Hawks Aloft, Inc. (http://hawksaloft.org), a New Mexico non-profit, based in Albuquerque, seeks an educator to join our conservation education team. We seek an individual that is multi-faceted and interested in participating in all aspects of Hawks Aloft. This is a full-time permanent position that includes benefits and a competitive salary depending on experience.
The centerpiece of our education program is “Living with the Landscape,” a comprehensive school-year-long program that serves every student and teacher in participating low-income schools in the Albuquerque metropolitan area and surrounding communities. The program includes multiple classroom presentations with age appropriate curriculum that focuses on conservation issues, such as watersheds, habitat fragmentation, fire ecology, and more. Each classroom presentation features two non-releasable raptors to illustrate the concepts of that class. The program reaches its apex in the fourth and fifth grades when students participate in field trips to natural areas such as Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, and the Elena Gallegos Open Space in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains. Fifth grade students implement a conservation project at the beginning of the school year and maintain throughout the year. All students, teachers, parents, and siblings benefit from a “family night” in the spring near the end where students can share their knowledge of the educational raptors and activities they experienced throughout the year with their families and siblings. This program is entirely grant funded and free to participating schools.
We also offer a wide variety of age-appropriate single visit programs that are conservation and science-based with an emphasis on raptor biology. We also conduct corporate and adult education programs and public outreach booths. Hawks Aloft is active in the conservation community in New Mexico and has a solid history of working in collaborative endeavors, including coordinating regional science conferences. For more information, visit our website: www.hawksaloft.org.
Education & Outreach Coordinator Position Summary:
· Conduct conservation education programs at K-12 schools across New Mexico (mostly in the Albuquerque metro area)
· Ongoing development of new curriculum with a focus on live birds of prey and relevant ecological concepts
· Manage and staff public outreach booths as needed, usually about twice monthly
· Recruit, coordinate, and maintain positive relationships with volunteers
· Assist in the care of our 30 non-releasable raptors
· Bachelor’s in education, biology, or related field
· Demonstrated classroom teaching experience with experiential learning
· Raptor handling experience a plus
· Availability to work non-traditional hours (evenings and weekends)
· Valid driver’s license and insured vehicle
· Strong time management & organization skills
· Ability to work well in a small, team-oriented organization
· Proven experience managing and coordinating volunteers
· Master’s in education, biology, or related field experience
· Excellent writing abilities
· Experience with social media, i.e. Facebook, Instagram
· Experience with Wordpress (html) website maintenance
· Experience with Photoshop, PowerPoint, and Excel
· Experience working with low-income schools and students
· Experience teaching a broad range of age groups
This is a permanent, full-time position with benefits. Start date is as soon as possible. This position requires a minimum of 40 hours per week with some weekends and evenings. Annual salary range is $27 - $30K plus benefits.
No phone calls or personal visits, please. To apply, send a cover letter with dates of availability, resume, and at least three references to: gail[at]hawksaloft.org.