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Reporting to the Manager, Public Programs, the Senior Education Coordinator will develop and implement environmental, public, and volunteer programming for Debs Park. The focus will be school programs including, outdoor field trips, classroom visits as well as coordinating and running our Audubon Youth Programs. The Senior Education Coordinator will plan community programs and events for families and adult participants, including community science projects, both at the Center and in local communities. The Senior Education Coordinator will serve as the primary point of contact for volunteers, lead volunteer recruitment and communication, as well as plan and lead volunteer workdays, trainings, and related activities. The Senior Education Coordinator will also create content for social media aimed at raising the profile of the Center and advertising it programs.
This position is in-person at The Audubon Center at Debs Park, Tuesday through Saturday 7:45-4:15, with some flexibility for remote work occasionally.
$62,400 / year
- Develop, implement, and deliver creative and engaging nature science and conservation education curriculum for grades pre-K to high school through onsite fieldtrips, classroom visits and community programs.
- Coordinate logistics of education programs with teachers and other audiences, including marketing and promotion, registration, scheduling, and pre/post visit communication.
- In collaboration with Public Programs Manager, develop and implement fun and hands-on environmental education activities and curricula for the Audubon Youth Leaders and public.
- Assist Public Programs Manager with staffing and oversight of seasonal education staff, including interns and volunteer educators.
- Collect and report data on programs and participants, including evaluations, registration numbers, anecdotes, and photos for grant, donor, and annual reporting purposes.
- Lead volunteer coordination, including recruitment, retention and training.
- Provide regular and consistent communication to volunteers and maintain all volunteer records and necessary documentation.
- Work closely with program area leads to identify and schedule volunteer workdays and enrichment programs.
- Work closely with the Manager, Public Programs, to develop, implement and occasionally lead, community science programs and projects.
- Collaborate with Audubon colleagues to ensure equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging principles are incorporated into Audubon Center at Debs Park’s programming.
- Assist as necessary with the maintenance of nature center buildings and grounds.
- Maintain and enhance existing activities/curricula including upkeep of program materials and resources.
- Participate in development of effective promotional materials and marketing strategies for community programs, including regular updates to upcoming events flyers and Center brochures. Collaborate with other Center and State staff for additional support and strategy.
- Interact professionally and positively with students, teachers, parents, and visitors,
- Participate in on-the-job and/or formal training opportunities
- Support reporting and development projects in conjunction with the Public Programs Manager, Center Director or other Audubon staff.
- Work closely with the Operations Manager to coordinate on-site research projects.
- Other job-related duties as required.
Qualifications and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in the natural sciences, education, or a related field
- At least three years of experience working with children and adults in an outdoor educational setting. An equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered.
- Background in educational program design and assessment, knowledge of wildlife conservation issues
- Experience leading groups and teaching groups of students.
- Must enjoy working with the public and children of all ages in an outdoor setting.
- Experience working with volunteers.
- Knowledge of local (Los Angeles County) birds, plants, wildlife, and California natural and cultural history encouraged.
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills with ability to effectively engage with program attendees, volunteers, public visitors, board members and other staff.
- Capacity to work easily and effectively with people from diverse backgrounds, build relationships, be diplomatic, and exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the dynamics of a complex organization.
- Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion and increasing access to conservation and the outdoors for historically excluded populations.
- Must be a self-starter, possess sound judgment and decision-making skills, and the ability to bring new ideas to the table. Talent for working with a team, as well as independently, with a positive attitude and enthusiasm.
- Ability to operate – or willingness to learn to operate – various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner.
- Willing to work outdoors in varying terrain and weather conditions and transport up to 25 lbs. with or without accommodation.
- Bilingual in Spanish and English preferred
- Tech-savvy, including proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and other web-based applications.
- Must possess a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation with ability & willingness to travel locally, and surrounding communities when necessary.
- Ability to work long, flexible hours when needed, including evenings and weekends.
This position is a union eligible position and is represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA).
The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.
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