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Teacher Naturalist Posted May 15
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont , Townsend, TN
POSITION TITLE: Teacher Naturalist
Reports to: Youth Program Manager
Job Status: Salary
Category: Exempt
Classification: Seasonal full time

Teacher Naturalists work to inspire our participants to a closer connection to nature through effective education experiences for youth and adults.

Teacher Naturalists (subject to furlough) assist in all aspects of implementing residential environmental education program including teaching daily classes mostly with youth, classroom teachers and 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.

Guide experiential education programs for youth and adults.
Create innovative lessons that help students and teachers learn how to learn in nature.
Make good decisions regarding personal and participant safety, anticipates problems and acts within scope of first aid training.
Works effectively with a range of participants, elementary aged through college, adults, and teachers.
Provides on-site supervision and support for program participants.

Tremont Community
Contributes to our caring community by taking care to set-up, clean, and maintain program spaces as needed for program.
Communicates needs and concerns openly and clearly.
Actively participates in our Tremont team to create impactful experiences.
Maintains positive attitude and energy to accomplish individual and collaborative projects.

Leadership and Growth
Demonstrates by example the qualities of a life-long learner by continually exploring areas of interest (such as branches of natural history, human cultures and history, the humanities, etc.).
Serves in leadership capacity for summer interns and staff.
Seeks opportunities for growth and continual improvement as an educator for both youth and adults.

• Operates a motor vehicle to transport program participants or to conduct other work activities.
• Provides assistance to other employees or departments as needed.
• Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

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 at least 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 Responder and CPR certification required. Lifeguard certification highly desired. (WFR and CPR can be obtained prior to hiring if candidate does not currently maintain certification.)
• Must be able to hike with ease while carrying a pack 10-15 miles in a day, while managing the educational, emotional and physical needs of a group of up to 12-24 participants.
• Experience working with teachers, school districts and standards-based curriculum are highly desirable.
• Online outreach, electronic media, creative writing and curriculum construction skills highly desirable.

Performance Aptitudes:
ATTITUDE: Requires ability to demonstrate tact, courtesy, enthusiasm, and cooperative image along with a positive attitude.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Requires the ability to listen well, speak clearly and express thoughts effectively.

INITIATIVE: Requires the ability to influence events rather than just accept them.

PLANNING, ORGANIZATION, AND PROBLEM SOLVING: Requires the ability to establish and translate plans for the department that are consistent with goals and priorities.

SAFETY: Requires the ability to monitor and model safe work habits.

TEAMWORK: Requires the ability to communicate, support, and cooperate with others to achieve organization goals.

Vehicle Utilization: Requires possession and maintenance of a valid Tennessee driver’s license.

Physical Ability: Performs physical activity relating to programs/activities, which may include hiking in mountainous terrain, climbing steep trails, climbing rocks/boulders, participating in games/recreational activities, carrying backpacks, moving dining tables, and lifting/moving heavy materials. Must be able to hike while carrying a pack 10-15 miles in a day.

Housing Requirements:
Position requires employee to reside on premises of Institute, with residence and utilities provided by Institute. Employees must provide their own phone service (cellular phone service is not available on site).

Salary & Benefits: Starting salary $335.00 per week + meals and lodging. On-site housing required with monthly utilities paid by Institute. Benefits include retirement package and access to health and dental insurance. This is a yearlong position with up to 3-6 weeks unpaid furlough.

Deadline to submit application: Will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Position Start Date: Position will start August 14th, 2017.

To apply: Visit for application directions and more information.