Pathways to Nature Preschool - Substitute Teacher

Location: Mattapan, 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 160,000 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

About This Position

The Preschool Teacher must possess a love of nature and teaching outdoors with children ages 2.9 to 6 years old. The teacher works with a team of educators to implement a multi-sensory, hands-on/minds-on, nature-based science curriculum; incorporating emergent language and math experiences along with creative arts, music, cooking and the development of social skills. The majority of each day is spent outdoors, exploring the 67 acre wildlife sanctuary with the preschoolers. The teacher maintains clear communication with the Lead Teacher to ensure developmentally appropriate teaching practices/activities are being implemented. The teacher will connect with families, assist the Lead Teacher as needed, and maintain a warm, professional relationship with children, their parents and caregivers.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provides a physically and emotionally safe environment for young children both indoor and outdoor settings
  • Help support a curriculum that reflects the needs of the children, the standards for early childhood education and the mission of Mass Audubon
  • Follows Pathways to Nature Preschool Behavior Management Plan and all other preschool regulations
  • Helps maintain the physical environment by contributing to housekeeping tasks as needed/requested
  • Preschool teachers spend 2 or more hours daily outdoors with the students during all seasons, except in high winds, extreme cold, rain or sleet.
  • Maintains schedule as determined by the Preschool Director


  • Experience and/or education classes focused on providing education and care to young children.
  • EEC Preschool Teacher certification is preferred but not required.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work cooperatively and independently required.
  • Demonstrated ability to promote and respect diversity of ethnic, cultural, linguistic backgrounds and, physical and mental disabilities.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and commitment to helping others grow in understanding of and concern for the environment and people’s relationship to it.
  • Fluency in English/Spanish (or other language) is desirable. 
  • Current first aid/CPR or willing to obtain required. 
  • Must pass a background records check (CORI, SORI, and fingerprinting).

Compensation & Benefits

This position’s base salary range is $18.35 - $20.57 per hour; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements. 
This is not a benefits eligible position.


Additional Information

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 your resume and cover letter to:

Claire Harris, Preschool Director

Boston Nature Center
500 Walk Hill Street
Mattapan, MA 02126

Job# 2025