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Seasonal Environmental Educator

Cahaba Environmental Center at Living River Montevallo, Alabama
Job Type Seasonal / temporary

CEC educators provide high-quality environmental education to K-12 learners, university field science groups, and other user groups in and around central Alabama. Our educators create community with their students and teach them about the rich cultural history and diverse ecosystems found on our site. They inspire students to continue telling the ongoing story of the Cahaba River watershed through inquiry-based education. Educators lead field groups and facilitate lessons with 8-12 students throughout the school’s one to five day visit. This provides a chance for our talented educators to develop meaningful relationships with their students and tailor lessons and activities to best meet the interests and needs of the group. During off-times throughout the season, educators will take on program projects that benefit both their individual goals and the overall betterment of the CEC, while making a significant contribution to environmental studies in the state of Alabama.

Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Education, Environmental Education, Environmental Science, Biology, or a related field

• Enthusiasm for educating others about the natural world and human cultural history • Ability to work and live in a residential community and contribute as a collaborative team member

• Displays initiative, sense of humor, and flexibility

• Comfortable working in the outdoors in a variety of weather conditions

• Willingness to work flexible hours including some evenings and occasional weekends

• Current CPR and First Aid certification, Wilderness First Aid preferred

• Valid Driver’s License

• Satisfactory results of a criminal background check including the National Sex Offender Registry and search of the national FBI database utilizing fingerprints, once potential employee consent has been obtained

Responsibilities:

• Teach and assist in planning engaging science and social studies educational experiences for K-12 students, university field science groups, and other user groups

• Create a safe, positive learning environment for students through positive reinforcement, role modeling, and cultural sensitivity

• Lead safe and engaging canoeing trips on the Cahaba River

• Facilitate teambuilding experiences

• Provide leadership in risk management before, during, and after classes (e.g., respond to emergencies, administer first aid, maintain first aid kits, complete incident reports), demonstrating the need to be proactive in order to prevent potential risks

• Serve as a positive role model to visitors and fellow staff members

• Maintain teaching materials, supplies, housing, and other pertinent areas and perform regular maintenance duty each week, or as necessary

• Participate in staff meetings and reflection of teaching practices and program functioning in order to continue growth of the CEC

• Represent and support the Cahaba Environmental Center in marketing and activities that promote enrollment, as needed

• Complete projects that support and improve the CEC’s education program

• Any other necessary tasks designated by educator supervisor

Start/End Date Spring:

The spring season runs mid-February until the end of May

Fall: The fall season runs mid-August until the end of November

Compensation and Accommodations:

$300 per week + housing. Cahaba environmental education staff will live in shared housing. Each educator will have his or her own bedroom and a shared bathroom. The Cahaba staff house will have a community living space, laundry facilitates, and a kitchen. The educator community will be provided meals during programs but will be responsible for their own meals otherwise.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply please fill out our application and send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Lauren Allred, CEC Director, at lallred@livingriver.org

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