Environmental Educator

Job

Deadline to Apply:

Friday, June 15, 2018, 5:00pm

Address:

Boyce, VA
United States

Job Category:

Job

Job Type:

Full-time

Job Description:

ABOUT BLANDY EXPERIMENTAL FARM

Blandy Experimental Farm (Blandy) is a 700 acre University of Virginia biological field research station located in the northern Shenandoah Valley, associated with the Department of Environmental Sciences.  The State Arboretum of Virginia, occupying the central 172 acres of Blandy Experimental Farm, is a system of gardens, tree collections, natural habitats, and open space dedicated to teaching the public about the natural environment.

 Blandy is a mid-Atlantic regional leader in environmental education, designated as a Center for Environmental Education Excellence by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.  Our preK-12 programs draw inspiration from Blandy’s active science research program, align with Virginia’s Standards of Learning, and strive to immerse students and their teachers in authentic, field-based learning experiences.  Our programs are dynamic and innovative; recent program additions focused on career awareness and the integration of science with mathematics, language arts, and social science/history.  On an annual basis, approximately 7000 students engage in our preK-12 programs and 300 teachers participate in our professional development workshops.  Our summer camps and youth and family programs serve approximately 100 youth each year. These youth programs encourage an understanding and appreciation of the natural world and environmental issues.

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Education Programs (preK-12)

Teach environmental education programs
Assist with program revisions & development of new programs
Assist in developing & leading professional development workshops for preK-12 teachers & environmental educators

Public Programs

Develop summer camp programming
Assist Director of Public Programs with developing family programs
Serve as a Team Leader for summer camp group leaders & volunteers assisting with family programs

 QUALIFICATIONS

Required Education, Experience, & Skills

BA/BS degree, preferably in a natural science or education field
Minimum one year experience working in the field of environmental education
At least one year of experience teaching & creating environmental education programs for preK-12 youth & creating environmental education programs for families & out-of-school youth
A basic understanding of science principles related to natural science & the process of science investigation
Ability to walk 1-2 miles over uneven terrain; lift items up to 50 pounds; & work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
Ability to work occasional evenings & weekends

Desirable Qualifications

At least 4 years of experience planning & developing environmental education programs for preK-12 audiences & community youth & families
Experience working with web-based communication platforms (such as web sites, blogs, & social media)
Passion for sharing your knowledge with learners of all ages
Demonstrated interest working in natural habitats & with their organisms

 

COMPENSATION

Anticipated hiring range: $33,266-$39,251 (dependent on experience & qualifications)
Eligible for UVA University Staff benefits

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about Education & Public Program Teams & programs: http://blandy.virginia.edu/

Questions?  Please call or email Candace Lutzow-Felling, Director of Education.

                       Email: lutzow-felling@virginia.edu;  Phone: (540) 837-1758 ext. 230

How to Apply:

 Application deadline: June 15, 2018

Submit your application online at https://jobs.virginia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=84312

A complete application consists of:

A cover letter summarizing your qualifications & describing why you want to work for Blandy Experimental Farm’s Education & Public Programs
Your current résumé or curriculum vitae
A portfolio with examples of your environmental education work with preK-12 students & teachers; & youth, outside of school

These materials must be uploaded and attached to your application in Jobs@UVa.