Environmental Educator (Part Time)

Ecology Center

Ann Arbor , Michigan

The Ecology Center (EC) seeks a motivated and inquisitive educator to lead educational activities at regional K-12 schools. This is a part-time position at 15 to 30 hours per week. Work will be based out of the Ecology Center’s main office in Ann Arbor, however a significant portion of time will be spent off-site visiting schools.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Environmental Educator will utilize a range of skills to educate and engage learners about environmental issues. Programs focus on topics such as: recycling, composting, sustainable living, and environmental health.

Specific duties will include:

Leading Educational Programs

  • Deliver established, age-appropriate classroom workshops in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, and Dearborn schools (ages preschool through adult)
  • Participate in delivering educational activity stations during family night events at area schools

General/Administrative

  • Prepare education materials and clean and stock them after use in the classroom
  • Assist in hosting information tables with kid-friendly activities at events and conferences
  • Attend weekly Education Team meetings
  • Track activities in the classroom for reporting purposes

Qualifications

  • Seeking an opportunity to gain teaching experience with learners of all ages
  • Willingness to learn and adapt
  • Responsible, reliable, and ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Comfortable engaging an audience of all ages
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in education, environmental science, or related field

Hours and Compensation

This is a part-time hourly position, 15-30 hours per week. Number of hours may vary slightly week to week. Most work will be weekdays between the hours of 8am and 4pm, with occasional evening or weekend hours.

HOW TO APPLY

Application Procedure

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Jobs@ecocenter.org, with “Environmental Educator” in the email subject.

Applications accepted until position is filled. Only selected applicants will be contacted and invited for interview.

About the Ecology Center

The Ecology Center is a Michigan-based nonprofit environmental organization that works at the local, state, and national levels for clean production, healthy communities, environmental justice, and a sustainable future.  Founded in 1970, the Ecology Center has developed many of the most innovative environmental programs in Michigan and the Midwest. We employ market campaigns, policy initiatives, educational programs, technical assistance, and community organizing to address our top priorities – Environmental Health, Climate & Energy, Sustainable Local Communities, and Green Business.

The Ecology Center is an equal opportunity employer.

Ecology Center Statement of Values on Diversity and Inclusion

The Ecology Center works to develop innovative solutions for healthy people and a healthy planet. We are a dedicated community of individuals tackling the most pressing health and environmental issues of our time with integrity, persistence and science. Through our expert staff and over 40 years experience, we provide credible information, strategic action, and education on complex environmental issues.

A commitment to equity and fairness is a critical component of any healthy organization, and that equity must extend to issues of race and income.  Our organizational commitment to equity extends not only to internal practices and opportunities, but also to the way in which our organization interacts with our community, our region, and the world.  We embrace an explicit goal that our campaigns, priorities, and activities increase equality and justice for all people.  As we continue to grow and develop, we must embody principles of diversity, inclusion, and equity in order to remain vibrant and innovative and truly be the change that we wish to see in our communities and world.  

Diverse organizations are stronger, more resilient and more innovative.  Greater diversity will help us sustain a movement in which all voices are represented and in which all communities contribute to addressing the environmental issues that confront us now, and for generations to come.  On an individual and organizational level, diversity and inclusion are important values we will continue to build upon in the coming months and years in order to truly help build social justice and equity.

Our Diversity & Inclusion Committee is currently working to create a long-term plan that will help us advance toward our goals, including:

  • building competency among staff, management, and board on issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity;
  • cultivating a culture of inclusion, learning and innovation in the organization; 
  • creating internal processes that will better nurture a more diverse staff and a more inclusive work atmosphere;
  • integrating these principles more fully into our programs and communications;
  • building relationships with diverse organizations and individuals that support these goals;
  • helping to promote and grow diversity and inclusion in the environmental movement as a whole.