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Environmental Educator 8-Month Seasonal (Full-time)

Tenafly Nature Center is an independent non-profit member-supported 400 acre nature preserve, located in Tenafly, NJ, five miles north of the George Washington Bridge. With over seven miles of trails and a 3-acre pond, TNC is the largest privately-run nature center in Bergen County. Educators (report to the Education Director) are responsible for teaching our increasing demand of programs both on and off site throughout the year. Curriculum is hands-on and geared toward helping children and adults to develop awareness, appreciation and stewardship for the natural world.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Learn our environmental education curriculum and implement the purpose, goals and objectives of each program.
  • Teach programs for on and off site groups of Pre K-12th grade school children, scouts, birthday parties, families and adults including special needs individuals and groups, following best practices. This includes all aspects of programming, including set up, clean up, evaluation, and follow up.
    • Help to prepare and maintain program curriculum materials.
    • Learn and fully utilize Wild Apricot, TNC’s registration and membership database.
    • Support Education Director as needed to organize and administer program registrations. Process program and membership payments through online registration system, paper, and phone (PayPal, check, or cash).
    • Assist Education Director as needed by maintaining and providing program attendance and registration pages (paper versions).
    • Assist Education Director with program logistics and preparation, including program promotion, registration, pre-visit communication, preparation of teacher curriculum packets, development of props and materials, classroom maintenance, and curriculum development.
    • Acquire, create and maintain educational props, equipment and supplies. Duties may include researching, building, purchasing, maintaining, storing, collecting and caring for collections. When ordering, review costs prior to purchase with Education Director.
    • Support TNC events, staff tables, exhibits, and special programs as needed.
    • Prepare and maintain program curriculum materials including pre- & post-lessons.
    • Provide educational support including documenting program evaluations, database management, mass mailings, event planning and promotion, phone calls, etc.
  • Teach outdoor activities for different age groups for 10 week-long day camp sessions for students ranging in age from 4-14. This includes all aspects of programming on and off site, including set up, supervision, clean up, inventory, evaluation, and follow up.
    • Assist Camp Director with program logistics and preparation, including program promotion, registration, pre-visit communication, development of props and materials, classroom maintenance, and curriculum development.
    • Prepare and maintain camp program curriculum materials.
    • Conduct off-site activities as appropriate.
    • Complete post-camp evaluation, report, inventory and clean-up.
  • Create and maintain a safe, fun, learning atmosphere for children while projecting a knowledgeable & confident image to parents and teachers.
  • Work with other staff to supervise and provide support to both indoor and outdoor volunteers, as needed (ex. CIT’s).
  • Support Education Director in keeping meticulous records for the education department, so the information and organized records can be used as attendance sheets, seasonal use, budgeting, the annual audit, and archived records.
  • Assist with care of and handling of captive live education animals, including but not limited to: amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates, and birds of prey.
  • Greet and engage visitors; articulate TNC’s mission and project a helpful and positive attitude when interacting with the public, including TNC members, parents, teachers, and group leaders in person & on the phone.
  • Help coordinate and perform seasonal outdoor grounds and facilities maintenance and, with volunteers and other staff, in order to maintain safe, clean and inviting conditions (ex. recycling, leaf removal etc.)
  • Assist with answering phones, as needed, and answer questions about programs including TNC’s scheduled presentations, camps, lectures, hikes; field natural history questions from the public, and direct questions to appropriate experts.
  • Provide or assist with first aid and emergency care as needed.
  • Maintain positive working relationships with other staff, volunteers and TNC board members.
  • Prepare for and participate in staff training and meetings.
  • Keep Education Director apprised of program feedback and written evaluations including verbal praise and complaints.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications (EES):

  • Currently enrolled in or have graduated from a college/university. With at least 2 years prior experience in environmental education, outdoor education or early childhood education.
  • Mastery of Microsoft Office and common office equipment. Able to learn new computer programs. E-mail and internet skills required. Experience with data entry/registration software a plus.
  • Knowledge of and passion for the natural world.
  • Enthusiastic, outgoing, patient, and flexible when working with children and adults.
  • Ability to work both independently and on a team with minimal supervision.
  • Comfortable handling or learning to handle reptiles, invertebrates and raptors (training provided).
  • Ability to communicate effectively and interact well on the phone and in writing.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to walk all the trails of TNC and climb one flight of stairs. Ability to lift and move up to 50 lbs.
  • Available for all 10 weeks of summer camp sessions with no vacation days.
  • Willingness to work outdoors in variable weather conditions and variable terrain.
  • Current first aid/CPR certification or ability to obtain certification prior to first day of solo-teaching.
  • Criminal history background checks will be required, consistent with all applicable laws.
  • Currently be eligible to work in the USA.
  • Valid Driver's license and personal transportation. Ability to drive to off-site programs may be required.

8-Month Seasonal Environmental Educator: Position starts March 15. Seasonal Full Time position (40 hours a week) March 15-June 15 and September 9-November 15 weekend and some evening availability required. Weekday commitment from June 18-September 7 required for summer camp. Competitive hourly pay rate.

Send cover letter, resume, and three professional references via email to Debora Davidson.  No calls please. 

Environmental Educator Seasonal Internship

Tenafly Nature Center is an independent non-profit member-supported 400 acre nature preserve, located in Tenafly, NJ, five miles north of the George Washington Bridge. With over seven miles of trailsand a 3-acre pond, TNC is the largest privately-run nature center in Bergen County. Education Interns (report to the Education Director) are responsible for assisting the Education Director with all aspects of running the Tenafly Nature Center education department and education staff department needs including teaching our increasing demand of programs both on and off site throughout the year. Curriculum is hands-on and geared toward helping children and adults to develop awareness, appreciation and stewardship for the natural world. A Tenafly Nature Center education intern works hard and develops the skills needed to continue in any career in the education/interpretive field.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Learn about our environmental education curriculum and assist in implementing the purpose, goals and objectives of each program.This includes all aspects of programming, including set up, clean up, evaluation, and follow up.
  • Create and maintain a safe, fun, learning atmosphere for children while projecting a knowledgeable & confident image to parents and teachers.
  • Work on one major project, such as developing new resource packets for schoolteachers and summer nature program instructors, creating a new publication or exhibit or developing a web page.
  • Support Education Director in keeping meticulous records for the education department, so the information and organized records can be used as attendance sheets, seasonal use, budgeting, the annual audit, and archived records.
  • Assist Education Director with program logistics and preparation, including program promotion, registration, pre-visit communication, development of props and materials, classroom maintenance, and curriculum development.
  • Assist with care of captive live animals (ex. Raptors, Reptiles. Amphibians)
  • Greet and engage visitors; articulate TNC’s mission and project a helpful and positive attitude when interacting with the public, including TNC members, parents, teachers, and group leaders in person & on the phone.
  • Assist staff with answering phones, as needed, field natural history questions from the public, and direct questions to appropriate experts.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications (EESI):

  • Currently enrolled in a college/university and have completed at least two years of course work in a major field of study to be applied during the internship (e.g. education, environmental studies, etc.).
  • Knowledge of and passion for the natural world with an interest in environmental or outdoor education and/or classroom science education.
  • Prior environmental education, outdoor education or early childhood education experience preferred.
  • Mastery of Microsoft Office and common office equipment. E-mail and internet access required.
  • Enthusiastic, outgoing, patient, and flexible when working with children and adults.
  • Ability to work both independently and on a team with minimal supervision.
  • Comfortable handling or learning to handle reptiles, invertebrates and raptors (training provided).
  • Ability to communicate effectively and interact well on the phone and in writing.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to walk all the trails of TNC and climb one flight of stairs. Ability to lift and move up to 50 lbs.
  • Willingness to work outdoors in variable weather conditions and variable terrain.
  • Current first aid/CPR certification is a plus.
  • Criminal history background checks will be required, consistent with all applicable laws
  • Currently be eligible to work in the USA.
  • Valid Driver's license and personal transportation.

Environmental Educator SI: Position starts either March 20 or May 15. Education interns have a regular 40 hour/week schedule, usually 10:00 am to 4:00 pm or 11:00 am-5:00 pm, working five days a week (one weekend day and evening included).

Length of Internship: Spring internships are from mid-late March to mid-late June; Summer internships are from mid-late May to mid-late August. Specific dates are somewhat flexible to suit varying schedules.

Stipend: $160/week.

Application Process: To apply, please submit a complete application package which includes: cover letter, resume and completed internship application form via email to Debora Davidson.  No calls please.

Download Internship Application Form:  Environmental Educator Seasonal Internship Application Form

Application Deadline: All application packages must be received by February 27, 2019.

Incomplete applications or applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Environmental Educator I (part-time as needed)

Tenafly Nature Center is an independent non-profit member-supported 400 acre nature preserve, located in Tenafly, NJ, five miles north of the George Washington Bridge. With over seven miles of trails and a 3-acre pond, TNC is the largest privately-run nature center in Bergen County. Educators (report to the Education Director) are responsible for teaching our increasing demand of programs both on and off site throughout the year. Curriculum is hands-on and geared toward helping children and adults to develop awareness, appreciation and stewardship for the natural world.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Teach programs, on and off site, for groups of Pre K-12th grade children, scouts, birthday parties, families and adults including special needs individuals and groups, following best practices. This includes all aspects of programming, including set up, clean up, evaluation, and follow up.
  • Learn our environmental education curriculum and implement the purpose, goals and objectives of each program.
  • Help to develop new programs and prepare and maintain program curriculum materials.
  • Create a safe, fun, learning atmosphere for children while projecting a knowledgeable & confident image to parents and teachers.
  • Work with other staff and supervise volunteers.
  • Assist with care of captive live animals.
  • Articulate organization mission and project a helpful and positive attitude when interacting with the public, including TNC members, teachers, and group leaders in person & on the phone.
  • Work with nature center’s online database to maintain records and administer registrations.
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in natural science, environmental education, or related field. At least 2 years experience in environmental education, outdoor education or early childhood education.
  • Knowledge of and passion for the natural world.
  • Enthusiastic, outgoing, patient, and flexible when working with children and adults.
  • Willingness to work outdoors in variable weather conditions and variable terrain.
  • Comfortable handling or learning to handle reptiles, invertebrates and birds of prey (training provided).
  • Ability to work both independently and on a team with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and interact well on the phone and in writing.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to walk all the major trails of TNC and climb one flight of stairs. Ability to lift and move up to 50 lbs.
  • Mastery of Microsoft Office and common office equipment. E-mail and internet access required.
  • Willingness to work irregular hours.
  • Criminal History background checks will be required.
  • Currently be eligible to work in the USA.
  • Valid Driver's license and personal transportation.
  • Current first aid/CPR certification or ability to obtain certification.

Environmental Educator I: Hours vary depending upon seasonal demand for programs. Compensation: $13 an hour. Availability needed between the hours of 9 am – 9 pm on Friday, Saturdays, and Sundays; additional hours including full time summer position available.

Send cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Debora Davidson, Education Director. No calls please.

Environmental Educator Seasonal (Summer Full Time)

The EES position is classified as Seasonal Nonexempt: Up to 40 hours per week as scheduled. Assists the Camp Director with all aspects of the summer camp program and other summer education department needs. They are responsible for implementing and helping to develop a dynamic, high quality environmental education summer camp curriculum on and off-site, for 10 -12 weeks between the end of June and Labor Day (Monday –Friday; 8:00 am to 4:00 pm) for a variety of age levels. Programs include on-site camp days and possible off-site field trips.

Summary: Reports to, and work closely with, the Camp Director with all aspects of the education department. They are responsible for implementing and helping to develop a dynamic, high quality environmental education curriculum for our increasing demand of on and off-site, year round programs, for a variety of groups and age levels. Curriculum is hands-on and geared toward helping children to develop awareness, appreciation and stewardship for the natural world.

Duties & Responsibilities 

  • Learn our environmental education curriculum and implement the purpose, goals and objectives of each program.
  • Create and maintain a safe, fun, learning atmosphere for children while projecting a knowledgeable & confident image to parents and teachers.
  • Work with other staff to supervise and provide support to both indoor and outdoor volunteers, as needed (ex. CIT’s).
  • Support Education Director in keeping meticulous records for the education department, so the information and organized records can be used as attendance sheets, seasonal use, budgeting, the annual audit, and archived records.
  • Assist with care of captive live animals.
  • Greet and engage visitors; articulate TNC’s mission and project a helpful and positive attitude when interacting with the public, including TNC members, parents, teachers, and group leaders in person & on the phone.
  •  Help coordinate and perform seasonal outdoor grounds and facilities maintenance and, with volunteers and other staff, in order to maintain safe, clean and inviting conditions (ex. recycling, leaf removal etc.)
  • Assist with answering phones, as needed, and answer questions about TNC’s scheduled presentations, camps, hikes; field natural history questions from the public, and direct questions to appropriate experts.
  • Provide or assist with first aid and emergency care as needed.
  • Maintain positive working relationships with other staff, volunteers and TNC board members.
  • Prepare for and participate in staff training and meetings.
  • Keep Education Director apprised of program feedback and written evaluations including verbal praise and complaints.
  • Help develop and teach outdoor activities for different age groups for 10 week-long day camp sessions for students ranging in age from 4-14. This includes all aspects of programming on and off site, including set up, supervision, clean up, inventory, evaluation, and follow up.
  • Assist Camp Director with program logistics and preparation, including program promotion, registration, pre-visit communication, development of props and materials, classroom maintenance, and curriculum development.
  • Prepare and maintain camp program curriculum materials.
  • Conduct off-site activities as appropriate.
  • Complete post-camp evaluation, report, inventory and clean-up.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications 

  • Currently enrolled in or have graduated from a college/ university. With at least 1 year prior experience in environmental education, outdoor education or early childhood education.
  • E-mail and internet access required

  • Knowledge of and passion for the natural world.

  • Enthusiastic, outgoing, patient, and flexible when working with children and adults.

  • Ability to work both independently and on a team with minimal supervision

  • Ability to walk all the trails of TNC and climb one flight of stairs. Ability to lift and move up to 50 lbs.

  • Available for all 10 weeks of camp sessions with no vacation days

  • Comfortable handling or learning to handle reptiles, invertebrates and raptors (training provided).

  • Willingness to work outdoors in variable weather conditions and variable terrain.

  • Current first aid/CPR certification or ability to obtain certification prior to first day of camp.

  • Criminal history background checks will be required, consistent with all applicable laws

  • Currently be eligible to work in the USA.

  • Valid Driver's license and personal transportation.

The attitudes and personal characteristics demonstrated in all educator positions are:

  1. Enthusiasm, patience, understanding, flexibility, and energy for working with children and adults.
  2. Self-motivated, detailed-oriented with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  3. Ability to multi-task and make decisions requiring good judgment in the absence of specific directions.

Application Process: Email cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Jennifer Lo Dico, Camp Director. No calls please.

Assistant Butterfly House Coordinator 

Summary:

Oversee the daily operation and maintenance of TNC’s Butterfly house and Pollinator Garden, as well as supervise student/intern workers. Responsible for implementing and helping to facilitate educational experiences for visitors.

Duties and Responsibilities:

• Assist in oversight of Butterfly house and Pollinator Garden daily operations, including maintenance of facility, care of plants and husbandry for native butterfly species.

• Responsible for following all USDA/APHIS requirements and animal record guidelines.

• Engage with public and assist visitors.

• Develop and conduct programs related to butterflies and pollinators.

• Create and present weekly 30 minute presentations for visitors (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays).

o Assist Public Programs Coordinator with program logistics and preparation, including program promotion, registration, pre-visit communication, development of props and materials, and curriculum development.

o Keep Public Programs Coordinator apprised of program feedback and written evaluations including verbal praise and complaints.

• Work with Public Program Coordinator to acquire, create and maintain educational props, equipment and supplies.

• Assist with intern/student worker supervision and volunteer coordination regarding butterfly house scheduling.

• Create and maintain a safe, fun, learning atmosphere for children while projecting a knowledgeable & confident image to visitors.

• Greet and engage visitors; articulate TNC’s mission and project a helpful and positive attitude when interacting with the public, including TNC members, parents, teachers, and group leaders in person & on the phone.

• Assist with answering questions, as needed, about programs including TNC’s scheduled presentations, camps, lectures, hikes; field natural history questions from the public, and direct questions to appropriate experts.

• Maintain positive working relationships with other staff, volunteers and TNC board members.

• Prepare for and participate in staff training and meetings.

• Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

• Experience working with students and providing school programs

• Currently enrolled in or have graduated from a college/ university. Bachelor’s degree in a related field preferred (E.g. Entomology, Horticulture Biology, Environmental Education, Conservation, and Wildlife Management).

• At least 1 year prior experience in environmental education, outdoor education or early childhood education.

• Available to work 30 hours for all 12 weeks of Butterfly House operation between June and September with no vacation days (closed July 4 and Labor Day)

• Mastery of Microsoft Office and common office equipment. E-mail and internet access required.

• Comfortable handling or learning to handle invertebrates (training provided).

• Ability to communicate effectively and interact well on the phone and in writing.

• Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.

• Ability to walk all the trails of TNC and climb one flight of stairs. Ability to lift and move up to 50 lbs.

• Willingness to work outdoors in variable weather conditions and variable terrain.

• Criminal history background checks will be required, consistent with all applicable laws.

• Currently be eligible to work in the USA.

• Valid Driver's license and personal transportation.

Preferred Knowledge and Skills:

• Knowledge of native butterfly and moth species, life history and husbandry

• Knowledge of native pollinators and native plants on which they depend.

• Care of native plants.

• Knowledge of curriculum development and educational display design.

• Supervisory experience

• Knowledge of and passion for the natural world.

• Enthusiastic, outgoing, patient, and flexible when working with children and adults.

• Ability to work both independently and on a team with minimal supervision.

• Strong self-starter with excellent communication skills

• Critical thinker, with the ability to problem solve

• Ability to prioritize tasks

• Ability to establish and maintain effective and positive working relationships with supervisors, co-workers, volunteers, and the public

• Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.

• Ability to work safely, recognize safety hazards, and apply proper safety precautions.

• Ability to work varied schedules including weekends.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outdoor weather conditions, and occasionally exposed to adverse environmental conditions such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, and temperature extremes.

• The employee is in direct contact with native species butterflies and plants, and works in close quarters. The noise level in the work environment is moderate; occasional loud noises from visitors, animals or equipment are experienced.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand for several hours; walk, reach with hands and arms, use hand to finger, handle, or feel, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb or balance; stoop, kneel, bend, crouch, or crawl.

• Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, and peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

• Evaluating animal health, diet, or environment requires hearing and smell.

• Interaction with staff, guests, and animals requires talking and hearing.

3-Month Seasonal Assistant Butterfly House Coordinator: Position starts June 5. Seasonal Part-Time position (30 hours a week) June 5 – September 6 (flexibility for currently enrolled college students), Wednesday – Sunday (10am to 4:00 pm) availability required. Competitive hourly pay rate.

Send cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Alexander Braunstein, Public Programs Coordinator, Abraunstein@TenaflyNatureCenter.org. No calls please.


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