Job Title: Explorers Educator


Blue Sky Fund is a non-profit based in Church Hill, Richmond VA. Our mission is to provide transformational experiences for Richmond area youth through outdoor education. We have two core program areas – academic and adventure. We are currently seeking several part-time Educators to facilitate and lead our Explorers Program during the 2024-2025 school year. For a more detailed description of our core programs, please visit our website


Explorers is an experiential education that partners with 3rd – 5th grade classrooms in the Richmond Public School (RPS) system. Each partner school participates in science-based field trips in the Richmond area, focused on team-building, resilience skills, nature exploration, and positive experiences in the outdoors. 



  • A minimum of two years of relevant work experience is preferred.
  • Academic training in education, recreation, natural resources, natural science (geology, biology), or environmental science is an advantage.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with a strong experience in teaching or youth leadership, excellent communication skills, and demonstrated interest in environmental and experiential education
  • Optional: Class B CDL-P (passenger endorsement) certification or willingness to be trained for Class B CDL-P certification and clean driving record


Educator Benefits:

  • Training in environmental communication, group management, and outdoor/experiential education best practices
  • Education in Virginia natural history, Richmond history, and Richmond’s socio economic landscape
  • Frequent peer and employer evaluations 
  • Positive work environment and engagement in the local community 
  • Retirement benefits with employer match (following a waiting period)
  • 6 days (27 hours) of paid sick leave


Educator Responsibilities: 

  • Complete Educator orientation: introduction to the job, experiential and environmental education philosophy and techniques, safety, and emergency procedures 
  • Attend all training sessions and Blue Sky Explorers field trips (must provide own transportation) 
  • Study and practice field trip material 
  • Lead and teach a group of upper elementary school students (grades 3-5) during each Explorers field trip 
  • Participate in outdoor physical activities during field trips such as (but not limited to): hiking, lifting, playing games and sports 
  • Represent Blue Sky Fund in a professional manner at all times, specifically acting as a positive role model for the students with whom we interact. 


Job Details: Training and programming runs from September 2023 through April 2024. Time frame is generally 9 AM – 1:30 PM Tuesday through Friday, with the possibility of an occasional Monday. Some longer trips in 2024-25 may extend stop time up until 2:30pm. First year educator compensation is $16/hour for approximately 18-23 hours/week. Explorers Educators receive 6 days of paid sick leave over the course of a program year. 


To Apply: Please fill out an online application on our website: Please include in your cover letter if you currently have a Class B CDL-P or are interested in obtaining a Class B CDL-P.  If you have any questions, please contact Josh Bearman, Programs Director via email at


Blue Sky Fund is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace in which all participants, employees, volunteers and supporters of all genders, races, ethnicities, national origins, ages, sexual orientations, identities, education levels, and abilities feel valued and respected.