Environmental Science Educator

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Triangle, VA
United States

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NatureBridge Environmental Science Educators are skilled professionals who provide student groups with meaningful experiences in one of the worlds best classrooms - our national parks. Programming is guided by the integration of our three pillars: science, social and emotional learning, and equity, inclusion and diversity, as outlined in our Theory of Change.

NatureBridge programs:

Connect students to nature
Develop students relationship skills
Build students skills in, appreciation for and interest in science
Empower students to take responsibility for themselves, others and our planet

Experiences are intentionally crafted so students develop knowledge, attitudes and skills to act as environmental stewards. Characteristics and Responsibilities of an Educator: Educators are professional & community-minded, they practice inclusion & allyship, and are reflective about their practice. Programming is intentional, contains culturally relevant content & pedagogies, is engaging & student-centered, safe, balances appropriate challenge & support, and creates a positive learning climate through excellent group management of all participants. Programs are guided by the Theory of Change and include sequential & accurate content with adequate time for intentional meaning-making through questioning, discussion and debrief. Educators are formally assessed annually based on these standards.

Job Description:

  • Use a student-centered approach to lead participants through multi day, hands-on, experiential & investigative learning in outdoor settings.
  • Cultivate an inclusive learning environment by delivering culturally relevant content that presents multiple perspectives and connects to students’ lived experiences.
  • Create and lead differentiated programming, including 2-3 evening programs a week, that honor the needs and backgrounds of each group of participants.
  • Manage students’ physical safety in outdoor settings using sound judgment and applying appropriate risk management decisions.
  • Work to support an inclusive workplace community by establishing and maintaining respectful, supportive, and compassionate relationships with staff, volunteers, and participants.
  • Keep records and assessments of student experiences in order to provide insight on student learning and program outcomes, as well as to share stories from the field with staff, board members, and donors.
  • Participate in continuous professional development, as well as personal and professional goal-setting.
  • For those in provided housing, follow NatureBridge housing policies and work agreements; cultivate a respectful home environment by setting and being accountable to agreements and boundaries among housemates. 
  • Fulfill other duties as assigned, such as supporting donor engagement events, program support tasks, providing feedback on special projects, participating in campus beautification or attending conferences.


  • $15/hour, daily and weekly work hours vary based on programming demand. This position is considered full time. Positions may be exempt or non-exempt depending on campus location.
  • Full benefits, including medical, dental, and vision insurance, retirement plan, and paid vacation, training days, and sick leave.
  • Housing may be provided as a benefit of employment. 

We are looking for candidates who have:

  • At least 1 year of relevant formal or informal teaching experience, including environmental education, science education, or residential outdoor education.
  • The social and emotional skills to build rapport and positive relationships with people from all backgrounds, abilities, cultures, orientations, identities and communities.
  • A demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion within your teaching and workplace community. We especially encourage you to apply if you have lived experience as a member of (and/or extensive experience working with people from) any communities that are impacted by the historic and current system of oppression that has limited access to environmental education, or the outdoors in general.
  • The ability to communicate clearly to different stakeholders, including students, coworkers, supervisors, and educational partners.
  • A desire to learn and grow, and an openness to feedback and coaching.
  • The appropriate First Aid Certification for each campus location (see below) or a willingness to attain the certification prior to the start date.
  • The ability and willingness to perform physically challenging work outdoors and in all weather conditions on uneven terrain.
  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent education, training, or experience in science, environmental or multidisciplinary studies, or a relevant field.
  • Ability to work flexible hours and split shifts, including evenings and occasional weekends.

*All NatureBridge Employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Final shot must occur 15 days or more before the start date. Here is the link to our full policy: NatureBridge COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. You must also pass a background check in order to be eligible for employment.

Prince William Forest -- Triangle, Virginia (Washington DC)

April 4, 2022 - June 10, 2022 

  • Some Multi-Campus Educator positions available for a March 28-Nov 8 contract
  • Requires a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR/AED certifications, WFR also accepted


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Weekend work is required occasionally and evening work is required regularly.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing duties of this job, the employee is required to regularly stand; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb and balance; stoop, kneel, crouch and crawl; talk, hear, taste and smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. 

How to Apply:

Fill out the application and send your resume and 3 references to our Online Career Portal.