ShoreRivers seeks a seasonal Field Educator to enthusiastically deliver environmental education field trips and classroom lessons to elementary and high school students, inspiring them to care about their local environment and empowering them to make a positive impact. The ideal applicant is an energetic team player who respects children, adults, and the environment equally. This position offers $18 per hour from February 26th – May 31st with a flexible 25-hour work week.
The Field Educator reports to the Education Programs Manager and works within the Education Department to provide programming at schools and locations throughout Dorchester, Talbot, Queen Anne’s, and Kent Counties. The primary field trip location is University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Horn Point Laboratory in Cambridge. The employee must be flexible to travel frequently between counties and work within typical school day hours of 7:30 am and 3:00 pm.
To apply, send the following to Lori Ireland at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will accept applications until the position is filled.
- Two references
- Instead of a cover letter, please provide a one-page response (total) to the following questions:
- What are your hobbies/interests? How do you think these could influence how you engage with students?
- What do you think is the most important outcome of outdoor and environmental education?
- Lead environmental education programs on field trips, on school grounds, and in the classroom. Program topics focus on water quality, pollinators, aquatic species, habitat, and local land use.
- Maintain and prepare education supplies and equipment.
- Provide program feedback and ideas to improve activities as needed.
- Provide written and visual content for ShoreRivers’ communications, including social media and newsletters, representing the Education Department.
POSITION REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS
The employee must have a strong commitment to the well-being of children and the local environment. The employee must represent ShoreRivers professionally while creating a fun, welcoming, and safe atmosphere, and subscribe to representing ShoreRivers’ mission and statement of inclusion.
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION
- Working towards, or obtained a minimum of an associate’s degree in an education, science, environmental, or multidisciplinary studies.
- At least one year or more of experience teaching or working with children.
- Experience in outdoors including trail walking, canoeing and kayaking, and basic plant and animal identification.
SKILLS & TECHNICAL ABILITIES
- Must be able to pass a background check.
- A team-player who is confident in sharing creative ideas and communicating with volunteers and teachers.
- Physically able to walk over 2 miles in a day, lift 50 lbs., and launch students in canoes, and then do it again the next day!
- Confident around water and in a canoe and kayak. Must be willing to be trained in canoe water safety, instruction, and rescue.
- Able to follow data collection protocols and interpret data including graphs, charts, etc.
- Committed to advancing Diversity, Equity, Justice, and Inclusion.
- Familiar with geography of local waterways and communities, but does not have to be an expert in ecology.
- Prepared, organized, and able to be flexible and responsive to changing situations.
- Conversational Spanish-language skills are preferred, but not required.
ShoreRivers believes that swimmable, fishable, clean, and safe rivers are for everyone in our communities. We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome all applicants. This position uses a wide variety of skills; we encourage you to apply if you think you would be a good fit, even if you don’t meet 100% of the qualifications.
ShoreRivers seeks to protect and restore Eastern Shore waterways through science-based advocacy, restoration, and education. We have a dedicated staff of Riverkeepers, educators, scientists, restoration specialists, and advocates focused on policies and projects that will improve the health of our rivers. Our staff are a strong, collective voice for Eastern Shore waterways.
ShoreRivers believes that diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in our staff, board, supporters, and programs is critical to achieving our mission of clean water. We believe that access to waterways fuels environmental stewardship; inclusion of diverse communities is essential to long term success; and diverse representation in our membership, staff, and board makes us stronger.