Educator / Administrative Assistant

Website National Audubon Society

Overview:

Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Position Summary:

The Green Mountain Audubon Center’s (GMAC) conservation education programs provide people of all ages with direct experiences in nature. Audubon’s programs are outdoors, science-based, interactive, and encourage participants to take age-appropriate conservation action to help protect birds, other wildlife and their habitats.

The full-time Teacher Naturalist and Administrative Assistant is a critical member of the GMAC education team 3 days per week and will work as the Administrative Assistant for the Center and Audubon Vermont’s state program for 2 days per week. There will be a strong focus in developing and delivering education programs for elementary through high school aged students. This position will assist the day camp director in the planning, development and teaching of summer programming at the Center. Administrative duties will include gift processing, billing, maintenance of office supplies and contractual and other record keeping duties. This position will report to the Center Director and will work a 35 hours per week, Monday through Friday.

Essential Functions:

Education

  • Under the guidance of the Education Coordinator, develop and implement education strategies and programs for elementary through high school aged students that support Audubon Vermont’s conservation and education goals.
  • Work closely with other education staff, education volunteers and interns to deliver programs.
  • Promote, develop and deliver age-appropriate environmental education programs for summer camps and other organized groups, targeted at preschoolers through middle school aged children.
  • Recruit and coordinate education and Center volunteers to assist with education programs and other Center projects.
  • Assist with grant writing and reporting to funders.
  • Work with education team to develop effective promotional materials and marketing strategies for all education programs.
  • Regularly update the Center’s website, post to social media platforms and help to generate new and robust social media strategies to engage the community.
  • Represent Audubon at teacher conferences, festivals and other public events as assigned.
  • Assist with other Audubon Center-based duties, including trails and facilities maintenance, as deemed necessary by the Center Director.

Administrative

  • Processes all invoices for payment using Audubon’s Online Invoicing System, maintains office supplies, assists with financial, contractual and other record keeping.
  • Processes gifts and gift acknowledgements and prepare monthly education income deposits.
  • Master Salesforce and Every Action and attend all necessary trainings to be successful in administrative tasks.
  • Assists with the planning of special events including Sugar on Snow Parties, the Photo Awards Show and the Adopt-A-Maple program.
  • Assists with the preparation and timely dissemination of Audubon Vermont’s annual appeals.
  • Manages the general Audubon Vermont email account.
  • This includes verbal and written correspondence and fielding natural history questions from the public.
  • Interact and work with the general public, Audubon members, teachers and school officials, Board Members, other conservation groups and government officials.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in environmental studies, education, environmental education, natural science, outdoor recreation, or related field required.
  • 2-4 years’ elementary and middle school education experience with proven abilities in designing, teaching and evaluating environmental education curricula, lesson plans and activities required.
  • Knowledge of Vermont’s natural history with a commitment to the conservation of birds, other wildlife and habitats.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and written communication skills required.
  • Administrative experience preferred.
  • A people-oriented approach with a team-focused attitude, and the ability to professionally represent Audubon to the public.
  • Experience in recruitment and coordination of volunteers strongly preferred.
  • Experience with budget management processes and systems a plus, as well as time spent writing grants and/or fundraising.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications required.
  • Must be self-motivated, able to take initiative, handle multiple tasks, be highly organized with attention to detail, and have the ability to work projects through from start to completion independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong interest in working outdoors, year round in all weather conditions, able to transport objects up to 50 pounds, and travel within the community to teach programs as needed.
  • Must be willing to work flexible hours during applicable seasons, with occasional evening and weekend hours.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, written and communication skills, ability to work as a team member.

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