Teacher Naturalist

Location: Rindge, NH
Sanctuary: Wildwood

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

The Teacher Naturalist focuses on planning and leading programs that focus very strongly on natural history. Each week the Teacher Naturalist is responsible for running Nature Groups on a natural history topic as well as several Discovery Groups. This person works closely with and assists the Program Manager in maintaining Wildwood’s gardens and Nature Center program supplies. 

Duties & Responsibilities

Lead Wildwood’s nature-based programming

  • Consult with the Program Coordinator to ensure all needed supplies are available. 
  • Have a strong knowledge of the natural history of New England. 
  • Work with other Lead Naturalists to develop high-quality nature-rich camp programs. 
  • Develop and lead creative nature-based activities that are engaging for campers.
  • Teach a wide variety of nature-related program content to campers, staff and families. 
  • Generate excitement for nature programs through personal enthusiasm. 
  • Serve as a resource for natural history to other Wildwood staff.  
  • Lead drop-in nature programs during camper arrival and departure times. 

 Lead the Naturalist program along with a co-leader 

  • Lead the Nature Group activities daily.
  • Lead nature-based DGs on a regular basis. 
  • Encourage the development of campers’ interest in nature and the outdoors.
  • Create a strong rapport with the campers involved with this program.
  • Present the program to the camp community in an engaging manner.
  • Collaborate closely with other Lead Naturalists to ensure a smooth, positive program. 

Qualifications

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:

  • Applicants must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Applicants must have experience in teaching nature-based programs and/or environmental education.
  • Applicant must have a strong knowledge of the natural history of New England and good organizational skills.
  • Applicant should hold or be willing to obtain First Aid and CPR certifications prior to the start of the camp season. 

Compensation & Benefits

This position’s base salary range is $18.30 - $20.57 an hour; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements.

Salary paid biweekly, comprehensive training, housing and meals for the duration of employment, and other benefits. Compensation is dependent on experience. In addition to the monetary benefits, working at camp provides staff the opportunity to improve communication skills, teambuilding skills and critical thinking. Summer camp is a fast-paced environment where all staff use problem solving skills multiple times a day.  

Additional Information

Camp runs for 10 weeks starting Monday, June 5, 2022 and ending on Sunday, August 14, 2022.

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:

Becky Gilles, Director Wildwood Camp
Job# 3694