Seasonal Field Naturalist

Maine Audubon

Opening posted: 05/05/2022 | Expires: 05/31/2022

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Maine Audubon seeks an enthusiastic and passionate Seasonal Field Naturalist for the Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, the organization’s flagship campus. Maine Audubon‘s mission of conserving Maine’s wildlife and wildlife habitat, for many, begins with a visit to a nature center or joining a program led by a naturalist.  Maine Audubon also fields many natural history questions from the public, many of which come in via calls or visits to Gilsland Farm.  This position will support public-facing staff with natural history expertise, while also developing and leading walks and other programs that highlight Gilsland Farm as a rich resource for many diverse people and communities.

Essential Duties:

  • Serve as onsite natural history resource for staff, volunteers, and visitors at Maine Audubon’s headquarters, Gilsland Farm, in Falmouth, ME
  • Lead/teach walks, workshops, and programs on a broad range of natural history topics, primarily focused on birds, for a wide range of audiences, with emphasis on reaching adult audiences 
  • Respond to questions and contacts from the membership, public, media and staff regarding wildlife and natural history
  • Support programs administration, as well as other departments, as needed

Qualifications:

  • Well-grounded field knowledge of natural history of Maine
  • Must be familiar with Maine birds by sight (and preferably sound) to be able to lead birding walks or field trips
  • Excellent working knowledge of iNaturalist, eBird, and other community science tools
  • Knowledge of literature and resources on local natural history
  • Strong communication skills, including written, oral, and interpersonal
  • Strong interpretation skills
  • Good sense of humor, flexibility, and desire to help
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Workplace applications 
  • Physical stamina
  • First aid and CPR training
  • Comfort with risk management for program participants in unpredictable field conditions
  • Multilingual applicants desired

Physical Requirements:

Availability and willingness to work irregular work hours, including weekends and evenings

Ability to climb stairs, walk and hike on uneven, rocky and/or slippery surfaces

Ability to carry a field pack of books, first aid kit, etc.

Ability to drive a vehicle

Ability to use computer

Appointment:  This position is seasonal and will be for 30 hours per week from June through September 30, with a widely variable schedule each week.  The position is based primarily at Gilsland Farm, with periodic travel to other sites for partner programs.  Additional hours and seasonal extensions may be possible as projects, funding, and seasonal workloads expand.  Hourly rate:  $18/hour

To apply: Please send a letter of intent and resume to   We will begin reviewing applications immediately.  Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Maine Audubon is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Any job offers are contingent on a successful criminal background check.