Teacher Naturalist

Location: Boston, MA
Sanctuary: Boston Nature Center

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 its innovative programs offered to diverse audiences throughout the year.

In this full time, 40-hour position, each week you will teach in BNC’s Growing with STEM program. You will model, mentor, and coach classroom teachers in the use of hands-on/minds-on, inquiry-based teaching methods utilizing outdoor classrooms, and neighborhood green spaces to integrate science and the environment throughout their curriculum. During the school year, you will teach a weekly classes for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders at the Boston Green Academy. You will design and implement an environmental education curriculum that is age-appropriate, meets the mission of Mass Audubon and is relevant to the lives of the students. You may also guide school field trips, lead public programs, support the summer camps, and engage with community members at events, meetings and festivals.

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.

BNC is a beautiful 67-acre wildlife sanctuary located in the heart of a bustling city. In the twenty years since its inception, the BNC has grown into a vibrant urban community nature center which offers a host of programs including a nationally-accredited summer camps, a licensed nature preschool, public programs, school-age programs, and professional development for local educators. 

Responsibilities

The Teacher Naturalist II responsibilities include:

  • Teach environmental education programming that is age-appropriate and culturally responsive.
  • Develop curricula, instructional materials, and other educational resources.
  • 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.
  • Maintain educational supplies, curricula, instructional materials, and resources.
  • Maintain accurate records of programs and program participant.

Qualifications

  • 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. 
  • Fluency in English/Spanish (or other language) desirable.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time, year-round salaried position with excellent benefits.

Salary: $40,000 to $45,000 based on experience.

Full time (40 hours).

Additional Comments

 For more information about the Boston Nature Center, please visit:

 https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/boston-nature-center

Mass Audubon embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are dedicated to forming a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to:

Erin Kelly, Education Manager
Job# 3498

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

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