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Environmental Science Educator Posted Jan 09
Naturebridge , Yosemite National Park, CA (Washington, Virginia)
Founded in 1971 and based in San Francisco, NatureBridge is the largest residential environmental science education partner of the National Park Service. The mission of NatureBridge is to connect youth to the wonder and science of the natural world, igniting self-discovery and inspiring stewardship of the planet. NatureBridge serves more than 30,000 students and their teachers each year and offers programs in four national parks: Yosemite National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Olympic National Park and Prince William Forest Park.

NatureBridge is committed to become a more equitable organization. We actively work to change our organizational practices and culture to support our employees and program participants who are impacted by sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, ageism, ableism, classism, misogyny and other harmful current and historic systems. We seek and encourage people from all backgrounds, abilities, cultures, orientations, identities and communities to apply.
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NatureBridge environmental science educators are skilled professionals who provide student groups with meaningful experiences in one of the world’s best classrooms - our national parks. Programming is guided by the integration of our three pillars: science, social and emotional learning and equity, inclusion and diversity, as outlined in our Theory of Change.

NatureBridge programs:
-Connect students to nature
-Develop students’ relationship skills
-Build students’ skills in, appreciation for and interest in science
-Empower students to take responsibility for themselves, others and our planet

Experiences are intentionally crafted so students develop knowledge, attitudes and skills to act as environmental stewards.

We commit to helping educators grow and refine their craft. We foster a growth mindset and value a willingness to challenge one’s self to grow. Educators meeting or exceeding expectations will receive an invitation to return the following season / school year. Our aim is to help educators to deliver high quality NatureBridge programming, and develop skills that can be leveraged in future endeavors.

-Lead students through multi day, hands-on, experiential learning in outdoor settings.
-Use a student-centered approach to facilitate interactive environmental education lessons and activities.
-Engage students in the practices of science, via authentic science investigations in the field.
-Model responsible environmental literacy and responsible environmental behavior.
-Differentiate and tailor programs that honor the backgrounds and needs of each school group by incorporating teacher requests within the NatureBridge educational framework and program logistics.
-Cultivate an inclusive learning environment by delivering culturally responsive content, by presenting multiple and balanced perspectives and by connecting students, teachers and schools to their lives and community.
-Regularly create and lead evening programs, and/or assist National --Park Service staff and guest presenters, typically after a field day.
-Manage students’ physical safety in outdoor settings using sound judgment and applying appropriate risk management decisions; administer and document first aid as needed.
-Provide occasional on-call and evening support.
-Assess and document student learning and program outcomes.
-Provide comprehensive post-trip program debriefs.
-Collect and share stories from the field to support fundraising efforts.
-Participate in staff community by attending meetings and trainings as assigned.
-Cultivate a respectful home environment by setting and being accountable to agreed upon expectations and boundaries among housemates.
-Other duties as assigned: examples may include supporting donor engagement events, program support, providing feedback on special projects, participating in campus beautification or attending conferences.

-To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. NatureBridge honors various types of work and training experiences as equivalencies to formalized education with a Bachelor’s degree. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

-Minimum one year of relevant formal or informal teaching experience, including environmental education, science education or residential outdoor education.
-Commitment to equity and inclusion within your teaching and our community, or sincere willingness to explore these topics professionally and personally.
-Bachelor's degree / combination of formal education and equivalent experience.
-Education in science, environmental or multidisciplinary studies, or a relevant field.
-Current Wilderness First Responder* and CPR certification or willingness to complete training at your own expense shortly after job offer. *Wilderness First Aid accepted at Prince William Forest Park.
-Ability to perform physically challenging work in the outdoors and in all weather conditions on uneven terrain.
-Possess the social and emotional skills necessary to build rapport and positive relationships with people from all backgrounds, abilities, cultures, orientations, identities and communities.
-Effective communication skills.
-A willingness to be coached and openness to feedback.
-Ability to work flexible hours and split shifts, including evenings and occasional weekends.
-Ability to work in the United States.
-Valid and current driver’s license necessary in some locations (Olympic) due to frequent trips to different areas of the park.

-Working knowledge of natural history and inquiry-based, multi-disciplinary science.
-Worked with, or have lived experience as: people of color, people whose first language is other than English, people from low-income communities, people from immigrant communities, people who identify as gender non-conforming or non-binary, people who identify as LGBTQIA+, people with special needs, and other groups that are impacted by the historic and current system of oppression that have prevented them from having access to environmental education.
-Ability to speak and teach in a language relevant to our student populations other than English. For example, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, and Vietnamese in California; Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, and Somali in Washington; Spanish, French, Amharic/Ethiopian, and German in the Mid-Atlantic region.
-Advanced degrees or teaching credential.

-Competitive compensation. Starting exempt educators make $96.00 for a full teaching day, and are paid additionally for evening work. Non-exempt educators are paid California state minimum wage ($13/hr). (rates effective 1.1.20)
-Paid training days and sick pay.
-Full-time hires can elect to receive a comprehensive benefit plan, including: medical, dental and vision; retirement. Full-time hires accrue vacation based on tenure.
-Shared housing is provided as a benefit of employment. By providing housing, NatureBridge can ensure that educators are available and accessible to provide support for program participants in emergency situations, and that educators can work odd hours and split shifts required during typical programs.
-The opportunity to live and grow in a spectacular location with an amazing community.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Weekend work occasionally and evening work regularly required.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing duties of this job, the employee is required to regularly stand; walk up to 7 miles on uneven terrain at 2 miles per hour pace; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb and balance; stoop, kneel, crouch and crawl; talk, hear, taste and smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

The deadline to apply is February 14, 2020 for applicants wishing to be considered for Environmental Science Educator positions beginning in late August 2020.

A complete application consists of the following:
-Your current resume
-Contact information for three references
-Completed online application form.

Applicants who are selected for interviews will be contacted in March.

For questions, please contact Eric Gerson at

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