Environmental Science Educator

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Deadline to Apply:

Sunday, October 2, 2016, 10:00pm



Yosemite National Park, CA
United States

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During each program, NatureBridge educators create an outdoor experience for their students with a focus on ecology, geology, history of Yosemite, the scientific process and more. Educators incorporate academics with team building, personal growth, and stewardship while connecting the students' experiences to their lives and communities back home. Each educator works with approximately 10-15 students, grades K-12, on programs that last one to five days. Environmental science instruction takes place from late August through mid-June. Individuals seeking year-round work may also apply for positions with our summer program.

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. NatureBridge encourages opportunities for growth and professional development. Many of our educator alumni maintain leadership positions in environmental and education communities leveraging their NatureBridge experience in positive ways. 

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 and 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 weekly for up to 200 audience members.
  • Provide occasional on-call and evening support when not teaching in the field.
  • Manage students’ 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 as required.


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 Responder and CPR certification or willingness to receive training shortly after being hired. 
  • 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.

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.

How to Apply:

For information on compensation and the application process, please visit:


For questions, please contact Rebecca Ryan at rryan@naturebridge.org or (209) 372-9302 x61.

The application closing date for the 2017 Spring Semester is October 2, 2016.