Working with the Conservancy’s conservation teams at the global and local levels will provide the selected candidate with the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of worldwide conservation issues and strategies for addressing threats to biodiversity. The Conservation Education Assistant will be exposed to, and participate in, a broad range of educational opportunities. For example, they will participate in education, stewardship and operations programs, interact frequently with visitors, and help maintain preserve areas frequented by the public at Mashomack Preserve, Shelter Island, NY.
The anticipated duration of this position is approximately 5 months; shared housing accommodations are available.
Some duties may include:
Education & Outreach (70%): Assist Education and Outreach Coordinator and Visitor Center Coordinator to help create and implement interpretive education/outreach programming and materials that emphasize the biological diversity of the Mashomack Preserve, global environmental change, and The Nature Conservancy’s conservation initiatives. Help direct and teach the summer Children’s Environmental Education Program. Provide general Visitor Center support, including providing information to visiting public, working with and helping to direct volunteers and completing office/administrative work.
Stewardship (20%): Assist Preserve team with various aspects of preserve stewardship, facilities maintenance and Manor House operations. Tasks may include trail management and maintenance, routine mowing of trails and grounds, event preparation/clean-up, invasive species removal and trash removal/recycling. Duties will require physical labor and the safe operation of hand tools and power equipment.
Applied Conservation (10%): Assist team with a variety of conservation projects related to habitat management, wildlife monitoring, and research. Tasks may include GIS data collection and mapping, wildlife and vegetation surveys, data entry and analysis, literature reviews, and written reports. Duties will require long hours in the field and/or office.
- Requires good interpersonal and communication skills for regular interaction with employees, volunteers, preserve neighbors and visitors to convey basic preserve information.
- Ability to speak, both one-on-one and in front of small to medium sized groups, in a consistently professional, positive and approachable manner.
- Ability to work under close supervision or independently.
- May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations for long periods of time in isolated settings, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances in areas where ticks & mosquitos can be a frequent nuisance. May require considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain.
- Willingness to work a flexible schedule, including weekends and evenings as necessary.
- High school diploma or GED and 6 months of related experience or equivalent combination.
- Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR).
- Experience performing physically demanding work or sports/fitness.
- Must have valid drivers’ license.
- Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
- Experience or degree in environmental education or related field preferred.
- Knowledge of ecological and natural history concepts, familiarity with Northeast coastal flora and fauna, and the love of sharing that knowledge with others.
- Knowledge of, or a demonstrated interest in, climate change ecology and conservation biology.
- Strong written and oral communication skills. Excellent organizational skills. Ability to manage several projects simultaneously.
- Experience with teaching/tutoring or customer service.
- Computer literate with a working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
- Ability to work both independently and in a team environment cooperatively with a variety of volunteers and employees.
- Ability and willingness to do occasional physical labor.
- Experience operating various types of tools and equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. handheld GPS, gardening tools, lawn mower, chainsaw, etc.)
- Skill in kayaking and/or canoeing
- Current First Aid or CPR certification desirable.