Do you remember the first time you saw a banana slug? Did you spend your summer outside
as a kid, exploring moss-covered forests or turning over rocks in the stream to see what lives
underneath? Join our fun and friendly team of Columbia Springs educators and guide the next
generation of nature explorers! If you want to make a lasting impact on kids in our community,
this is the job for you. Columbia Springs is a non-profit dedicated to connecting people with
nature and inspiring stewardship. See website for more info:
Columbia Springs Environmental Educators lead groups of students during science-based
educational field trips at Columbia Springs. These hands-on, experiential field trips are designed to teach Kindergarten through 6th grade students about local ecology, scientific practices and stewardship. Contract Educators may also assist with leading educational activities during Columbia Springs’ events like the Kids Fishing Festival and Family Nature Festival, as well as staff educational booths at Columbia Springs’ outreach events like the Home and Garden Ideas Fair.
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Lead a full class of elementary students (up to 30) through our 2-4hr education programs
• Conduct outdoor activities in all kinds of weather
• Manage the behavior of students through positive feedback
• Set-up and clean-up educational activities
• Assist Education Coordinator with tasks as needed
• Generally ~3.5-5.5 hours per shift (usually between 9am-2pm), 1-3 days per week.
Potential for some weekend work associated with events.
• Planned work dates and times will be provided by the Education Coordinator in advance
and are subject to change based on mutual agreement.
Desired Skills, knowledge and abilities:
A Bachelors degree in Education or Natural Sciences or 2-3 years relevant work and/or
Experience with inquiry-based environmental education.
Basic understanding of PNW forest ecology, natural history subjects, and environmental
Excellent verbal communication.
Demonstrated ability to take direction and follow through on assignments.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
Possess a positive, ‘Can-Do’ attitude and curiosity of the natural world.
Ability to lift 50 lbs and walk 3-4 miles over uneven ground.
Submit a cover letter stating why you are interested in this position, resume, and two (2)
references, preferably past supervisors, to Jenna Kallestad, Education Coordinator by
September 12 th , 2017 by email. If you are selected for an interview you will be asked to
complete a background check.