Prince William & Golden Gate

Multi-Campus Environmental Science Educator

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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 30–June 5
Summer season (Golden Gate, CA): June 8–August 14
Fall season (Prince William, VA): September 8–November 6

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

Both campuses:

  • 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

Golden Gate:

  • Plan camp friendly games, lessons and activities that highlight fun and adventure (primarily 1st-3rd graders)
  • Informally mentor and work cooperatively with camp counselors (one per week) to implement camp days
  • Implement required Coastal Camp activities during the week
  • Attend weekly staff meetings on Wednesdays when on schedule

Qualifications

  • 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

Desirable qualifications:

  • 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
     

Working Conditions & Physical Demands

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.
 

Compensation

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.

Application Process

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. Click here 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 midatlanticsearch@naturebridge.org. 

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