Position Summary –
Pickering Creek Audubon Center is located on a tidal tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. The Center’s 400 acres are a microcosm of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, boasting mature forests, meadows and restored freshwater wetlands.
Pickering Creek Audubon Center seeks three full-time School Year Educators to assist in growing and delivering our successful environmental education programs. The School Year Educators will serve as integral to our education team; report to the center’s Director of Education; and work closely with all center staff. They will maintain positive and friendly working relationships with the general public, volunteers, and local/regional community organizations and school groups. School Year Educators bring their enthusiasm about the natural world and inspire conservation action among our audiences.
This is a full-time seasonal position beginning September 8, 2021 through June 3, 2022. There is a 6-week winter break from December 6 through January 14. On-site housing is available. Some weekends and evenings required. On-site and in-person programming required, with the possibility to work from home during non-program days. Pickering Creek Audubon Center prioritizes following CDC and local guidance on maintaining a safe working environment for our team.
Salary: $15/hour, 35-hour work week
Essential Functions –
- Lead field-based, classroom and virtual environmental education programs including on Pickering Creek’s 400 acres, at schools, partnering sites, and online through virtual meeting platforms for pre-K, elementary, middle and high school students
- Collaborate with other staff to prepare and lead public, community and volunteer programs for families, adults and youth both in-person and online
- Assist with the care of buildings and grounds including weekly trail and habitat maintenance
- Provide care for program animals including feeding and animal tank maintenance
- Serve as a role model naturalist and environmental steward for students, teachers, community and public audiences
- Work closely with other staff to plan and implement programs
- Contribute to Center’s public communications including social media and a weekly email digest
The ideal candidate –
- Enjoys hiking, birding, ponding, fishing, seining, planting and leading games for children of all ages.
- Has at least one year of experience teaching or working with children in a field-based or an online environment
- Has an undergraduate degree in biology, education, environmental education, environmental science or a related field, or has relevant work experience
- Is committed to the conservation of birds, other wildlife and habitats
- Possesses excellent interpersonal, written and communication skills
- Is an enthusiastic team player
- Maintains a professional, friendly manner
- Is self-motivated, with the ability to work with minimal supervision
- Some level of Spanish proficiency a plus