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Summer Camp Educator

Southbury CT

ID: 2017-3208

 

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:

Summer Camp Educators are involved in all aspects of the summer camp program at the Bent of the River Audubon Center. Primary responsibilities include preparing and teaching week-long nature programs for small groups of children entering grades 1-9. Activities may include simple science investigations, nature hikes, environmental games and crafts developed by educators under the direction of the Day Camp Director. Each summer camp week will have a different theme that will guide curriculum development.

Summer camp educators will be required to participate in a training week prior to the start of camp that will involve learning local ecology, hiking trails with Audubon naturalists and planning the 6 week camp curriculum.

This position will provide educators with valuable teaching experience, naturalist training, an understanding of how a non-profit organization works as well as many rewarding networking opportunities.

 

Essential Functions:

Prepare for and teach week-long nature programs for small groups of children entering grades 1-9.

Take responsibility for group management, ensuring there is an eye for both safety and enthusiasm while leading groups outdoors in all weather conditions.

Interact with parents and guardians of campers and effectively collaborate with other staff members at the Audubon Center, including teen counselors in training.

 

Qualifications and Experience:

Completion of two years of college level coursework in environmental science, biology, education or a related field is preferred.

Some teaching experience and/or curriculum development experience is necessary.

An interest in natural history, a desire to learn, enthusiasm, flexibility and the ability to work well with others are critical factors for success.

Must also be comfortable hiking short distances over moderate terrain, lift 20 lbs, and work outside in varying conditions.

 

Apply online: http://www.audubon.org/careers

Posted May 10, 2017



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