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A CEC educator provides high-quality environmental education to K-12 learners in and around Central Alabama. Our educators create a community within their students and teach about the rich cultural history and diverse ecosystems found on our site, telling the ongoing story of the Cahaba River watershed through inquiry-based education. Each educator leads one field group of 8-12 students throughout the school’s 1-5 day visit. This provides a chance for our talented educator to develop meaningful relationships with their students and tailor lessons and activities to best meet the interests and needs of the group. During off-times throughout the season, educators will take on personal projects that benefit both their individual goals and the overall betterment of the CEC.
- Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Environmental Science, Education, Environmental Education, Biology, or a related field
- Enthusiasm for learning and teaching about the natural world and human cultural history
- Creativity, initiative, sense of humor, flexibility and team spirit
- Ability to work and live in a small community and contribute as a collaborative team member
- Comfortable working in the outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
- Willingness to work flexible hours including evenings and occasional weekends
- Current CPR and First Aid certification
- Pre-employment or post-hire background screening and criminal history check
- Facilitate an engaging natural and cultural history experience for K-12 students
- Create a safe, positive learning environment for learners through positive reinforcement, role-modeling, and cultural sensitivity
- Lead safe and engaging canoeing trips on the Cahaba River
- Facilitate teambuilding experiences
- Provide leadership in risk management before, during, and after classes (e.g., respond to emergencies, administer first aid, maintain first aid kits, complete incident reports)
- Serve as a positive role model to visitors and fellow staff members
- Maintain teaching materials and perform regular maintenance duty each week, or as necessary
- Participate in staff meetings
- Represent and support the Cahaba Environmental Center in marketing and activities that promote enrollment, as needed
- Complete projects that support and improve the CEC’s education program
The fall season runs August until the end of November 2017
Compensation and Housing:
$300 per week + room and board. Cahaba environmental education staff will live in shared housing. Each educator will have his or her own bedroom and a shared bathroom. The Cahaba staff house will have a community living space, laundry facilitates, and a kitchen. The educator community will be provided meals during programs.