Program Specialist

Location: Edgartown, MA (Martha's Vineyard)
Sanctuary: Felix Neck

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

The Program Specialist commits the majority of their time to teaching public and group programs to youth, families, and adults in accordance with Mass Audubon’s educational philosophy, goals, standards, and practices. They will also be required to assist with the coordination, preparation, and marketing of these educational programs and special events. Other time may be used to serve as a resource on natural history, environmental policy, and conservation science issues for visitors, members, other staff, and volunteers.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Prepare and teach educational programs to youth, families, and adults.
  • Assist in the development and delivery of educational activities related to festivals, events, and camps.
  • Assist in the development of educational activities for public and group programs.
  • Maintain updated educational supplies, curricula, instructional materials, and resources.
  • Assist in the evaluation of programs and other related activities.
  • Maintain the safety of all participants as a priority.
  • Assist in the planning, scheduling, and marketing of educational programs.
  • Maintain accurate records of programs and program participants.
  • Participate in planning, writing, and preparation of program catalogs, site-based informational brochures, and education related publications, including e-communications.
  • Orient visitors, members, and community in Mass Audubon’s mission, programs, and stewardship.
  • Assist in activities during camp, and special events, and support membership development and fundraising, as needed.
  • Perform other position-related duties, as assigned, and assist Felix Neck staff as needed.

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:

  • Bachelor’s degree, or working towards, in education, biological, earth science, environmental studies, or equivalent, and a minimum of 1 year of experience in conducting educational programs.
  • Ability to relate to a diverse range of people and exercise cultural competence and inclusion.
  • Requires First Aid and CPR certification upon hire. Lifeguard certification preferred.

Compensation & Benefits

This position’s base salary range is $20.00 per hour.

This is not a benefits eligible position. 

Additional Information

Work Schedule:  

The position is 30 hours per week for 18 weeks.  Weekend and evening work and irregular scheduling will be necessary per education program schedule.

 

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:

Josey Kirkland, Islands Education Manager
Job# 3636