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Teach the Next Generation

Environmental Science Educators

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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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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, overnight 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

About the Position #

Have you always wanted to work in a national park? Are you a passionate, dedicated educator who is enthusiastic about working with youth? NatureBridge offers full-time educator positions with health benefits, housing, and paid time off. Apply today!

NatureBridge provides best-in-class environmental science education experiences for more than 30,000 students and their teachers every year in the world’s best classrooms: our national parks. Our mission is to connect young people to the science and wonder of the natural world, igniting self-discovery, and inspiring stewardship of the planet. Through our programs, students explore the outdoors, connect with their peers, discover themselves and develop a lasting relationship with science and the environment around them.

Tasks and Functions #

During program:

  • Use a student-centered approach to lead participants through multi-day, hands-on, experiential and investigative learning in outdoor settings.
  • Cultivate an inclusive learning environment by delivering culturally relevant content that presents multiple perspectives and connects to students’ background.
  • Create and lead differentiated programming, including two to three evening programs a week, that honor the needs and backgrounds of each group of participants.
  • Manage students’ physical safety in outdoor settings using sound judgment and applying appropriate risk management decisions.
  • Work to support an inclusive workplace community by establishing and maintaining respectful, supportive and compassionate relationships with staff and participants.

Outside of program:

  • Participate in continuous professional development, as well as personal and professional goal-setting.
  • Keep records and assessments of student experiences in order to provide insight on student learning and program outcomes, as well as to share stories from the field with staff, board members and donors.
  • For those in provided housing, follow NatureBridge housing policies and work agreements; cultivate a respectful home environment by setting and being accountable to agreements and boundaries among housemates. 
  • Fulfill other duties as assigned, such as supporting kitchen and facilities staff, donor engagement events, program support tasks, providing feedback on special projects and participating in campus stewardship.

Educator Schedule #

Environmental Science Educator (ESE) schedule varies week-to-week. ESEs can expect to deliver environmental science and team-building programs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for three to five day programs Monday through Friday, with variability during schools’ arrival and departure days. ESEs also run evening programs two to three times a week from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. On a regular program day, the ESE receives up to 30 minutes of paid preparation time. ESEs attend regular meetings with other ESEs, the education manager and operations team to discuss program updates and collaborative feedback to the community workplace. In addition to educational responsibilities, ESEs help in other departments when needed or asked.

Click here to watch a short video describing a day in the life of an educator!

Compensation #

  • $15.75/hour, daily and weekly work hours vary based on programming demand 
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Option for a 403b retirement plan
  • Paid vacation, training days and sick leave

On-site housing may be provided as a benefit of employment. See an example of our Golden Gate housing here. Housing varies by campus.

Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications #

We are looking for candidates who have:

  • At least one year of relevant formal or informal teaching experience.
  • The social and emotional skills to build rapport and positive relationships with people from all backgrounds, abilities, cultures, orientations, identities and communities.
  • A demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion within your teaching and workplace community. We especially encourage you to apply if you have lived experience as a member of (and/or extensive experience working with people from) any communities that are impacted by the historic and current system of oppression that has limited access to environmental education or the outdoors in general.
  • The ability to communicate clearly to different groups, including students, coworkers, supervisors and educational partners.
  • A desire to learn and grow, and an openness to feedback and coaching.
  • A valid Wilderness First Responder (Yosemite and Olympic) or Wilderness First Aid (Golden Gate and Prince William Forest) Certification or a willingness to attain the certification prior to the start date. Stipends are available to hired candidates to offset costs of a (re)certification.
  • The ability and willingness to perform physically challenging work outdoors and in all weather conditions on uneven terrain; able to hike five to seven miles in uneven terrain.
  • Ability to work flexible hours and split shifts, including evenings.

If you are interested in the role and do not meet every requirement listed, please still apply! We are interested in applicants with unique lived experience and skill sets.

Employment eligibility is contingent on successful completion of a background check.

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 is required occasionally and evening work is required regularly.

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 seven miles on uneven terrain at two 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.

Why NatureBridge? #

Why should you join the NatureBridge team?

  • We are a mission-driven organization that values your contributions and supports you in making a positive impact on youth and the environment.
  • You will get to work in a beautiful natural setting with other dedicated educators who are passionate about the environment.
  • We are invested in supporting our educators through professional development & mentorship.

NatureBridge is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate based on any protected category, including, but not limited to, race, color, religion, gender, gender expression (including transgender expression or pregnancy), political affiliation, age, immigration status or disability. We encourage qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply. Please let us know if you require any accommodation.

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Campus Details

Yosemite #

Educators teach fourth through twelfth 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 is 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.

Golden Gate #

Educators teach K-12 students, with the majority being fourth through sixth graders, 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, is provided. Housing is located within two miles of the Golden Gate campus.

Olympic #

Educators teach first through twelfth grade students along the shores of Lake Crescent. Most days are spent 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.

Prince William Forest #

Educators teach fifth through eighth 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: Shared housing, owned by the National Park Service, is provided.

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Review the season start date before applying! Submit your resume and three references to our Online Application Form, and please respond to the short answer application questions in lieu of a cover letter. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. Visit our Careers page to view current openings.

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