Napa-Solano Audubon Society is hiring!

Education Coordinator

Job Status: Part-time, approximately 20 hours/week

Duration: Aug 2017 through May 2018
Location: Work will be performed at home and at locations across Napa and Solano Counties

Description

Since 1973, Napa-Solano Audubon Society has dedicated itself to sharing the fun of birding, promoting conservation and scientific understanding of wild birds and their habitats, and offering engaging, science-based education emphasizing the communities of Napa and Solano counties.

We are seeking an Educational Coordinator to assist us with teaching people of all ages about nature and especially birds, in both classroom and outdoor settings. Audubon’s programs are science-based, interactive, and encourage participants to take conservation action to help protect birds, other wildlife and their habitats.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Education Coordinator will develop and deliver high-quality education and volunteer programs related to the conservation of birds and their habitats.

Essential Functions

The position will run from August 2017 through May 2018, at approximately 20 hours per week, with the possibility of extending beyond this timeframe depending on funding. The Education Coordinator (EC) will be working as an independent contractor for NSAS, responsible for filing your own taxes. Some work can be done at home, but much of the work will occur at classrooms, parks, and other locations across Napa and Solano counties.

Primary responsibilities will include:

Teaching curriculum to children

  • Visiting approximately 40 classrooms in 20 schools, as well as youth groups like Girl and Boy Scouts, with a goal of reaching over 1,000 students during the school year. The EC is responsible for scheduling the visits directly with teachers/leaders and recruiting and coordinating any necessary volunteers.
  • Curriculum to be presented has been developed already, but the EC may need to adapt the content to meet the needs of specific teachers, and develop new content. Some lessons will be presented indoors, and others will involve outdoor presentations and field trips.
  • Maintaining current relationships with teachers through email, phone calls, and inperson meetings, and building new relationships with teachers who would benefit from the EC’s work.

Managing our Junior Audubon program

  • Leading groups of 4-6 children and their guardians on 2-3 hour field trips at locations around Napa and Solano counties.
  • Leading the Jr. Audubon team on a “bird-a-thon” as part of our annual April fundraiser.
  • In conjunction with our Citizen Science coordinator, leading the children through science projects and visiting a bird banding station.

Leading “Beginning Birding” walks

  • Held on the first and third Saturdays of each month, these walks aim to teach novice birders about birds and how to identify them. The EC will be responsible for presenting a 30-minute workshop on a topic, and then leading a 2-3 hour walk, helping the novice birders find and identify birds. Content has been developed but can be adjusted.

Participating in the Napa “LandSmart for Kids” program

  • Developing and facilitating activities during field trips (3 trips of 6 hours), as well as presenting at occasional meetings. *Leading teams of high school students in monitoring bluebird nest boxes and reporting results.
  • Assisting one team of high school students to develop a bird-related service project for their peers.

The EC will also be responsible for coordinating a “Christmas Bird Count for Kids” event in December, and attending and presenting at occasional community events, such as Earth Day, on behalf of Napa-Solano Audubon.

The EC will summarize their results in monthly written reports to the NSAS Board, and write a short article quarterly for our newsletter.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in education, science, or related field, or equivalent experience.
  • Basic knowledge of and ability to identify typical birds of Napa and Solano county.
  • Demonstrated experience and interest in teaching school-age children or adults, especially in an outdoors setting.
  • Demonstrated excellent leadership and interpersonal skills. Self-motivated, proactive, and able to work independently with limited guidance, but also works well with other team members in a collaborative environment.
  • Excellent organizational, time management, and verbal and written communication skills.
  • Basic proficiency with Microsoft Office, especially Word and PowerPoint, and social media.
  • Flexibility with schedule including working weekends, weekdays, holidays, and evenings as required. Must be able to provide personal transportation. Must work in both indoor and outdoor conditions, including some walking and hiking.
  • Willing to undergo standard volunteer vetting required by school districts, including fingerprint and background checks.
  • Demonstrated commitment to education, conservation and the mission of the Napa-Solano Audubon Society

How to Apply

To apply for this position, send a cover letter and resume to napa-solano-birds at outlook.com.

To ask questions about the role, email napa-solano-birds at outlook.com.

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