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Riverbend is seeking bright, dedicated individuals to help us further our mission's work of fostering awareness, appreciation and understanding of our total environment. We seek candidates with some experience in environmental or educational work who share our passion in connecting children to nature.

Positions Currently Available:



Fall Environmental Educator (Part-time):

Dates: Seasonal, (September through December) typically 2-5 days per week, 9:00-2:00 (includes afternoon, evening, weekend and occasional overnight hours

Salary: $12/hour depending on experience

For the past 40 years, Riverbend Environmental Education Center in Gladwyne, PA has been bringing high quality environmental and science programming to children in our region Environmental educators are important members of our education team and are responsible for teaching a variety of programs, including field trips, offsite programs to schools, afterschool programs, scouts and more.

The primary responsibility of educators is to teach lessons to visiting school groups participating in our onsite education program, which serves approximately 8,000 students each year. During these field trip programs, each educator is responsible for teaching a group of between 15 and 25 students at a time, ranging in age from Pre-K to 7th grade. Lessons can include, but are not limited to, pond and stream study, watersheds, habitats and ecosystems, soil and geology, Aquaponics, and animal adaptations.

Responsibilities::

  • Educators will work with a variety of ages of school groups visiting Riverbend and implement pre-written lesson plans
  • Educators may be asked to deliver pre-designed curriculum in area classrooms
  • Educators will be required to interpret existing curriculum and differentiate it as needed, based on the needs of the group
  • Educators’ responsibilities will include group management, crowd control, and set-up and break-down of supplies and materials used for school visits
  • Educators and assistant educators are expected to both work together as a team and function independently

Qualifications and Competencies::

  • At least one year experience working with children in outdoor settings
  • Comfortable with the basic natural history of the area
  • Background / interest in biology, ecology, environmental studies or education preferred
  • Effective classroom / group management skills
  • Excellent oral communication skills and the ability to project
  • Ability to work cooperatively with a team or individually
  • Comfortable interacting with live animals
  • Reliability and flexibility
  • Some knowledge of inquiry-based learning strategies
  • Successful completion of pre-employment screening including drug test and Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance and criminal background check.
  • A valid Driver’s License is preferred
  • Ability to work actively outdoors in all weather conditions without correctable physical impairments that would interfere with ability to work on the Preserve
  • Ability to remain on your feet, hike, and carry up to 40 lbs.

To apply, email resume, cover letter and list of three references to:
acote@riverbendeec.org

This position is a perfect opportunity for individuals looking to build experience in the field of environmental education or for environmental professionals who are seeking a light, flexible schedule. EOE.



Environmental Assistant Educator:

Dates: August 14th – September 1st; Monday – Friday, 8:00 – 4:00 with potential for Fall/Winter extension (some evenings and overnights required)

Program: Riverbend believes that amazing things happen when a child spends time in nature.

Studies show that when kids spend time in nature they:

  • Think more creatively and critically
  • Are more social and less likely to be bullied or experience bullying
  • Feel less stressed, allowing their emotional development to flourish
  • Increase their fitness level and distance vision.

Riverbend is seeking self-motivated, energetic, and passionate educators to be a part of the staff of Riverbend’s Summer Exploration Day Camp. Each week 80-100 children, ages 3–13, come to our 30-acre Gladwyne site for outdoor hands-on exploration and discovery. The atmosphere is friendly and child-centered. Curriculum is interpreted and delivered by professional staff with a strong emphasis on exploring and expanding children’s interests and stimulating investigation. Some programs take place at other sites and include field trips, cook-outs, camp-outs, and camping trips. Groups are generally 12-14 children and are led by a lead educator and supported by an assistant educator.

Responsibilities::

  • Assistant educators will work with a specific age group for the majority of the summer. Age groups will be designated based on experience and interest.
  • Assistant educators will be required to assist Educators in interpreting existing curriculum and amend it to be age appropriate lesson plans each day. Assistant Educators and Educators are encouraged to collaborate in this process.
  • Assistant educators support Educators with behavioral and group management and implement some of the lesson plans with a group of approximately 12-14 campers for whom they have primary responsibility. This could include chaperoning field trips, and organizing cook-outs and overnights when teaching the older groups.
  • Assistant educators and Educators are expected to work together as a team and supervise any Educator-in-Training (teen volunteer) assigned to their group.
  • General upkeep of the facility each day will be expected with weekly chores completed on Fridays.

Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of pre-employment screening including drug test and Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance and criminal background check.
  • Working towards or earned Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (Education, Biology, Geology, Outdoor Recreation, etc.).
  • Understanding of basic principles of environmental education
  • Knowledge of environmental/science/natural history concepts
  • Some experience educating and managing groups of children in a professional setting.
  • Strong oral communication skills
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule which will include early mornings, late afternoons and occasional overnights.
  • First Aid and CPR trained (will offer training option if not current)

Physical and Medical Standards::

  • Ability to work actively outdoors during the hot summer months and in all weather conditions.
  • Ability to work independently and in groups
  • No allergy to plants, animals or chemicals that may be used on the job that may interfere with ability to perform work.
  • Ability to safely lift, carry, and load 40 lbs at a distance of 50 ft.
  • No impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch, balance or agility of movement (which cannot be corrected with appropriate devices) that may interfere with ability to perform work.

 

To apply, email resume, cover letter and list of three references to:
Hadley Kunz, Camp Manager hkunz@riverbendeec.org

Questions: Call 610-527-5234 x106 or email at above address



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