Environmental Educator

Website National Audubon Society

Overview:

The Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC) is a state owned facility operated through a cooperative agreement by The New York State Department of Conservation and Audubon.  Dedicated to enhance the habitat of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex and surrounding Important Bird Areas (IBAs), it is Audubon’s first Globally Significant Important Bird Area.  Programs focus on the IBA, grassland habitat and engaging people in the conservation actions of the Wetlands Complex.

 

Position Summary:

The Environmental Educator will develop and deliver dynamic, high quality, and integrated environmental interpretation and education, outdoor recreation, conservation science and advocacy programs in Central New York.  S/he will lead programs at the MAC, the Montezuma Wetlands Complex, and off-site outreach will support Audubon’s strategic plan in “Working Lands,” and “Creating Bird-Friendly Communities.” This is a part-time position that will not exceed 27 hours/week. Salary will be $12/hr.

Essential Functions:

  • Implement and lead environmental education and outdoor recreation programs for families, adults, and children at the MAC to include all aspects of programming, planning, creating lesson plans, set up and clean up, evaluation, and follow up.  Types of programs include, but are not limited to, public programs, summer and vacation camps, sportsman camps, school and scout field trips, after-school programs, outreach programs, teacher training workshops, hikes, snowshoe hikes, paddles and tours.
  • Create interpretive materials for the public.
  • Work with the MAC Environmental Education Specialist on all aspects of MAC programming, including promotion, registration, scheduling, pre-visit communication of programs, preparation of teacher curriculum packets, development of education materials, classroom and field site maintenance, and curriculum development.
  • Conduct citizen science projects and conservation action projects and other monitoring of sites in the Montezuma Wetlands Complex that adds to the data and ecological knowledge of the sites.
  • Collect and care for inanimate and live collections; acquire, create and maintain educational artifacts, equipment and supplies.  Duties may include researching, purchasing, maintaining and storing such equipment and supplies.
  • Interact with and work with the general public: Audubon members, teachers, board members, and government officials.  This includes answering phones, fielding natural history questions and performing other administrative duties.
  • Grow the Center’s programs, including outdoor recreation programs, such as hikes, paddles, snowshoe hikes and cross-country ski trips.
  • Assist with the preparation and distribution of newsletters, flyers, and proposals.
  • Articulate the missions of the National Audubon Society, Audubon New York, the Montezuma Audubon Center, and the Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex to the community.
  • Participate in Audubon New York’s strategic planning process and the Montezuma Audubon Center conservation planning efforts.
  • Other duties as assigned by the MAC Center Director.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Environmental Interpretation, Education, Natural Sciences, Outdoor Recreation, or related field and
  • 3-5 years’ experience developing and conducting education and outreach activities for all age groups and diverse audiences.
  • Knowledge of, and commitment to, the conservation of birds and other wildlife and their habitats, as well a basic natural history and environmental science.
  • Demonstrated experience working with groups of children, adults, and families.
  • Experience with developing guided and self-guided interpretive tools and programs preferred.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well a strong organizational, time-management, and judgment skills.
  • Must be self-motivated, detailed-oriented with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Proficient in basic office administration.
  • Must possess a valid New York state driver’s license, or the ability to obtain one in a timely manner.
  • Valid current First Aid, CPR, and Canoe Safety certifications or ability to obtain such certifications within 3 months of date of hire; wilderness Responder certification a plus.
  • Ability to walk all the major pathways and trails of the MAC and on uneven terrain, lift up to 50 lbs, and knowledge of proper canoeing techniques a must.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours, including weekends and evenings, as requested.

To apply for this job please visit the following URL: https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/3285/environmental-educator/job →

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