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Environmental Educator

Science Adventure School – Environmental Educator 

Location: Summit Bechtel Reserve, Glen Jean, WV and Jackson's Mill 4H Camp or WVU Outdoor Education Center

Type: Seasonal (August 13th – November 7th)

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.
  • Spend Tuesdays with a pair of Outdoor Education Guides and their group facilitating experiential education activities.
  • Assist with other camp duties as needed.

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

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

  • Post-secondary education and/or equivalent knowledge in an environmental education or science field

  • 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 or prior experience working with youth
  • Hold a First Aid, WFA, or WFR and CPR certification
  • Experience with youth schools and camps
  • Experience with residential environmental education schools

Time Commitment:

The Science Adventure School will begin staff training in early August. We expect that you will be available to work with us through the beginning of November with minimal time off throughout that time, except for a mandatory week off near the middle of the programming season. Additional unpaid days off can be accommodated, if requested in advance.

Staff will be expected to work Monday-Friday with weekends off. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday will be “on-duty” nights where staff are expected to remain on-site at camp to assist with evening programming. Although sufficient breaks will be scheduled throughout the week, expect to be working long days with students Tuesday morning through Friday afternoon. Hours vary, but while students are on-site, days frequently start around 7:00AM and end around 10:00PM.

We have a small number of “limited hour” positions available, where staff would only be expected to work Wednesday and Thursday. Please ask in your interview if this is of interest.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Competitive per diem starting at $100/day and up to $160/day
  • Additional pay will be allotted as per SAS pay matrix with increases for education, experience, and/or relevant certifications.
  • Shared lodging in the form of sturdy tents, yurts, and/or cabins will be provided for the duration of contract (including weekends and off-days). All locations have running water and showers.
  • All meals will be provided Monday-Friday, and accommodations for food preparations will be available on weekends.
  • Laundry and internet will be available on site at no charge.
  • All professional training will be paid and provided for free.

    Application Instructions:

    If you are interested in working for SAS, you can fill out an application here. If you have questions, please feel welcome to email Well qualified applicants can expect to hear back from our team within seven days of application submission. We're excited to receive your application!

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