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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 tackle some of the most pressing environmental concerns of our time while working with 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 and Community Engagement are key strategies in achieving goals focused on increasing equitable and inclusive access to nature across Massachusetts. The Climate Education Fellow will be part of the Education and Engagement Team, a hybrid role based out of one of Mass Audubon sanctuaries and will have the opportunity to play a key role in educational program planning, implementation, and evaluation. Working with educators throughout the state, they will support the Climate Democracy Project (CDP), an interdisciplinary climate education and action program for secondary teachers and students. The goal of the CDP program is to increase the capacity of our secondary school teachers to incorporate solutions-based, justice focused climate education into their curriculum. The program includes direct instructions with students, connections with local partners, and professional development for teachers, as well as the development of digital resources to support students and teachers scaling the program.
Primary duties and responsibilities will be divided between your work with the Education and Engagement team, outlined below (70%) and your own professional development, cohort connections, mentoring, and professional projects or research  (30%). Specific responsibilities will include:

Provide organizational support for the Climate Democracy Project (CDP), an interdisciplinary climate education and local action program for 8th-12th grade students. Work will include: coordinating communications among team members, acting as a resource for students and teachers engaged in the program, helping co-create the strategy and direction for the program
Support connections between the Youth Climate Leadership Program (YCLP) – a club-based program for teens focused on climate action projects – and the CDP, building on the expertise of the youth and mentors in the YCLP program to inform the development of the CDP program
Coordinate development of a toolkit, resources, and materials for classroom teacher and students on local climate action projects
Outreach to schools and youth organizations regarding the project
Assist with creation and implementation of K-12 programs related climate change, utilizing best practices in culturally responsive environmental education
Conduct a community assessment of Mass Audubon and partners’ existing climate education work, especially the work focused environmental justice communities and local climate action
Work with a cross disciplinary team of educators, managers and other wildlife sanctuary staff to prepare and conduct activities for community engagement and educational initiatives, with an emphasis on connecting with marginalized communities
Asst in the development of an evaluation plan for the Climate Democracy Project
Attend and actively participate in statewide and regional staff meetings, professional learning communities, and professional development trainings related to your area of focus
Maintain the safety of all participants and staff as a priority and maintain strong accountability to Mass Audubon’s risk management policies, child-environment guidelines, and all pertinent licensing regulations and accreditation standards
Effectively communicate and represent Mass Audubon’s mission, vision, and programs to students, teachers, visitors, members, and community members
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: Biology, Education, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies and Sustainability, ecology, earth science, or related field
Strongly values the critical role that community engagement and environmental education programs play in helping to build healthy, vibrant and equitable communities
Experience leading environmental education programs for children or teens, or any equivalent combination of education and related experience
Excellent writing and speaking skills
Familiarity with and passion for culturally responsive teaching and/or other equity-based pedagogy
Familiarity with climate justice education and/or communication best practices
A growth mindset, with the ability to be self-reflective and an eagerness to improve one’s own skills.
Strong project management skills, including organization of tasks, listening to input from team members and community members, synthesizing information from a wide array of sources, problem solving on a day to day and long-term basis, and the ability to move a project forward with input from others
Solid skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook)
Nice to Haves

Knowledge of local natural history, conservation, and climate-related issues
Experience designing and delivering climate change and climate justice education programming or equivalent
Experience leading middle and/or high school educational experiences
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=471948&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/A4U10hJAjA.

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