K-12 Teacher Naturalist (Metro West)

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Mass Audubon

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Boston, MA, United States

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30+ days ago

Location: Metro West Region, MA

Sanctuary: Broadmoor , Drumlin Farm , Habitat , Magazine Beach , Brewster's Woods

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 140,000 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

We are looking for an experienced naturalist and K-12th grade youth educator who is enthusiastic, highly motivated, dedicated to environmental and climate education, loves to be outdoors and deeply committed to equity in access to nature for all to develop and teach classroom and field-based K-12 programs with partnering schools and after school/out of school time organizations. The K-12 Teacher Naturalist II serves as a member of Mass Audubon’s dynamic Metro West Team, engaging both internal and external stakeholders, ensuring educational and outreach outcomes, and promoting Mass Audubon’s mission of protecting the nature of Massachusetts for wildlife and people. The ideal candidate will also support Mass Audubon’s commitment to equity and justice and bring a diverse range of experiences, expressions, and views to their work. Our Metro West Region includes Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary in Natick, Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln, Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary in Belmont, Magazine Beach Park Nature Center in Cambridge and Brewster’s Woods in Concord.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Serve as a trusted resource on natural science, conservation science issues including climate change and biodiversity, and Mass Audubon’s legislative priorities for visitors, program participants, other staff, and volunteers.
  • Work with Metro West K-12 Lead Program Coordinator to develop, coordinate and teach (in the classroom and out in the field) school, afterschool and out of school time community programs to school children preK-12th grade both in school and at local community conservation lands.
  • Work with partnering schools and organizations to provide environmental and climate-based programming in alignment with Mass Audubon Education Department frameworks and best practices, principles of positive youth development, and unique school and district needs.
  • Provide support in program development and training for Mass Audubon Metro West Field Teachers.
  • Work closely with school and community partners to co-create programming that meet their needs, the students’ needs and furthers Mass Audubon’s mission.
  • Cultivate and steward lasting partnerships with school teachers, administrators and community organizations.
  • Initiate strategies for promoting and facilitating positive community relations between Mass Audubon and partnering schools/community organizations and identify new outreach opportunities as appropriate.
  • Work with Wildlife Care Department to train on protocols and use of program wildlife in engaging program participants.
  • Work with Metro West Education Manager, K-12 Lead Education Coordinator and development Team to write and report on grant funding.
  • Perform additional duties and responsibilities as assigned.

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:

  • Strong natural history background.
  • Experience teaching in K-12, classrooms and/or afterschool/community programs and knowledge of the Massachusetts curriculum standards.
  • At least four years relevant experience in education, community engagement, environmental studies, or related field; bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience preferred.
  • Strong organizational, time management, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills, including the ability to build relationships and deal tactfully with community partners, students, volunteers and staff.
  • Strong skills and experience working with diverse groups.
  • Ability to exercise cultural competence, and implement best practices in inclusion.
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude and work collaboratively, as a positive contributor to the team.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously and work independently.
  • Proficiency in standard business software, such as Microsoft Office or G Suite.
  • Ability to successfully complete Community First aid/ CPR class, offered by Mass Audubon at no cost.
  • Have a valid driver’s license.

Nice to Haves:

  • Knowledge of local watersheds and ecology.
  • Knowledge of local impacts of climate change.
  • Experience facilitating student-driven action projects.
  • Fluency in Spanish or Portuguese strongly preferred.

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:

The standard work schedule for this position is 40 hours per week Monday through Friday. However, the position requires some flexibility and the ability to work occasional weekends and evenings to meet the needs of the program and organization.


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 letter of interest and resume to:

Melissa Hansen Metro West K-12 Lead Education Coordinator
mhansen@massaudubon.org

Job# 3828