Environmental Science Educator

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Friday, November 11, 2016, 5:00pm


United States

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Founded in 1971, NatureBridge provides environmental science programs for students in the world’s best classrooms—our national parks. Our mission is to foster environmental literacy to sustain our planet. Our programs do so by exposing students to the wonder and science of nature and inspiring the stewards of tomorrow. As the largest residential education partner of the National Park Service, NatureBridge serves more than 30,000 students and their teachers each year and offers programs in seven national parks: Yosemite National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Olympic National Park, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Channel Islands National Park, Shenandoah National Park, and Prince William Forest Park. In order to further our mission, NatureBridge is committed to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion and to promoting equal opportunity for students and staff in the field of environmental education. We strive to diversify our workforce and seek applications by individuals from all backgrounds, abilities, cultures, orientations, identities, and communities. For more information, visit: naturebridge.org


NatureBridge in the Mid-Atlantic region is currently hiring Environmental Science Educators for the Spring 2017 season, running from early April through early June 2017, with the possibility of extending employment into the summer and fall. Based in Prince William Forest Park, Virginia, the program serves students from Northern Virginia and Washington DC. For a full job description, visit: https://naturebridge.org/environmental-science-educator

Multi-season, multi-campus positions running from April through November 2017 are also available. Educators in the multi-campus position will work the spring season at Prince William Forest Park in VA, transfer to the Golden Gate campus in CA for the summer season, then return to Prince William Forest Park for the fall. Compensation for this position includes housing, benefits, and a travel stipend. To learn more, visit: https://naturebridge.org/sites/default/files/MAREGOGAMulti-CampusEnvironmentalScienceEducator.pdf

NatureBridge environmental science educators are skilled professionals who provide diverse student groups with meaningful experiences in nature's classroom. Our educators have significant post-undergraduate experience and training in environmental education content, curricula, and pedagogy. 


  • Lead students through multi-day, hands-on, experiential learning experiences in an outdoor setting
  • Use scientific inquiry and lead by example to demonstrate positive and responsible environmental literacy and behavior
  • Facilitate environmental education activities for student groups using a student-centered approach
  • Differentiate and tailor programs to meet the needs of each school group, incorporating teacher requests within our educational framework, program logistics, and student interests
  • Cultivate a culturally responsive learning community to bring relevance to program content and community relationships with students, teachers, and schools
  • Create and lead structured evening programs with student participants
  • Manage student safety in an outdoor setting using sound judgment and application of NatureBridge risk management policies and guidelines, administer 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
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor's degree in science, environmental or interdisciplinary studies, or a related field
  • Current Wilderness First Aid and CPR certifications (minimum) or willingness to obtain before start date
  • Minimum one to two years relevant teaching experience (preferably outdoors) 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
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusiveness 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


  • Advanced degree and/or teaching credential
  • Experience with English Language Learners or urban youth
  • Ability to speak and/or teach in a second language
  • Experience in science research
  • Wilderness First Responder certification


Compensation package includes: $101 daily rate (plus additional compensation for running evening programs and being on-call), housing, and meals while program is in session. No benefits offered. 

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A complete application consists of:

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

When your application materials are complete, please apply using the online application form at: https://naturebridge.org/environmental-science-educator-application-prince-william

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. APPLICATION REVIEW BEGINS IN OCTOBER 2016- APPLY NOW! Please direct questions to Rae Parks, Senior Educator, at midatlanticsearch@naturebridge.org. Thank you for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Rae Parks

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