Program Specialist (School Year & Summer Environmental Education Programs)

Location: Springfield, MA
Sanctuary: Arcadia

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 www.massaudubon.org.

About This Position

The Program Specialist supports education programs in Springfield and surrounding communities. Primary programs include summer and vacation week camp programs, in-school and afterschool education programs, and field trips in and around Springfield. The Program Specialist’s roles include administrative support such as communication with schools, parents/families, monitoring enrollment, health forms, attendance and evaluation, transporting program materials and supplies, and teaching for all programs, as needed. This position may lead or assist public and outreach programs in Springfield or substitute at other Mass Audubon sites, as needed.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide administrative support and assistance for programs including summer and vacation week camp programs, in-school and afterschool environmental education programs, and field trips in and around Springfield.
  • Work as part of the Mass Audubon education team to support engaging, inquiry-based, age-appropriate environmental education programs for youth, K-12 students, and other audiences.
  • Communicate with schools and parents/caregivers to support program promotion and enrollment.
  • Monitor program enrollment, health forms, attendance, and evaluation, using print and digital tools.
  • Transport program materials and supplies (e.g. meals, program equipment) between program locations.
  • Work with other team members to design earth and life science and environmental education programs, as needed.
  • Prepare and teach camp, in-school, or afterschool environmental education programs, as needed.
  • Prepare and teach field trip programs at Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuaries and other sites, as needed.
  • Assist and/or lead public and outreach programs or special events for youth, families, adults, and other audiences, as needed.
  • Maintain education program records, equipment, supplies, materials, and resources.
  • Maintain the safety of all participants and staff as a priority.

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 Haves: 

  • Bilingual with spoken and written fluency in Spanish and English.
  • Ability to exercise cultural competence and best practices in inclusion.
  • Requires successful completion of CORI and SORI background checks.
  • First Aid and CPR (child and adult) certification (training provided upon hire, if needed).

Nice to Haves:

  • Experience assisting or leading environmental education programs for children or any equivalent combination of education and related experience, particularly in urban settings.
  • Education and/or training in life, earth, or environmental sciences, environmental education, nature interpretation, K-12 education, or equivalent.
  • Knowledge of local natural history, conservation, and environmental education.
  • Familiarity with culturally responsive teaching or other equity-based pedagogy.

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. 

Benefits and Perks

This is a year-round position and earns vacation time as well as receives paid holidays. 

Additional Information

Work Schedule: 

This is a part-time, regularly scheduled position with roughly 18 hours per week year-round.

 

Other Requirements:

Employees must successfully complete a CORI and SORI Background Check and a Motor Vehicle Record (if applicable) is required.

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 1) letter of interest; 2) resume; and 3) contact info for three references to: 

Dale Abrams (Regional Education Manager)
Job# 3888