Elizabeth River Project is hiring Seasonal Educators for our spring season to be stationed at 2 different sites: The Learning Barge (Norfolk) and Paradise Creek Nature Park (Portsmouth).

  • The season for educators on the Learning Barge will be February 26th to May 24th 
  • The season for educators at Paradise Creek Nature Park will be March 25th to June 7th

Be a part of educating elementary, middle and high school students participating in outdoor field investigations with hands on activities. Work with a team while teaching Elizabeth River education, sea-level rise, ecology, native plants and animals, water quality testing and more. Learn in-depth about Elizabeth River environmental challenges and solutions while fostering a new generation of river stewards throughout its restoration.


  • This position does not require teaching or science experience – diverse backgrounds are welcome! Although a science, recreation, or teaching background is a plus • Experience working with youth preferred, but not required • Must have driver’s license and means of transportation
  • Must be able to physically stand for long time periods, and walk distances over 3-miles while carrying field trip supplies • First aid/CPR and kayaking experiences preferred, but not required
  • We are looking for self-motivated, energetic, people-oriented candidates with strong communication skills, proven reliability, punctual and professional attitudes. Great opportunity to serve as a mentor for young environmental stewards • Must be enthusiastic about working outdoors.

Up to 25 hours per week, weather depending. Typical hours are anywhere between 8:00am-2:00pm Monday – Friday (depending on program times) with occasional evening and weekend hours. Candidates can expect to work up to 5 hours a day, Monday-Friday. Candidate with flexible availability is preferred. Background check will be required. Must have reliable transportation. This seasonal, outdoor position pays $15/hour.

Please e-mail resume and 3 references to Jaye Hughes (jhughes@elizabethriver.org) with subject line: “Seasonal Educator Position”. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

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.