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About Mass Audubon
Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 160,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at massaudubon.org.
About This Position
Mass Audubon is committed to creating a more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and just organization and to providing greater access to nature for everyone. Part of this work requires us to address the historic inequities within the environmental and conservation fields, which is why we launched the Environmental Fellowship Program for Early Careers (EFP). The EFP is a unique program designed to increase pathways into environmental professions for people whose identities have been historically underrepresented. Each 14-month fellowship is hosted within one of four departments/teams: Land Conservation, Conservation Science, Nature in the City or Environmental Education. Our fellows will have the opportunity to tackle some of the most pressing environmental concerns of our time while working alongside a passionate and dedicated team of professionals. In addition to professional experience, the fellows are given opportunities for networking, mentoring, and skill development within a supportive cohort model. To learn more about the program, please register for our Information Session which will take place on Thursday, February 22nd at 6pm EST.

Mass Audubon recently launched our Action Agenda, a five-year plan to address the rapid loss of wildlife habitat, inequitable access to nature, and the threat of climate change. Environmental Education, Nature-Inspired Art Education, and Community Engagement are key strategies in achieving goals focused on increasing equitable and inclusive access to nature across Massachusetts. The Art and Environmental Education Fellow will be part of the Education Department based out of the Nest at the Museum of American Bird Art Education Center in Canton, MA.

The Fellow will play a key role developing nature-inspired art programming and activities during the inaugural year of the Nest, a nature-inspired maker space and community centric art studio on the grounds of a 124-acre wildlife sanctuary. The role of the Nest at Mass Audubon is to deepen people’s connection with nature through the act of making and experiencing art to inspire and motivate people to take action to protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife. To connect people to nature where they are, the Fellow will play a key role in engaging community members with programming, art making, and activities throughout Massachusetts. Working with educators in the Metro South region and throughout the state, the Fellow will design, implement, lead, and train staff in nature-inspired art programing that engages community members in multiple communities, focused on environmental justice populations.
Primary duties and responsibilities will be divided (70%) between the following projects. (1) The Fellow will design, facilitate, and refine innovative, fun, inclusive, and culturally responsive nature-based art programming at the Nest. These programs will be designed to create a deeper connection to nature, make people happy, build community, and provide the opportunity for people to discover hidden talents within themselves. (2) A second goal will focus on community engagement and program design. As part of a team, the Fellow will design, develop, implement, and scale nature-based art programming that will be done in collaboration with existing and new community partners (e.g. libraries, recreation departments, art organizations, farmers markets, festivals). These programs will use best practices in culturally responsive, teaching, art education, and environmental education. (3) As part of a team, a third major goal for the Fellow will be to develop, design, and implement a community level art project that melds together art and nature programming with environmental activism. Additional time will be allotted (30%) for professional development, mentoring, and professional projects or research.

Art Education, Environmental Education, and Community Engagement

Work with a team to develop and implement programs and activities for a variety of audiences (children, families, teens, adults) at the Nest and Museum of American Bird Art Education Center, other Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries, and in communities, using best practices in culturally responsive teaching, art education, and environmental education.
Using best practices of community engagement, deepen existing and build new partnerships in communities and with groups from historically marginalized communities.
Attend and actively participate in statewide and regional staff meetings, professional learning communities, and professional development trainings related to the Fellow’s area of focus.
When teaching and delivering educational programs, maintain the safety of all participants and staff as a priority, and maintain strong accountability to Mass Audubon’s risk management policies, child safe environment guidelines, as well as all pertinent licensing regulations and accreditation standards.
When teaching and delivering educational programs, effectively communicate and represent Mass Audubon’s mission, vision, and programs to visitors, members, and community members.
Work safely and responsibly with different maker space and art studio equipment and tools, not limited to, but including Cricut cutting machines, Glowforge laser engraver, pottery wheels, electric kiln, art studio equipment, miter saw, drill press, router table, and more.
Project Management

Support the planning, implementation and evaluation of nature-inspired art programming at the Nest, other Mass Audubon sanctuaries, and with community partners, based on Fellow’s interest and passion. Programs should prioritize accessibility to marginalized populations. The Fellow will use project results to inform further refinement of program and scale up to other regions.
Support the development, planning, implementation, and evaluation of a nature-inspired community-based art making project that combines environmental education with environmental activism and can be scaled up in collaboration with Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuaries and departments and community partners.

Collaborate in the planning, budgeting and marketing of a specific suite of educational programs at the Nest employing DEIJA principles at each step in the process.
As part of a team, the Fellow will prepare, write, and design marketing and public relations materials.
At Mass Audubon, our highest priority is finding the best candidate for the job. Research has shown that people of color and women are less likely to apply for jobs if they don’t believe they meet every one of the qualifications described in a job description. We encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of our described qualifications or you have a less traditional background. We are looking for applicants with the following qualifications:

Must Haves

Must obtain a Bachelor’s degree by the start of the fellowship. Degrees or fields of study especially suitable for this work include: Fine Art, Art Education, Biology, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies and Sustainability, Ecology, or related field
Values the critical role that community engagement and environmental education programs play in helping to build healthy, vibrant, and equitable communities
Enthusiasm for designing inclusive and equitable learning experiences that support connection to nature and learning about the interdependence of people and nature
Experience leading art and/or environmental education programs for children, or other audiences, or any equivalent combination of education and related experience
Excellent writing and speaking skills
Strong project management skills
Solid skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook)
Nice to Haves

Knowledge of local natural history, conservation, and environmental education
Familiarity or experience working at a maker space, art studio, or pottery studio
Familiarity or experience working with maker space and graphic design software
Familiarity with culturally responsive teaching and/or other equity-based pedagogy
Experience designing and delivering urban environmental education programming or equivalent
Valid driver’s license, and willingness to travel throughout the state
First Aid and CPR (child and adult) certification (training provided upon hire, if needed)
Compensation, Benefits and Perks
This position’s pay range is $50,000-$55,000/year; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements.

Benefits eligible staff at Mass Audubon may elect to enroll in medical, dental, and vision plans. Mass Audubon also offers disability and life insurance plans, a retirement plan through MetLife, and Flexible Spending Account options. Mass Audubon employment also includes access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and the Reciprocity Agreement through the Consortium of Non-Profit Arts/Cultural/Environmental Organizations of New England. Mass Audubon employees also enjoy 13 paid holidays (holidays may shift annually due to where days fall within calendar).

Work Schedule
Full time schedule of 40 hours, Monday through Friday

Other Requirements
Employees must successfully complete a CORI and SORI Background Check and a Motor Vehicle Record (if applicable) is required.

Mass Audubon’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Justice
Mass Audubon embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are dedicated to forming a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Mass Audubon’s mission is to “protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and for wildlife” by building a strong coalition of employees, volunteers, and community members. We recognize that the environmental movement and field of conservation have been affected by societal systems that have limited opportunity and access for many people. As a result, Mass Audubon is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. We are engaged in an ongoing process of organizational assessment and change, designed to remove barriers and create a workplace where all forms of diversity are recognized and valued.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Mass Audubon is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. Mass Audubon prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Application Instructions
Complete your application on ADP: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=6044bc19-19e6-443a-8a51-62fe8af33798&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=471926&lang=en_US
Please submit a resume with your ADP application. In addition, please complete the following Microsoft Form to apply for this role: https://forms.office.com/r/bq6Msi0Qj4.

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