Nature Programs Educator Position Description
The Nature Programs Educator will work as part of The Corvallis Environmental Center’s (CEC) education team. Under the direction of the Program Director, the Nature Programs Educator will have the dual role of being the lead instructor for the WILD afterschool program, and the animal care specialist for all animals at Avery House Nature Center. This position may also participate in other education programs as an assistant or substitute when needed. These programs include Natureplay Preschool, Summer Preschool, summer camps, and Jr. Naturalists.
About the Corvallis Environmental Center
The Corvallis Environmental Center (CEC) envisions a community in which People Learn, People Care, People Act. In pursuit of this vision, our mission is to educate, engage, and inspire people to create a healthy, sustainable community. We do this through local & healthy food initiatives, nature-based education, and energy conservation programs. The CEC was founded in 1994 as a grassroots effort to take action on environmental issues, and today reaches over 15,000 people in Benton County through its programs and services.
About the Wild After School Program
WILD provides outdoor learning and hands-on experiential activities that encourage active play and develop an individualized appreciation for nature. WILD serves to engage students outdoors, get active, and explore the natural world around them all while increasing their environmental literacy and learning. Outdoor experiential learning promotes increased academic performance, higher self-esteem, less discipline challenges, increased conflict resolution skills and increased student science and environmental literacy. WILD programming aligns with the Corvallis Strategic Plan to increase outdoor learning and programming for residents of Corvallis. WILD is a partnership with the Corvallis Parks and Recreation Department.
There are a variety of animals housed at Avery House Nature Center for education purposes in our preschool, school-based, and outreach nature education programs. The Animal Care Specialist will be required to track and stock animal supplies and ensure that animals receive feeding and care seven days per week. They will provide care, feeding, handling conditioning, and health checks when necessary.
Job Responsibilities WILD Afterschool (70%)-Lead WILD After-School Program at Wilson Elementary School, in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club Wildcat Club, every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30-5:30-Lead WILD After-School Program at Jefferson Elementary School every Monday and Wednesday from 2:30-5:30-Work with education team to develop curriculum that is aligned with lessons being taught in other CEC programs. -Lesson plans for each 8 week session will be based on approved topics, and be age appropriate -Maintain participant roster and supervise participants at all times-Facilitate snack and free play time at the beginning of each session (only at Jefferson Elementary)-Supervise interns to assist in delivery of program-Communicate as needed with school administration, program partners, and participant parents-Substitute for other education programs when needed-Participate in regular staff meetings and organization-wide events.-Other duties as assigned.
Animal Care (30%)-Animal feeding, cage cleaning, health checks, and handling conditioning, 7 days a week-Clean animal cage area, shelves, floor, sink, carpets-Vet visits and medications as needed.-Keep track of animal supplies and notify staff when items need to be purchased, or make purchases themselves.
Qualifications-Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in education, environmental or natural resource education, environmental sciences, or related field-Experience in administering environmental education programs-Self-motivated, hardworking, professional, and dependable; ability to work independently, in a team, and in a support role-Comfortable holding snakes, spiders, bugs, mice, lizards, frogs, and other animals -Well organized and detail-oriented-Excellent written and oral communication skills-First Aid/CPR certified-Must have a personal vehicle for transport of animals and curriculum materials-Proficiency in second language (optional)
CompensationThis position pays $13.50-$15.50/hr, DOEBenefits include flexible schedule and fluid work environmentTO APPLY please complete an application online at www.corvallisenvironmentalcenter.org