The Educator Naturalist will provide interpretive education opportunities for youth and adults, welcoming and assisting visitors to the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center and on the boardwalks and trails. The Educator Naturalist will lead regular tours, specialized programs and provide other educational services to ALNC visitors. The Educator Naturalist is responsible for supporting the mission of the ALNC through these activities in addition to being a positive representative of the organization in the community
Delivers the majority of interpretive programs that happen on Audubon Louisiana Nature Center grounds. This includes conducting animal encounters and leading nature walks.
Assist in the care of wildlife including animal husbandry, cleaning, and cage upkeep.
Provide and assist in the upkeep of ALNC properties and facilities.
Under general direction, conduct an activity oriented, interdisciplinary curriculum in science and environmental field study in an outdoor setting.
Understands the significance of his/her role and how they can positively impact visitors. Pro-active, friendly communication will be expected at all times, as well as anticipating visitors’ needs and desires.
Assist with the coordination of program activities.
Provide a positive role model for preservation of the natural environment.
Weave quality entertainment through the guest experience
Communicates messages clearly to guests.
Assist with the maintenance of program equipment and supplies.
Demonstrate flexibility, self-motivation, positive high-energy and commitment.
Supervises and assists in the continued training of all volunteers in proper animal handling and care guidelines.
Develops an evaluation tool for programs to reflect visitor interest and satisfaction and to identify future areas of growth.
Assists in general education department needs as necessary.
Educate our diverse audience about the natural world.
Demonstrates consistent conservation messages into all educational programming.
Conduct day time and night time discovery and interpretive hikes.
Lead or assist with evening campfire activities including, but not limited to, age appropriate sing-a-longs, storytelling and skit performances.
Assists in training and evaluation methods to maintain and continue to improve the volunteer programs for the volunteer involved and the guest experience.
Actively collaborate with Marketing, Development, and Special Events to support non-routine special events.
Experience working with live animals including reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects, mammals, and birds
Basic understanding of Louisiana’s natural and cultural history, including native flora and fauna.
Basic understanding of wildlife and land management practices
Working knowledge of interpretive techniques and interpretive program planning for various audiences, especially children
Minimum 1 year experience in related position
Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in environmental education, natural sciences, biology or a related field. *Must certify in First Aid and C.P.R.
Must be able to lift between 30 and 50 pounds (examples include: bag of bird seed, bird of prey travel box, canoe or kayak)
Ability to pass annual TB tests.
Ability to perceive visual, odor, or behavioral changes in animals to determine changes in animals’ stress level or general well being. Must have excellent peripheral vision, depth perception, and quick motor response for animal and audience control during presentations.
Must be able to reach above shoulder level, stoop and squat to retrieve kennels and animals, which also may require stepping on stools. Must be able to lift and carry up to 30 pounds.
Must be able to stand or walk for up to 2/3 of the day
Constant adequate range of motion and mobility required.
Ability to speak loudly to crowds in a variety of situations included moderate to loud crowds.
Typical ability to collect and analyze numerical and written data and verbal information to reach logical conclusions and ability to determine the time, place and sequence of operations or actions required.
Regular talking and the ability to express and exchange ideas by means of language expected.
Working long hours between breaks or meals required.
Ability to work under and handle stress in an appropriate manner required.
May be exposed to high, medium, or low noise intensity.
Constant contact with co-workers required.
Works effectively in a moderately noisy office.
Affinity for animals required.
Exposure to fluctuations in temperatures is required.
Exposure to extreme heat and outdoor conditions is required.
Must be able to work holidays and weekends