Educator

Position Title: Educator (Seasonal/Part-time)
Accountability: Educators report to the Education Manager

Responsibilities: Educators are the lead instructors for the implementation of Catawba Riverkeeper educational programs under the supervision of the Education Manager. They assist with curriculum development and execution, group management, and assessment for adult and youth programs. They provide outreach and engagement through educational programs about the Catawba Wateree River Basin and the mission of Catawba Riverkeeper. This position is mainly seasonal with the majority of programs scheduled during the summer months with the possibility of year-round part-time employment. There may be cross-over opportunities to support Engagement programs as available.

Day to Day Duties:

  • Work alongside Education Manager to further develop “H20 Hydro Hands-on” curriculum
  • Organize program materials
  • Responsible for program logistics from set-up to breakdown
  • Lead Educator during Riverkeeper facilitated programs
  • Liaison to program community partners as appropriate
  • Manage conflict resolution situations with staff and participants
  • Maintain safe and enjoyable environment for participants
  • Manage program specific staff
  • Be a resource for additional program staff
  • Teach using an experiential learning style with participants
  • Possible educational programs include day programs, summer camps, Floating Classroom, CREEK, Riverkeeper Learning Series
  • Programs may include both land and water components

Qualifications:

  • 18+ years of age
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Outdoor Education, Biology, Ecology, Geology, Geography, Education, or related field preferred
  • 2+ years of demonstrated experience in environmental education, teaching, or other education programming, for example licensed teachers, informal educators, camp counselors
  • NC Environmental Educator certification or in the process preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively, creatively, and effectively with people of all ethnic, socio-economic, lifestyle, and cultural backgrounds
  • Detail-oriented; consistently produces high-quality work without direct supervision
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Comfortable multi-tasking and working in a team environment
  • CPR/AED Certification (if unable to attend specific staff training)

Requirements:

  • Pass county criminal background check
  • Mandatory 3-day staff training hosted in March, June, or as hired that includes:
    • Detailed information about Catawba Riverkeeper
    • Group facilitation activities
    • Department and job specific training
    • Cross-training in Engagement programs
    • Riverkeeper specific CPR/AED/First Aid Certification
    • Cost $40 for overall training program
  • Must be willing to work nights and weekends as needed
  • Must be able to lift at least 35 pounds
  • Must be able to traverse a variety of terrains
  • Will be required to work in a variety of weather conditions outdoors
  • Must have reliable personal transportation
  • Comfortable in the water on a kayak and on a motorized boat preferred

How to Apply
Applicants should email their resume and cover letter to Education Manager, Morgan Long, at morgan@catawbariverkeeper.org. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis, as applications are received.