A community hub of the National Audubon Society and one of three centers of Audubon Mid-Atlantic, Patterson Park Audubon Center is located in southeast Baltimore City, in a historic but modernized row home, across the street from Patterson Park. The Center works to engage participants in bird conservation, through environmental education, action projects, advocacy, and community revitalization.
Patterson Park Audubon Center’s focus is on Baltimore’s birds and communities, though its activities are not limited to the city. We strive for a community-centered approach to our neighborhood revitalization efforts and co-creation of leadership initiatives, such as our youth and Latinx leadership programs. Our work is always evolving, growing, and forward-looking. We seek to be thoughtful partners, working closely with local schools, community leaders, and regional organizations to achieve shared success for Baltimore’s birds and communities.
The programs are outdoor-based, hands-on experiences that include:
- Environmental education, bird conservation, and community revitalization.
- Education in an outdoor setting and that correlate with academic curriculum standards.
- Engagement and stewardship opportunities that address conservation needs.
- Community projects that serve neighborhood goals while also meeting Audubon’s mission to protect birds and the places they need.
- Opportunities for Audubon to engage people from diverse backgrounds in conservation action at the local level.
- Efforts to restore Baltimore’s bird habitat through action and advocacy.
- Our team’s commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging in our work, internally and externally.
Activities led by the Center’s team include:
- Conservation education programs for elementary school groups.
- Green Leaders, a middle school leadership program.
- Bird Ambassadors, a Latinx adult leadership program.
- Neighborhood beautification projects such as bird-friendly garden installations.
- Habitat Team, volunteer stewardship of bird-friendly gardens.
- Community programming for children and adults – birdwatching, gardening workshops, and more – to foster future conservation stewards.
The Education Manager oversees day-to-day programming and volunteer recruitment/coordination for Patterson Park Audubon Center in Baltimore. This role coordinates school, summer camp, and community programming, aligning it with Audubon’s strategic goals and in partnership with diverse stakeholders. Audubon works with a number of partners to serve Baltimore’s birds and communities.
Patterson Park Audubon Center’s school programs are unique, utilizing Patterson Park as our outdoor “classroom” for six schools in walking distance of this city park. There they experience hands-on, science programming that meets curriculum standards, cultivate exploration and investigation skills, implement conservation actions, and grow as future leaders and stewards. Principals commit all kids in participating grades to the multi-part Audubon program, a unique and integral part of their elementary school experience. On board for more than your average field trips, each student visits with Audubon in fall, winter, and spring, building on environmental concepts and spiraling through our curriculum as they make their way from pre-K to fifth grade. Audubon educators stitch together these concepts through the years and lead students in age-appropriate conservation action.
The Education Manager must be able to manage a demanding workload and a fast-paced schedule, while providing innovative ideas to advance the Center’s programming. The Education Manager is an important team member and leader, whose input will be valuable in the upcoming strategic planning process for Audubon Mid-Atlantic, which will shape the future of our work. They must also be a skilled communicator, able to effectively teach elementary students in the park and in the classroom. While this is the primary audience the education manager instructs, they may also lead programs for ages two – adult, including public programs and summer camp. The Education Manager oversees a small team, which focuses on community engagement and other projects of the Center.
**To be considered for this opportunity, you must provide a cover letter with your application.
- Develop a comprehensive education program and strategies that align with Center, Regional, and National conservation plans and goals; develop conceptual frameworks, support materials, assessment tools, and other elements as needed.
- Develop and instruct creative, engaging science and conservation education curriculum appropriate for grades preK-5. Serve as lead instructor for elementary school programs.
- Manage program promotion, registration, scheduling, pre-program communication, development of materials, and program evaluation for all programming.
- Plan and implement environmental science, ecology, and service-learning programs for elementary school students, youth, family, college students, teachers, and adults.
- Integrate age-appropriate conservation action into education programs.
- Collaborate with local and regional non-profits, civic, and private partners for community revitalization and engagement initiatives.
- Develop new partnerships with city and state agencies, colleges, universities, research institutions, and community organizations.
- Serve as an ambassador for the Center and National Audubon Society throughout the community, including at conferences, meetings, advisory boards, festivals, and other events.
- Recruit, train, and manage staff and volunteers from diverse backgrounds to support education programs and action projects; oversee volunteer recruitment and marketing; coordinate communication.
- Oversee all aspects of summer camp including seasonal staff and the development and delivery of conservation education curriculum; coordinate with camp partners on logistics, schedules, and troubleshooting.
- Organize and supervise stewardship projects.
- Participate in fundraising, new initiatives, and overall growth of Audubon’s profile in Baltimore.
- Write grant proposals and reports to support Center programming, track program data, and interface with donors and foundation representatives.
- Participate in staff meetings, discussions, and trainings related to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging; seek to implement best practices in the office and during programs.
- Assist in the daily operating and maintenance activities; write content for the E-newsletter, newsletter, social media, and other media.
- Manage live animal care (two turtles).
- Must be available for occasional weekend and evening work.
Qualifications and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in education, biology, environmental science, or related field; or equivalent experience.
- Minimum five years’ experience in conservation education, preferably in an urban setting.
- Proven skills teaching in formal and informal settings to diverse audiences.
- Demonstrated experience in educational program design and assessment, knowledge of wildlife conservation issues, and ability to articulate them and inspire participation. Experience with measurement and evaluation best practices strongly preferred.
- Knowledge of Chesapeake Bay ecology, Baltimore City ecology, Maryland native plants, and curriculum standards or willingness to learn.
- Attention to detail, excellent time-management and organizational skills, sound judgment under pressure.
- Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
- Capacity to work easily and effectively with a wide range of people, build relationships, be diplomatic and exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the dynamics of a complex organization.
- Commitment to bird conservation and Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging.
- Experience managing and mentoring staff and fostering a supportive team environment.
- Capable of balancing a demanding workload and multiple deadlines.
- Able to accompany/lead/supervise students on field trips with varied terrain, demonstrate/participate in activities such as bird watching/traversing park trails and fishing/wading/seining in shallow water on rocky/sandy surfaces, with or without accommodation.
- Able to load/unload/haul equipment over moderate distances, with or without accommodation.
- Ability to carry program materials up and down steps and load into/out of the Audubon vehicle or garden cart is essential, with or without accommodation.
- Must be available for occasional weekend and evening work.
- Must have current first aid and CPR certifications or obtain such certification by start date.
- Fluency in Spanish preferred but not required.
- Valid U.S. driver’s license for operating Audubon vehicle. Occasional out-of-state travel required.
- Proficiency in MS Office applications; working with digital photos and video; email, internet, social media.