SW Colorado Community Naturalist

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Audubon Rockies, the regional office of The National Audubon Society, is looking for a Community Naturalist to serve the Four Mile Ranch in Pagosa Springs and southwestern Colorado. We are committed to providing the local schools with educational programs, special events, and to promote the solid conservation efforts of The National Audubon Society through hands on science education programs. 

Responsibilities include the following: Develop, implement, and evaluate Audubon’s environmental education program for students, families, and adults at the Four Mile Ranch and throughout southwest Colorado, including the communities of Pagosa Springs, Gunnison, Durango and others. Coordinated teacher requests for field and classroom programs. Advertise, schedule and help present teacher workshops for local teachers and naturalists focusing on birds and conservation. Assist in the development and implementation of a strong volunteer recruitment and training program. 

Principle Duties:

  • Regularly teach Audubon curriculum as a classroom exercise and as a field experience
  • Maintain a relationship with local Audubon chapters by attending meetings, attending occasional field trips, and helping with volunteer recruitment
  • Coordinate volunteers.
  • Work with education staff and conservation staff to identify needs.  May include writing and editing grant proposals.
  • Recruit volunteers and assist with interviews, placement and orientation of volunteers.
  • Maintain and improve volunteer database.
  • Create program materials and attend outreach events to promote Audubon’s education programs.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 2 years related experience or equivalent combination. 
  • 2 years formal or informal teaching experience, primarily with youth
  • Experience in organizing and managing a volunteer program
  • Experience in MS Office, Word, Excel and navigating the Internet.
  • Experience in written and verbal communication with staff, public, and partners.
  • Experience delivering presentations and communicating information to a diverse audience.


  • Experience working with k-12 students and families. 
  • Bird Mist Netting
  • Minimum 1 year experience in organizing and managing a volunteer program demonstrating knowledge of the structure and needs required.
  • Demonstrated experience in MS Office, Word and Excel.  May require database management skills with ability to produce reports.  Ability to use advanced computer functions including navigating the Internet.
  • Proven organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to organize time and manage diverse activities.  Meet deadlines.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to obtain required licenses and certifications including CPR/First Aid and driver’s license.

This is a non-exempt full time, temporary position reporting to Education manager Dusty Downey. 

The position is internally classified as full time temporary for no more than 30 hours per week.

After 6 months the applicant will be evaluated to move into the classification of full time, non exempt, salaried and benefited for 35 hours per week.

How to Apply:

Apply by sending your resume to Dusty Downey, Education Manager ddowney@audubon.org or call 307-756-3941

Compensation Information:

The salary range for this position is $22,000-28,000

Benefits: The National Audubon Society offers competitive compensation, a 401k plan, 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.