Naturalist for Seasonal Field Studies Program

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Deadline to Apply:

Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 5:00pm


Charlestown, RI
United States

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Job Description:


  • Naturalist will be responsible for working cooperatively with fellow Frosty Drew naturalists to engage school-aged groups according to the program selected;
  • Naturalist will coordinate with Program Assistant who will schedule programs with teachers, providing program information and dates for field visits to naturalists;
  • Naturalist will be expected to have working knowledge of Ninigret Park and its ecosystems and be able to articulate this knowledge to participants;
  • Naturalist will be expected to wade into the salt pond, handle a 40-foot seine net, handle live creatures with care, encourage hands-on exploration with enthusiasm, and engage questions;
  • Naturalist will compile list of species collected after each program and enter onto a spreadsheet;
  • Naturalist will work in cooperation with the Program Assistant, other naturalists/volunteers, with oversight by designated member of the Frosty Drew Board of Directors;
  • Each naturalist will also provide his/her own end-of-season report.
  • Additional Position Requirement: Naturalist will agree to submit a background check.


  • Applicant should have a natural science background with knowledge of the marine ecosystem. Degree in environmental education and/or natural sciences preferred.
  • Candidates should have the ability to maintain a high level of courtesy and communication and to organize and manage large and small groups of program participants, particularly children, in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Lifeguard certification a plus.
  • Should also have the ability to work outdoors in inclement weather. Outdoor teaching experience and working with groups of children pre-K through middle school is preferred.

Scope of Work:

Naturalist will lead hands-on, educational programs with school-aged groups. 2.5 - hour programs are generally offered in the morning and/or early afternoon, Mondays through Fridays. Staff time includes additional time before and after each program for set-up & clean up.


Hourly pay rate is $20 per hour. No additional benefits or travel reimbursement are offered at this time. (Number of hours per week varies.)

How to Apply:

To apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter, and 3 references by March 1, 2017. Please email PDFs to: OR mail to: Frosty Drew Nature Center, Attn: Field Studies Search Committee, PO Box 160, Charlestown, RI 02813Fr