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  • Outreach Education Assistant


    Susan Meadows
    • Employer: National Audubon Society
      Location: Bremen, Maine
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/11/2024
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Position Summary:

    The Outreach Education Assistant represents the Seabird Institute (SI) to the public as a narrator and bird guide aboard puffin watching cruises, and as a greeter and interpreter at the Project Puffin Visitor Center in Rockland, Maine. Providing outreach in the form of educational programming and presentations to the public is accepted.  Overall, the Outreach Education Assistants bring the story of SI’s 50+-year history to children, adults, and families, and help people to understand the necessity for this applied conservation work, as well as to inspire them to become personally involved in conservation action as donors and citizen activists.  
      
    Shared housing is available upon request at Audubon's Todd Wildlife Sanctuary, located at 12 Audubon Road, in Bremen, Maine.  Food stipend is also provided.

    There are (3) full-time seasonal positions available as detailed below:

    Start Dates:

    • Position (1) and (2)
      • Begins May 1-3
      • This position includes working at the visitor center as well as assisting with all chores and logistics for the opening & establishment of Seabird Island Field Camps. 
    •  Position (3)
      • Begins May 15-17

    End Dates:

    • (2) positions  August 31st
    • (1) position October 31st
      • This position includes working at the Visitor Center (5) days/week in September and October.

    Responsibilities:

    • Train with Education staff to learn: SI history; how to identify Gulf of Maine seabirds; natural history of the Maine Coast with the goal of working independently as tour interpretive narrator
    • Serve as interpreter, field naturalist and store-keeper aboard commercial puffin-watching tours departing from New Harbor and Boothbay Harbor to Eastern Egg Rock, offshore in Muscongus Bay
    • Train with the Project Puffin Visitor Center (PPVC) Manager to learn: the operation of the point-of-sale system; Visitor Center interpreter, PPVC education programs and inventory management procedures
    • Maintain inventory and sell seabird-related items aboard the commercial tours and at the PPVC
    • Assist in writing social media posts
    • Assist with implementing educational and birding programs
    • Promote SI’s mission, and encourage tour participants and PPVC visitors to financially support the program by soliciting donation
    • Participate in Hog Island and/or Seabird Institute educational programming; process sales at Hog Island store as needed
    • Assist mainland staff with logistics, which includes driving to boat docks, bus and limo stops as needed
    • Assist mainland-based staff with procurement of supplies, packing groceries, research supplies and mail-in waterproof island transport bags; cleaning and filling water jugs for resupplying research stations, etc.
    • Work with Island Research Coordinator and additional staff in early/mid-May to assist in set-up of Field Camps on offshore seabird nesting islands
    • Ensure shared housing facility is properly and consistently maintained and cleaned

    Qualifications and Experience:

    • Pursuing bachelor’s degree, already hold a degree, or 2+ years experience in Environmental Education, Environmental Studies, Biology, or similar background
    • Previous experience in environmental education, bird-watching, and/or teaching public programs is desirable
    • Awareness of Microsoft Office applications
    • Must be able to spend up to 3 hours at sea (on boats) and withstand rough sea conditions
    • Excellent communication skills with the ability to write clearly
    • Must be able to climb over rugged terrain and lift approximately 30 lbs.
    • Must possess a valid driver's license, as well as, have familiarity with the use of binoculars
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
    • Familiarity with spotting scopes, point-of-sale register system, and camping equipment is desirable

    Additional Information:

    • Participation up to 5 days (although not required) in seabird island field work including, but not limited to, bird counts and weather data collection, 3-hr observation stints from small unheated blinds, bird handling, measuring, data entry and assisting with habitat management projects at an assigned island research site using binoculars (can be provided) and spotting scopes (supplied) to aid in the collection of data as specified by the Island Supervisor
    • Living conditions on seabird island; 2-person-sized personal tents, which can be provided.  
    • Wood platforms for tents on seabird islands will be provided.  A sleeping bag and ground pad are essential and can be provided.  Drinking water, food, and propane for cooking are brought via boat and carried by hand to the field camps

    To Apply: Send a resume to Susie Meadows at smeadows@audubon.org

    **Assistants will be living in primitive camping conditions.  These conditions include no running water, composting toilets, etc.  Solar panels will provide limited electricity.

     




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