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Multi-Campus Environmental Science Educator

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Organization:

NatureBridge

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Location:

VA & CA

Details:

This is a multi-campus Environmental Science Educator position beginning in April 2019, ending in November 2019. 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 the 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 2019 dates are as follows:
Spring season (Prince William, VA): April 1st - June 6th
Summer season (Golden Gate, CA): June 10th - August 16th
Fall season (Prince William, VA): September 2nd - November 7th

Primary Duties and 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 Core Educational Framework
● 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; 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
● 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

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, CPR, and Epinephrine Auto-Injector certifications, or willingness to obtain prior to start date at your own expense
● Ability to implement and model excellent risk management practices and maintain a safe environment for all students in highly variable terrain
● Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion 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
● Employment is contingent upon employee background check and TB test

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
● Ability to infuse arts, music, and interdisciplinary activities with outdoor, experiential learning
● Experience working in early childhood education
How to Apply

Priority application deadline is Monday, October 22nd, 2018. Applications will be accepted after Oct. 22nd on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. Please direct questions and inquiries about open positions to Rae Parks, Mid-Atlantic Program Manager, ​at midatlanticsearch@naturebridge.org.

A complete application consists of:
● A cover letter describing why you want to work for NatureBridge at Prince William Forest Park and Golden Gate Coastal Camp
● Your current resume
● Contact information for three references

When your materials are complete, please apply using the online application form at:
https://naturebridge.org/environmental-science-educator-application-prince-william

Compensation Information:

Prince William Forest - VA
Educators are considered FLSA exempt and paid a daily rate of $82 per day. Evening programs are compensated separately at a rate of $42.27 per program (~1.5 hour programs, average of 3 per week), as are overnight on-call duties ($20.58 per night, average of once every 1-2 weeks).
A shared or private room in a furnished house is provided about 5 miles from campus.
Staff pay $100/month for utilities. NatureBridge does not provide internet in staff housing. Basic internet is available on campus and at nearby libraries and businesses.
Meals are available to staff whenever meals are provided for students.

Golden Gate Coastal Camp
Educators are considered FLSA non-exempt, and paid an hourly rate of $12/hour.
The nature of this position does not allow for educators to take breaks that are otherwise mandated. In accordance with labor laws, educators are therefore paid an additional two hours each day as a penalty for missed breaks (basically, when you teach for 8 hours you get paid for 10!).
Housing is provided within 2 miles of the GOGA campus. Coastal Camp will provide a bed in each room. Houses will have varying degrees of furniture and other furnishings. The Camp Director will connect staff transitioning in and out of housing to communicate about items being left for summer staff use.
Staff pays $115/month for utilities and internet access.
Cell service in the area is not reliable- staff relies heavily on internet-based communication.
Lunch is provided for staff working with camp groups.

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