The Missouri River Bird Observatory (MRBO) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of birds and their habitats via science, education, and advocacy. We are based in the unique village of Arrow Rock, Missouri, which is a state and national Historic Site adjacent to the Big Muddy National Wildlife Refuge Jameson Island unit. MRBO is a small organization with a big impact; this is due to the dedication and hard work of the staff, Board, and volunteers.
We are seeking a dedicated individual to fill our position of Education Coordinator. This position is a great opportunity to utilize a variety of skills, to share your passion for birds and all wildlife, and to get your ideas for educational programming heard, developed, and implemented.
The MRBO Education Coordinator is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the organization’s education program. Their main responsibility is to coordinate and implement a variety of education programming to diverse audiences (more details below). They will bring MRBO’s Arrow Rock Nature School to full operation, as well as orchestrate and/or deliver the Young Explorers Club summer day camp, the Missouri Young Birders Club, various multi-date seasonal programs in mid-Missouri and Kansas City, and “one-off” programs all over the state. The Education Coordinator works closely with MRBO’s Co-founders, Board of Directors, and volunteers as well as other organizations. The position also requires the ability to work independently, guiding program development and day- to-day operations.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
- Continue the development and implementation of the Arrow Rock Nature School, a place-based learning center based in part on the model of the Teton Science School.
- Coordinate, develop, and present custom bird programs to schools, other non-profit organizations, clubs, businesses, and the public.
- Oversee one to four (depending on season) MRBO education staff members, ensuring excellence in program delivery.
- Coordinate and lead the Missouri Young Birders Club.
- Act as Camp Coordinator for the Young Explorers’ Camp, which takes place over two weeks in June:
-Coordinate intern(s), volunteers, guest presenters, campers, and parents
-Develop and implement programming and activities
-Manage camp equipment and supplies
- Lead events and tours at MRBO’s BirdHouse, our visitor center on Arrow Rock’s Main Street
- Assist with or lead coordination of festivals in Arrow Rock.
- Attend, and often present at, professional conferences for professional development and networking/partnership development.
- Work with and develop relationships with MRBO’s partner organizations and agencies.
- Serve as a MRBO representative on state and local partner committees, such as Experience Arrow Rock and Missouri Bird Conservation Initiative.
- Assist with a variety of other public outreach opportunities as needed.
The ideal candidate:
- Is highly detail-oriented, rational, resilient, and organized in their thinking and planning.
- Is deeply inspired by environmental education and conservation.
- Leads by example and inspires others with an environmentally conscientious lifestyle.
- Has a demonstrated track record in education event coordination, including all aspects of development, planning, and execution.
- Has experience and proficiency in using Microsoft Office applications and cloud sharing services (i.e. Google Drive, DropBox, One Drive etc.).
- Has a multitude of experiences giving ecological programs to a variety of audiences.
- Is committed to including all people in nature experiences and is motivated to reach underserved
- Is professional in their written and verbal communications.
- Is comfortable working and teaching outdoors and in the field (moderate physical fitness is needed).
- Has ecological understanding from former education and/or experience.
- Has basic bird identification skills/ ability to lead groups on bird outings.
- Enjoys growing partnerships, networking, and collaboration.
- Grant writing experience preferred but not required.
Location, Hours, Salary and Benefits:
- This position requires the candidate to live in the mid-Missouri area and be on site in Arrow Rock several times per week (frequency is seasonal).
- Schedule is extremely variable and based on program needs – weekend and evening work can be frequent at some times of year.
- Overnight travel is sometimes necessary (approximately 2-4 times per month)
- This is a full time, salaried position. Salary will be in the mid-$30s range based on candidate’s experience.
- Health care stipend is available.
- Work-related travel expenses (personal vehicle use, lodging, some meals) are reimbursed in full.
- Benefits include paid time off, paid holidays, and flexibility in scheduling.
How to Apply
To apply for the Education Coordinator position, please submit a cover letter, current resume, and contact information for three references by emailing them to email@example.com AND firstname.lastname@example.org.
MRBO values diversity of all kinds and is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace where we all learn from each other. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and culture.