Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action. By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive. And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level. What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country. Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).
The Montezuma Audubon Center 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.
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 Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC). Activities at the MAC, the Montezuma Wetlands Complex, and off-site outreach will support Audubon’s strategic plan in “Working Lands” and “Bird-Friendly Communities.”
The Environmental Educator is a seasonal position, 35 hours/week from April 4 – August 4.
- 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, sportsman camps, school and Scout field trips, after-school programs, outreach programs, birdwatching hikes, paddles and tours.
- Create interpretive materials for the public.
- Work with the Center Director 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.
- 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.
- 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 2 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 1 month of date of hire.
- 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.