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Conservation Educator

Eco Adventures

Millersville, Maryland

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details starting at $16.50 + depending on experience
Required Experience 0 - 1 years
Inspire people of all ages through hands-on conservation education!

www.EcoAdventures.org 

Job Description:   Conservation Educator (Part-time- Full time hours)

The mission of Eco Adventures is to offer hands-on learning experiences that provide educational and enriching ecological experiences to students of all ages.  The purpose of these programs is to create positive, personal experiences for participants while inspiring them to make a difference in our planet. Students will have the rare opportunity to encounter extraordinary animals, discover various native and international ecological habitats, explore our environment through various art forms, and learn about ecological, technical, and scientific research projects around the world.

The purpose of the Conservation Educator position is to develop and teach a variety of education programs to children and patrons at birthday parties, outreaches, field trips, library programs, summer camps, school programs, Nature Scout programs, after-school programs, special events and festivals, outdoor education settings.  The Conservation Educator must be experienced with public speaking/teaching to a public audience up to 100 + people with various animals such as insects, arachnids, amphibians, and reptiles.  Duties also include the organization and storage of materials and artifacts and assisting with animal husbandry, program logistics, and development.

Essential Functions:

  • Conduct programming, individually/independently and as part of a team, primarily for students ages 3 to 12 in the surrounding areas but also for public patrons at Special Events.
  • Public speaking and/or teaching experience working with children is a must.
  • Present dynamic and interactive presentations to students and the public at various venues including schools, fairs, camps, and programs.
  • Maintenance, care, and organization of props, bio-facts, and supplies.
  • Prepare materials for future/upcoming programs and special events.
  • Develop and write programs using accurate scientific information.
  • Maintain and update information files related to activities, programs, and program contracts.
  • Assist in training and supervising Jr Assistant volunteers.
  • Lead and assist in developing new programs, birthday parties, scouts, public programs, and camps.
  • Lead own kid groups in hikes, seining, slogging, assist with research and environmental outdoor education activities.
  • May assist in animal husbandry and handling, including cleaning and feeding animals in the collection.
  • Promote conservation and green practices.
  • Assist with daily operations of the facility which may include record keeping, computer work, cleaning/chores, phones, customer service, van upkeep, etc.
  • Drive a 15-passenger van or mini van with children. Clean driving record. Training will be given.

Qualifications/Basic Job Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in science, education, psychology, or related field OR previous experience working with children and/or working in a non-formal education setting highly preferred. Experience in the science or animal field a plus.  Public speaking or performing experience is a must and an outgoing personality that can interact with people on a daily basis. A current Maryland driver’s license, a clean driving record, and own transportation are required. Knowledge of programming subject matter including the Chesapeake Bay, Rainforest, ocean, and conservation practices.  Must attend a training session that includes expectations, safety protocols, animal handling training, and program information. A background check is required.  Must be willing to relocate if not local.

Competencies: Staff must possess a unique set of abilities including stamina, being on your feet for hours at a time, high energy/outgoing personality, strength to lift heavy props and equipment (at least 30 pounds), and flexibility with schedules and hours.  Specific skills involve experience working with a diverse population including people with disabilities, creative problem-solving, and driving to and from locations with the animals. The position requires the ability to work independently as well as in a team.  The working environment includes classroom settings, birthday party locations, outdoor festivals, and field research work with animals in outdoor habitats such as ponds, Chesapeake Bay habitats, and forests.

Problem Solving: Staff is asked to make decisions in novel situations. Each school or event has its own set of challenges and each program is unique. Problem-solving includes improvising to accommodate any special needs of the school/unforeseen events, conflicts in scheduling, or equipment failure. The Program Educator will also be involved in creating new programs and brainstorming on how to improve programs.

Accountability:

  • Work closely with the Manager/Camp Director and Supervisors to develop new programs and maintain existing programs, support materials, props, etc.
  • Follow all safety protocols, COVID protocols, animal welfare, and procedures for implementing programs.   
  • Train and oversee volunteers/JA’s.
  • Deliver quality programs and special projects in a timely manner.
  • Manage and care for artifacts and props.
  • Deliver high-quality customer service to clients.

Physical Requirements: These are physical and mental requirements of the position as it is typically performed.  Inability to meet one or more of these physical or mental requirements will not automatically disqualify a candidate or employee from the position.  Upon request for a reasonable accommodation, Eco Adventures may be able to adjust or excuse one or more of these requirements, depending on the requirement, the essential functions to which it relates, and the proposed accommodation.

  • _x_ Seeing 
  • _X_ Ability to drive
  • _x_Heavy lifting about 40 lbs
  • _x_ Color Perception (Red, Green, Amber)                                
  • _x_ Hearing/Listening
  • _x_ Carrying  (specify) loading/unloading bins/materials
  • _x_ Clear Speech
  • _x_Be able to hike and swim
  • _x_ must be able to handle various reptiles, amphibians, insects, and arachnids

Have all the skills needed to be responsible for and meet the safety standards for a group of children on your own

Work Environment:

  • _x_ Shift Work
  • _x_Works with Others
  • _x_ Extreme Heat/rain
  • _x_ Eco Adventures Shirt Provided –must wear Khaki/tan pants/shorts
  • _x_ Verbal Contact w/Others
  • Long work hours/on feet
  • _x_ Renaissance costume-must be pre-approved
  • _x_ Face-to-Face Contact with the public 

_x_ Exposure to Animals and Nature:

  • X Possible Coronavirus exposure at your own risk

Only trained personnel can handle.  Although not likely, it is possible:

  • _x_ Poisonous/Venomous (inverts only)
  • _x_ Bite potential
  • _x_ Zoonotic Potential

Schedules:   Depending on the type of program or venue, schedule and hours will vary from week to week. Instructors will be trained on the job, shadowing and team teaching until they are ready to lead solo.  End of June-August will work mostly weekdays leading camps, teaching outreaches, or weekend bday parties on occasion. 

During the year, it varies with programs and seasons.  On weekends, there are enrichment programs, Open Plays or Jungle Express, birthday parties, and evening/special events. During the week: after-school programs, school programs/Field trips, homeschool programs, program development, artifact and material upkeep, and possible animal husbandry and care during the week (Monday- Friday).  Hours depend on the programming schedule. Can be flexible with schedules if the candidate has another PT job. 

Salary and Benefits:  Salary varies depending on experience and the position you are leading. Training pay is lower until you are on your own.  Starting pay is $16.50 + depending on experience. This is a part-time position approximately 30+ hrs in slow seasons (Fall-Jan) and up to 40 hrs in the Spring-Summer.  Salary is hourly with no insurance benefits. Paid sick/mental health days and personal days are granted depending on time worked at ECO. Flexible time off and scheduling.  401 K benefits after meeting requirements. Possible Eco -travel trips after meeting requirements.  Must have your own health and car insurance and live locally.  Mileage compensation is granted at $.40 per mile to and from a location if you drive your own car to a program.  However, most driving will be conducted in company vans.  Intensive training, background checks, and CPR/First aid class will be provided.  Due to the time and resources we put into training, we require a minimum length commitment contract of at least one and a half years from the time training ends.  Training time depends on each individual’s learning curves, motivation, and availability.

Part of our proceeds benefit rainforest and crocodilian education, research, and conservation projects. As part of the team, there will be opportunities to become involved in these and other projects in Costa Rica. Staff may also represent the company at conferences and meetings which provide an excellent opportunity for professional development, involvement in professional organizations, and contact development. Eco Adventures, LLC is fully insured and will provide Worker’s Comp to all trained staff and volunteers.   Eco Adventures offers an opportunity to become a mentor to many young people and make a difference in influencing the public about choices and protecting the environment in a fun, laid-back working environment.   Great potential to be promoted to Full-time opportunity.

Ready to make a difference? Please send your cover letter and resume to: EcoAdventuresMD@gmail.com 

www.EcoAdventures.org     Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required of all personnel so classified. 

216 Najoles Rd. Ste 600 Millersville, MD 21108   410-987-1300

HOW TO APPLY

Please send a cover letter and resume to: ecoadventuresmd@gmail.com 

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.

Category Environmental Education, Outdoor Recreation