Teacher Naturalist

Location: Springfield, MA

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

In this position, the Teacher Naturalist I works with our lead educators to provide safe and engaging after-school activities for a group of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. These after school programs take place in Forest Park, a large public park in Springfield Ma. The program begins by walking from our partner schools into the park. The program itself takes place outdoors and on the trails of Forest Park.  Goals of our after-school programs in Forest Park are to increase feelings of comfort in nature, model and practice leadership, and have fun while being outdoors. To do this we engage after-schoolers with inquiry-based activities around natural history as well as teambuilding games and challenges.  

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Teach after-school education programs for a group of approximately 12 students from the Springfield Realization and Forest Park Middle Schools.
  • Support the after-school program, primarily, off site at Forest Park.
  • Expand teaching capacity, meet desired/required instructor and participant ratios for programs, and lead educational activities.
  • Work as part of the West Region education team to plan, and teach engaging, inquiry-based, age-appropriate environmental education programs for middle school students and other audiences.  
  • Prepare and lead hikes in Forest Park for the purpose of exploration and learning.   
  • 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 Education Coordinators, as needed, to design programs to meet learning goals for a local middle school on earth and life science and environmental education.  
  • Prepare and teach outdoor learning programs for the after-school programs.    
  • Maintain educational supplies, curricula, materials, and resources. 
  • Maintain the safety of all participants and staff as a priority. 
  • Develop and establish the students’ comfort level in nature through fun and hands on activities.



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: 

  • 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.  


Nice to Haves:

  • 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. 
  • First Aid and CPR (child and adult) certification (training provided upon hire, if needed). 
  • Proficiency in Spanish.


Compensation & Benefits

This position’s base salary is $18.50/hr. This is a part-time, per diem, hourly, non-benefited position.

Additional Information

Work Schedule: 

There are two Teacher Naturalist I positions available from 3/21-5/18.

The schedule is Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 3pm to 6pm plus an additional hour of prep time. Average 10 hours per week.

There is no work the week of April 18.

There is a possibility of extending per diem hours beyond the 5/18 end date.

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 cover letter, resume, and three references to: 

Elizabeth Lewis, Lead Education Coordinator
Job# 3833