Jan 18, 2020

Goosewing Education/Outreach Coordinator

  • Professional Diversity Network
  • Providence, RI, USA
Full-Time Government

Job Description

The Nature Conservancy


Providence, Rhode Island, USA



Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 74 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.


The Goosewing Education Coordinator is responsible for leading educational programs and promoting the Benjamin Family Environmental Center at Goosewing Beach Preserve.


The Education Coordinator will be responsible for greeting visitors at the environmental center and on the Preserve, leading nature programs for all ages including school programs, and may establish cooperative relationships with local schools and organizations involved in environmental education. The Education Coordinator will help develop a volunteer base for the center by recruiting and training volunteers to aid in staffing the center. The Goosewing education program will promote and increase public awareness of TNC's management of Piping Plover and Least Tern nesting sites, barrier beach ecology, local natural history, and the Conservancy's mission and conservation initiatives. The Education Coordinator will produce a report at the end of the season summarizing activities and results.

The Education Coordinator will work closely with other Conservancy field staff, interns and volunteers and is supervised by the Preserves Manager. The position is full-time, short-term, (35 hours/week) and is paid hourly. It is a 19-week position that begins on April 15, 2020 and terminates August 28, 2020. Housing is not provided.

  • Provide a presence at the Environmental Center on a regular basis. Greet the public and answer questions. Initiate positive, engaging communications with beach visitors. Provide information about Goosewing Beach and the shorebird protection program. Conduct informal tours of exhibit areas. Open and close the center.
  • Develop and lead education programs and nature walks for the general public, community groups, school groups, and donors to educate about barrier beach ecology, local natural history, shorebird biology, management and protection efforts; and The Nature Conservancy's mission.
  • Maintain and interpret informational displays and brochures to visitors. Provide nature program scheduling and shorebird nesting updates to visitors.
  • Recruit, train, and supervise volunteers to staff the center. Record volunteer hours.
  • Record number of visitors to the center. Record visitor questions, comments, and suggestions.
  • Provide assistance to Preserve Manager for the shorebird monitoring program and proactively educate beach-goers on the presence of nesting Piping Plovers.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Requires long hours in isolated settings.
  • Makes day to day decisions as delegated by supervisor.
  • May work under infrequent supervision.

  • HS Diploma and 1 year experience.
  • Experience organizing files.
  • Experience operating power and construction tools in a safe manner.
  • Experience in Customer Service.


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • 1 - 2 years training in science-related field or related experience in environmental systems. Experience in environmental education preferred.
  • Experience working with or knowledge of natural systems. Ability to recognize plant and animal species as required to complete preserve management and education activities.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to persuasively convey the mission of TNC to diverse groups including the general public, school groups, donors, and others.
  • Ability to follow instructions from colleagues.
  • Ability to perform physical work, sometimes under adverse conditions or in inclement weather.
  • Obtain related licenses or certifications such as first aid, CPR, driver's license.


This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the Conservancy's Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at www.nature.org/careers.

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.


To apply to position number 48437, submit resume (required) and cover letter separately using the upload buttons. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 16, 2020.

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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy's background screening process.



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