Environmental Science Educator

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Friday, January 12, 2018, 12:00pm



Malibu, CA
United States

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Environmental Science Educator Details:

We are hiring for our January 29 – June 15, 2018, program season.

Educators for NatureBridge in Southern California work in both the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and Channel Islands National Park. Our program seeks creative, flexible, positive educators who actively contribute to our social and professional community, and commit to our culture of continuous improvement – especially in the area of personal and professional cultural relevancy. 

Desired qualities include:

  • We work with the broad spectrum of ethnicities and cultures found in Los Angeles and highly value a diverse staff with experience working with urban youth.
  • Residential Environmental Education teaching experience – two seasons/ one-year minimum desired
  • College graduate or combination of some formal schooling and equivalent experience
  • Must have/ willing to obtain at own expense current Wilderness First Responder, or Wilderness First Aid and Adult/Child CPR + AED certification

Full Environmental Science Educator position description is attached below. Housing and some meals are provided as a benefit to NatureBridge. 


  • Lead students through multi-day, hands-on, experiential learning in outdoor settings
  • Using a student-centered approach, facilitate interactive, community-building environmental education activities for diverse student groups.
  • Provide students with opportunities to engage in the practices of science
  • 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 structured evening programs with student participants
  • Provide occasional on-call and evening support when not teaching in the field
  • Manage student physical, social and emotional safety in outdoor settings using sound judgment and applying appropriate risk management decisions; administer and document first aid as needed
  • Actively participate in NatureBridge’s efforts to assess and evidence student learning and program outcomes
  • Provide comprehensive post-trip program debriefs
  • Collect and share stories from the field to support NatureBridge’s fundraising efforts
  • Actively participate in staff community by attending meetings and training as assigned
  • Shared 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.
  • Perform other duties as assigned


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

Qualifications Include:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience* in science, environmental or multi-disciplinary studies, or a related field *Equivalent experience consists of a combination of relevant work experience, training, certifications, and some formalized schooling, such as an Associate’s degree.
  • Current Wilderness First Responder, or Wilderness First Aid and Adult/Child CPR + AED certification, or willingness to obtain certification shortly after being hired
  • One to two years relevant formal or informal teaching experience (preferably outdoors) and a working knowledge of inquiry-based, multi-disciplinary science and natural history
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion within your teaching and our community
  • Ability to perform physically challenging work in the outdoors and all weather conditions on uneven terrain
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • A willingness to be coached and openness to feedback
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings, occasional weekends and on-call
  • Valid and current driver’s license necessary

Desirable qualifications:

  • Experience working with diverse student populations, including racially and ethnically diverse groups, English Language Learners, urban youth, low-income communities, immigrant communities, LGBTQ communities, people with special needs and others underrepresented in the dominant culture
  • Ability to speak and teach in a language other than English relevant to our student population – specifically Spanish.
  • Working knowledge of teaching inquiry-based, multi-disciplinary science, and local natural history
  • Working experience with environmental education, science education, or residential outdoor education
  • Advanced degree and teaching credential

How to Apply:

Email current cover letter, resume, and 3 relevant references to smmeducator@naturebridge.org.