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Environmental Educator

Science Adventure School – Environmental Educator 


Location: Summit Bechtel Reserve, Glen Jean, WV

Type: Seasonal (August – October)

Job Summary:

The WV Science Adventure School is a 4-day, 3-night outdoor science school that is serving 6th grade students in West Virginia. Our goal is to integrate high quality, engaging, adventure sports-driven science and environmental curriculum with experiential education and student development. Environmental educators will play a crucial role in meeting that goal by teaching students in an outdoor classroom on a variety of environmental education lessons and activities. This position is by application only.

Responsibilities and Duties:

Environmental Educators will be expected to:

  • Facilitate indoor and outdoor environmental education lessons for 6th grade students.
  • Facilitate group and project-based learning initiatives
  • Use and maintain scientific equipment and sensors
  • Promote student’s science and ecological literacy
  • Facilitate student’s ability to observe, ask questions, collect data, and communicate findings
  • Maintain excellent group management
  • Build a safe and strong learning culture
  • Maintain a positive attitude, professional language, appearance, and behavior, willingness to take initiative.

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

The applicant must, at a minimum, have the following experience/qualification:

  • Bachelor’s degree in the discipline of education, biology, ecology, environmental science or other applicable background.
  • At least one-year experience teaching in a formal or non-formal setting.
  • Basic knowledge of science-related topics
  • Awareness and knowledge of the the natural environment and a passion for conservation
  • Ability to pass a federal background check
  • Be comfortable living in and physically able to work outside in the field regardless of weather for long periods of time and have sufficient camping skills

Preferred Qualifications:

The following qualifications are preferred, but are not mandatory:

  • Teacher certification
  • Hold a First Aid, WFA, or WFR and CPR certification
  • Experience with youth schools and camps
  • Experience with STEM schools

Time Commitment:

The Science Adventure School will begin staff training the week of August 10th. We expect that you will be available to work with us through October 18th with minimal time off throughout those ten weeks. Staff will be expected to be on campus Monday-Friday with weekends off. This means ten consecutive weeks of work (with weekends off). Although short breaks will be scheduled throughout the week, expect to be with your groups of students for the majority of the day Tuesday morning through Friday afternoon.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Competitive per diem starting at $100/day and up to $200/day
  • Additional pay will be allotted as per SAS pay matrix with increases for education, experience, and/or relevant certifications.
  • Lodging in the form of platform/canvas tents will be provided for the duration of contract (including weekends and off-days).
  • Staff will have access to the dining hall for all meals (including weekends and off-days).
  • All professional training will be paid and provided for free.
  • Laundry, showers, and internet will be available on site.

Application Instructions:

Applications will be live by February 2020 for the fall 2020 season. Please fill out our interest form if you would like to be alerted when applications are open. Alternatively, please feel welcome to contact us at SAS@mail.wvu.edu with any questions you may have. 

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