Environment Multi Campus Environmental Science Educator
Founded in 1971, NatureBridge provides environmental science programs for students in the world’s best classrooms—our national parks. Our mission is to connect young people to the wonder and science of the natural world, igniting self-discovery and inspiring stewardship of our planet. As the largest residential education partner of the National Park Service, NatureBridge serves more than 30,000 students and their teachers each year in four national parks. In order to further our mission, NatureBridge is committed to supporting equity, inclusion and diversity, and to promoting equal opportunity for students and staff in the field of environmental education. We strive to diversify our workforce and seek applications by individuals from all backgrounds, abilities, cultures, orientations, identities and communities. For more information, visit: naturebridge.org
This is a multi-campus Environmental Science Educator position beginning in March 2020, ending in November 2020. Educators work at Prince William Forest Park in Virginia for the spring season, transfer to the Golden Gate campus in California for the summer, then return to Prince William Forest Park for the fall season. This is an ideal position for experienced educators wishing to expand their knowledge and skill set, work and live in two culturally and ecologically different places, and work within the National Park system. Compensation includes housing, some meals, financial assistance in transferring campuses and benefits.
NatureBridge Environmental Science Educators are skilled professionals with significant post-undergraduate experience and training in environmental education content, curricula and pedagogy. At Prince William Forest Park, educators teach 3-day, hands-on outdoor environmental science education programs to students from Virginia and Washington DC. Educators work primarily with 5th and 7th graders. At Golden Gate Coastal Camp, educators teach 5-day camp sessions, working primarily with 1st-3rd graders. Coastal Camp combines marine and coastal ecology themes with hands-on educational activities and games in a day camp setting.
Tentative dates are as follows:
Spring season (Prince William, VA): March 30th – June 5th
Summer season (Golden Gate, CA): June 8th – August 14th
Fall season (Prince William, VA): September 8th – November 6th
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Lead students through multi-day, hands-on, experiential learning experiences in an outdoor setting
Design and implement group-specific, student-centered programming that is age appropriate, culturally responsive and reflects the NatureBridge Theory of Change
Lead by example to demonstrate positive and responsible environmental literacy and behavior
Cultivate a culturally responsive learning community; bring relevance to program content for diverse student groups
Manage participant safety in outdoor settings using sound judgment and application of NatureBridge risk management policies and guidelines; administer and document first aid as needed
Actively participate in staff community by participating in meetings, support activities and trainings as assigned
Provide weekly evaluations and assessments of program success and participant growth and learning
Other duties as assigned
Prince William Forest Park:
Plan and deliver environmental science programming tailored to the needs of each group (primarily 5th and 7th graders); provide opportunities for students to engage in the practices of science
Fulfill rotating responsibilities to facilitate meal shifts and provide program support
Lead multiple evening programs per week, and occasionally stay on campus overnight as an on-call staff member
Plan camp friendly games, lessons and activities that highlight fun and adventure (primarily 1st-3rd graders)
Informally mentor and work cooperatively with camp counselors (1 per week) to implement camp days
Implement required Coastal Camp activities during the week
Attend weekly staff meetings on Wednesdays when on schedule
Bachelor’s degree in science, environmental or interdisciplinary studies or a related field; or equivalent experience
Minimum 1-2 years of relevant teaching experience (preferably outdoors), and a working knowledge of inquiry-based, multi-disciplinary science and natural history
Current Wilderness First Aid and CPR certification, or willingness to obtain prior to start date
Ability to implement and model excellent risk management practices and maintain a safe environment for all students in highly variable terrain
Ability to perform physically challenging work in the outdoors and in all weather conditions on uneven terrain
Commitment to equity, inclusion and diversity within your teaching and our community
A willingness to be coached and openness to feedback
Effective communication and interpersonal skills
Flexibility and enthusiasm, problem-solving skills and excellent work ethic
Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings
Valid driver’s license
Employment is contingent upon employee background check and negative TB test results
Advanced degree and/or teaching credential
Experience working with racial and ethnic minority groups, urban youth, low-income communities, immigrant communities, LGBTQ communities, people with special needs and other groups underrepresented in environmental education
Ability to speak and/or teach in a language other than English relevant to our student populations
Wilderness First Responder certification
Experience infusing arts, music and interdisciplinary activities with outdoor, experiential learning
Experience working in early childhood education
This job operates both in a professional office environment and in an outdoor setting. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones and photocopiers.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing duties of this job, the employee is required to regularly stand; walk up to 7 miles on uneven terrain; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb and balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl; talk, hear, taste and smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
This position is considered exempt in Virginia, and paid on a daily rate basis, with additional compensation for working evening programs and being on-call overnight. The position is considered non-exempt in California, and paid on an hourly basis. This position includes a comprehensive benefit plan, including: medical, dental and vision; retirement; paid vacation and sick time; a stipend for the cross-country travel; and shared housing.
How to ApplyApplications are accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. Copy and paste the following: https://naturebridge.formstack.com/forms/environmental_science_educator_application to access our online application system. You will be asked to attach a pdf copy of your resume, provide contact information for three references and answer several questions about your experience, qualifications and interest in the position (please note that these questions are in lieu of a cover letter). You will have the option of saving the form and returning to it later. Please direct questions and inquiries about open positions to Sonia Veiga, Mid-Atlantic Education Manager, at email@example.com. We look forward to reviewing your application!
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