Early Childhood Teacher-Naturalist, Montana Audubon Center

Billings, MT

Job Title: Early Childhood Teacher-Naturalist

Organization: Montana Audubon Center

Type of opportunity: The Montana Audubon Center is seeking a responsible, enthusiastic professional to teach in our Fledglings Nature Preschool and other pre-K programs. As one of the only Nature Preschools in Montana and a member of the Natural Start Alliance, Fledglings is founded on the idea that kids learn best through play and hands-on experiences.


  • Supervision and instruction of groups of up to 12 youth, ages 2-5, in the outdoors and in the classroom.
  • Provide a safe and positive environment for all program participants, including awareness of physical abilities, environmental hazards, and group dynamics.
  • Assistance with program registration, processing of payment and other administrative duties related to education programs.
  • Development and/or adaptation of early childhood curriculum and programming for a day, week, month, and year-long program sessions.
  • Progress evaluation of students, including in academic and non-academic areas.
  • Coordination and communication with parents/guardians of program participants.
  • Communication with the general public about Center programs and mission.
  • Maintain a quality program, including regular evaluations of both successes and failures in programming, approach, equipment, or other aspects, and enhance or adapt as necessary.

Desired qualifications:

  • Comfort leading and teaching youth ages 2-5 in outdoor settings, including emphasis on risk management and other executive functions, and learning that emerges from play.
  • Experience in Montessori, Interest-led Flow Learning, Reggio, Inquiry Learning, Place-based, emergent curriculum, or similar educational pedagogies.
  • Ability to:
    • Engage in outdoor activity and supervise others in a variety of weather conditions
    • Walk for long distances, crouch, lift up to 50#, and wrangle small children unaided
    • Interest and/or specific knowledge of natural history subjects, particularly in the local area.
    • Responsible, dependable, and enthusiastic.
    • Team-oriented approach as well as the ability to self-motivate and work independently.

How to apply: Submit cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Carolyn Sevier, Center Director, csevier@mtaudubon.org. For questions, contact Carolyn via e-mail or at 406-294-5099.