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Located in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania Riverbend fosters an awareness, appreciation and understanding of our total environment through educational programming. By growing both a love of nature and environmental literacy, we prepare informed, resilient leaders to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

Education Programs Manager

Full time, salary

Riverbend is not-for-profit 501 (c) 3, located in Gladwyne, PA, whose mission is to teach environmental principles to children in Southeastern Pennsylvania, through a direct connection with nature, inspiring respect for our natural world and action as aware, responsible and caring citizens. We work with teachers, students and families in the greater Philadelphia region to build environmental literacy and connect people with nature through high quality environmental education programs.  We are committed to providing experiences that are innovative, culturally relevant and effective.  The Education Programs Manager is integral to our success as a regional leader as we implement new strategies and plans for significant organizational growth.

Responsible for leading, managing and evaluating formal education programs for groups and individuals to meet the mission, vision and strategic goals of Riverbend Environmental Education Center. This includes school programs, camps, scouts and public programs.   The manager will schedule and oversee the implementation of group programs including the leadership, training and management of environmental educators, staff and volunteers. The Education Programs Manager reports directly to the Director of Education and Strategic Initiatives.  The manager supervises the Education Programs Coordinator, camp and part time environmental educators, interns and volunteers.

Reports to: Director of Education and Strategic Initiatives

 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of the education department including school, scout, summer camp, birthday parties, year round camp and public programs.
  • Manage ongoing relationships with school and informal education partners.
  • Create and manage budgets for education programs including school programs, camps, scouts and birthday parties.
  • Hire, train and supervise Environmental Educators and support the management of seasonal camp staff.
  • Supervise the Education Programs Coordinator.
  • Provide leadership to camp program, including mentoring staff, tracking numbers and creating the budget.
  • Write and update education program curriculum that aligns with Riverbend’s mission and strategic goals for onsite and offsite programs.
  • Manage reservation process for school and scout programming, including but not limited to taking reservations, implementing marketing plan, scheduling staff and programs, confirming dates and invoicing clients.
  • Manage online calendar for school, scout and outreach programs.
  • Support teacher professional development through programming planning, implementation and teaching.
  • Teach onsite and offsite education program as needed. 
  • Assist with planning and implementation of weekend Public Programs like Shiverfest, Family Campouts and Summer Solstice.
  • Perform animal husbandry and habitat maintenance as needed to support the animal ambassador, aquaponics and field trip programs.
  • Other duties as needed to ensure the success and sustainability of Riverbend Environmental Education Center.

 

Qualifications and Skills

  • B.S. in Environmental Education, Biology, Ecology or other related field.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in leading informal education programs, including development, implementation.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience managing employees, interns and volunteers.
  • Exceptional teaching skills and proficiency using informal education strategies like inquiry based, place based, project based and experiential learning.
  • Experience working with audiences from various age groups, backgrounds and cultures.
  • Good communicator, proven relationship building skills.
  • Creative and innovative thinker.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Excel, Google platforms and other educational technology.
  • Solutions oriented problem solver.  Strong decision making skills and ability to work independently.
  • Passionate about Riverbend’s mission

 

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements

  • Work will be split between an office environment in a renovated barn, offsite classrooms and outdoors in natural areas on Riverbend’s property and other nature preserves.    
  • Manage and teach programs outdoors in all conditions.
  • Regularly will need to walk trails with lots of hills and uneven ground.
  • Regularly will need to work with live animals including insects, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and fish.
  • No allergies to plants or animals that may interfere with the ability to perform the job.
  • Must have immunocompetence (able to respond appropriately to infectious diseases which may be present in the animal collection).
  • Ability to safely lift and carry 50 lbs for a distance of 25 ft.
  • No impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch, balance, and agility of movement (which cannot be corrected with appropriate device) which may interfere with the ability to perform work.
  • Able to remain on feet for long periods of time, in all weather conditions.
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle with either a standard or automatic transmission.
  • Ability to maintain focus under pressure and make adjustments to accommodate program and client needs.

 

Additional Requirements

  • Successful completion of a post-offer background check, including criminal, driving records and ability to obtain PA Child Abuse History Clearance and FBI Fingerprinting.
  • Must be available to work Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays including occasional holidays as needed for programming.
  • Valid PA driver’s license and vehicle to travel to various locations across the region.

 

To apply: Please forward resume and cover letter to Erin McCool at emccool@riverbendeec.org NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE!

Part-Time Summer Internship in Habitat Management
 

Riverbend Environmental Education Center is accepting applications for 2020 Summer Habitat Management Interns to assist with the stewardship of our 30 acre nature preserve.  

The Habitat Management Interns, under the supervision of the Habitat and Volunteer Manager, will help maintain our trails, woodlands, gardens, ponds, and meadow areas, and assist with our ongoing woodland restoration project.   Tasks will include planting, weeding, watering, mulching, pond maintenance, trail maintenance, stocking our woodpile, the identification and removal of invasive species, and debris removal.   Storm and trash clean-up is also to be expected.  Additionally, interns may operate small power equipment such as weed whackers or leaf blowers. This is a hands-on internship with most of the time spent working outside in nature.

Interns will spend one morning a week helping to run a Teen Volunteer Program and one afternoon assisting with camp activities to give a well-rounded Riverbend experience.  In addition they may help with preparation for special events and general maintenance.

Management tasks will include working with individual volunteers, and helping to mentor and manage the Teen Summer Volunteer Program. 

Interns will also be invited on occasional field trips and tours of other gardens/nature preserves.

Successful applicants can expect to gain practical habitat management experience, as well as volunteer management skills and insight into the running of an environmental non-profit.

The Habitat Interns will work approximately 10 weeks for 12 hours per week, and will receive a stipend of $7.50/hour.  Work weeks are flexible to accommodate family vacation plans but the interns must be available for 10 weeks of work spread between mid-May and mid-August.  Hours are likely to be Monday 9.30am – 12.30pm, Wednesday 9.30am - 3.30pm, and Thursday 9.30am -12.30pm but some flexibility is possible.  College credit can be arranged by the intern and his/her college, if desired.

Requirements:

  • Demonstrated interest in the natural world - gardening, ecology, botany, environmental studies, conservation, or landscape architecture
  • Ability to work independently and in groups
  •  An outgoing leader who can comfortably supervise other volunteers, especially teenagers
  • Physically strong and able to work outdoors in all kinds of weather and on a hilly terrain with occasional exposure to poison ivy, biting and stinging insects, etc.
  • College student or recent graduate over the age of 18
  • Child Abuse and Criminal Background checks
  • Current driver’s license

Riverbend is located in the western suburbs of Philadelphia.  We are not accessible by public transportation. 

Interested students should forward a resume and cover letter to Lorna Atkinson, Habitat and Volunteer Manager, at latkinson@riverbendeec.org to be considered. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Summer Camp Assistant Manager (seasonal)

Environmental Education

Dates: May 20th – September 4th; Monday – Friday, approx. 9:00am – 6:00pm (hours variable, 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 in nature.  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.

The Assistant Camp Coordinator is responsible for collaborating with camp leadership to support the management and facilitation of Riverbend’s Summer Camp program to meet the mission, vision and strategic goals of Riverbend Environmental Education Center.  This includes mentoring of camp staff and volunteers, communication with parents, performing administrative tasks, leading camp groups, ensuring camper safety, and troubleshooting logistics.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assists with implementation of Summer Camp, including mentoring of staff and volunteers and communication with camp parents.
  • Lead extended care including scheduling and implementation of content.
  • Track camper information in Active database to make weekly group rosters and check-in sheets.
  • Maintain supply inventory and educational kits for camp.
  • Collaborate with Camp Manager to communicate regularly and effectively with camp parents.
  • Teach onsite and offsite education programs as needed. 
  • Perform animal husbandry and habitat maintenance as needed to support the animal ambassador, aquaponics and field trip programs.
  • Other duties as needed to ensure the success and sustainability of Riverbend Environmental Education Center.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Successful completion of pre-employment screening including drug test, criminal background check, FBI fingerprint check, and Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (Education, Biology, Geology, Outdoor Recreation, etc.).
  • Minimum 1 year of experience in teaching, professional educational program development and management.
  • 2 years of professional camp experience preferred.
  • 2 years leadership or management experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience teaching using informal education strategies like inquiry based, place based, project based and experiential learning.
  • Experience working with audiences from various age groups, backgrounds and cultures.
  • Exceptional communication skills and relationship building skills.
  • Creative and innovative thinker.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Excel, Google platforms and other educational technology.
  • Solutions oriented problem solver.  Strong decision making skills and ability to work independently.
  • Passionate about Riverbend’s mission.
  • Committed to creating the best possible experience for campers, camp parents, and Riverbend staff.

Physical and Medical Standards:

  • Work will be split between an office environment in a renovated barn and outdoors in natural areas on Riverbend’s property and other nature preserves.
  • Manage and teach programs outdoors in all conditions.
  • Regularly will need to walk trails with lots of hills and uneven ground.
  • Regularly will need to work with live animals including insects, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and fish.
  • No allergies to plants or animals that may interfere with the ability to perform the job.
  • Ability to safely lift and carry 50 lbs. for a distance of 25 ft.
  • No impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch, balance, and agility of movement (which cannot be corrected with appropriate device) which may interfere with the ability to perform work.
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle with either a standard or automatic transmission.
  • Ability to maintain focus under pressure and make adjustments to accommodate program and camp family needs.

To apply:

Please email resume, cover letter and a list of three references to

camps@riverbendeec.org

Summer Camp Field Trip and Campout Coordinator (seasonal)

Environmental Education

Dates: June 1st – September 4th; Monday – Friday, 45 hours/week (hours variable, some evenings and overnights required).

The following week will require overnights including tent camping:

July 20-24: Navigators Summer Expedition

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 in nature.  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.

The Field Trip and Campout Coordinator collaborates with camp leadership to support the management and facilitation of Riverbend’s Summer Camp program to meet the mission, vision and strategic goals of Riverbend Environmental Education Center. This includes mentoring of camp staff and volunteers, communication with parents, performing administrative tasks, leading camp groups, ensuring camper safety, and troubleshooting logistics.

This position is specifically responsible for managing weekly field trips and overnight campouts on Thursdays for campers ages 7 and up, except the week of the Navigators Summer Expedition.

This position will be responsible for managing and implementing the Navigators Summer Expedition, a week of traveling, camping, and offsite experiences for a group of approximately ten campers ages 10-13 at various locations in central Pennsylvania.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assists with implementation of Summer Camp, including mentoring of staff and volunteers and communication with camp parents.
  • Communicate with vendors, bus companies and parents about logistics, troubleshooting and the general camp experience, particularly for weekly field trips.
  • Manage weekly Thursday evening cookout/campout, including supervising staff, maintaining supply inventory, and implementing programming.
  • For Navigators Summer Expedition, manage and implement lesson plans with a group of approximately 10 campers from whom they have primary responsibility.
  • Collaborate with Camp Manager to communicate regularly and effectively with families of Navigator campers before and during Summer Expedition.
  • Planning for Summer Expedition including confirming locations, setting itineraries, and shopping for supplies.
  • Pre-plan meals and gather supplies for offsite trips, ensuring that campers’ nutritional needs and preferences are met while staying within budget.
  • Perform animal husbandry and habitat maintenance as needed to support the animal ambassador, aquaponics and field trip programs.
  • Other duties as needed to ensure the success and sustainability of Riverbend Environmental Education Center.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Successful completion of pre-employment screening including drug test, criminal background check, FBI fingerprint check, and Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (Education, Biology, Geology, Outdoor Recreation, etc.).
  • Minimum 1 year of experience in teaching, professional educational program development and management.
  • 2-4 yrs experience educating and managing groups of children in a professional setting. 
  • 2 years of residential or travel camp experience preferred.
  • Experience working with audiences from various age groups, backgrounds and cultures.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule which will include early mornings, late afternoons and several overnights.
  • Exceptional communication skills and relationship building skills.
  • Creative and innovative thinker.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Excel, Google platforms and other educational technology.
  • Solutions oriented problem solver.  Strong decision making skills and ability to work independently.
  • Passionate about Riverbend’s mission.
  • Committed to creating the best possible experience for campers, camp parents, and Riverbend staff.
  • First Aid and CPR trained (Wilderness First Aid preferred)

Physical and Medical Standards: 

  • Manage and teach programs outdoors in all conditions.
  • Regularly will need to walk trails with lots of hills and uneven ground.
  • Regularly will need to work with live animals including insects, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and fish.
  • No allergies to plants or animals that may interfere with the ability to perform the job.
  • Ability to safely lift and carry 50 lbs. for a distance of 25 ft.
  • No impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch, balance, and agility of movement (which cannot be corrected with appropriate device) which may interfere with the ability to perform work.
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle with either a standard or automatic transmission.
  • Ability to maintain focus under pressure and make adjustments to accommodate program and camp family needs.

To apply: Please email resume, cover letter and a list of three references to

camps@riverbendeec.org

Lead Camp Counselor

Environmental Education

Dates: June 1st – September 4th; Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm (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:

  • Lead Camp Counselors will be required to interpret existing curriculum and amend it to be age appropriate lesson plans each day. Educators are encouraged to collaborate in this process and incorporate their own lesson ideas.
  • Lead Camp Counselors supervise a group of approximately 12-14 campers for whom they have primary responsibility with the assistance of an Assistant Counselor. Duties include group management, ensuring camper safety, implementing lesson plans, chaperoning field trips, and staffing cook-outs and overnights with older groups.
  • Lead and Assistant Counselors 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.

Qualification:

  • Successful completion of pre-employment screening including drug test, criminal background check, FBI fingerprint check, and Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance.
  • 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
  • 1-2 yrs 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: Please email resume, cover letter and a list of three references to

camps@riverbendeec.org

Lead Camp Counselor – Early Childhood

Environmental Education

Dates: June 1st – September 4th; Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm (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:

  • Lead Camp Counselors – Early Childhood will be responsible for the supervision of Riverbend’s youngest campers, ages 3 – 4. Riverbend offers a half day program (ages 3-4) as well as a full day 4 year old program. All Riverbend campers are required to be potty-trained.
  • Lead Counselors will be required to interpret existing curriculum and adapt nature-based STEM lessons to ages 3-4 in an outdoor setting. Educators are encouraged to collaborate in this process and incorporate their own lesson ideas.
  • Lead Counselors implement lesson plans with a group of approximately 10 -12 campers for whom they have primary responsibility, which includes behavior and group management and ensuring camper safety.
  • Lead and Assistant Counselors 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, criminal background check, FBI fingerprint check, and Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (Education, Early Childhood Education, Biology, Geology, Outdoor Recreation, etc.).
  • Understanding of basic principles of environmental education
  • Knowledge of environmental/science/natural history concepts
  • 1-2 yrs experience educating and managing groups of children, ages 3-6, 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: Please email resume, cover letter and a list of three references to

camps@riverbendeec.org

Assistant Camp Counselor

Environmental Education

Dates: June 1st – September 4th; Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm (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 Counselors will be required to assist Lead Counselors in interpreting existing curriculum and amending it to be age appropriate. Assistant and Lead Counselors are encouraged to collaborate in this process and incorporate their own ideas.
  • Assistant Counselors support Lead Counselors 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 staffing cook-outs and overnights with older groups.
  • Assistant and Lead Counselors 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, criminal background check, FBI fingerprint check, and Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance.
  • 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:

Please email resume, cover letter and a list of three references to

camps@riverbendeec.org