Environmental Science Educator

NatureBridge

Sausalito, California

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $14/hr starting, $15/hr in Jan 2022

NatureBridge is seeking candidates for Environmental Science Educator positions for the 2021-2022 school year at our Golden Gate and Yosemite Campuses. 

Founded in 1971, 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. Prior to COVID-19, NatureBridge served more than 30,000 students and their teachers each year and offered 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 becoming a more equitable organization. We actively work to change our organizational practices and culture to support our employees and program participants 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.

Summary

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.

Characteristics and Responsibilities of an Educator: Educators are professional & community-minded, they practice inclusion & allyship, and are reflective about their practice. Programming is intentional, contains culturally relevant content & pedagogies, is engaging & student-centered, safe, balances appropriate challenge & support, and creates a positive learning climate through excellent group management of all participants. Programs are guided by the Theory of Change and include sequential & accurate content with adequate time for intentional meaning-making through questioning, discussion and debrief. Educators are formally assessed annually based on these standards.

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE

  • 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.
  • Cultivate an inclusive learning environment by delivering culturally relevant content, by presenting multiple and balanced perspectives and by connecting instruction to participants’ lives and community. 
  • Engage students in the practices of science via investigations.
  • 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.
  • Manage students’ physical safety in outdoor settings using sound judgment and applying appropriate risk management decisions; administer and document first aid as needed. 
  • Establish and maintain respectful, supportive and compassionate relationships with staff, volunteers and participants.
  • Model responsible environmental behavior.
  • Regularly create and lead evening programs, and/or assist National Park Service staff and guest presenters, typically after a field day, typically twice weekly. 
  • Provide occasional on-call and evening support.
  • Assess and document student learning and program outcomes. 
  • Provide comprehensive program debriefs. 
  • Participate in meetings and training as assigned. 
  • Collect and share stories from the field to support fundraising efforts.
  • For those in provided housing, follow NatureBridge housing policies and work agreements; cultivate a respectful home environment by setting and being accountable to agreed upon expectations and boundaries among housemates. 
  • Fulfill other duties as assigned, such as supporting donor engagement events, program support tasks, providing feedback on special projects, participating in campus beautification or attending conferences.

Experience, Competencies and Education

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 the formalized education with a Bachelor’s degree. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum one year of relevant formal or informal teaching experience, including environmental education, science education or residential outdoor education.
  • Possess the social and emotional skills necessary to build rapport and positive relationships with people from all backgrounds, abilities, cultures, orientations, identities and communities.
  • Commitment to equity and inclusion within your teaching and our community, or sincere willingness to explore these topics professionally and personally.
  • Bachelor's degree/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 a job offer. *GOGA applicants: minimum to apply is WFA + CPR.
  • Ability to perform physically challenging work outdoors and in all weather conditions on uneven terrain. 
  • 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.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS

  • Working knowledge of natural history and inquiry-based, multi-disciplinary science.
  • Lived experience as or experience working with: people of color, indigenous people, 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 has 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 degree or teaching credential.

COMPENSATION 

  • Starting exempt educators make $96.00 for a full teaching day, and are paid additionally for evening work. Non-exempt educators (Golden Gate) are paid California state minimum wage $14/hr; increasing to $15/hr January 2022. Daily and weekly work hours vary. 
  • 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.
  • Housing may be 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.

WORKING CONDITIONS

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 is required occasionally and evening work is required regularly.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

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; at Yosemite, you may 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. 

HOW TO APPLY

A complete application includes:

Positions Begin

  • GOGA Training starts August 24, 2021, and the fall season runs until December 17, 2021; with programs beginning again the first week of January 2022. Contracts are being offered for the 2021-2022 school year.
  • YOSE Training starts October 3, 2021, and the fall season runs until December 16, 2021; with programs beginning again the first week of January 2022. Contracts are being offered for the 2021-2022 school year.
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