Education and Outreach Associate

National Audubon Society, Inc. - Easton, MD3.8

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).

Position Summary
Pickering Creek Audubon Center seeks an Education and Outreach Associate to contribute to the growth of our successful environmental education programs. This position will lead the Center’s efforts to expand the public program offerings. Reporting to the Education Manager, the Education and Outreach Associate serves as an integral part of our education staff.

The Education and Outreach Associate will work closely with the Center staff to ensure smooth delivery of public, education, camp, and conservation programs. The Education and Outreach Associate will work approximately 35 hours per week, including evening and weekend hours.

Essential Functions
Develop and grow public programming opportunities with intention to connect new audiences and supporters to center and Audubon.
Work closely with all staff members to plan and implement public programs and outreach activities.
Lead the Center’s efforts in expanding public programming offerings and audience. Duties may include, but are not limited to: creating promotion and marketing materials; starting relationships with new audiences; program evaluations and assessments; and creating a standard interpretive program format to be followed for each public program.
Lead, manage and update various K-12 school environmental programs and curriculum. May include, but not limited to: teacher professional development workshops; program evaluations and assessments; lesson planning and development; and alignment of programs with relevant state and national standards.
Support the development and execution of environmental education programming with particular focus on elementary grades.
Teach at school classrooms and field experiences at the Center and other locations with preK through high school students. Work closely with staff to update lessons and materials and train seasonal educators on each program.
Act as the Assistant EcoCamp Director during summer programming, as well as, support during spring season in preparation for EcoCamp. EcoCamp duties may include, but are not limited to: daily camp operations and camp preparations, camp paperwork; training summer camp staff and Junior Naturalists; supporting camp counselors in the field; supervising camp lunch; develop and lead camp activities; assist with camper check-in/check-out; provide camp transport in Pickering Creek vehicles, assisting with planning and implementing parent engagement opportunities.
Work with the Center Director and Education Manager to develop and grow the interpretive facilities of the Center, including but not limited to: updating Welcome Center and trail kiosk materials, development of interpretive trail materials, and championing small and large-scale strategic site projects.
Assist in operation of Junior Naturalist Youth Leadership program.
Participation in the maintenance of buildings and grounds.
Serve as an inclusive role model naturalist and environmental steward.
Qualifications and Experience
Bachelor's degree and professional experience in a conservation education setting including teaching, management experience and curriculum development required. A combination of education and experience will be considered.
Demonstrated knowledge of educational program design and assessment, knowledge of wildlife conservation issues, and ability to articulate them and inspire participation. Experience with measurement and evaluation best practices strongly preferred.
Must have the ability to coordinate a busy schedule and use resources efficiently as well as provide cutting edge ideas to move our programming forward.
Ability to cultivate strong working relationships with local organizations, agencies, school districts, local Audubon chapters, educators, and potential supporters is essential.
Proven skills teaching in formal and informal settings to a variety of audiences. Desire to connect children of all ages to nature a must.
Attention to detail, excellent time-management and organizational skills, and the ability to solve problems creatively.
Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
Grant writing and other forms of fundraising desirable.
Ability to maintain confidentiality and work independently in a fast-paced environment, all while exercising discretion and personal judgment.
A self-starter, who takes initiative and demonstrates dedication; a problem-solver who works to see projects through to completion.
Must be people oriented, have a team-focused attitude, and the ability to professionally represent Audubon to the public.
Commitment to conservation and the Audubon mission.
Must be available for weekend or evening programs.
Must be willing to travel as the job requires.
Must possess a valid driver’s license.
Some level of Spanish proficiency a plus.
On-site housing available.