Teacher Naturalist

Location: Vineyard Haven, MA
Sanctuary: Felix Neck

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 is looking for a creative, passionate, energetic, organized, self-motivated Teacher Naturalist. The Teacher Naturalist works as part of a dynamic team of staff who support education, conservation, and advocacy efforts at our sanctuaries, regional schools, community venues, and other locations. The Teacher Naturalist spends the majority of their time developing and teaching introductory level programs to youth, families, and adults in accordance with Mass Audubon’s educational philosophy, goals, standards, and practices. They will serve as a resource on natural history, environmental policy, and conservation science issues for visitors, members, other staff, and volunteers. The Teacher Naturalist assists in coordination, preparation, marketing, fundraising, and evaluation for educational programs and special events.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement environmental education programs for youth, families, and adults on a wide range of topics.
  • Develop environmental education lessons/activities for use in schools, after school programs, field trips, public programs, nature day camps, special events, community outreach programs and other education venues.
  • Lead and/or assist education programs/activities (possible weekends during summer season).
  • Maintain educational supplies, curricula, materials, and resources.
  • Maintain the safely of all participants and staff as a priority.
  • Assume additional related duties and projects as requested.
  • Provide training, mentoring, and support for interns and volunteer program assistants as needed.


  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Degree (or working towards) in biology, environmental studies, science, elementary education, or related field.
  • Experience leading large and small groups of all ages in nature explorations, public speaking, nature study, or environmental interpretation.
  • Strong interest in natural science, wildlife, and/or outdoor education.
  • A demonstrated ability to work well with other staff, volunteers, and community representatives as well as independently when necessary.
  • Ability to relate to a diverse range of people and exercise cultural competence and inclusion.
  • Requires First Aid and CPR (child and adult) certification upon hire.
  • Requires successful completion of a CORI and SORI.

Compensation & Benefits


This position is part time, 12 hours per week, starting mid-June and ending mid-September.


Additional Information

Kayak experience is a plus (Lifeguard certification and/or small craft safety certification required)

Schedule varies with public and private program needs.

We kindly request that you do not call to inquire about the status of your application. Those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted. 

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.

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

To inquire about this position:

Send cover letter, resume, and three references to:

Josey Kirkland, Islands Education Manager

P.O. Box 494     

Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

Job# 3430