Teacher Naturalist Fall 2017

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Huntsville, AR
United States

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Start/End Date:  September 4th, 2017 to mid December

General Description:
The Teacher Naturalist (TN) is the front-line educational staff for all ONSC programming and program-related operations. TN’s lead educational activities including interpretive hikes/field investigations on the trail, off-site trips, special topic classes, and various other activities. Programs range from one day to a full week for the duration of the season. Work hours are determined based on program length; Teacher Naturalists are typically assigned to programs in their entirety. TN’s are required to stay onsite overnight during assigned programming (housing provided).


  • Provide exceptional learning experiences to participants of all ages.
  • Learn, demonstrate, and share conservation-minded habits.
  • Maintain safety as the number one priority in all center activities.


  • Teach and lead groups of program participants of any age both in the field and the classroom
  • Actively participate in appropriate group briefing and debriefing meetings
  • Participate in staff training/enrichment sessions for field staff and general ONSC staff training and information sessions
  • Assist with the on-going development and refinement of current ONSC programs and the development of new programs as assigned
  • Organize personal equipment and supplies in preparation for field science instruction duties, including, but not limited to, backpack supplies, hand-held radios, water bottles, etc.
  • Provide logistical and supervisory support for ONSC programs and participants, including during ONSC meals, orientation of students and guests, maintenance of facilities and equipment
  • Making presentations to interested groups, hosting and providing supplies and assistance for visiting groups and other duties as assigned.
  • Provide at all times for the safety of students and peers and other ONSC guests to the best of your ability.
  • To be a professional representative of ONSC at all times
  • Use knowledgeably, maintain and return at your departure, all teaching and safety equipment assigned
  • Actively engage in self-improvement as a naturalist and informal science educator
  • To maintain in an appropriate manner, staff housing provided for you during your time of employment at ONSC
  • Maintain active communication with the Program Manager on issues of importance relating to programming and operations

Candidate Requirements:

  • BS/BA degree required.  Degrees in environmental or natural science (i.e. biology, geology, environmental science, ecology) preferred.
  • Passion for the ONSC mission and genuine appreciation for the natural world and conservation
  • Demonstrated time management skills
  • Great speaking and oral presentation skills
  • Ability to hike long distances, over uneven terrain, in all seasons and varying weather conditions
  • CPR & basic First Aid trained, Wilderness First Aid preferred.
  • Ability to work as a team
  • Desire to continually develop as both an educator and a naturalist

Compensation Information:


  • $340.00 per 40 hour work week
  • Staff housing provided
  • Meals provided when programming is in session

How to Apply:

Send cover letter, resume and 3 references to Becky Olthof, Interim Executive Director becky@onsc.us