Outreach Education Assistant

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Position Summary:
The Outreach Education Assistant represents the Seabird Institute (SI) to the public as a narrator aboard puffin watching cruises, and as a greeter and interpreter at the Project Puffin Visitor Center in Rockland, Maine (PPVC). Outreach Education Assistants bring the story of SI’s 50+-year history to children, adults, and families, and help people to understand the necessity for this applied conservation work, as well as to inspire them to become personally involved in conservation action as donors and citizen activists.

Shared housing is available upon request and is located at Audubon's Todd Wildlife Sanctuary, located at 12 Audubon Road, in Bremen, Maine.

There are (3) full-time seasonal positions available as detailed below:
Start Dates:
  • Position (1) and (2)
    • Begins May 1
    • This position includes working at the visitor center as well as assisting with all chores and logistics for the opening & establishment of Seabird Island Field Camps.
  • Position (3)
    • Begins mid-May
End Dates:
  • (2) positions - August 31st
  • Position (1) - October 31st
    • This position includes working at the Visitor Center (5) days/week in September and October.
Food stipend and Shared Housing can be provided by Audubon.

$15.00 / hour
Essential Functions:
  • Train with Education staff to learn: Audubon and early SI history; how to identify Gulf of Maine seabirds; natural history of the Maine Coast with the goal of working independently as tour interpretive narrator
  • Serve as interpreter, field naturalist and store-keeper aboard commercial puffin-watching tours departing from New Harbor and Boothbay Harbor to Eastern Egg Rock, offshore in Muscongus Bay
  • Train with the Project Puffin Visitor Center (PPVC) Manager to learn: the operation of the point-of-sale system; Visitor Center interpreter, PPVC education programs and inventory management procedures
  • Maintain inventory and sell books and seabird-related items aboard the commercial tours and at the PPVC
  • Assist in writing social media posts
  • Assist with implementing educational and birding programs
  • Promote SI’s mission, and encourage tour participants and PPVC visitors to financially support the program by soliciting donation
  • Participate in Hog Island and/or Seabird Institute educational programming; process sales at Hog Island store as needed
  • Assist mainland staff with logistics, which includes driving to boat docks, bus and limo stops as needed
  • Assist mainland-based staff with procurement of supplies, packing groceries, research supplies and mail-in waterproof island transport bags; cleaning and filling water jugs for resupplying research stations, etc.
  • Greet and guide new Seabird Institute volunteers. Help them with shopping and packing of supplies for the remote island field camps
  • Work with Island Research Coordinator and additional staff in early/mid-May to assist in set-up of Field Camps on offshore seabird nesting islands
  • Ensure shared housing facility is properly and consistently maintained and cleaned
Qualifications and Experience:
  • Pursuing bachelor’s degree, already hold a degree, or 2+ years experience in Environmental Education, Environmental Studies, Biology, or similar background
  • Previous experience in environmental education, bird-watching, and/or teaching public programs is desirable
  • Awareness of Microsoft Office applications
  • Must be able to spend up to 3 hours at sea (on boats) and withstand rough sea conditions
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to write clearly
  • Must be able to climb over rugged terrain and lift approximately 30 lbs.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license, as well as, have familiarity with the use of binoculars
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Familiarity with spotting scopes, point-of-sale register system, and camping equipment is desirable
EEO Statement:
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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