Education Manager

Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 43 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 46 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).
Position Summary:
The Education Manager plans, creates and supervises the day to day operation of the full spectrum of educational offerings available both at and away from the Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest.  He/she will pay particular attention to the Center’s alignment with National Audubon’s Strategic Plan.  He/she will also assist the Center Director with Beidler Forest Sanctuary management and protection, as well as State Office support, as needed.
Essential Functions:
  • Oversee and supervise the day-to-day development, implementation, and delivery of a wide variety of general visitor educational activities which are designed to bring people and the resources/facilities of the sanctuary together for positive experiences and move them along the continuum from understanding to appreciation to conservation action.
  • Oversee and supervise the development, implementation and delivery of a curriculum of educational programming created for school children that is tied directly to state Education Standards, while contributing to Audubon’ Strategic Plan and conservation outcomes.
  • Participate as a member of a team to conduct education and cultivation activities for key constituencies such as private landowners and foresters.
  • Respond to National Audubon’s lead on aligning Center activities to its strategic plan and to develop, implement and deliver programs and projects in support of the Plan’s conservation outcomes. Particular attention will be paid to the Bird Friendly Communities goals and objectives.
  • Take responsibility for the scheduling, pre/post information, guide/speaker assignment, etc. for all guided programming and off site outreach for the Beidler Forest.
  • Create, plan, promote and conduct special events, walks, and programs designed to encourage visitation and participation at the Center.
  • Build and maintain the Beidler Forest pages of the Audubon South Carolina website, assuring its current content, tourist friendliness and teacher usefulness.
  • Assist the Center Director in the recruiting, training, scheduling, recognizing and keeping of volunteers to the Center. Assist the Center Director in the recruiting, training and scheduling of Seasonal Naturalists in the spring and fall.
  • Serve as the principal “go to” staff member for all things bird related (identification, biology, monitoring, etc.) out of the Beidler Forest office, as well as assisting the state team in conducting Bird Friendly Bottomland Forest Management site visits, grassland/shrubland bird studies, and assisting with the shore bird Beach Stewards program.
  • Act as part of the Audubon South Carolina team, endeavoring to achieve its conservation outcomes as addressed in National Audubon’s Strategic Plan.
  • Assist Center Director and/or Land Manager as needed with sanctuary facilities and equipment maintenance, biological monitoring and field biology/research.
  • Run the visitor center desk one weekend per month.
  • Plan, promote and conduct a series of at least three weeks of summer day camps for area children with themes and activities in support of Strategic Plan Conservation Outcomes.
Qualifications and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, one of the Natural Sciences, or Education-like field required
  • 2-5 years of experience as a Naturalist/Educator
  • Demonstrated passion for birds required
  • Experience with avian research/monitoring strongly preferred
  • Familiarity with promotions, strong writing and public speaking skills, and sense of humor
  • Demonstrated ability to self start and work with little supervision.
Harleyville, South Carolina
Audubon South Carolina
Human Resources