Environmental Educator

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Thursday, May 25, 2017, 9:00am


Gladwyne, PA
United States

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Environmental Educator:
Riverbend Environmental Education Center - Gladwyne, PA 

Seasonal Environmental Educator (Part-time):

Dates :

Seasonal, (June through December) typically 2-5 days per week, 9:00-2:00 (includes afternoon, evening, weekend and occasional overnight hours)

For the past 40 years, Riverbend Environmental Education Center in Gladwyne, PA has been bringing high quality environmental and science programming to children in our region. Environmental educators are important members of our education team and are responsible for teaching a variety of programs, including field trips, offsite programs to schools, after-school programs, scouts and more.

The primary responsibility of educators is to teach lessons to visiting school groups participating in our onsite education program, which serves approximately 8,000 students each year. During these field trip programs, each educator is responsible for teaching a group of between 15 and 25 students at a time, ranging in age from Pre-K to 7th grade. Lessons can include, but are not limited to, pond and stream study, watersheds, habitats and ecosystems, soil and geology, Aquaponics, and animal adaptations. Riverbend’s innovative programming combines a number of hands-on activities, sensory exploration, high energy eco-games and interaction with live animals.

This position is a perfect opportunity for individuals looking to build experience in the field of environmental education or for environmental professionals who are seeking a light, flexible schedule.

This position is a perfect opportunity for individuals looking to build experience in the field of environmental education or for environmental professionals who are seeking a light, flexible schedule.

Educators serve as ambassadors for Riverbend and facilitate a positive and educational visitor experience.


  • Educators will work with a variety of ages of school groups visiting Riverbend and implement pre-written lesson plans
  • Educators may be asked to deliver pre-designed curriculum in area classrooms
  • Educators will be required to interpret existing curriculum and differentiate it as needed, based on the needs of the group
  • Educators’ responsibilities will include group management, crowd control, and set-up and break-down of supplies and materials used for school visits
  • Educators and assistant educators are expected to both work together as a team and function independently

Qualifications and Competencies:

  • At least one year experience working with children in outdoor settings
  • Comfortable with the basic natural history of the area
  • Background / interest in biology, ecology, environmental studies or education preferred
  • Effective classroom / group management skills
  • Excellent oral communication skills and the ability to project
  • Ability to work cooperatively with a team or individually
  • Comfortable interacting with live animals
  • Reliability and flexibility
  • Some knowledge of inquiry-based learning strategies
  • Successful completion of pre-employment screening including drug test and Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance and criminal background check.
  • A valid Driver’s License is preferred

Physical and Medical Standards:

  • Ability to work actively outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Ability to work independently and in groups
  • No allergy to plants, animals or chemicals that may be used on the job that may interfere with ability to perform work.
  • Ability to safely lift, carry, and load 40 lbs at a distance of 50 ft.
  • No impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch, balance or agility of movement (which cannot be corrected with appropriate devices) that may interfere with ability to perform work.

Required education:

  • High school or equivalent
  • Required experience:
  • working with children in an educational setting: 1 year

Required license or certification:

  • Driver's License

How to Apply:

To apply , email or resume, cover letter and list of three references to Allison Cote-Donovan, Manager of School, Scout, and Outreach Programs.

Send resume, cover letter, and three references to: acote@riverbendeec.org

Compensation Information:

Salary : $12/hour depending on experience