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Environmental Educator I (part-time as needed)

Tenafly Nature Center is an independent non-profit member-supported 400 acre nature preserve, located in Tenafly, NJ, five miles north of the George Washington Bridge. With over seven miles of trails and a 3-acre pond, TNC is the largest privately-run nature center in Bergen County. Educators (report to the Education Director) are responsible for teaching our increasing demand of programs both on and off site throughout the year. Curriculum is hands-on and geared toward helping children and adults to develop awareness, appreciation and stewardship for the natural world.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Teach programs, on and off site, for groups of Pre K-12th grade children, scouts, birthday parties, families and adults including special needs individuals and groups, following best practices. This includes all aspects of programming, including set up, clean up, evaluation, and follow up.
  • Learn our environmental education curriculum and implement the purpose, goals and objectives of each program.
  • Help to develop new programs and prepare and maintain program curriculum materials.
  • Create a safe, fun, learning atmosphere for children while projecting a knowledgeable & confident image to parents and teachers.
  • Work with other staff and supervise volunteers.
  • Assist with care of captive live animals.
  • Articulate organization mission and project a helpful and positive attitude when interacting with the public, including TNC members, teachers, and group leaders in person & on the phone.
  • Work with nature center’s online database to maintain records and administer registrations.
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in natural science, environmental education, or related field. At least 2 years experience in environmental education, outdoor education or early childhood education.
  • Knowledge of and passion for the natural world.
  • Enthusiastic, outgoing, patient, and flexible when working with children and adults.
  • Willingness to work outdoors in variable weather conditions and variable terrain.
  • Comfortable handling or learning to handle reptiles, invertebrates and birds of prey (training provided).
  • Ability to work both independently and on a team with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and interact well on the phone and in writing.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to walk all the major trails of TNC and climb one flight of stairs. Ability to lift and move up to 50 lbs.
  • Mastery of Microsoft Office and common office equipment. E-mail and internet access required.
  • Willingness to work irregular hours.
  • Criminal History background checks will be required.
  • Currently be eligible to work in the USA.
  • Valid Driver's license and personal transportation.
  • Current first aid/CPR certification or ability to obtain certification.

Environmental Educator I: Hours vary depending upon seasonal demand for programs. Compensation: $13 an hour. Availability needed between the hours of 9 am – 9 pm on Friday, Saturdays, and Sundays; additional hours including full time summer position available.

Send cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Debora Davidson, Education Director. No calls please.

Environmental Educator Seasonal

The Environmental Educator Seasonal position is classified as Seasonal Nonexempt: Up to 40 hours per week as scheduled. Assists the Camp Director with all aspects of the summer camp program and other summer education department needs. They are responsible for implementing and helping to develop a dynamic, high quality environmental education summer camp curriculum on and off-site, for 10 -12 weeks between the end of June and Labor Day (Monday–Friday; 8:00 am to 4:00 pm) for a variety of age levels. Programs include on-site camp days and possible off-site field trips.

Summary: Reports to, and work closely with, the Camp Director with all aspects of the education department. They are responsible for implementing and helping to develop a dynamic, high quality environmental education curriculum for our increasing demand of on and off-site, year round programs, for a variety of groups and age levels. Curriculum is hands-on and geared toward helping children to develop awareness, appreciation and stewardship for the natural world.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Learn our environmental education curriculum and implement the purpose, goals and objectives of each program.
  • Create and maintain a safe, fun, learning atmosphere for children while projecting a knowledgeable & confident image to parents and teachers.
  • Work with other staff to supervise and provide support to both indoor and outdoor volunteers, as needed (ex. CIT’s).
  • Support Education Director in keeping meticulous records for the education department, so the information and organized records can be used as attendance sheets, seasonal use, budgeting, the annual audit, and archived records.
  • Assist with care of captive live animals.
  • Greet and engage visitors; articulate TNC’s mission and project a helpful and positive attitude when interacting with the public, including TNC members, parents, teachers, and group leaders in person & on the phone.
  • Help coordinate and perform seasonal outdoor grounds and facilities maintenance and, with volunteers and other staff, in order to maintain safe, clean and inviting conditions (ex. recycling, leaf removal etc.)
  • Assist with answering phones, as needed, and answer questions about TNC’s scheduled presentations, camps, hikes; field natural history questions from the public, and direct questions to appropriate experts.
  • Provide or assist with first aid and emergency care as needed.
  • Maintain positive working relationships with other staff, volunteers and TNC board members.
  • Prepare for and participate in staff training and meetings.
  • Keep Education Director apprised of program feedback and written evaluations including verbal praise and complaints.
  • Help develop and teach outdoor activities for different age groups for 10 week-long day camp sessions for students ranging in age from 4-14. This includes all aspects of programming on and off site, including set up, supervision, clean up, inventory, evaluation, and follow up.
  • Assist Camp Director with program logistics and preparation, including program promotion, registration, pre-visit communication, development of props and materials, classroom maintenance, and curriculum development.
  • Prepare and maintain camp program curriculum materials.
  • Conduct off-site activities as appropriate.
  • Complete post-camp evaluation, report, inventory and clean-up.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications (EES):

  • Currently enrolled in or have graduated from a college/ university. With at least 1 year prior experience in environmental education, outdoor education or early childhood education.
  • Mastery of Microsoft Office and common office equipment. E-mail and internet access required.
  • Knowledge of and passion for the natural world.
  • Enthusiastic, outgoing, patient, and flexible when working with children and adults.
  • Ability to work both independently and on a team with minimal supervision.
  • Comfortable handling or learning to handle reptiles, invertebrates and raptors (training provided).
  • Ability to communicate effectively and interact well on the phone and in writing.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to walk all the trails of TNC and climb one flight of stairs. Ability to lift and move up to 50 lbs.
  • Available for all 10 weeks of camp sessions with no vacation days
  • Willingness to work outdoors in variable weather conditions and variable terrain.
  • Current first aid/CPR certification or ability to obtain certification prior to first day of camp.
  • Criminal history background checks will be required, consistent with all applicable laws
  • Currently be eligible to work in the USA.
  • Valid Driver's license and personal transportation.

The attitudes and personal characteristics demonstrated in all educator positions are:

  • Enthusiasm, patience, understanding, flexibility, and energy for working with children and adults.
  • Projecting a positive and professional image.
  • Self-motivated, detailed-oriented with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to multi-task and make decisions requiring good judgment in the absence of specific directions.

Environmental Educator Seasonal: Seasonal Full Time position (40 hours a week) Monday–Friday; 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Competitive hourly pay rate. Weekly commitment for June 18-September 7 requested.

Send cover letter, resume, and three professional references by April 1, 2018 to Jennifer LoDico, Camp Director. No calls please.