Teacher Naturalist

Location: Southeastern MA
Sanctuary: North River , Tidmarsh , Oak Knoll , Allens Pond , Daniel Webster , Great 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 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

Mass Audubon’s South East region encompasses six main wildlife sanctuaries with in Marshfield-North River and Daniel Webster, Attleboro-Oak Knoll, Plymouth-Tidmarsh, Wareham-Great Neck, and Westport-Allens Pond and teaches extensive school, youth, adult, and camp education programs. We are seeking an experienced and enthusiastic Teacher Naturalist II to join our year-round staff. The Teacher Naturalist II (TNII) position will focus on the coordination, development, and instruction of the public adult programs across the South East region. 

The TN II will coordinate with the Lead Teacher Naturalist and teach programs on local ecology, live animals, science, and art across the region with the goals of engagement and moving people towards conservation action.  This work will take place inside classrooms, online, and outside at our sanctuaries and other conservation areas including forest, urban green space, meadow, and wetland habitats.  The majority of hours will be coordinating, teaching and overseeing adult programs but the TN II may also be asked to coordinate and instruct visitor engagement, group, family, camp and school programs as needed. 

The successful candidate will bring the following to our team of professional educators: enthusiasm for and knowledge of the natural world and environmental education; an ability to work collaboratively in a team setting; and a desire to move program participants to conservation action and connect them further to Mass Audubon’s mission.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Coordinate with regional Lead Teacher Naturalist to ensure program offerings are in conjunction with Mass Audubon program goals and enhance the regional program portfolio.
  • Oversee the daily instruction of adult programs to ensure that the highest level of programming is consistently delivered to our audience across the South East region.
  • Regularly develop and deliver programming (including field schools, nature based and natural history programs, certificate programs, birding programs etc.) in person and online.
  • Monitor program budgets. Maintain records and files of program revenue and expenses. Track expenditures against budget and work with other sanctuary staff to take corrective action, as necessary.
  • Assist in activities during vacation weeks, camp, special events and support membership development and fundraising, as needed.

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:

Must Haves: 

  • Experience in program design; specifically, curriculum that supports field specific frameworks for environmental and STEM education, science interpretation, and informal learning fields;
  • Bachelor’s degree in education, biological or earth science, environmental studies, or equivalent with three or more years of experience;
  • Natural history knowledge and an intense curiosity to learn more about Southeastern Massachusetts habitats;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and proficiency in office software applications;
  • Pass both the Criminal and Sex Offender Record Information (expanded CORI & SORI) background records checks;
  • Experience and comfort with instructional technologies. Excellent teaching and interpretive skills.

Nice to Haves: 

  • An understanding of and background knowledge related to Adult Learning Theory
  • Certifications in community CPR (child and adult levels) and basic first aid current or willingness to obtain

Compensation & Benefits

This position’s base salary range is $21.10 - $23.65 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 paid holidays (holidays may shift annually due to where days fall within calendar).

Additional Information

Work Schedule: 

Full time: Tuesday-Saturday or Wednesday-Sunday with occasional evening or special event requirements.

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 cover letter, resume and three references to: 

Morgyn Ellis, Regional Sanctuaries Manager
Job# 3806