40 Stow St
The Nature Connection is a non-profit organization that brings unique educational and therapeutic nature programs, including live animals, to people with limited access to the natural world. Founded in Concord in 1983, The Nature Connection connects vulnerable individuals with nature’s capacity to heal and to teach.
Serving the greater Boston and MetroWest area, The Nature Connection works with underserved individuals whose challenges include emotional trauma, mental illness, physical disabilities, aging and memory loss including Alzheimer’s. The Nature Connection delivers programs to special needs schools, psychiatric treatment centers, elder facilities, and Alzheimer’s care programs.
Part-time Program Coordinator
The Nature Connection seeks a Program Coordinator! The Nature Connection delivers unique therapeutic and educational nature programs, including live animals, to people with limited access to the natural world, and for those, we need someone to help plan and coordinate. A successful Program Coordinator will bring a passion for our mission, as well as an understanding of nature/animal assisted therapy.
This is a part-time weekday position of 15-20 hours per week. Programs and trainings occur Tues/Wed/Thurs. Availability all day Tuesday, and up to 6-8 hours Wed/Thursday required. As more sites contract for program services during the coming year, hours for this position will likely increase.
Note: Comprehensive training for this position, including animal handling and program design, provided.
Program Coordinator responsibilities:
- Plan hands-on, highly interactive nature programs, with live animals and fresh natural materials
- Deliver programs, primarily to under-served children/youth, as well as groups of elders/adults with varying disabilities
- Document program outcomes, 2-3 hours per month program data entry
- Lead trainings in nature-assisted therapeutic programming: for new volunteers and for professionals
- Travel, using own vehicle, to and from program sites in MetroWest/Cambridge (paid time, with mileage reimbursed)
- Work collaboratively with staff and with program volunteers
Applicants should be:
- Energetic, motivated, creative
- Enthusiastic about nature
- Experienced in working with youth
- Skilled in working both one-on-one and with a team
- Confident with their leadership and teamwork skills
- Experienced in presenting to a group
- Additional: knowledge of the natural world, such as horticulture, zoology, or ecology, is not required, but helpful
To apply please send resume and cover letter (required) to:
Sophie Wadsworth, Executive Director
No phone calls, please!
Training plus ongoing paid professional development opportunities.
Level of Language Proficiency
Minimum Education Required