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Environmental Science Educators

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Hiring on pause until further notice; thank you for your application if you have already applied. You may not hear back due to interruptions in our spring staffing structures. We will contact you in late spring if need arises.

 

NatureBridge environmental science educators are skilled professionals who provide student groups with meaningful experiences in one of the world’s best classrooms—our national parks. Programming is guided by the integration of our three pillars: science; social and emotional learning; and equity, inclusion and diversity, as outlined in our Theory of Change.

NatureBridge programs:

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

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

We commit to helping educators grow and refine their craft. We foster a growth mindset and value a willingness to challenge one’s self to grow. Educators meeting or exceeding expectations will receive an invitation to return the following season / school year. Our aim is to help educators to deliver high quality NatureBridge programming, and develop skills that can be leveraged in future endeavors.

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Overview

NatureBridge has campuses in four 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. 

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Job Description

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead students through multi day, hands-on, experiential learning in outdoor settings. 
  • Use a student-centered approach to facilitate interactive environmental education lessons and activities.
  • Engage students in the practices of science, via authentic science investigations in the field.
  • Model responsible environmental literacy and responsible environmental behavior.
  • Differentiate and tailor programs that honor the backgrounds and needs of each school group by incorporating teacher requests within the NatureBridge educational framework and program logistics.
  • Cultivate an inclusive learning environment by delivering culturally responsive content, by presenting multiple and balanced perspectives and by connecting students, teachers and schools to their lives and community. 
  • Regularly create and lead evening programs, and/or assist National Park Service staff and guest presenters, typically after a field day. 
  • Manage students’ physical safety in outdoor settings using sound judgment and applying appropriate risk management decisions; administer and document first aid as needed. 
  • Provide occasional on-call and evening support.
  • Assess and document student learning and program outcomes. 
  • Provide comprehensive post-trip program debriefs. 
  • Collect and share stories from the field to support fundraising efforts.
  • Participate in staff community by attending meetings and trainings as assigned.
  • Cultivate a respectful home environment by setting and being accountable to agreed upon expectations and boundaries among housemates. 
  • Other duties as assigned: examples may include supporting donor engagement events, program support, providing feedback on special projects, participating in campus beautification or attending conferences.

Experience, Competencies & Education

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. 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.

Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum one year of relevant formal or informal teaching experience, including environmental education, science education or residential outdoor education.
  • Commitment to equity and inclusion within your teaching and our community, or sincere willingness to explore these topics professionally and personally.
  • Bachelor's degree / combination of formal education and equivalent experience.
  • Education in science, environmental or multidisciplinary studies, or a relevant field.
  • Current Wilderness First Responder* and CPR certification or willingness to complete training at your own expense shortly after job offer. *Wilderness First Aid accepted at Prince William Forest Park.
  • Ability to perform physically challenging work in the outdoors and in all weather conditions on uneven terrain.
  • Possess the social and emotional skills necessary to build rapport and positive relationships with people from all backgrounds, abilities, cultures, orientations, identities and communities.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • A willingness to be coached and openness to feedback.
  • Ability to work flexible hours and split shifts, including evenings and occasional weekends.
  • Ability to work in the United States.
  • Valid and current driver’s license necessary in some locations (Olympic) due to frequent trips to different areas of the park. 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of natural history and inquiry-based, multi-disciplinary science.
  • Worked with, or have lived experience as: people of color, people whose first language is other than English, people from low-income communities, people from immigrant communities, people who identify as gender non-conforming or non-binary, people who identify as LGBTQIA+, people with special needs, and other groups that are impacted by the historic and current system of oppression that have prevented them from having access to environmental education. 
  • Ability to speak and teach in a language relevant to our student populations other than English. 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.
  • Advanced degrees or teaching credential.

Compensation

  • Competitive compensation. Starting exempt educators make $96.00 for a full teaching day, and are paid additionally for evening work. Non-exempt educators are paid California state minimum wage ($13/hr). (rates effective 1.1.20)
  • Paid training days and sick pay.
  • Full-time hires can elect to receive a comprehensive benefit plan, including: medical, dental and vision; retirement. Full-time hires accrue vacation based on tenure.
  • Shared housing is provided as a benefit 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.
  • The opportunity to live and grow in a spectacular location with an amazing community.

Working Conditions & Physical Demands

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. Weekend work occasionally and evening work regularly required.

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 at 2 miles per hour pace; 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. 

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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.

Positions Available Applications Due
Full academic year, late August to early June February 14
Spring, early January to early June October 15

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.

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.

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. 

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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