Missouri River Bird Observatory
Location: Arrow Rock, Missouri
The Missouri River Bird Observatory (MRBO) seeks a seasonal environmental educator for the period of 10 March – 10 July, with possibility of extension. This position will be based in Arrow Rock, MO, which is a National and State Historic Site; therefore education programs will be tied into the natural history of the town and surrounding area. The educator will be responsible for conducting ecology and natural history walks for 3rd – 6th grade classes during the period of mid-April – 20 May. The educator will also facilitate programs for groups of all ages across the state of Missouri on a wide variety of topics from bird identification, life history, climate change, general ecology, habitat conservation and the importance of MRBO’s monitoring projects in the context of Missouri conservation. There will be extensive interaction, networking, and collaboration with representatives of local non-profits and other agencies throughout the course of the position.
The educator will receive valuable training in mist-netting and bird-banding, the Flying WILD program, local habitat, natural history and conservation issues, and MRBO’s programs during the first two weeks of employment. He or she will then work independently to develop programs, including effective ways of disseminating climate change information. The educator will spend April – June independently conducting a wide variety of indoor and outdoor programs as well as assisting MRBO staff with other public events as needed. If programs include bird-banding demonstrations, a bander will be assigned to work with the educator. Other occasional duties include generating portions of reports and newsletters and helping with social media outlets.
The applicant must have demonstrated experience in developing and conducting wildlife and conservation programs (both indoor and outdoor) for school-children and preferably, the general public. The ability to interact positively and network with adults and live in a very small town as a representative of MRBO is required. An academic background in wildlife or conservation biology is preferred, but concern for bird welfare, gentleness with animals, a strong commitment to conservation, and general love for nature are even more important.
Salary will be $1300-1600/month dependent on experience, plus housing and travel reimbursement when a personal vehicle is used for work. Work schedule will be 5-6 days per week and sometimes involve early morning hours. To apply, please send a letter of interest, resume, and three references to Dana Ripper (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Ethan Duke (email@example.com).