Teacher Naturalist

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Reports to: School Program Coordinator
Classification: Year-round employee
Start Date: August 2016
(possibility of starting June 2016 - please see summer teacher naturalist position announcement)

Teacher Naturalists assist in all aspects of implementing residential environmental education program including teaching daily classes mostly with youth and occasionally with adults, conducting evening programs, planning and implementing programs, and assisting in overall facility operations. This position also works extensively with a variety of summer youth camps (nature, science, backpacking) as well as adult and college summer workshops.

The following duties are normal for this position and are noted in priority order. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this position. Other duties may be required and assigned by supervisors.

  • Teaches classes in various environmental education topics and recreational camp activities to youth/adults attending summer programs at the Institute; develops/implements lessons concerning cultural and natural history of the Smoky Mountains region; shares outdoor living skills and outdoor recreational skills with program participants.
  • Leads summer camp activities for young children, teenagers, and adults; coaches, instructs, and supervises participants in games, arts/crafts, hikes, camping, and various other athletic, social, and educational activities.
  • Supervises, leads, or assists with night hikes, multiple-day hiking/camping trips, swimming activities, and sing-alongs in dining hall or around campfire.
  • Serves in leadership capacity for summer interns and staff.
  • As on-site staff, teacher naturalists are responsible for responding appropriately to after hours needs of program participants, including but not limited to: medical emergencies, logistical issues, communication, etc.
  • Supervises dormitory activities; acts as chaperone and lives in dormitory during summer camp sessions.
  • Assists with all logistical aspects of programming, including set up, cleaning, maintaining facility.
  • Monitors program participants to recognize potential emergency situations or necessary first aid; follows established procedures to obtain appropriate medical assistance.
  • Maintains park trails; uses various tools to remove brush or other obstacles; maintains familiarity with nearby park trails.
  • Responds to questions or requests for information from program participants, park visitors, visiting teachers, and chaperones about Institute policies/procedures, Association/Institute programs, points of interests in park, or other information.
  • Communicates with supervisor, employees, other departments/divisions, Association personnel, park personnel, program participants, chaperones, school officials, park visitors, the public, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems.


  • Prepares or completes various forms, reports, correspondence, instructional materials, or other documents.
  • Receives various forms, reports, correspondence, program materials, manuals, reference materials, or other documentation; reviews, completes, processes, forwards or retains as appropriate.
  • Operates a computer to enter, retrieve, review or modify data; utilizes word processing, file maintenance, or other software programs.
  • Communicates via telephone and/or two-way radio; provides information, guidance, and assistance; takes and relays messages; responds to requests for service or assistance.
  • Operates a motor vehicle to transport program participants or to conduct other work activities.
  • Provides assistance to other employees or departments as needed.

Experience and Education:

  • Applicants must be enthusiastic, energetic, and committed to teaching in the outdoors.
  • Must have a Bachelor’s degree with course work and/or relevant field experience in science, or other related field.
  • Must have one year previous experience in environmental education program leadership, recreational camp leadership, mountain hiking/camping, and interpersonal relations; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.
  • Must have experience and training in natural history, and working with both children and adults.
  • Willing to commit at least 1-2 years to Tremont’s mission of ‘connecting people and nature.’
  • Current Wilderness First Aid and CPR certification required. Wilderness First Responder and lifeguard certification highly desired.
  • Must be able to hike while carrying a pack 10-15 miles in a day.
  • Online outreach, electronic media, creative writing and curriculum construction skills highly desirable.

Additional information can be obtained at http://www.gsmit.org/jobsTeacherNaturalist.html

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Apply online: http://www.gsmit.org/jobsTeacherNaturalist.html

Please include all documents. Applications will not be considered if incomplete.

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