About the Position
NatureBridge provides 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.
We are currently hiring for our campuses located in Prince William Forest Park (Triangle, Virginia).
Tasks and functions
- Use a student-centered approach to lead participants through multi-day, hands-on, experiential & 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 2-3 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 donor engagement events, program support tasks, providing feedback on special projects, and participating in campus stewardship.
A Day in the Life of an Educator:
Environmental Science Educator (ESE) schedule varies week-to-week. ESEs can expect to deliver environmental science and team-building programs from 9am - 4pm for 3-5 day programs Monday - Friday, with variability during schools’ arrival and departure days. ESEs also run evening programs 2-3 times a week from 6:30pm - 8:30pm. On a regular program day, the ESE receives up to 30 minutes of paid preparation time. ESEs attend regular biweekly 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.
- $15/hour, daily and weekly work hours vary based on programming demand.
- Option for a 403b retirement plan
- Paid training days, and sick leave.
- On-Site Housing is provided as a benefit of employment. See an example of our Golden Gate housing Here. Housing varies by campus.