Maine Audubon, the state’s largest wildlife conservation organization, seeks seasonal educators for several programs and sites. Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, the headquarters of Maine Audubon, includes a visitor center with a Nature Store surrounded by a 65-acre wildlife sanctuary with forest, meadows, pond and marshlands. Maine Audubon also hosts seasonal programs at its Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center. Together, over 200 hundred programs throughout the year reach over 10,000 people of all ages.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Overview: Environmental Educators are key educational and program delivery staff for broad programming and diverse student populations. Our educators are responsible for coordinating and delivering early/primary and family education programs, school programs, camp programs, and for assisting with varied other programs and projects.
Primary duties include:
- Teach and support design and deliver camp and pre-K programs during April school vacation and summer.
- Work with lead educators to environmental education programs for school (K-5) and community groups.
- Assist in program delivery and coverage across Education department as needed.
- Support the recruitment and training of volunteers to assist with programming.
- Maintain records of programs and participants. Collect data on program effectiveness. Organize educational resources.
- Work in collaboration with Lead Educators to develop, evaluate, and improve programming.
- Work with other Maine Audubon education staff to share best practices and align programming with Maine Audubon goals.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Experience teaching environmental education to students in both field and classroom settings. Experience working in public schools or teaching certification a plus.
- Summer or equivalent camp experience.
- B.A./B.S. in relevant discipline (environmental studies, ecology, environmental education, etc.) preferred.
- Passion for nature and conservation; enthusiasm for working with children; commitment to the mission and work of Maine Audubon.
- Demonstrated ability to work with different age levels in a developmentally appropriate way.
- Demonstrated ability to support projects and programs that address overarching themes through engaging, concrete learning experiences.
- Understanding of or experience with place-based, project-based, service learning, and citizen science approaches to environmental education.
- Strong ecological literacy and openness to learning more.
- Collaborative attitude. Experience working with volunteers preferred.
- Willingness to work some weekend days.
- First Aid/CPR certification or a commitment to become certified.
- Must pass a criminal background check.
- Must have a valid Driver’s License.
- Able to often lift objects up to 50 pounds when setting up program space.
- Able to frequently hike on all trails as part of program.
- Able to use hands/fingers to operate computer and other program equipment.
- Able to sit at a desk for extended periods of time.