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Job/Internship Opportunities: Education/Interpretation – Mount St. Helens Institute

Mount St Helens Institute LogoThe Mount St. Helens Institute is excited to announce 4 seasonal positions at Mount St. Helens. While its not necessarily collecting data or studying volcanoes; it is sharing appreciation and understanding of volcanoes with youth and adults.
This includes working with the USGS/MSHI collaborative GeoGirls progra and working at Johnston Ridge Observatory.
Position Description HERE and attached.
Please share with your current and former students:
  • Science Education – 2 positions available – starts April 17; closes March 6
  • Education and Interpretation Internship
  • Interpretation Internship

Mount St. Helens Educator

Mt. St. Helens Education and Interpretation Intern

Mt. S. Helens Interpretation Intern


Job Opportunity: Staff Instructor – IslandWood

IslandWood LogoStaff Instructor
Bainbridge Island WA

Overview: IslandWood’s mission is to provide exceptional learning experiences and inspire lifelong environmental and community stewardship. Our innovative outdoor learning experiences include the School Overnight Program (SOP) for elementary-aged students in a multi-day residential school program on our 255-acre sustainably designed Bainbridge Campus. The residential experience makes understanding systems physically and mentally tangible for students. With each of our schools, SOP has 3 main goals:

• Provide a foundation of stewardship for our students through their experience at SOP.
• Create equitable access to & culturally responsive instruction for all students.
• Develop meaningful and sustainable relationships with schools.

The Staff Instructor is a seasonal, full-time member of the professional education team for IslandWood. During the 10-months of the SOP school year, the Staff Instructor will teach each week of the SOP in alignment with established curriculum while ensuring culturally responsive instruction to engage all learners. In addition, the Staff Instructor will support the School Partnerships Program by acting as liaisons with schools and providing in-classroom lessons. Responsibilities will include regular evening teaching and occasional weekend programs.

• Provide high quality, culturally responsive instruction in natural and cultural history, ecology, conservation, and stewardship to multi-cultural elementary-aged students from diverse backgrounds: language, racial/ethnic, socio-economic, geographic, ability groupings, etc.
• Provide program support beyond instruction in the SOP, including but not limited to assisting with school visits, evening programs, and support necessary to run residential school programs.
• Attend relevant Education Team meetings as schedule allows.
• Assist in the upkeep of a program areas such as the instructional prep or gear room.
• Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
• Staff Instructors may spend one week every four to six weeks as host for the School Overnight Program (coordinate all aspects of school groups’ experiences after hours and through breakfast)
• Most Staff Instructors will act as liaisons to 3-6 partner schools, paying visits primarily on Fridays.

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Job Opportunity: Education Curator – Whale Museum

The Whale Museum LogoEducation Curator – Whale Museum (Friday Harbor, WA)
Education Curator
Location: Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington, USA

The Whale Museum is seeking a person to fulfill the role of Education Curator. Year-round FT employment, includes benefits.

Established in 1979 as the first U.S. museum dedicated to whales living in the wild, The Whale Museum’s mission is to promote stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea ecosystem through education and research. Our facility is located on San Juan Island, northwest of Seattle, Washington. This remote island is accessible only by ferry, boat or plane.

The Education Curator’s responsibilities include but are not limited to:
· conduct education programs, guided tours, other educational programs, and special events as needed
· development and implementation of programs, events and activities that address the Museum’s mission to education and build stewardship within the community as well as with visitors
· management and evaluation of the education programs and associated volunteers
· help coordinate volunteer recruitment, database management, and scheduling
· The Education Curator works closely with the E.D., staff and/or contracted consultants to plan, budget and implement educational programs and outreach projects/events associated with their areas of responsibility.

The successful candidate will be highly flexible. Work schedule requires some evening and weekend coverage.

· Bachelor’s Degree required (Master’s preferred), plus a minimum of 3 years of experience in a related field (natural history museum, science center or similar educational institution).
· Strong knowledge of marine ecosystems and marine mammal biology and natural history, specifically the Southern Resident orcas and the Salish Sea.
· Strong verbal and written communication skills necessary for department planning and grant writing, as well as conducting educational programs and tours as needed.
· Ability to create and present age appropriate learning experiences related to the marine ecosystem.
· Ability to understand the educational field and curriculum specific information.
· Team player with excellent interpersonal skills, able to interact effectively with Museum staff & board, volunteers, visitors, and members.
· Ability to multi-task and work flexible schedule, specifically some weekends and evenings.
· Able to collect and synthesize information; effective problem solving skills.
· Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
· Computer skills should include word processing, database management, spreadsheets, graphics, and social media. Specific programs include: Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Access, Excel, and Publisher.

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Job Opportunity: Teacher Naturalist – Ozark Natural Science Center

Ozark Natural Science Center Logo

Position Title:  Teacher Naturalist (Seasonal)
Reports To: Program Manager
Status: Contract Personnel
Start Date: Mid August – Mid December

General Description:  The Teacher Naturalist (TN) is the front-line educational staff for all ONSC programming and program-related operations.  TN’s lead educational activities including interpretive hikes/field investigations on the trail, off-site trips, special topic classes, and various other activities. Programs range from one day to a full week for the duration of the summer season.  Work hours are determined based on program length; Teacher Naturalists are typically assigned to programs in their entirety.  TN’s are required to stay onsite overnight during assigned programming (housing provided).


  • Provide exceptional learning experiences to participants of all ages.
  • Learn, demonstrate, and share conservation-minded habits.
  • Maintain safety as the number one priority in all center activities.

For more information, see the full job posting.

Job Opportunity: Summer Camp Science Specialist – Jewish Community Center of San Francisco Summer Camps

Summer Camp Science Specialist

Are you a science educator looking for a great way to spend your summer? Join us!

The JCCSF Summer Camps is now hiring an energetic, excited Science Specialist for its 1st and 2nd grade science-based camps! The science specialist is will be responsible for creating, organizing, and implementing day camp experiences for 9 one-week sessions of camp. Position is flexible for full or half-day employment.

The specialist will be responsible for creating the curriculum for three different themes:

Silly Science – Campers discover the wonders of science, making volcanoes erupt and motors roar, getting their hands dirty and testing scientific theories in the lab.

Design & Build -Campers investigate physics, architecture and engineering, using building sets, clay and recycled materials to build their own structures.

Nature Navigators – Campers investigate the ecology and wildlife of the Bay through daily hikes, science experiments and journal observations

  • Staff Orientation and planning time: May 31 – June 3
  • Camp Sessions: June 6 – August 5

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Paid Internship Opportunity: Naturalist Intern – Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park

Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park LogoNaturalist Intern
Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park
North Palm Beach, Florida
Website: http://www.macarthurbeach.org/

A Naturalist Internship will provide the opportunity to gain invaluable, professional development and real-world experiences at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park (MBSP).

MBSP, Palm Beach County’s only state park, is situated on a barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and the Lake Worth Lagoon.  The Park is made up of 438 acres of pristine coastal land and contains four different communities or habitats including seven species of plants and twenty-two species of animals on the endangered or threatened list.  MacArthur Beach is truly an “Island in Time.”

The Naturalist Intern will gain experience in:

– Implementing Natural Science Education Programs to 1st -12th grade students
– Curriculum writing and development
– Public speaking and Leadership
– Volunteer engagement
– Animal care (educational exhibit fish, sea turtles, reptiles)

The Naturalist Intern will develop an extensive knowledge of:
– Local flora/fauna
– The ecosystems of MBSP
– Florida Park Service

State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and MBSP regulations, procedures and policies will be followed and enforced.

Summary of Essential Position Functions:

  • Reports to the Director of Education (DOE) for all duties assigned
  • Facilitates hands-on Natural Science Education Programs
  • Assists with Park Junior Friends group
  • Assists with Park Speaker Series
  • Daily office work
  • Assists in the development of publications, brochures, news releases and registration materials
  • Other duties as needed

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Paid Internship Opportunity: Naturalist and Sustainability Internship – Walking Mountains Science Center (Application Deadline: 04/15/16)

Walking Mountains Science Center LogoNaturalist and Sustainability Internship
Walking Mountains Science Center
Location: Avon, Colorado
Website: http://www.walkingmountains.org

Naturalist Interns present interpretive talks and walks, environmental education lessons, and sustainability outreach programs. Naturalists also staff and maintain visitor centers at Walking Mountains Science Center and our partner locations (Vail Nature Center, Vail Resorts’ Nature Discovery Center, and US Forest Service – White River National Forest). Additional programs are offered in partnership with Sylvan Lake State Park and the Town of Vail. This is a professional growth position and Naturalists develop skills and knowledge in Rocky Mountain ecology, TEACHING, interpretation, public speaking, and community sustainability efforts throughout their tenure. Professional Development and NAI’s Certified Interpretive Guide training are also components of this internship position.

Naturalists rotate through a schedule working at various nature/visitor centers and recycling centers. Naturalists develop programs and lessons, guide hikes for multi-aged groups, present interpretive evening programs, and teach environmental education lessons for children pre-K through 12 years old. Naturalists staff “Zero Waste” events to manage recycling, waste diversion, and composting stations while educating the public about these initiatives.

For more information about Walking Mountains Science Center please visit www.walkingmountains.org.

• Enthusiasm for educating others about the natural environment and sustainability while expanding personal knowledge of Rocky Mountain ecology;
• Experience with formal or informal education of children and/or adults;
• Excellent oral communication skills;
• Ability to obtain current First Aid and CPR certifications before position begins;
• Interest in working flexible hours (including evenings and weekends);
• Enthusiasm for working with hands-on environmental sustainability efforts including handling compost, waste, and recyclables;
• Ability to hike up to 3 miles, work outdoors in all weather conditions, and lift up to 50 pounds;
• At least three years of education towards a BA/BS degree in natural science, education, sustainability, or an environmentally-related field;
• Positive, self-motivated, organized, and creative individual who can work independently and as part of a team. Walking Mountains Science Center hires friendly, energetic and professional people.
• Desired qualifications: Specialized knowledge or interest in a natural science field (botany, ornithology, etc.), experience with fly fishing, or the creative arts.

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