Schedule: 
June 13 - August 19, 2022
Monday to Friday, 8:15am to 1:30pm

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 a cover letter and resume to:

Max Galdos-Shapiro
Job# 3579