School Program Educator

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Midland, MI
United States

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Job Description:

Objective: To provide high quality natural and cultural history programs to students during field trips and Chippewa Nature Center at Your School programs.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Lead school programs focusing on natural and/or cultural history topics for PreK-12 audiences
  • Prepare lesson plans for programs including gathering and preparing all necessary materials
  • Maintain supplies and equipment for at least one of the school programs
  • Complete appropriate reports (i.e., timesheets, incident reports)
  • Attend training sessions and staff meetings
  • Work a minimum of 2 days/week, 9 am-3 pm (4 days max) for the Fall and Spring seasons
  • Assist with some weekend or evening programs throughout the year (i.e., special events)
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • Experience in environmental education, interpretation, outdoor recreation or related field
  • Experience working with children in a group setting
  • Ability to communicate with visitors of all ages
  • Knowledge of basic interpretive/teaching techniques
  • Knowledge of natural and/or cultural history
  • Ability to meet the physical demands of the position (i.e., hike over rugged terrain and lift 50 pounds)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Certification in Project Wet, Project Wild and similar programs is encouraged
  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental education, interpretation, outdoor recreation, public history, education, or related field

Status: Part time (variable hour), permanent

Schedule: 14-30 hours/week for approximately 26 weeks; on-call during off-season hours; Fall season is September-December; Spring season is March-May

Start Date: February 23, 2022

Compensation & Benefits: Starting at $12/hr; CNC membership, 20% discount on registered programs and in Nature Center Store

Application procedure: Send cover letter and resume to Jenn Kirts, Director of Programs at or 400 S Badour Rd, Midland, MI  48640

Application Deadline: open until filled

Overview: CNC is a nonprofit, environmental education organization. Its mission is to connect all people to nature through educational, recreational and cultural experiences. The 1,200-acre property includes woodlands, fields, ponds and rivers. CNC’s facilities consist of a Visitor Center with Ecosystem Gallery, classrooms and Nature Center store; an 1870s Homestead Farm complex; Nature Preschool; an arboretum and over 19 miles of nature trails. See for more information.

Equal Opportunity Employment: CNC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employees or job applicants on the basis of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, height, weight, handicap or disability, veteran status or any other status or condition protected by applicable state or federal laws.

How to Apply:

Application procedure: Send cover letter and resume to Jenn Kirts, Director of Programs at or 400 S Badour Rd, Midland, MI  48640