The New Canaan Nature Center, a community-based environmental education organization and 40-acre sanctuary with forests, fields, ponds, and streams, seeks a part-time, year-round Environmental Educator & Animal Care Technician to teach education programs and to provide care for our live animal collection including birds of prey, amphibians, reptiles, small mammals, and invertebrates. As a member of the Education Team, this position will be responsible for teaching a variety of natural and physical science-based programs which include: Nature Adventure birthday parties, afterschool, scout, and school programs for ages pre-K through adult. Animal Care responsibilities include but are not limited to: basic animal husbandry, health checks, cleaning enclosures, and providing support with creating and upkeeping public animal displays.
- At least 3 years of environmental education experience for grades pre-K through 8th grade
- Considerable experience (3 or more years) working with and caring for live animals, including birds-of-prey, amphibians, reptiles, small mammals, and a range of invertebrates
- Sense of humor, flexibility, and creative “think outside the box” solution-based mindset required
- Strong self-initiative and self-management, plus ability to work both in a team setting and solo
- Working knowledge of word processing, excel, and current technologies that relate to animal care
- Communication skills especially with visitors, volunteers and the general public
- Ability to coordinate and supervise volunteers and interns in a professional manner
- Organization skills and the ability to maintain records and a clean work space
- Must pass mandatory state and national level CORI and SORI background checks
- Clean driving history
- College degree or equivalent work experience in biology, environmental education, or other related field preferred.
The Nature Center’s regular operating hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. This position will, on average, work approximately 22.5 hours per week, year-round. Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. are required. Availability during the mornings, evenings, and holidays may be and often is required.
The Environmental Educator & Animal Care Technician will report to the Director of Environmental Education & the Director of Animal Care. Job responsibilities are:
Environmental Educator / Naturalist duties
- Teach and lead NCNC programs on a wide variety of natural science topics both on and off site, including programs that require travel to/from New York City metro area and special events throughout the school year.
- Ability to teach programs with our live animal ambassadors, including Birds of Prey
- Prepare, teach and lead NCNC Nature Adventure Birthday Parties on a variety of themes
- Coordination of Birthday Program area logistics; includes pre-program client calls, set up and breakdown, and customer satisfaction.
- Support the engaged visitor experience of Nature Center through informal education and public relations as well as upkeep of Visitor Center displays, activities and exhibits
- Assist with the support and training of Center intern(s) and volunteers
Animal Care Technician duties
- Responsible for the care and upkeep of teaching animals and their respective displays and enclosures
- Assists with maintaining and improving Animal Care conditions
- Helps maintain weekly check sheets and animal care logs to ensures all tasks are being completed
- Maintains overall cleanliness of the animal care facilities
- Provides support in maintaining and creating educational signage for animals on display
- Helps keep costs down by using supplies wisely and following guidelines set by the Director of Animal Care and NCNC Sustainability Policy.
- Assists with pick up of supplies and animal food as needed
- Maintains great communication and coordination with volunteers and interns to optimize efficiency, ensure highest standard of animal care, and engage volunteers to have active and meaningful role at NCNC
- Check in weekly with Director of Animal Care, sharing needs and projects for animal care as well as developing action plans for old and new projects
- Pursue opportunities for professional development and self-study to stay up to date on animal care and upkeep
Other NCNC duties:
- Work with the Education team and special event coordinators to support special events such as Cider Saturday, Winter Wonderland, Night Hikes, Fall Fair, Harvest Fest, etc
- Attend all staff meetings and other pertinent staff meetings for both Education Department and organization as a whole
- Be a contributing team member to the betterment of the New Canaan Nature Center through all aspects of the organization
- Communicate needs and concerns to appropriate Administration staff when they arise
- Additional tasks as assigned by supervisors or executive director.
Pay rate is between $13 and $15/hour and is commensurate based on experience and qualifications of the candidate. Payroll is paid according to normal payroll practices with employees paid twice a month.
Benefits and paid time off:
This position is a part time, full year position with personal and sick paid time off accrued at an hourly rate based on hours worked.
How to Apply:
Please send a resume, cover letter, and three professional references to the Director of Environmental Education, Michelle Hips.
Job Type: Part-time
Salary: $13.00 to $15.00 /hour
- live animal: 3 years (Preferred)
- environmental education: 3 years (Preferred)
- New Canaan, CT (Preferred)