Environmental Science Educator

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Prince William Forest Park and Shenandoah National Park, VA
United States



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Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead students through multi-day, hands-on, experiential learning experiences in outdoor settings.
  • Using a student-centered approach, facilitate interactive, community-building environmental education activities for diverse student groups.
  • Use scientific inquiry and lead by example to demonstrate positive and responsible environmental literacy and behavior.
  • Differentiate and tailor programs that honor the backgrounds and needs of each school group, incorporating teacher requests within our educational framework, program logistics, and student interests.
  • Cultivate an inclusive learning community using sensitivity to bring cultural relevance to program content and community relationships including students, teachers, and schools.
  • Create and lead evening programs and/or assist National Park Service staff during evening programs weekly for up to 200 audience members.
  • Provide occasional on-call and evening support when not teaching in the field.
  • Manage student's physical, social, and emotional safety in outdoor settings using sound judgment and applying appropriate risk management decisions; administer and document first aid as needed.
  • Provide weekly, comprehensive pre- and post-trip assessments of student group learning to help evidence achievement of educational goals.
  • Actively participate in staff community by attending meetings and trainings as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Housing is provided as a condition of employment. By providing housing, NatureBridge can ensure that educators are available and accessible to provide support for program participants in emergency situations, and that educators can work odd hours and split shifts required during typical programs.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Required experience and education

  • Bachelor's degree in science, environmental or multi-disciplinary studies, or a related field.
  • Current Wilderness First Aid (Prince William Forest Park location) or Wilderness First Responder (Shenandoah National Park location) and CPR certification. 
  • One to two years relevant formal or informal teaching experience.
  • Ability to perform physically challenging work in the outdoors and in all weather conditions on uneven terrain.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion within your teaching and our community.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • A willingness to be coached and openness to feedback.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and occasional weekends.
  • Valid and current driver’s license necessary in some locations.

Desirable qualifications

  • Working experience with racial and ethnic minority groups, English Language Learners, urban youth, low-income communities, immigrant communities, LGBTQ communities, people with special needs, and other groups that are underrepresented in the field of environmental education.
  • Involvement in community service projects, leadership, social and environmental justice, and activism.
  • Ability to speak and teach in a language other than English relevant to our student populations. For example, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, and Vietnamese in California; Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, and Somali in Washington; Spanish, French, Amharic/Ethiopian, and German in the Mid-Atlantic region.
  • Working experience with environmental education, science education, or residential outdoor education.
  • Working knowledge of inquiry-based, multi-disciplinary science, and natural history.
  • Advanced degree or teaching credential.

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How to Apply:

We accept applications on an ongoing basis for environmental science educator positions at our Prince William Forest Park location.  Current openings are for the following start dates: April or September, 2016 in Prince William Forest Park or June, 2016 in Shenandoah National Park.

A complete application contains the following: 

  • A letter of interest describing why you want to work for NatureBridge in Prince William Forest Park
  • Your current resume
  • Contact information for three references

When your application materials are ready please complete the application form online at https://naturebridge.org/about-us/employment

For those applicants with limited computer access, please mail applications to:
Educator Selection Committee
777 6th St NW, Suite 700
Washington, D.C.  20001

NatureBridge values diversity, equity, and inclusion. We strive to diversify our workforce and seek applications by individuals from all backgrounds, abilities, cultures, orientations, identities, and communities.

Please direct questions to midatlanticsearch@naturebridge.org. Thank you for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you! 

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Compensation Information:

  • Generous compensation dependent on experience and adjusted for local cost of living (plus additional compensation for evening/weekend work).
  • Medical and dental plan, retirement plan, paid training, paid vacation, and sick time for full-time hires of over seven months.
  • The opportunity to live and grow in a spectacular location with an amazing community.
  • NatureBridge encourages opportunities for growth and professional development, and many of our educator alumni maintain leadership positions in environmental and education communities leveraging their NatureBridge experience in positive ways. 

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Kim Hanson

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