Job Opportunity: Environmental Educator – Cahaba Environmental Center

Cahaba Environmental Center LogoJob Title: Environmental Educator
Company: Cahaba Environmental Center
Location: Montevallo, AL
Website: http://www.cahabaec.org
Salary: $275/week + room and board
Apply to: khall@livingriver.org
Job Type: Paid Job

About the Cahaba Environmental Center
The Cahaba Environmental Center (CEC) at Living River is an environmental education organization managed by McDowell Environmental Center. The CEC is located on the property of Living River: A Retreat on the Cahaba, outside of Montevallo in Bibb and Shelby Counties. The site is a breathtaking tree-covered point nestled in a deep bend in the Cahaba River, preserving a mix of hardwoods and older trees that were once typical of Alabama’s river bottoms but elsewhere have been logged and replaced with faster-growing pines. The Cahaba River provides habitat for an impressive diversity of aquatic species, is one of Birmingham’s drinking water sources, and has become a hot spot for recreational activities. Because of our unique location, we front over 4 miles of the river to canoe and explore.

The Cahaba Environmental Center’s pilot season starts this fall. In our residential environmental education program, school groups spend 3-5 days exploring the natural and cultural history of Alabama. Our curriculum is based in place, student-centered, hands-on, and follows inquiry-based and holistic approaches. Currently our programs are aligned to Alabama standards for grades 4-8, but we will be expanding our curriculum to include high school standards in 2016. In addition to our residential environmental education program, the Cahaba Environmental Center will also host a field science school for university and college professors to teach and participate in field research with their students.

Our Mission:
The mission of the Cahaba Environmental Center at Living River is to inspire and empower learners of all ages to become stewards of the natural world by connecting them to the Cahaba River.

Summary of Position
A CEC environmental educator facilitates a variety of cultural history, environmental science, and community building activities with learners of varied ages, learning styles, and abilities. Our curriculum covers ecological concepts, watershed sciences, Native American cultures, geologic processes, coal mining, and evening programs such as campfires, night hikes, and town hall debates. An educator leads one field group of 10-13 students throughout a school’s entire visit. This provides a chance for the educator to develop meaningful relationships with their students and tailor their lessons to best meet the interests and needs of the group. During our pilot season, there are plenty of opportunities for staff to take on personal projects to expand their experiences in trail building, creating teaching materials, meeting with teachers, and a variety of other skills.

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrates creativity, enthusiasm, maturity, initiative, sense of humor, flexibility and team spirit
  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Environmental Science, Education, Environmental Education, Biology, or a related field
  • Enthusiasm for learning and teaching about the natural world and human cultural history
  • Ability to work and live in a small community and contribute as a collaborative team member
  • Comfortable working in the outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
  • Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and occasional weekends
  • Current CPR and First Aid certification
  • Pre-employment or post-hire background screening and criminal history check

Responsibilities Include:

  • Teach engaging natural and cultural history lessons to learners of all ages
  • Create a safe, positive learning environment for learners through positive reinforcement, role-modeling, and cultural sensitivity
  • Lead groups on hikes, canoeing, and other naturalist activities
  • Facilitate low ropes course initiatives
  • Provide leadership in risk management before, during, and after classes (e.g., respond to emergencies, administer first aid, maintain first aid kits, complete incident reports)
  • Serve as a positive role model to visitors and fellow staff members
  • Maintain teaching materials and perform regular maintenance duty each week, or as necessary
  • Participate in staff meetings
  • Actively participate in program evaluation
  • Represent and support the Cahaba Environmental Center in marketing and activities that promote enrollment
  • Complete projects that support and improve the CEC’s education program
  • Live and work respectfully with others

Compensation and Housing
$275 per week + room and board. Cahaba environmental education staff will live in shared housing. Each educator will have his or her own bedroom and bathroom. The Cahaba staff house will have a community living space, laundry facilitates, and a kitchen.

To Apply
Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Director Kim Hall at khall@livingriver.org.

For more information, please contact Kim Hall at: (205) 208-0035 or khall@livingriver.org

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