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Environmental Science Educators

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NatureBridge environmental science educators are skilled professionals who provide student groups with meaningful experiences in nature's classroom. Educators lead groups of students in outdoor hikes and experiences during our multi-day programs in national parks. 

NatureBridge programs:

  • Build students’ skills in, appreciation for and interest in science
  • Connect students to nature
  • Develop students’ relationship skills
  • Empower students to take responsibility for themselves, others and the earth

Experiences are intentionally crafted so students develop knowledge, skills, and dispositions to act as environmental stewards.

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Overview

NatureBridge has five campuses in six national park locations. Hiring is specific to and coordinated at the campus level. All programming is guided by NatureBridge’s Theory of Change, yet each campus’ culture is a result of unique participant composition, natural resources, educator expertise and program offerings. All campuses offer multi-day, residential environmental science programs for school groups. 

NatureBridge deeply values equity, inclusion and diversity. We actively strive to diversify our workforce and seek applications by individuals from all backgrounds, abilities, cultures, orientations, identities and communities who have the ability to work in the United States.

Please review the full position description and campus specifics before applying. Season dates and hiring windows may vary slightly from what is listed. Please only apply to a maximum of three locations. You will be contacted if selected for interview. Click here to download a PDF of the job description.

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Job Description

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead students through multi-day, hands-on, experiential learning experiences in outdoor settings.
  • Using a student-centered approach, facilitate interactive, community-building environmental education activities for diverse student groups.
  • Provide opportunities for students to engage in the practices of science.
  • Lead by example to demonstrate positive and responsible environmental literacy and behavior.
  • Differentiate and tailor programs that honor the backgrounds and needs of each school group, incorporating teacher requests within our educational framework, program logistics, and student interests.
  • Cultivate an inclusive learning community using sensitivity to bring cultural relevance to program content and community relationships including students, teachers, and schools.
  • Create and lead evening programs and/or assist National Park Service staff during evening programs weekly for up to 200 audience members.
  • Provide occasional on-call and evening support when not teaching in the field.
  • Manage student's physical, social, and emotional safety in outdoor settings using sound judgment and applying appropriate risk management decisions; administer and document first aid as needed.
  • Actively participate in NatureBridge's efforts to assess and evidence student learning and program outcomes. 
  • Provide comprehensive post-trip program debriefs. 
  • Collect and share stories from the field to support NatureBridge's fundraising efforts.
  • Actively participate in staff community by attending meetings and trainings as assigned.
  • Shared housing is provided as a condition of employment. By providing housing, NatureBridge can ensure that educators are available and accessible to provide support for program participants in emergency situations, and that educators can work odd hours and split shifts required during typical programs.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Experience and Education

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. NatureBridge honors various types of work and training experiences as equivalencies to formalized education with a Bachelor’s degree. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in science, environmental or multi-disciplinary studies, or a related field.
  • Current Wilderness First Responder* and CPR certification or willingness to complete training at your own expense shortly after being hired. *Wilderness First Aid accepted at some locations 
  • Relevant formal or informal teaching experience.
  • Commitment to equity, inclusion and diversity within your teaching and community.
  • Ability to perform physically challenging work in the outdoors and in all weather conditions on uneven terrain.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • A willingness to be coached and openness to feedback.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and occasional weekends.
  • Valid and current driver’s license necessary in some locations.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Working experience with racial and ethnic minority groups, English Language Learners, urban youth, low-income communities, immigrant communities, LGBTQ communities, people with special needs, and other groups that are underrepresented in the field of environmental education.
  • Involvement in community service projects, leadership, and social and environmental justice.
  • Ability to speak and teach in a language other than English relevant to our student populations. For example, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, and Vietnamese in California; Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, and Somali in Washington; Spanish, French, Amharic/Ethiopian, and German in the Mid-Atlantic region.
  • Working experience with environmental education, science education, or residential outdoor education.
  • Working knowledge of inquiry-based, multi-disciplinary science, and natural history.
  • Advanced degree or teaching credential.

Compensation

  • Competitive compensation.
  • Paid training days and sick pay.
  • Full-time hires can elect to receive a comprehensive benefit plan, including: medical, dental and vision; retirement; and paid vacation.
  • Shared housing.
  • The opportunity to live and grow in a spectacular location with an amazing community.
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Campus Details

Yosemite

Educators teach 4th–12th graders in Yosemite Valley and at our new campus, the National Environmental Science Center. Day trips to Mariposa Grove, Tuolumne Meadows and Sentinel Dome are offered. Educators may also co-lead multi-day backpacking trips with middle and high school groups. In the winter, educators may teach cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Multi-season positions are offered.

We seek applicants with experience working with a variety of age groups, audiences, and populations, who are eager to grow and learn personally and professionally, have a flexible attitude, are community-oriented, self-directed, motivated and can adapt to Yosemite’s dynamic landscape.

Housing: Shared housing provided in El Portal and Foresta, 30 to 40 minutes away from most work locations. Although owning a car is not a requirement for educators, it is a huge asset in this remote location. 

Season & Hiring Dates:

Positions Available Applications Due
Full academic year, late August to early June August 22
Spring, early January to early June Not currently accepting applications

Golden Gate

Educators teach K-12 students, with the majority being 4th-6th grade, in the Marin Headlands. Educators occasionally lead day trips in Muir Woods. During the summer, school-year educators may apply to work for Coastal Camp. We also welcome external Coastal Camp applicants. Multi-season positions are offered.

We seek applicants with experience working with multiple program types, different age groups and urban youth, who have flexibility and adaptability, and a desire to grow personally and professionally in a team environment.

Housing: Shared housing, owned by the National Park Service, provided. Housing is within two miles of the Golden Gate campus.

Season & Hiring Dates:

Positions Available Applications Due
Full academic year, late August to early June March 15
Spring, January to early June March 15
Summer, June to mid-August March 15

Olympic

Educators teach 1st-12th grade students along the shores of Lake Crescent. Most days are on foot in the forests of Barnes Point or paddling with groups in Salish style canoes on Lake Crescent. Field trips to other sites such as the Elwha River or Hurricane Ridge are also offered.

We seek applicants who are eager to grow and learn personally and professionally, have a flexible attitude, are community-oriented, self-directed and motivated.

Housing: Staff have the option to live in individual housing in historic cabins on campus; shared housing in a four-bedroom house on Lake Crescent; or shared housing in a rented house or apartment in Port Angeles, WA.

Season & Hiring Dates:

Positions Available Application Review & Hiring
Full academic year, September to June Application review begins March 1
Spring, February to early June Application review begins October 1
Summer, early June to August Application review begins March 1

Prince William Forest

Educators teach 5th–8th grade students during three-day programs in Prince William Forest Park, VA, the largest green space in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. 

We seek applicants with experience with urban youth and low-income communities, flexible attitudes, and a desire to learn and grow both personally and professionally in a team environment. 

Housing: All educators are provided a single or shared room in a furnished house. 

Season & Hiring Dates:

Positions Available Application Review & Hiring
Fall, early September to early November Application review begins February 1
Spring, early April to early June Application review begins October 1
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Hiring is specific to and coordinated at the campus level. Please review the full position description and campus specifics before applying. Season dates and hiring windows may vary slightly from what is listed. 

Apply online via the online application form.

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