Nature-based Education Assistant

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Clermont, KY
United States

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Major responsibilities of the contracted Nature-based Education Assistant at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest (Bernheim) include, but are not limited to, working with Education Department staff and volunteers to:

  • Offer nature-based programming to Bernheim visitors, with an emphasis on youth audiences like Pre-K-12 students, families, scout and civic groups, summer campers, etc.
  • Develop nature-based programming at Bernheim, including conducting research, creating outlines and lesson plans, securing program materials and resources, etc.
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of Education Center activities and resources, including permanent exhibits, rotating activities, the Education Classroom, Wildlife Viewing Room, I Spy Trail, Art Barn, interpretive resource areas, etc.
  • Support Bernheim’s ECO Kids (Every Child Outside) initiative, including developing and offering ECO Kids Discovery Days activities and assisting with Pollywog Play Parties.
  • Collaborate with other Bernheim departments through education initiatives and involvement in staff work days, on-site events, off-site outreach, and general tasks associated with Natural Areas, Horticulture, Visitor Services, and other departments.
  • Perform other duties as necessary and assigned, including possible clerical work and database management.   


The contract position requires previous education experience and some college experience. Preference is given to applicants with an academic background and/or career experience in the fields of environmental education, science education, natural interpretation, natural history, earth and natural sciences, formal and informal education, or other related areas. 


To perform this contract position successfully an individual must be able to perform each requirement in a satisfactory manner. 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 the requirements):

  • Experience developing and presenting programs in the natural sciences and/or related areas for Pre-K-12 school groups.
  • Experience working in informal learning environments such as parks, nature centers, museums, or similar organizations.
  • Knowledge of regional ecology, natural history, biology, conservation, horticulture, sustainability or similar areas, or demonstrate the ability to easily gain that knowledge.
  • Written communication skills that support the development of quality interpretive materials like web site resources, on-site activities and similar products.
  • Ability to speak effectively in front of diverse public audiences in a manner that is engaging and entertaining.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks efficiently while maintaining a friendly and professional image with staff, volunteers, Bernheim visitors, and the public.
  • Must be able to perform basic physical duties including but not limited to walking with ease, moving frequently, lifting and moving props and materials, shifting from sitting to standing position and kneeling for extended time periods.
  • Ability to traverse difficult terrain and deal with potential exposure to ticks, chiggers, intense heat and sunlight, water, and other harsh environmental conditions.
  • Attention to dressing in a professional manner for field, office, and professional settings.
  • Hold a valid driver's license and pass a background check.

Required technological skills include:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher.
  • Ability to promote Bernheim through social media efforts, including the Bernheim website, Facebook and Twitter accounts, eNews, etc.
  • Ability to research work-related information via internet.
  • Ability to run basic office and support equipment, including computers, projectors, camera, copy machine, fax machine, telephone switchboard, laminator, etc.

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How to Apply:

To apply for the position of Nature-based Education Assistant, please submit resume and cover letter via email to Lorie Messer, Human Resource Assistant, at

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Compensation Information:

This is a contracted position for the duration of 32-weeks, with a part-time schedule of 20 hours per week.

Contact Name:

Whitney Wurzel

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(502) 955-8512

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