Teacher Naturalist

Location: Cape Cod, MA
Sanctuary: Long Pasture , Wellfleet Bay

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

Mass Audubon Cape Cod encompasses six wildlife sanctuaries including two nature centers in Barnstable and Wellfleet and teaches extensive school, public and camp education programs. We are seeking an experienced and enthusiastic Teacher Naturalist I to join our year-round staff of 7 full-time educators. The Teacher Naturalist (TN) position will work closely with members of the school programs team to provide in-school, field trip and afterschool programming primarily in the Mid-Cape region with some work on the Outer and Lower Cape.  

During the school year, the TN will work with the school programs team to deliver Mass Audubon preK-12 programming. This work will take place inside classrooms and school yards, online in remote classrooms and outside at our sanctuaries and other conservation areas including the salt marsh, tidal flats, and forest habitats.  The TN will also work with other members of the education team to lead after school, vacation camp programming, and family programming. During the summer (July and August) the TN will lead public and summer school programs and assist day camp. The summer and spring (May - August) schedule would involve two days a week at Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary. 

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Deliver programs (in-class lessons and field programs) which promote scientific literacy and an appreciation for the natural world primarily for local students- pre-k through 12th grade.
  • Work with our school programs team to ensure that the highest level of programming is consistently delivered to our school audiences.
  • Teach afterschool programs, vacation week camps, family and youth group programs.
  • During the summer, teach public programs, summer school and day camp. This would include 2 days a week at Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary.
  • Maintain and update curricula and instructional materials and equipment as part of the school programs team.
  • Attend and actively participate in regional, departmental and statewide staff meetings, and PreK-12 professional development.
  • 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 Haves: 

  • Experience teaching and working with children in outdoor, school or camp settings.
  • Bachelor’s degree in education, biological or earth science, environmental studies, or equivalent and relevant work experience; or a combination of education and experience.
  • Hold current (or willingness to obtain) certifications in community CPR and First Aid (child and adult levels).
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and proficiency in office software applications.
  • Outstanding teaching and interpretive skills and experience and comfort with instructional technologies.
  • Ability to exercise cultural competence and best practices in inclusion.
  • Strong knowledge of natural history.

Nice to Haves: 

  • Experience working in an afterschool setting.
  • Experience working with ELL populations.
  • 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.
  • Familiarity with Massachusetts Science Frameworks.
  • Spanish or Brazilian Portuguese speaker.

Compensation & Benefits

This position’s base salary range is $18.50 - $20.50 per hour; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements. 

This position is a full time temporary 2 year appointment.

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 

Additional Information

Work Schedule: 

Monday – Friday during the school day or afterschool hours, with occasional weekend and evening requirements.

School year work is primarily around Long Pasture Sanctuary (mid Cape) with some work on the outer and lower Cape. Spring, Summer (May- August) schedule includes two days a week at Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary or other camp location.

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:

Catie Fyfe, Regional Education Manager
Job# 3822