Education Director

The Montana Audubon Center’s Education Director will be a leader, skilled naturalist, and charismatic educator. S/he will coordinate existing educational activities, and develop and implement a dynamic outdoor, place-based education program at the Montana Audubon Center. The Education Director will be responsible for all aspects of coordinating a vibrant education program, including scheduling, designing and promoting curriculum, teaching, assessing programs, and training/supervising Teacher Naturalists, interns, and volunteers.

For a detailed job description click Education Director Job Description 2015.  To apply:  Send a resume, cover letter and contact information for three references to Darcie Howard at darcie@mtaudubon.org.  Position will be open until filled.

 

Summer Camp Naturalists

We are looking for enthusiastic, nature loving employees with some camp experience.  Training begins June 8th and the camp session goes until August 14th.  For more information or to apply contact Darcie at darcie@mtaudubon.org.

 

High School Summer Naturalists in Training (NiTs)

Do you want to spend the summer working with kids while exploring the great outdoors?

If you answered yes, then we want YOU to apply to be a High School Naturalists in Training!

The High School Naturalists in Training (NiTs) Program at the Audubon Center provides practical, hands-on experience for emerging leaders in science and education. The program begins in June 2015 and will run through mid-August. You will participate in one day of mandatory training (June 6th 9 am – 5 pm), and then will select 6 or 8 weeks of camps during which you’d like to work. You will receive a stipend based on your availability.  $800 for the 8 weeks or $540 for the 6 weeks, as well as professional training, first aid and CPR if needed and experience while enjoying summertime outside with kids.

Qualifications

Interns are required to:

*       Be 16 years old by June 1st, 2015

*       Be comfortable working with children ages 4 – 14 years old

*       Have exceptional interpersonal and academic skills

*       Be eager to learn and share knowledge

*       Be self-motivated, able to follow directions, and work independently

*       Have a demonstrated interest in natural resources, environmental sciences, natural sciences (geology, biology, ecology), education, and/or recreation.


Responsibilities

  • Complete mandatory intern training June 6th. Training will include an orientation to the Center, environmental education philosophy and techniques, games/activities for kids, safety, and emergency procedures.
  • Assist with teaching 6 or 8 weeks of summer camp from 8:30 – 12:30 or 8:30 – 4:30. Camp programs are offered Monday – Friday from June 15th – August 14th.

Benefits

Interns will receive:

  • A stipend of $800 or $540 dependent on availability
  • First aid & CPR certification
  • Training in natural history, ecology, environmental sciences, and wildlife biology
  • Experience teaching environmental education to children
  • Employment recommendations

 

To apply:

Click here for a Naturalist in Training NiTs app 2015

Submit your application by May 18, 2018 to:  Education Director, 7026 South Billings Boulevard, Billings, MT, 59101

 

Learning about our native fish during a quiet evening by the ponds

Learning about our native fish during a quiet evening by the ponds

Harvesting bullrushes to transplant to our new grey water treatment tanks

Harvesting bullrushes to transplant to our new grey water treatment tanks

Yummy cattails! What a great way to learn about wetland plants.

Yummy cattails! What a great way to learn about wetland plants.

 

College Internships

Do you like hanging out with kids? Enjoy being outdoors? Are you looking for an internship for academic credit? If you answered YES, then we are looking for you!

Environmental education internships for academic credit are available year-round. Internships are unpaid.

Job Description: Intern will teach outdoor, hands-on activities for school groups, camps, families, and afterschool groups. Intern will have the opportunity to shadow a Teacher Naturalist, and then to take on a lead role in teaching groups. Lesson plans will be provided. Additionally, interns are encouraged to develop new curricula based on their ideas and interests. Intern will be responsible for leading groups on birding hikes, canoe rides, insect collecting walks, and other activities. As time and interest permit, the intern will be able to complete an independent project such as the collection/preservation of native plants, or the creation of an educational display for our field lab. Past interns have also assisted the Land Stewardship Coordinator with restoration projects.

Qualifications: Interns should…
1. Be comfortable working with children ages 4 – 13 years old
2. Have exceptional interpersonal and academic skills
3. Be self-motivated, able to follow directions, and work independently.
4. Have a demonstrated interest in natural resources, environmental sciences, natural sciences, education and/or recreation.
5. Be comfortable working outdoors for extended periods of time

Application Procedure: To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to: Education Director, ACEC, 7026 S. Billings Blvd., Billings, 59101

Your resume should list relevant coursework and employment as well as the names and contact information for three references.

Please address the following in your cover letter:
1. Describe any experiences you’ve had teaching, working with children, or any outdoor experiences.
2. Briefly trace the development of your interest in education, natural history, and/or the out-of-doors.
3. What personal and professional skills would you hope to achieve during an internship at the ACEC?

QUESTIONS? Contact Frances Boyens (406 – 294 – 5099 ext. 301) with questions.

Intern Grant Morrison from MSU-B leads a discussion about turtle natural history with fourth grade students.