The National Audubon Society is hiring a
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.
A community hub of the National Audubon Society, Patterson Park Audubon Center is located in southeast Baltimore City, in a historic but modernized row home, across the street from Patterson Park. The Center works to engage participants in bird conservation, through education, action projects, advocacy, and community revitalization.
Patterson Park Audubon Center’s focus is on Baltimore’s birds and people. We strive for a community-centered approach to our neighborhood revitalization efforts and co-creation of leadership initiatives, such as our youth and Latinx leadership programs. Our work is always evolving, growing, and forward-looking. We seek to be thoughtful partners, working closely with local schools, community leaders, and regional organizations to achieve shared success for Baltimore’s birds and communities.
The programs are outdoor-based, hands-on experiences that include:
Activities led by the Center’s team include:
**To be considered for this opportunity, please provide a cover letter with your application.**
Position Summary: The Senior Educator prepares and instructs elementary school programming for grades pre-K through 5th. This role coordinates science lessons, connecting content to curriculum standards and aligning it with Audubon’s strategic goals. Apart from schools, Audubon works with a number of partners to serve Baltimore’s birds and communities.
Our school programs are unique, utilizing Patterson Park and Joseph Lee Park as our outdoor “classrooms” for six schools in walking distance of these city parks. There students experience hands-on, science programming that meets curriculum standards, cultivate exploration and investigation skills, implement conservation actions, and grow as future leaders and stewards. On board for more than your average field trips, each student visits with Audubon in fall, winter, and spring, building on environmental concepts and spiraling through our curriculum as they make their way from pre-K to fifth grade. Audubon educators stitch together these concepts through the years and lead students in age-appropriate conservation action.
The Senior Educator must be a skilled communicator, able to effectively teach elementary students in a classroom or outdoors in a park. This means being able to manage a young, energetic audience as well as adult participants, including teachers, chaperones, and volunteers, for a successful experience. Typical days are spent visiting multiple classrooms at our partners schools (winter) or receiving and guiding multiple groups in the park (fall/spring) for experiential learning. As the lead on school programs, the Senior Educator is responsible for pre- and post-program communications and logistics with partner teachers and administrators.
This is a full-time, temporary position, through June.
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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