About Us

The Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown, Rhode Island welcomes thousands of visitors each year to our 325-acre campus, the largest contiguous open space on Aquidneck Island. Visitors explore the seven miles of trails and participate in staff-led walks. Environmental programs for Pre-school and K-12 students, on-site field trips, programs and events for adults, children, and families, and an award-winning children’s summer camp program are provided for the community. 

With a team-oriented staff, highly engaged Board of Directors, and a budget of more than $1 million, Norman Bird Sanctuary works to fulfill the mission of Mabel Norman Cerio, who founded the sanctuary in 1949. Our mission is to protect and maintain the diverse habitats under our stewardship, while providing opportunities for all people to learn from and enjoy the campus.

Since 1949, the property has expanded to include thriving wildlife habitats of grasslands, forests, rocky ridges, salt marsh, and shorelines. Norman Bird Sanctuary is a sanctuary for migratory and native wildlife. Our facilities include the artist’s studio of Mabel Norman Cerio, educational classrooms, a historic barn with exhibits, Visitor’s Center, the Coastal Education Center, Barn Owl Gift Shop, and restored Paradise Farmhouse.

About the Position

Norman Bird Sanctuary seeks a dynamic educator to serve as its Director of Environmental Education. The Director is responsible for the visioning, development, and delivery of a broad array of educational programs. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director will implement strategies and collaborative best practices to advance environmental programs and complete their development and execution. The Director will promote environmental literacy and stewardship for all participants.


The Director of Environmental Education will:

·       Oversee the visioning, development, and presentation of all environmental education programs which presently include school outreach and partnerships, education-based collaborations with other nonprofits and businesses, summer and vacation camps, member and visitor programs, and field trips and adult learning.

·       Communicate and collaborate with educators, community partners, and other professionals with a goal of expanding and diversifying our programming.

·       Design and implement new interactive and innovative interdisciplinary curriculums for all ages from youth to adult.

·       Develop interpretive signage and exhibits for the campus, trails, and barn museum.

·       Research and promote new partnerships to expand knowledge of Norman Bird Sanctuary’s cultural landscape, history, and resources with staff, academia, and community partners.

·       Increase the participation in educational programs by diverse communities.

·       Recruit, hire, train, and supervise education staff and interns.

·       Ensure educational staff, equipment, and programs meet state and federal safety, certification, and licensure requirements.

·       Obtain and maintain necessary equipment, materials, records, and informational databases for all educational programs.

·       Assist the Executive Director in supporting the Board of Directors and the Education Committee.

·       Manage the education budget in coordination with the Executive Director and the Director of Finance and Administration.

·       Assist the Development Manager and the Executive Director in grant writing for funding proposals that support educational programming.

·       Apply best practices in environmental education, state, federal, and K-12 content standards.

·       Incorporate current environmental issues and policy into program design.

Skills and Experience

·       BA/BS or MA/MS in Environmental Science, Biological Sciences, Education, Outdoor Recreation, or other related fields.

·       At least five years of prior experience in required fields with direct knowledge of program design, teaching experience, and/or camp administration.

·       Strong organizational, time management, supervisory, team-building and communication skills.

·       Ability to work collaboratively toward a shared vision with department directors and staff.

·       Independent and self-directed with supportive approach to all aspects of a non-profit.

·       Possess a valid health/vaccination record (required).

·       Meet any required federal or state clearance for working with children.

Position Details, Compensation, and Benefits

The Norman Bird Sanctuary is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applicants of all genders, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and persons with disabilities to apply. This is a full-time exempt position, 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday. Occasionally requires evenings and weekends. The position is at-will, salaried with benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience.

In addition to competitive pay, Norman Bird Sanctuary offers the opportunity to be part of a dedicated team committed to protecting and stewarding the property in our care for future generations. The Norman Bird Sanctuary values and strives for a team-oriented, collegial culture based on mutual respect and commitment to the highest professional standards.

To Apply

E-mail a letter of interest, résumé, and at least two references to tborden@normanbirdsanctuary.org.

Application review will begin immediately. Candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Deadline to apply: October 30, 2021. Open until filled.