Teacher Naturalist

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

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 to join our year-round staff of 6 full time educators. The Teacher Naturalist (TN) position will work closely with members of the school and camp programs team to provide youth programing across the Cape Region. 

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, 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 support the Day Camp Director year-round in administrative tasks leading up to the summer season and will then provide in person support at the Wellfleet Bay Day Camp (or other satellite camps in the future) as the Assistant Camp Director.


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 across the entire Cape region (currently serve districts from Provincetown to Falmouth).
  • Work with our School Programs team to ensure that the highest level of programming is consistently delivered to our school audiences.
  • Serve as Assistant Camp Director assisting the Day Camp Director with administrative tasks throughout the year such as; helping to process camper registrations and documentation, answering general communication and inquiries about camp, providing marketing support, hiring of day camp staff. During the summer, assisting with the planning and delivery of camp staff training, overseeing our Counselor in Training program, fill in to teach camp groups as needed, and act as support for day-to-day camp operations.
  • Teach vacation camps, group programs and assist with other educational program and audiences as needed.
  • 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 both PreK-12 and camp professional development.


Must Have’s:

  • 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.
  • Strong knowledge of natural history.

 Nice to Have’s: 

  • Knowledge of Cape Cod habitats and natural history.
  • Expertise or experience in early childhood education.
  • Expertise or experience working in an American Camp Association camp setting.
  • Experience working in the town of Barnstable or a similar Gateway City community (defined by state of Massachusetts).
  • Experience with culturally responsive teaching.
  • Familiarity with Massachusetts Science Frameworks.
  • Lifeguard certification.


Compensation & Benefits

This is a full time position, base salary range is $20.68 - $21.64 per hour; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements.  

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 12.5 paid holidays (holidays may shift annually due to where days fall within calendar).

Additional Information

Work Schedule: 

Monday-Friday with occasional weekend and evening requirements.

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

Please send resume and cover letter to:

Catie Fyfe, Education Manager
Job# 3548