Staff Naturalist Educator
Position: Staff Naturalist Educator. Position Summary: Part-time, 10 month, 29 hours per week, Tuesday through Friday. Helmer Nature Center in Rochester, New York is seeking experienced educators to create and implement standards-based nature and environmental education programs to both in-district and visiting area school groups. The nature center is owned and operated by the West Irondequoit Central School District as both an outdoor classroom and an environmental resource for the community since 1973.
Start Date: September 1, 2018
Title: Staff Naturalist Educator
Location: Helmer Nature Center, Rochester, NY 14617 (located in the Town of Irondequoit)
Reports to: Nature Center Director
Salary: $11.50–12.50/hour, NYS Teachers Retirement System
1-3 years prior experience teaching, planning & facilitating children’s nature based programs in an educational setting.
Knowledgeable about environmental topics, local flora/fauna, a strong environmental ethic, and a passion for education.
Degree or coursework/knowledge base in Science, Education or related field.
Ability to work outside in a variety of weather conditions, temperatures, and lead groups over uneven terrain.
Ability to interact successfully with co-workers, teachers, parents and students.
Ability to work both as a team member and independently
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Excellent interpersonal skills
Ability to work with and care for live animals.
Knowledge of Windows operating system and Microsoft Office
Must possess a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
Job Responsibilities Include:
Create and implement on-site, standards-based nature and environmental education programs (outdoor and indoor) within an education team framework
Periodic travel to West Irondequoit classrooms and outside school districts to provide outreach educational programs
Gather and implement feedback from teachers to improve lessons and programs
Daily care of live animal collection, including feeding, cleaning and enrichment activities
Periodic facilitation of on-site and outreach programs for scout groups, clubs, etc.
Periodic presenting at local science education fairs and expos
Assist with the nature center’s public events throughout the year when education staff is needed
Write professional articles for seasonal newsletter “Ecolog”
Create interactive displays in classroom areas and along nature trails to allow for self-guided learning for both school and public groups
Assist in maintenance and management of educational equipment and supplies
Set up and clean up for programs
Misc. Record Keeping
Apply on-line at https://secure.myschooljobs.org/wirondequoit/
Consideration of a candidate’s application required a complete file including:
- Letter of Interest
- 3 letters of recommendation