Educator

Madison Audubon

  • Full-Time
  • Madison, WI
  • Application deadline: 2022-05-30

Madison Audubon (MA) is seeking a full-time Educator (35 hrs/week)! We anticipate a flexible start date during June 2022. Application Deadline Extended to May 30, 2022.

We’re looking for a team member who is passionate about connecting children with nature. The ideal candidate will have experience in education, a background in environmental sciences, or both. The Educator reports directly to the Education Director and works with staff colleagues, the Executive Director, and the public to advance the mission of MA. Find out more about who we are and what we do at www.madisonaudubon.org.

Our Unique Education Programming:

Our programming is special for a few reasons

  • It’s free for kids and teachers. Because of this, we choose partners who serve communities that are 50% or more low-income
    families or less than 50% white – people who have historically been excluded from the dominant environmental community.
  • We visit with most groups weekly or every-other week, building long-term relationships with kids and allowing us to build on
    lessons throughout the year.
  • We bring nature to the kids by exploring their neighborhoods or schools. They learn that their nature is awesome and ready
    for them any time they want to explore!
  • We adjust our lessons to fit the needs and interests of kids and teachers.
  • We get kids thinking and asking questions like scientists with fun, hands-on activities. Many of our lessons are play-based, so kids have FUN.

Primary Position Duties

80% time – Teaching and preparing for lessons

  • Lead an after-school program for 2-4 community centers and in-school programming for 1+ classrooms (i.e., schedule
    lessons, prepare activities, teach lessons)
  • Create new lessons as your schedule allows and as need arises
  • Be available for one-time lessons with groups as your schedule allows
  • Communicate with community center staff and teachers about programming, lessons, and student behavior

20% time – Other

  • Communicate with MA staff about programing, especially Education Director.
  • Assist with other tasks that advance the mission of MA. This may include events or field trips that occasionally occur on
    evenings or weekends.

Desired Qualifications and Skills

  • Maintain and grow a practice of inclusivity and antiracism and join our team in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access
    training and discussions.
  • Enjoy and have experience working with children, especially in grades K-8. Experience teaching in outdoor education is ideal,
    but experience at summer camps, teaching swimming lessons, coaching, or managing large groups of kids (etc.) is also useful.
  • Have a strong nature-knowledge base, or be willing to develop one quickly. Must be able to spout facts and answer questions
    about WI flora and fauna at an elementary and middle school level.You will be their nature expert!
  • Enjoy working outdoors and with diverse groups of people.
  • Work and teach independently with minimal supervision and direction following training.
  • Be adaptable, willing to learn and apply new skills.

Position Requirements

  • Follow our standard operating procedures, exercise sound judgment, professionalism, and have a positive attitude.
  • Be able to travel to and from programs within the City of Madison (mileage reimbursement is available; zipcar or Uber is also an option).
  • Be able to handle and prioritize multiple tasks while maintaining attention to detail.
  • Have strong interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written, for interacting with members, board, staff,
    children, and the general public.
  • Have strong computer skills especially with Microsoft Office Suite and Zoom.
  • Be able to become certified in CPR and First Aid (we will reimburse costs and training can be completed during work hours).
  • Enjoy working in and contributing to a fun, professional work environment.
  • Be willing to share thoughtful opinions and suggestions, and collaboratively work toward an innovative outdoor education
    program.

Position Logistics

This is a salaried, full-time position, ideally beginning in mid June or July of 2022. There will be a 6-month training and probation period. Work will be a hybrid model: you may work remotely for many tasks, with some in person meetings with staff as well as in person teaching as it is pandemic safe. In school programming typically falls between 8:30A. and 3:30P., community center programming typically falls between 2- 5P. Work that does not involve other staff members or community partners can occur during flexible hours. A computer will be provided, internet access may be provided if needed. Hiring will be contingent on successfully passing a background check.

The Madison Audubon office is currently located at 1400 E. Washington Ave., Madison, along major bus routes and near the Capital City Bike Trail, Yahara River Parkway, and Tenney Park.

COVID-19 Flexibility

Because we meet with 200-300 kids/week in different communities, we take COVID precautions very seriously. Our teaching plans will be flexible and adapt to the pandemic as it progresses. We hope to be able to teach in person whenever possible. We will likely teach exclusively outside for the time being, and may require all participants to be masked. If cases rise again, or if school or community center policies change, we may transition back to virtual teaching via zoom.

NOTE: We require education staff to be vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19 if they are medically able to do so.

Salary and Benefits

Salary range for this position is $30-35,000 annually with final compensation dependent on experience and qualifications. Madison Audubon offers competitive benefits including paid time off, family health insurance, dental insurance, medical/family leave policies, IRA match, and work schedule flexibility.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references (they will not be contacted without the candidate’s consent during the interview process) no later than Monday, May 30th at 9A CST. Application materials or questions can be emailed to Carolyn Byers, the Education Director, at carolyn.byers@madisonaudubon.org. Interviews will be conducted via Zoom.

Madison Audubon has an open-minded and progressive organizational culture that fosters a respectful, equitable, and inclusive work environment. The organization and its staff embrace diversity and equal opportunity to build and celebrate a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. Individuals of all races, family or parental responsibilities, and backgrounds are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. Madison Audubon prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind at any time.

To apply for this job please visit madisonaudubon.org.