Youth Resilience Educator

The Elizabeth River Project

Portsmouth, Virginia

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $17.50/hour
Deadline Dec 31, 2024

Join the Elizabeth River Project, a leading Virginia environmental non-profit, as our Youth Resilience Educator! We are seeking a dynamic individual passionate about education and the environment. This role involves teaching students, providing teacher training, and assisting with various educational programs.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Educate K-12 students through hands-on activities and outdoor field investigations, which are mainly at Paradise Creek Nature Park and Camp E.W. Young, but may occasionally be at the Learning Barge.
  • Develop and present ecology curriculum and conduct teacher trainings.
  • Serve as a liaison for the Resilient River Star Schools program, recruit schools, and support program activities.
  • Perform administrative tasks such as updating websites, maintaining contact lists, and assisting with grant deliverables.
  • Prepare outdoor sites for programs and perform other duties as assigned.

Location: Paradise Creek Nature Park in Portsmouth, VA

Hourly Rate: $17.50/hour

Hours: Full-time (40 hours/week), occasional weekends and evenings


  • One year of experience teaching K-12 preferred.
  • Background in science preferred.
  • First aid/CPR certification and kayaking experience are a plus.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.


  • Ability to lift 30 pounds overhead and work in various weather conditions.
  • Ability to stand for 2-3 hours and walk up to 5 miles during field trips.
  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills.
  • Effective communication skills and the ability to engage audiences.

Additional Information:

  • Must pass a background check.
  • Reports to Sarah McBride, School Outreach Coordinator.

Apply today and make a difference in environmental education!



HOW TO APPLY: Please e-mail your resume to HR Manager Jaye Hughes at jhughes@elizabethriver.org

The Elizabeth River Project is an equal opportunity employer.

Elizabeth River Project Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Statement:

At Elizabeth River Project, we embrace diversity, inclusion, equity, and environmental justice as fundamental values of our river restoration work. Through active listening and intentional involvement, we seek to diversify our staff, board, and partners as we appreciate the unique perspectives and experiences of our diverse community. Our commitment extends to advocating for environmental justice, recognizing the intersectionality of social and environmental challenges. Together, we work towards a brighter future for the river and its people where everyone feels a sense of belonging and purpose within our organization and beyond.

At the Elizabeth River Project, we are committed to integrating DEI principles into all aspects of our work. By embracing diversity, promoting equity, and fostering inclusion, we believe we can restore the Elizabeth River in a way that benefits all communities and creates a healthier, more equitable future for both people and nature.

Research shows that women and people of color may hold back from applying for roles if they do not meet all requirements. Elizabeth River Project is dedicated to nurturing a diverse, inclusive, and authentic work environment. If you are passionate about this position but do not align perfectly with every listed qualification, we still encourage you to apply. Your distinct viewpoint is valuable to us, and we are excited to review your application.

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Category Environmental Education, Outdoor Recreation