Senior Coordinator, Conservation Education

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Audubon, PA, United States

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30+ days ago

The National Audubon Society is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. We work throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon’s state, regional, national, and international programs, nature centers, and chapters have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. As a sentinel species, we recognize that the fate of birds is inextricably tied to the fate of us all.

Audubon has more than 700 staff working across the United States and seven countries in 17 state and regional offices, 41 nature centers, and 23 wildlife sanctuaries. Together as one Audubon, we aspire to alter the course of climate change and habitat loss, leading to healthier bird populations and reversing current trends in biodiversity loss.

Audubon is committed to a culture of workplace excellence, where our talented and diverse staff are deeply engaged, with a strong sense of belonging. The birds Audubon pledges to protect differ in color, size, behavior, geographical preference, and countless other ways. By honoring and celebrating the equally remarkable diversity of the human species, Audubon will bring new creativity, effectiveness, and leadership to our work throughout the hemisphere.
Position Summary:

The Senior Coordinator, Conservation Education will oversee the day-to-day educational programming for the John James Audubon Center (“Center” or “JJAC”) and will report to the Center’s Public Programs Manager. Their role will primarily be to coordinate school programming on and off site and will assist with demonstration conservation projects/community science initiatives, with special emphasis in Norristown, PA as needed. Educational content should align with Audubon’s mission and further national, regional (Mid-Atlantic) and Center strategic goals with an emphasis on engagement that is equitable, diverse and inclusive. The Senior Coordinator, Conservation Education must be team oriented and have a “can-do” attitude.

Essential Functions:
  • Develop conceptual frameworks, curriculum, support materials, assessment tools, and other elements as needed for new and existing school programs and support public, adult and family programs as needed. Utilize the unique natural, historic, and interpretive assets of the Museum to bolster programming.
  • Deliver creative and engaging nature science and conservation education curriculum for school-aged students that meet PA Education Standards. Adapt programming for students with multiple learning abilities. Help lead workshops and other training activities for teachers.
  • Oversee on-site field trips (school, summer camp, home school, youth groups) including development and delivery of age-appropriate conservation education and coordination of hands-on conservation actions.
  • Coordinate program logistics with teachers, chaperones, and partner organizations’ staff.
  • Responsible for registration, scheduling, pre- and post-program communication, and provide monthly reports regarding activities.
  • Co-develop and assist with work focused on older youth from Norristown and other neighboring communities to create and support a ladder of engagement that provides a path to increase awareness of and responds to local environmental issues and prepares them for environmental careers.
  • Assist the Public Program Manager, State Office Conservation and Policy Staffs, and conservation partners - virtual, on-site, and off-site programs for adults and families, such as bird walks, lectures, canoeing, and demonstration community science projects/community science initiatives.
  • Assist the Public Programs Manager in establishing evaluation methods and measures for all school-aged, adult, and family education programs and community science initiatives.
  • Collaborate in developing proposals and written reports to funders; understand and prioritize deliverables related to grants.
  • Under the supervision of the program manager, train and supervise program volunteers or seasonal staffs as needed.
Qualifications and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree in education, biology, environmental science, or related field. Experience may be considered in lieu of education.
  • Minimum three years’ experience in conservation education.
  • Proven skills teaching in formal and informal settings to diverse audiences.
  • Working knowledge of educational program design and assessment.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to conservation of birds, other wildlife, and their habitats.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to build consensus among a wide range of individuals. Comfort presenting and engaging others in public-speaking events and group management skills is also necessary.
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively, while managing multiple tasks, meeting deadlines, and operating in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. Excellent attention to detail.
  • Highly motivated, independent worker, also capable of working well as part of a team.
  • Ability to maintain professional, positive, welcoming, and friendly working relationship with general public, volunteers, and local/regional community organizations and school groups.
  • Fluency in Spanish strongly desirable.
  • Must be available for weekend and evening work as the job demands.
  • Must have current first aid and CPR certification or obtain such certification within 90 days of start date.
  • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite and experience working with digital photos and social media.
  • Must accompany/lead/supervise students on field trips on varied terrain with or without accommodation.
  • Must be willing to demonstrate/participate in activities such as bird watching/traversing trails (land and water) and fishing/wading/netting in shallow water on Perkiomen Creek with or without accommodation.
  • Willing and able assist with loading/unloading/hauling equipment over moderate distances with or without accommodation.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and ability to provide reliable transportation.

**This position is a union role represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA).

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The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.
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