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Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center (TRSAC) in Oyster Bay, NY hosts a summer Sanctuary Adventures Program for children ages 5-15. Our seven-week (Monday-Thursday) nature camp includes activities ranging from discovery hikes, pond explorations, live animal programs, nature crafts, and games. Kayaking programs are also offered to some age groups. The summer naturalists design the curriculum for these programs and conduct the programs with the help of other staff. We are looking for energetic individuals with a passion for teaching young children about the wonders of nature and environmental science.
- Ensure the Sanctuary Adventures Program functions smoothly and professionally, and that all program participants have a safe, enjoyable experience.
- Foster care of and respect for the natural world and others through positive behavior and actions.
- Create, prepare and deliver nature, science, arts and crafts and conservation-based curriculum for assigned age group centered on weekly themes.
- Create a meaningful experience for summer program participants while teaching an appreciation and respect for the natural environment.
- Responsible for the health and safety of all participants, as well as the cleaning and maintaining of assigned areas and other sanctuary property.
- Develop positive relationships with TRSAC staff, volunteers, visitors, parents, members of the community and youth participants.
- Perform all other duties deemed necessary by the Education Manager to further the mission of TRSAC and Audubon.
- Bachelor’s degree, or working toward a degree, from an accredited college or university in environmental studies, education, natural science, environmental education, biology, outdoor recreation, or related field.
- Experience teaching in schools, nature camps, nature centers, science museums, zoos, or other programs emphasizing science or nature education. Experience in summer camps preferred.
- Skilled in creating a safe, warm and welcoming atmosphere to awaken children’s curiosity for and enjoyment of nature.
- Demonstrated experience working with diverse groups of children, as well as success in the management of youth activities.
- Self-motivated, detailed-oriented with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
- Strong organizational skills, written and verbal communication skills, and computer literacy.
- Positive role model for participants and other staff members: flexible, independent, responsible and enthusiastic.
- Valid Driver’s license.
- Must be certified or become certified in Basic First Aid and CPR prior to start date.
- Must be able to commit to the full seven weeks of camp July 9-August 23, 2018, Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. Must also attend paid staff training June 25 to June 29, 2018. Opportunities are also available to assist with our Kayak Explorations Program July 2,3,5,6th, 2018 and August 27th-30th, 2018.
- Willingness to work outdoors in any weather as necessary, get dirty, have fun, and have a genuine interest in connecting children with nature.
- Experience kayaking or canoeing, music, performance, arts and crafts or related fields a plus.
- Knowledge of Long Island natural history, as well as lifeguard certification, also desired.
- Interest in conservation and the mission of the National Audubon Society.