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Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is seeking a reliable and skilled individual to fill a core position in the Hawk Mountain education program, reporting to the Senior Educator and supervised by the Director of Education. Principal duties include: coordinating and conducting on-site and off-site school programs, assisting in the development of new materials and programs for export both nationally and internationally, and the care and training of Sanctuary’s non-releasable education raptors.

Job Description

Assist the Director of Education and the Senior Educator in conducting and updating on-site formal and informal education programs for visitors, groups, and members. Help design, upgrade, and implement off-site raptor-education programs, activities, and materials that enhance HMS’s mission in education.  Requires a flexible schedule to include weekend and evening programs and commitments as needed.

  • Develop, prepare, schedule, and conduct school-group programs at the Sanctuary
  • Assist in scheduling and conducting visitor and member programs at the Sanctuary
  • Schedule and implement distance education programs, coordinate shipment of raptor trunks
  • Assist with development, preparation and implementation of off-site programs and materials.
  • Work closely, as appropriate, with Sanctuary scientists to ensure scientific rigor in all education programs and materials.
  • Assist with training conservation science trainees and education interns in formal and informal education programs and techniques.
  • Assist with development of web-based materials and activities for export nationally and internationally.
  • Assist with South and North Lookout interpretive duties in spring and fall.
  • Assist with outdoor recreational programming to include hiking, raptor camps, and other activities.
  • Assist bookstore staff in fielding questions about the Sanctuary and its flora and fauna.
  • Assist in training and supervision of education and raptor-care volunteers.
  • Assist in caretaking of Hawk Mountain’s non-releasable “education” raptors and work with other education staff to maintain superior training, housing, and care.
  • Maintain data on education activities and attendance annually.
  • Assist in documentation of education activities and preparing metrics based reports.
  • Represent Hawk Mountain at professional meetings and conferences as appropriate.
  • Meeting special visitors and giving orientation to the Sanctuary and living facilities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: B.S./B.A. or higher in natural sciences or education with at least two years work experience in science or environmental education, field ornithology, ecology, or conservation science.  Solid knowledge and experience in education pedagogy, including the education of individuals of different ages and abilities, and informal learning techniques.  An ability to work independently in the field, classroom, and office. Ability to work with others in the design and implementation of education programs, on- and off-site. Ability to lead moderately strenuous outdoor activities over difficult terrain. Excellent interpersonal and public-speaking skills. Spanish speaking skills strongly preferred. Experience with raptor handling and care preferred. Wilderness first aid and CPR preferred, but will train.

Benefits: Full medical, dental, vision, and retirement benefits. Opportunities for professional development. Optional housing. On-site vehicle use.


To apply, please submit cover letter and resume, including reference contact information, to Erin Brown at erinbrownhms@gmail.com.

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