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Youth Programs Manager

About Maine Audubon
Maine Audubon is a nonprofit conservation organization with headquarters in Falmouth, Maine whose mission is to conserve wildlife and wildlife habitat by engaging people in conservation, education, and action. Maine Audubon operates two year-round education centers – Gilsland Farm in Falmouth and Fields Pond in Holden – as well as seasonal centers at Scarborough Marsh and Borestone Mountain.

Purpose of the position:
To lead the development and implementation of camp, school, and enrichment programs throughout the year for Maine youth that align with and support Maine Audubon’s mission, new strategic plan, and programmatic priorities.

Primary areas of accountability include:

  • Program development & management – year-round, mission-oriented programs for youth
  • Staff & volunteer management – develop, fill, and supervise seasonal, contract, and volunteer positions
  • External leadership -- community partnerships, outreach, networking
  • Internal leadership – work with other Maine Audubon programs and support staff
  • Marketing – coordinate youth programs communications and marketing plan

Essential functions:
The Youth Programs Manager must be above all a visionary leader of results, both internally for Maine Audubon and externally for the many diverse stakeholder groups. Direct responsibilities include:
● Plan, manage, and deliver programs year-round for youth at Gilsland Farm and elsewhere.
● Hire and develop seasonal staff, contract staff, and volunteers to assist with programs.
● Schedule and coordinate support from other Maine Audubon staff and partners.
● Work with Communications department to develop and implement seasonal marketing and promotion of programs.
● Work in collaboration with Education staff to develop, evaluate, and improve programming; share best practices; and align programming with Maine Audubon goals.
● Work with Education Director to create and manage annual budget and program plan.
● Work closely with other staff to develop and advance year-round programming for full range of age groups and demographic audiences that integrate key conservation program goals, content, and actions.
● Work with Grants Manager and Development department to identify and cultivate sources of funding for youth programs.
● Maintain positive relationships with all Maine Audubon stakeholders.
Other duties as needed
● Serve as outreach ambassador for Maine Audubon, knowledgeably represent Maine Audubon to
stakeholders and the general public. Represent Maine Audubon and department in outside committee
work, partnership development and other networking endeavors.
● Maintain records of programs and participants. Collect data on program effectiveness. Organize
educational resources.
● Write content related to youth programs for diverse communications, marketing, and fundraising.
● Assist with events and programs; stay up to date on Maine Audubon activities statewide.
● Other duties as assigned.

Equipment:
Standard office equipment such as computer, copier, phone, etc. Simple cleaning and maintenance
equipment such as brooms, mops, hand tools, etc.

Qualifications:
Education & Experience

  • Experience (minimum of five years preferred) teaching environmental education to diverse students
  • in both field and classroom settings. Experience working in public schools or teaching certification a
  • plus.
  • Summer or equivalent camp experience.
  • B.A./B.S. in relevant discipline (environmental studies, ecology, environmental education, etc.);
  • Master’s degree preferred.
  • Passion for nature and conservation; enthusiasm for working with children; commitment to the
  • mission and work of Maine Audubon.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with different age levels in a developmentally appropriate way.
  • Demonstrated ability to design projects and programs that address overarching themes through
  • engaging, concrete learning experiences.
  • Understanding of or experience with place-based, project-based, service learning, and citizen science
  • approaches to environmental education.
  • Strong ecological literacy and openness to learning more.
  • Collaborative attitude. Experience working with volunteers preferred.
  • Willingness to work some evenings and weekends.
  • CPR & First Aid certification is required and the responsibility of the employee.
  • Must pass a criminal background check.
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Suite, strong computer skills, capacity to learn new
  • applications, software, and hardware quickly. Database experience recommended.

Other requirements:

  • Able to often lift objects up to 50 pounds
  • Able to frequently hike all trails on Maine Audubon properties as part of program
  • Able to use hands/fingers to operate computer and other program equipment
  • Able to sit at a desk for extended periods of time
  • Reliable transportation, some travel statewide
  • Frequent evening and weekend work required

How to Apply:
To apply, please submit cover letter and resume to jobs@maineaudubon.org with “Youth Programs
Manager” in the subject line.