Coastal Environmental Educator

Burton 4-H Center On Tybee Island (UGA Extension)

Tybee Island, Georgia

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $12.75 per hour (plus overtime & housing)
Required Experience 2 - 6 years
Beach Ecology

Make the beach and salt marsh your new outdoor classroom on a Georgia barrier island; this opportunity is perfect for the outdoor enthusiast! As part of Georgia 4-H and the University of Georgia, the Burton 4-H Center on Tybee Island provides high-quality day and residential environmental educational experiences.

Seasonal Environmental Educators will teach hands-on day classes and evening classes most frequently to 3rd-8th grade students. Coastal classes cover material on barrier island ecology, herpetology (reptiles), marine invertebrates, ornithology (birds), dissections, local history, and more.

Please click to view a listing of our  Burton 4-H Center EE Class Descriptions and videos of classes in action for: Beach Ecology, Salt Marsh Ecology, Ornithology (Birds), Herpetology (Reptiles), and Fort Pulaski.

Additional duties include, but are not limited to, dorm cleaning 2-3 times a week, assisting with meal service in the dining hall, maintaining teaching facilities and supplies, providing animal husbandry for residential education animals, operating a UGA mini-bus, lead staff rotations, and various maintenance projects on center as needed. Educators must be able to work outside in buggy environments, extreme heat / cold and be flexible as schedules sometimes change with changing weather conditions. There is potential possibilities for weekend work and opportunities working at other Georgia 4-H facilities.

Benefits include compensation of $12.75/per hour plus overtime (hours per week will depend on reservations and will vary from week to week), a private bedroom in a spacious eight room, double kitchen, double laundry room staff house for $20/week (please note, housing on-site is optional, not required and no pets allowed), very limited health insurance, CPR/First-aid training, continued professional development, opportunities to network with other UGA 4-H centers, and training in coastal barrier island ecology and environmental education. Not to mention, the experience to live on an island full of life, just a short stroll to the beach, and 15 miles to historic downtown Savannah.


Seasonal applicants are required to have a Bachelor's degree (education or science preferred) and preferred minimum 1-2 years of experience working in a summer camp, traditional, nontraditional and/or outdoor education setting. Ideal candidates have a strong passion for education, enthusiasm for life-long learning and seek opportunities for connecting students with meaningful experiences in science and the natural world. Applicants with customer service and hospitality/food industry experience are strongly encouraged. Ideal candidates also have group management skills, leadership abilities, teamwork mindset, self-confidence, effective communication skills, a positive attitude and flexibility. Qualities fitting for the job include adaptability, integrity, willingness to connect and build relationships, and the desire to grow and be challenged.



For seasonal (August-June) applications, please email Environmental Education Program Coordinator, Erine-Fay McNaught (erinefay.mcnaught@uga.edu), to receive the official University of Georgia job posting link and further details of the Burton 4-H Environmental Education Program. In the email, please include your attached resume, cover letter and 3 work references or 3 letters of recommendation (academic references will not be considered). Applicants are encouraged to include any supporting lesson plans, videos of teaching, etc. to showcase your educator skills and strengths with your email. If selected for an interview, applicants will be asked to perform a favorite campfire song/skit and teach a 10 minute lesson (without PowerPoint). Your lesson is to reflect and showcase your teaching style in a topic and age group of choice.

Burton 4-H Center is accepting applications until filled for an 8-10 educator positions for the 2023-2024 Environmental Education Season. Please note, position commitment is (tentative start date) August 21, 2023- June 1, 2023. Depending on reservations and hurricane season, there will be a short-term 4 to 6 week Christmas/winter break.  

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Category Environmental Education, Marine Biology
Tags Nature Center