Teacher Naturalist for Adult & Teen Programming

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 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 passionate about nature, science, and the urban environment? Would you like to share that passion with others in a hands-on/minds-on, culturally responsive way? The Boston Nature Center (BNC) is hiring an enthusiastic and experienced educator to support innovative programs for adults, young adults, and teens.

In this full-time, 40-hour position, each week you will design and implement public programs for adult participants both at the sanctuary and in green and blue spaces throughout the city of Boston. This position will expand the existing nature & science public programs offered to teens, college-age students, and other adult audiences offered throughout the year and develop new programs including a Field Naturalist Certificate programs, affinity group programs, climate action programs, and day trip programs. The adult and teen educator will build in evaluation, track participant attendance, and grow outreach. This position will work closely with Adult State-wide Education team to collaborate on new programs and initiatives. This position will have a special focus on climate change education including hosting Climate Cafes, implementing a Youth Climate Summit for 50 local teens, and other climate initiatives.

This position will during the school year will supervise the Willow Tree Youth Leaders, Boston’s premier leadership training program for seven teens. The Youth Leaders work 8 to 12 hours a week throughout the school year leading educational activities, greeting visitors and working on projects for the wildlife sanctuary. You will design and implement a yearlong schedule of workshops, guest speakers, and hands-on work that introduce the teens to both the conservation and education fields and that provide opportunities for the teens to practice professional and leadership skills.

BNC is a collaborative, forward-thinking team that values sharing information and life-long learning.  As a community, we hold ourselves to high standards of performance. Equity and inclusion are guiding principles in every aspect of our work.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Teach environmental education programming that is age-appropriate and culturally responsive.
  • Develop curricula, instructional materials, and other educational resources.
  • Plan, coordinate, and evaluate a full complement of public programs for adult and teen programs.
  • Plan and support affinity public programs for BIPOC audiences, LGBTQAI2S+, and other groups.
  • Supervise Willow Tree Youth Leadership program during the school year.
  • Evaluate educational programs based on Mass Audubon and BNC philosophy and priorities.
  • Collaborate with other Mass Audubon educators to deliver quality programming and actively participate in statewide education meetings, work groups and professional development trainings.
  • Assist in sanctuary ecological research, inventories and monitoring, and incorporate knowledge into 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 Haves:

  • BA or BS in environmental education, environmental studies, biology or earth science with a minimum of 3 years’ experience in environmental education or Master’s degree with a minimum of 2 years’ experience or any equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Familiarity with inquiry-based learning and be able to develop curricula aligned to city and state standards.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to work cooperatively and independently, along with demonstrated interpersonal skills and commitment to helping others grow in understanding of and concern for the environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to promote, embrace, and respect ethnic, cultural, and linguistic diversity and to accommodate physical and intellectual disabilities. 

 Nice to Haves: 

  • Fluency in other languages (Spanish, Haitian Creole, or other).
  • Preference given to candidates from the Boston community.

Compensation & Benefits

Compensation:
This position’s base salary range is $21.05 - $23.65 per hour; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements. 

Benefits and Perks:
Benefits eligible staff at Mass Audubon may elect to enroll in medical, dental, and vision plans. Mass Audubon also offers disability and life insurance plans, a retirement plan through MetLife, and Flexible Spending Account options. Mass Audubon employment also includes access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and the Reciprocity Agreement through the Consortium of Non-Profit Arts/Cultural/Environmental Organizations of New England. Mass Audubon employees also enjoy 12 paid holidays (holidays may shift annually due to where days fall within calendar).

Additional Information

Work Schedule:

Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

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, Regional Operations Manager
Job# 3815