Maine Audubon, the state’s largest wildlife conservation education organization, seeks a seasonal, full-time staff member to coordinate and oversee our new Teen Stewardship pilot program. The program is a partnership with Portland Parks Conservancy and the City of Portland Parks & Recreation department. This position is based at Maine Audubon’s headquarters at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, Maine, but will also involve a multi-day overnight camp in Poland, as well as day-long visits to Portland and other nearby locations for fieldwork.
Essential duties and responsibilities:
- Develop, plan, and implement the new program with Maine Audubon’s Youth Programs Manager and our partners;
- Oversee, coach, motivate, and assist a group of 6-10 youth, ages 14-16, through a series of experiences across a broad range of conservation and stewardship projects and careers;
- Mentor and engage participants through activities and dialogue about wildlife and habitat conservation, environmental stewardship, leadership, and civic/social responsibility;
- Serve as a chaperone for a 4-day, 3-night sleepover camp led by The Ecology School;
- Establish productive and mutually-beneficial relationships with various Maine Audubon staff, volunteers, The Ecology School staff, Portland Parks & Recreation staff, parents/guardians, and other project partners;
- Ensure that all necessary safety and logistical provisions are made with teammates and partners throughout the various phases of the program;
- Maintain required paperwork and reporting such as participant medical forms, accident reports, and program evaluations;
- Work with the Youth Programs Manager to plan and facilitate group and individual fieldwork;
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Experience and demonstrated skill working with youth ages 14-16 in settings such as schools, camps, environmental/experiential/outdoor/adventure education;
- Understanding of and passion for Maine Audubon’s mission of conserving wildlife and habitat required, knowledge of Maine’s flora, fauna, and ecological concepts preferred;
- Current Adult/Pediatric First Aid and CPR certification, Wilderness First Aid or First Responder preferred;
- Must pass a criminal background and drivers check;
- Enthusiasm, creativity, and flexibility, along with the ability to collaborate effectively with others.
Work Experience & Skills
- Experience working with teens in an education, coaching, or other supervisory setting;
- Experience and/or comfort with hands-on, project-based service learning activities;
- Comfort communicating with professionals from a wide variety of fields, and acting as a point of contact for experiential programming;
- Strong attention to detail;
- Strong communication and conflict resolution skills;
- Self-motivated and able to work independently and collaboratively as required;
- Some experience with landscaping, property maintenance, or tools is preferred;
- Experience working with diverse teams with a range of cultural backgrounds is desirable;
- Able to often lift objects up to 50 pounds when setting up program space;
- Able to frequently hike and carry gear on trails, beaches, and uneven terrain;
- Able to work outdoors in all environmental and weather conditions.
Status: This is a full-time, seasonal position starting on or around June 1, 2020.
Compensation: Hourly rate commensurate with experience.
To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Catherine Griset at email@example.com, with the subject line “Teen Summer Stewardship Program Coordinator Position.” We will begin reviewing applications on April 1, 2020, and will accept applications until the position is filled.