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POSITION: Environmental Educator for Earth Studies

Department: Programs

Responsible to: Program Director

Status: Hourly, Part-time, As-needed

Reports to: Program Director

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Position Overview:

The Nature & Wildlife Discovery Center is seeking one or more experienced, collaborative, and engaging individuals to join our team as Environmental Educators who will primarily work with our Earth Studies program. This position will co-facilitate NWDC’s outdoor-based program for 5th graders and have the option to facilitate other nature education programs and camps as needed. The ideal candidate will possess a solid education background, environmental science background and demonstrable experience working with children and being in the great outdoors. Position is ideal for a part-time college student studying a related- field, recent college grad, a retired teacher, or other qualified individual looking for a part-time position working with upper elementary children in the outdoors. Training in program curriculum and activities provided.

Program Description:

Earth Studies, now in its seventeenth year, is a comprehensive experiential science education program that brings 5th grade classes from Pueblo City Schools to Pueblo Mountain Park multiple times during the school year.  Each full-day visit covers different subject matter related to the natural sciences.  Lessons cover state and district educational standards in all the major academic fields (science, geography, reading, writing, mathematics, history, health, physical education).

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Lead interpretive nature hikes at NWDC Mountain Park and River Campuses.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of local flora, fauna, ecosystems, weather, climate, cultural and historical heritage, etc.
  • Provide direct delivery of education programs on- and off-property, especially in schools.
  • Lead camping trips on- and off- property to teach outdoor skills and conservation techniques
  • Identify and interpret wildlife and vegetation issues.
  • Assist the NWDC Maintenance Dept. to restore and maintain natural areas within the parks.
  • Explain and promote the rules and regulations of the recreation facility intended for the safety and welfare of guests and members.
  • Point out scientific, historic, and natural features of parks, forests, historic sites or other area attractions.
  • Answer questions as needed.

General Accountabilities:

  • Ensure adherence to Nature and Wildlife Discovery Center policies, standards, and procedures.
  • Keep accurate and current records pertinent to the position.
  • Attend training and staff meetings as necessary.
  • Keep all equipment used for the execution of duties clean and in good working condition, properly stored and used only for the intended purposes.
  • Other duties as assigned that are minor or incidental tasks related to the position.

Qualifications and Attributes:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent required.
  • The ideal candidate will hold a degree in education, environmental or natural sciences, related field, or have equivalent life experience.
  • Experience leading environmental, interpretive or outdoor recreation programs for children and adults, preferred.
  • At least 1 year in working with or coaching children.
  • A passion for the nature and working with children.
  • Ability to problem solve, think creatively and multi-task.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills.
  • Self-motivated and self-directed professional who is equally comfortable working independently and with a team.
  • Must possess integrity, honesty, and a sense of humor, grit, and adaptability.
  • Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license, and auto insurance required by Colorado.
  • CDHS Background Investigation and CABS fingerprint record checks required.

Physical Activities and Demands:

  • Medium to strenuous physical demands, requiring light visual acuity, and subject to both inside and outside environmental conditions. Work is subject to outdoor conditions (e.g. cold and hot outdoor temperatures, all kinds of weather, and encounters with wild animals and potentially poisonous plants, etc.)

Disclaimer:

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by an individual assigned to this position. They are not construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time as needed.