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).
The Educator for the Grange Insurance Audubon Center will assist in development, planning and implementation of education programming at the Center and specifically oversee the mobile Audubon Comes to You program and Audubon Afternoon programming. This position will train existing volunteers to assist with the Audubon Comes to You program and Audubon Afternoon programming. This position will work collaboratively with the education team to develop, plan and implement seasonal events and assist in leading other education program opportunities such as Conservation Classroom and Audubon Adventure Day Camp. This position will assist with Scout programming as needed. This position will work primarily for weekday programming but will require some evening and weekend hours depending on education program scheduling.
The successful applicant will work collaboratively with individuals in a team-oriented atmosphere. He/she must have a passion for informal education, conservation and the natural resources of Ohio and be able to articulate this and inspire participation. The individual must be self-motivated and able to think strategically and creatively, juggle multiple tasks, meet deadlines, and work in a dynamic environment. A can-do attitude, friendly personality with a great sense of humor are essential.
Assist the Education Program Manager with the development of curriculum for the mobile Audubon Comes to You program to be taken off-site and into classrooms or organizations in the community
Lead initial communication with prospective classrooms, consult with the Education Program Manager regarding scheduling availability and the finalizing program booking and planning
Keep records regarding Audubon Comes to You programming including communications with prospective classrooms, scheduling, registration forms, program numbers, and follow-up evaluation
Assist the Education Program Manager in further developing and implementing Audubon Afternoon weekend programming
Collaborate with the education team in program development and planning for Audubon Adventure summer camp and seasonal and/or special events.
Lead and/or assist with school/youth programs in conjunction with other education staff including Audubon Comes to You, Conservation Classroom, Audubon Afternoons, Audubon Adventure Camp, single fieldtrips, scout programs and seasonal and/or special events.
Plan and implement all programs to meet or exceed statewide standards/expectations, local school district curriculum requirements and Audubon guidelines/standards.
Cooperatively work with the Education Program Manager to create and implement marketing plan for education programs as needed, in particular the Audubon Comes to You and Audubon Afternoon programs.
Assist in the development and management of budgets for educational programs as needed
Assist in training volunteers for education programming as needed
Assist staff and volunteers in daily operations of the center, including but not limited to room set up and tear down, bird feeding, front desk coverage, building opening and closing procedures and animal care assistance
Assist with writing articles for the E-newsletter, newsletter, and other print media
Interact positively with visitors, making an additional effort to engage youth visitors
Qualifications and Experience
Bachelor's degree in K-8 education, environmental education or related field
Minimum of two years teaching experience with children in a formal and/or informal setting
Knowledge of educational program design and assessment desired
Must have experience and desire to work with a broad range of ages and children from a variety of backgrounds, especially urban youth
Participation in or work with youth-based organizations such as 4-H, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, youth groups or camp settings desired
Must have reliable transportation and a clean driving record
Must have the ability to work collaboratively with individuals in a team-oriented atmosphere
Must have a passion for and ability to inspire participation in informal education, connecting visitors of all ages with nature, conservation and natural resources of Ohio
Must be self-motivated and able to think strategically and creatively, juggle multiple tasks, meet deadlines and work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
A can-do attitude and a tolerant, friendly personality with a great sense of humor are essential
Excellent organizational, verbal and written communication skills required
Proficiency in Microsoft Office software is essential
Must be able and willing to work outdoors in a various weather conditions with or without accommodation
Must be able to kneel, lift up to 50 pounds, load and unload personal vehicle and walk on unpaved trails throughout the park
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