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Seasonal Outdoor Educator/Hiking Guide - South Coast MA

Location: Sandwich
Posted on: January 24, 2023

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South Coast Region - Sandwich, MA

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4 Year Degree

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Summary of Position

Under the supervision of the Director of Outdoor Experience, the Southeast Educator supports the conservation and engagement mission of The Trustees. Specifically, this position will support The Trustees' Outdoor Adventures Program. The Outdoor Educator develops and implements recreational, educational, and public programming with a focus on getting new audiences outdoors. Leveraging the unique natural resources of a variety Trustees properties on the South Coast, s/he will engage and inspire audiences to get outdoors, understand their connection to the land, deepen their appreciation of place, and foster a stewardship ethic.

The Seasonal Outdoor Educator is responsible for planning, marketing, managing and/or execution of a robust seasonal schedule of outdoor programming targeted to children and families, adults, and outdoor enthusiasts at select Trustees properties in the South Coast/Southeast Region. Programming will occur at a variety of properties and includes but is not limited to pre-school through adult programs including nature-based educational walks, night hikes, and social networking hikes, and meet up events. All programming occurs outdoors. The educator will help increase visitor awareness of select properties and the Trustees in the targeted area and achieve participation and revenue goals.

Essential Functions:

  • Develop and deliver quality public programming in line with Momentum (The Trustees 2023 Strategic Plan) goals of getting the next generation outside.
  • Plan, market, and execute over 50 nature-based and recreation-based education programs for children and families at select properties in the Southeast and South Coast region of Massachusetts.
  • Manage content development, logistics, and safety while providing an excellent learning experience for families, children, and adults.
  • Assist with the recruitment and training of volunteers
  • Assist in the marketing and publicizing of all programs
    • Manage program registration and data collection for programs
    • Represent The Trustees in a variety of forums.
    • Other duties as required.

      The Educator will collaborate with other staff to coordinate programs with on-going property activity to support our long-term property management, resource preservation, membership and fundraising goals. The Educator will function as a collaborative member of The Trustees' statewide network of educators, guides, and interpreters, helping to develop and grow an organization-wide recreation and outdoor education program.

      Other Information:

      • A bachelor's degree in recreation, education, environmental studies, or other relevant courses of study.
      • A passion for the outdoors
      • Entreprenurial spirit
      • Excellent visitor experience/customer service skills
      • Ability to work independently without supervision.
        • Experience developing and conducting site-based educational or recreational programs in a non-profit, public, or private organization.
        • Experience or a background working within natural or reactional spaces, nature education, ecology, and conservation.
        • Experience developing place-based, play-based, experiential, inquiry-driven programs that draw on the unique identity with place and organizational mission.
        • Proven leadership and management skills, an ability to lead, inspire, motivate and work cooperatively and harmoniously with fellow employees, volunteers, members and the public.
        • Proven ability to complete assigned tasks and projects, meet deadlines and manage multiple tasks.
          • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including public speaking.
          • A strong commitment to the mission of The Trustees of Reservations.
          • The position requires a significant amount of outdoor work in variable weather and terrain.
          • Commitment and personal passion for getting more people connected to the outdoors.


            The applicant should possess an active certificate or be willing to acquire American Red Cross CPR/First Aid, Wilderness First aid, or First Responder Certificate.

            • Valid driver's license required
            • Pass of the CORI and SORI check required.
            • Flexibility to work nights and weekends is required
              • Access to a motor vehicle is necessary.

                Organizational Relationships/Scope

                The Educator reports to the Director of Outdoor Experience. The Educator will work closely with all Trustees South Coast/Southeast property staff and the statewide Education Director.

                Working Conditions
                • Must be willing to work outside during all weather conditions.
                  • Ability to lift 40 lbs.

                    Hours, Salary & Schedule

                    This is a part-time, Seasonal position (January-June) averaging 12-16 hours per week, including Saturdays and Sundays during peak season, evenings, and holidays, to be scheduled to accommodate seasonal programs and events. Ideal candidate will start in January 2023

                    About The Trustees:

                    The Trustees places are open to all, and we thrive by involving as many people as possible in what we do. Founded in 1891 by a group of visionary volunteers, we preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts. We aim to protect special places for future generations to enjoy in perpetuity. We have helped protect more than 50,000 acres, including 27,000+ acres on more than 120 reservations that are open to the public. We are a non-profit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and our 100,000 Member households

                    Our seasonal staff plays an integral role in ensuring that our visitors enjoy our extraordinary places. Every season brings an influx of visitors of all ages and backgrounds who want to explore and be inspired by our properties. Sandy beaches, wooded trails, cultural gardens, historic homes, community supported agriculture-there are many ways for visitors to discover and explore The Trustees, and just as many opportunities for seasonal employees to make each visitor's experience special.

                    The Trustees offers competitive compensation, as well as the opportunity to be part of a dedicated team across the Commonwealth who love the outdoors and the distinctive charms of New England, and who believe in celebrating and protecting our special places, for everyone, forever.

                    The Trustees is a proud equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any protected status including, but not limited to, age, race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, nation of origin, religion, or disability status and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ applicants. We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts, who are at the core of our mission.

                    Our commitment to advancing the organization's vision for this work may be found here: Diversity, Belonging, Inclusion and Equity

Keywords: THE TRUSTEES OF RESERVATIONS, New Bedford , Seasonal Outdoor Educator/Hiking Guide - South Coast MA, Other , Sandwich, Massachusetts

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