Environmental Science Educator

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Malibu, CA
United States

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NatureBridge environmental science educators are skilled professionals with significant post-undergraduate experience and training in environmental education content, curricula, and pedagogy.  See naturebridge.org 

Educators for NatureBridge in Southern California work in both the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and Channel Islands National Park. Beginning September 2016, we are hiring for our Feb. 1 - June 16, 2017 season. As a start up campus, we seek individuals with positive attitudes, a love of science, kids and nature, and who possess solution-oriented thinking skills. Come grow our campus with your passion and innovation!

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
  •        Must have/ willing to obtain at own expense current Wilderness First Responder, or Wilderness First Aid and CPR certification
  •        Looking for positive, flexible, and creative educators who are excited to contribute to our culture of continuous improvement, and to be a part of our social and professional community. 

Full job description can be found at: https://naturebridge.org/environmental-science-educator  

Housing and some meals are provided as a benefit to NatureBridge. 

No benefits are offered; ~$100 daily rate pay; average 4 days of work/ week.

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Essential Responsibilities

  • Weekly lead students through multi-day, hands-on, experiential learning experiences in outdoor settings.
  • Facilitate, using a student-centered approach, interactive, community-building environmental education activities for student groups.
  • Use scientific inquiry and lead by example to demonstrate positive and responsible environmental literacy and behavior.
  • Differentiate and tailor programs that meet the needs of each school group, incorporating teacher requests within our educational framework, program logistics, and student interests.
  • Cultivate a culturally aware 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.
  • Manage student 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- 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.

Required Experience and Education

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.

  • Bachelor's degree in science, environmental or multi-disciplinary studies, or a related field. 
  • Current Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid and CPR certification or willingness to obtain training shortly after being hired. 
  • One to two years relevant teaching experience (preferably outdoors, residential) and a working knowledge of inquiry-based, multi-disciplinary science and natural history.
  • Ability to perform physically challenging work in the outdoors and in all weather conditions on uneven terrain. Ability to hike at least 5 miles each day on uneven terrain. Ability to lift 40 pounds.
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusiveness within your teaching and our community.
  • Effective communication and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Solution oriented thinker, flexible to changing demands, high level of integrity.
  • 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. Class B with Passenger endorsement a plus!

Other Desirable qualifications:

  • Experience with English Language Learners or urban youth.
  • Ability to speak and/or teach in a second language.
  • Advanced degree and/or teaching credential

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How to Apply:

Applications accepted on a rolling basis for 2017 Spring Season - apply now! Hiring to be completed by October 31, 2016. 

Apply to Southern California via webform here: https://naturebridge.org/about-us/employment   

Apply via email to: smmeducator@naturebridge.org Include current COVER LETTER, RESUME, and 3 RELEVANT REFERENCES to smmeducator@naturebridge.org


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