Teen Stewardship Pilot Program Coordinator

Maine Audubon

Opening posted: 03/17/2020 | Expires: 04/17/2020

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Teen Stewardship Pilot Program Coordinator
Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Falmouth

Maine Audubon, the state’s largest wildlife conservation education organization, seeks a seasonal, full-time staff member to coordinate and oversee our new Teen Stewardship pilot program. The program is a partnership with Portland Parks Conservancy and the City of Portland Parks & Recreation department. This position is based at Maine Audubon’s headquarters at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, Maine, but will also involve a multi-day overnight camp in Poland, as well as day-long visits to Portland and other nearby locations for fieldwork.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Develop, plan, and implement the new program with Maine Audubon’s Youth Programs Manager and our partners;
  • Oversee, coach, motivate, and assist a group of 6-10 youth, ages 14-16, through a series of experiences across a broad range of conservation and stewardship projects and careers;
  • Mentor and engage participants through activities and dialogue about wildlife and habitat conservation, environmental stewardship, leadership, and civic/social responsibility;
  • Serve as a chaperone for a 4-day, 3-night sleepover camp led by The Ecology School;
  • Establish productive and mutually-beneficial relationships with various Maine Audubon staff, volunteers, The Ecology School staff, Portland Parks & Recreation staff, parents/guardians, and other project partners;
  • Ensure that all necessary safety and logistical provisions are made with teammates and partners throughout the various phases of the program;
  • Maintain required paperwork and reporting such as participant medical forms, accident reports, and program evaluations;
  • Work with the Youth Programs Manager to plan and facilitate group and individual fieldwork;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Experience and demonstrated skill working with youth ages 14-16 in settings such as schools, camps, environmental/experiential/outdoor/adventure education;
  • Understanding of and passion for Maine Audubon’s mission of conserving wildlife and habitat required, knowledge of Maine’s flora, fauna, and ecological concepts preferred;
  • Current Adult/Pediatric First Aid and CPR certification, Wilderness First Aid or First Responder preferred;
  • Must pass a criminal background and drivers check;
  • Enthusiasm, creativity, and flexibility, along with the ability to collaborate effectively with others.

Work Experience & Skills

  • Experience working with teens in an education, coaching, or other supervisory setting;
  • Experience and/or comfort with hands-on, project-based service learning activities;
  • Comfort communicating with professionals from a wide variety of fields, and acting as a point of contact for experiential programming;
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • Strong communication and conflict resolution skills;
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently and collaboratively as required;
  • Some experience with landscaping, property maintenance, or tools is preferred;
  • Experience working with diverse teams with a range of cultural backgrounds is desirable;

Physical Requirements:

  • Able to often lift objects up to 50 pounds when setting up program space;
  • Able to frequently hike and carry gear on trails, beaches, and uneven terrain;
  • Able to work outdoors in all environmental and weather conditions.

Status: This is a full-time, seasonal position starting on or around June 1, 2020.

Compensation: Hourly rate commensurate with experience.

To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Catherine Griset at , with the subject line “Teen Summer Stewardship Program Coordinator Position.” We will begin reviewing applications on April 1, 2020, and will accept applications until the position is filled.