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Job Description


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

The Environmental Educator develops and leads strategically-selected hands-on education activities to increase understanding and preservation of the natural world, agriculture and environmental issues. S/he is responsible for planning, developing and presenting quality programming that is aligned with Audubon and Aullwood's strategic plans.

Essential Functions

* Develop, implement and lead on- and off-site natural history and farming education programs including but not limited to weekly/monthly walks, scout groups, Summer Earth Adventures (summer camp programs), community groups and teacher conferences.
* Implement, coordinate and evaluate the STEMing Science into Conservation Action program (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)), scheduling programs, promotion, pre-program communication, busses and developing props and materials. Compiling data on the STEM program and assisting in final reporting at the end of the school year.
* Provide program offerings for field trips at Aullwood Audubon. This includes promoting, scheduling, curriculum design, teaching and creating pre- and post- visit materials.
* Responsible for all wildlife animal care at Aullwood's Center, supervising intern care of the animals, providing direct animal care, enrichment activities, prepping food, maintaining instruction guide with best practices, ordering supplies, coordinating veterinarian visits and maintaining and cleaning animal housing/displays.
* Responsible for using best practices working with and training raptors to be handled on the glove for on- and off-site education programs. Current raptors include a red-tailed hawk and screech owl.
* Cross-train with Aullwood's Large Animal Veterinarian Tech to perform occasional farm chores taking care of horses, cows, sheep, pigs, chickens, etc.
* Coordinate and implement the Native Plant Sale each spring, securing vendors, researching and ordering plants, co-designing the brochure, setting up the event, supervising volunteers and conducting the sale.
* Work with education staff and Volunteer Manager to develop and deliver volunteer training sessions.
* Conduct and guide Aullwood's Community Science and other science programs and initiatives with projects including but not limited to Long Term Butterfly Monitoring and the NABA 4th of July Butterfly Count. Interacts directly with volunteers, scheduling, submitting data, writing reports and leading presentations.
* Assist in maintaining and publishing records on species sightings at Aullwood Audubon.
* Ensure maintenance of the classroom areas, including set-up and clean-up of materials for school and community programs and other regular activities.
* Assist in preparation of newsletters, publications, grants and evaluations.
* Plan, coordinate, supervise and help with special events as assigned.
* Interact and engage the general public in Audubon and Aullwood's mission; field natural history and agricultural questions, discuss environmental issues as appropriate.
* Assist with other duties as related to the Nature Center including but not limited to answering phones, assisting in the Nature Store, greeting visitors, etc.

Qualifications and Experience

* Bachelor's degree in Natural Sciences or Education fields and a minimum of three years teaching environmental, agricultural education. An equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered.
* Minimum one year experience with animal care and raptor handling.
* Excellent ability to identify Ohio birds by sight and sound along with strong skills identifying trees, plants, reptiles, macroinvertebrates and insects - especially butterflies.
* Ability to creatively teach, inspire and lead to action in an active and physical environment.
* Demonstrated comfort and skill in telephone interaction, personal visits and group presentations.
* Comfortable with working in a fast-paced, collegial, team-oriented environment.
* Capacity to work easily and effectively with a wide range of people, build relationships, be diplomatic and exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the dynamics of a complex organization.
* Interest, understanding and commitment to Audubon and Aullwood's mission and vision.
* Excellent knowledge of the natural history of the Miami Valley and Ohio region and the ability to pass on that knowledge to members of the public through guided interpretive walks with groups and individual encounters at the Nature Center and Farm.
* Excellent interpersonal skills, communication skills, and the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
* Strong persuasive writing skills, experience with statistical/evaluation computations.
* Proven abilities in designing, writing and evaluating environmental education curricula, lesson plans and activities.
* Attention to detail, excellent time-management and organizational skills, sound judgment under pressure.
* Knowledge and commitment to conservation of birds and other wildlife and their habitats.
* General knowledge of scientific concepts and environmental issues preferred.
* Ability to lead tours and programs on a trail system with or without accommodation.
* Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and other web-based applications.
* Willingness to work long, flexible hours when needed, including some weekends, evenings and holidays.
* Ability and willingness to travel as needed, specifically within the community, to teach programs as needed.
* Ability to work outdoors, year round in all weather conditions and terrains and the ability to lift heavy objects (up to 50 lbs.) with or without accommodation.
* First Aid and CPR certification required (training available if not current).
* Experience working with GIS is required.
* Experience writing grants and/or fundraising.
* Must possess a valid driver's license.

About National Audubon Society

National Audubon Society is committed to conserving and restoring natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity. Living Oceans is Audubon=92s marine conservation program. Our mission is to protect and restore the living communities and special places of the seas for seabirds, fish, and other marine life, and for the benefit of humanity.