Teacher Naturalist - School Year & Summer Environmental Education Programs
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
Based out of Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, the Teacher Naturalist works as part of the education team to prepare and teach environmental education programs for school groups and other audiences, at Arcadia and other locations in the CT River Valley. Primary programs during the school year include in-school programs, sanctuary field trips, and summer and vacation week programs at sanctuaries, schools, or other locations. This position may also lead or substitute for homeschool and preschool programs, summer and vacation week camp programs, or public and outreach programs, as needed.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Work as part of the Western MA education team to create, plan, and teach engaging, inquiry-based, age-appropriate environmental education programs for K-12 students, and other audiences as needed.
- Lead in-school and/or afterschool education programs for schools in the CT River Valley.
- Prepare and lead school field trip programs at Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuaries and other sites.
- Engage participants in hands-on, minds-on learning through activity stations and guided inquiry that develops science skills and ecology and conservation knowledge.
- Work with classroom teachers to design and implement programs to meet learning goals for elementary, middle, or high school earth and life science and environmental education.
- Prepare and teach outdoor learning programs at sanctuaries during school vacation weeks and summer.
- Work with and mentor volunteers in the delivery of education programs
- Substitute for nature preschool or homeschool programs at sanctuaries, as needed.
- Lead public and outreach programs or special events for other adults, families, and other audiences, as needed.
- Maintain educational supplies, curricula, materials, and resources.
- Maintain the safety of all participants and staff as a priority.
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 (Required):
- Education and/or training in life, earth, or environmental sciences,
- environmental education, nature interpretation, K-12 education, or equivalent.
- Experience leading environmental education programs for children or any equivalent
- combination of education and related experience.
- 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 Have’s (Preferred):
- Knowledge of local natural history, conservation, and environmental education.
- Familiarity with culturally responsive teaching or other equity-based pedagogy.
- Experience delivering urban environmental education programming or equivalent.
Compensation & Benefits
This is a part-time, regularly scheduled, hourly, non-exempt position, with prorated benefits. Pay range $22-23/hour; actual pay rate will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements.
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).
This is a part-time, regularly scheduled position with 24 hours per week year-round. Most work will occur on weekdays with a typical week including 3-4 days working 6-8 hours/day, with occasional weekend or evening hours.
Employees must successfully complete a CORI and SORI Background Check and a Motor Vehicle Record (if applicable) is required.
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, cover letter and contact information for three references to: