Jobs

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.

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Director of Education and Strategic Initiatives

Under minimum supervision, responsible for all aspects of an innovative program team that plans, develops, implements and evaluates education programs to meet the mission, vision and strategic goals of Riverbend Environmental Education Center. The Director of Education and Strategic Initiatives will collaboratively develop and maintain a dynamic portfolio of school-focused, individual child-focused and family programs both formal and non-formal, including outreach programs for underserved audiences. The Director of Education and Strategic Initiatives is responsible for the leadership and management of the Center’s education program staff. This position reports directly to the Executive Director. The Manager of School, Scout and Outreach Programs and the Manager of Children and Family’s Programs report directly to the Director of Education and Strategic Initiatives.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Leading and collaborating across departments to develop and implement education programs:
  • Collaborating with the Executive Director relative to:
    • The development of innovative and strategic education programs
    • The development and maintenance of program partnerships
    • Significant expansion of existing programs
  • Collaborating with the Director of Development relative to development initiatives, grant funding, communications and overall public relations and marketing pertaining to the education programs
  • Collaborating with the Volunteer and Property Manager relative to land management initiatives that support the education programs
  • Leads strategic and innovative education initiatives to expand Riverbend’s role as a leader in environmental education
  • Conceives, develops and oversees implementation of new education programs, including the expansion of aquaponics initiatives and summer camp
  • Oversees curriculum development and content, program design and budgets for education programs
  • Planning and administering overall education program budget, ensuring a stable financial position for the programs
  • Represent and promote Riverbend as an expert relative to environmental education on committees, panels, and guest speaking opportunities
  • Develop and maintain connections with the local and state education and environmental education professional communities
  • Hires, trains, mentors, supervises and evaluates program staff
  • Oversees day-to-day activities of program staff assignments, responsibilities and schedules
  • Maximize quality of all education programs
  • Coordinating overall work to be accomplished and resources available to do so
  • Foster autonomy, authority and accountability relative to the leadership and management of the specific program areas
  • Oversee and approve purchasing of all education supplies
  • Teach/lead programs as necessary
  • All other duties as assigned

 

Creative:

  • Works with team to advance creative and innovative solutions
  • Research and propose innovative new program concepts and future directions
  • Seeks excellence and highest quality programs and projects

 

Qualifications and Skills :

  • BS Sciences, Education; Masters Sciences, Education
  • 7-10 years’ experience in professional educational program development and management
  • Proven management skills
  • Exceptional teaching skills
  • Grant writing, grant implementation experience
  • Creative and innovative thinking
  • Good communicator, proven relationship building skills
  • Self-starter, highly motivated
  • Strong work ethic
  • Good computer skills
  • Solution oriented/problem solver
  • Passionate about Riverbend’s mission

 

Send and email with cover letter, qualifications and salary requirements to Laurie Bachman, Executive Director, Riverbend EEC. lbachman@riverbendeec.org. No phone calls please.

 

Seasonal Per Diem Environmental Educator:

Dates: Seasonal, (Fall season from September to November) (Spring season from April to June) Typically 2-4 days per week, 9:00-2:00 (some afternoon, evening, weekend and overnight hours available)

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, after-school 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 7,000 students each year. During these field trip programs, each educator is responsible for teaching a group of between 15 and 25 students, ranging in age from Pre-K to 7th grade. Lessons can include, but are not limited to, pond and stream, watersheds, habitats and ecosystems, soil and geology, animal adaptations, and Lenape. Riverbend’s innovative programming combines a number of hands-on activities, sensory exploration, high energy eco-games and interaction with live animals.

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.

Qualifications:

  • Experience working with children in outdoor settings
  • Comfortable with the basic natural history of the area
  • Background in biology, ecology, environmental studies or education strongly encouraged
  • Demonstrates effective classroom management skills
  • Excellent oral communication skills
  • Ability to work cooperatively with a team or individually
  • Comfortable interacting with live animals
  • Reliable and flexible

 

To apply, email resume, cover letter and list of three references to:
Stacy Carr-Poole, Director of Education
scarr@riverbendeec.org
610-527-5234

 

Marketing Intern – Available immediately

Riverbend Environmental Education Center, located in Gladwyne, PA, seeks to hire a marketing intern to help with marketing, PR and development related tasks. Key responsibilities include:

  • Participation in the evaluation of marketing and development plans
  • Participation in the evaluation of marketing and PR print materials
  • Weekly website updates
  • Assistance in creation of quarterly E-newsletter
  • Manage social networking initiatives (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest)
  • Support fundraising initiatives and special events
  • Take photographs of children participating in educational programs for promotional material
  • Increase presence on the internet through links on websites with similar missions, goals, and values
  • Manage and maintain consistent supplies of printed communications
  • Update PR contact list and help with press releases


This position requires:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strength in organization
  • Creativity
  • Solid writing skills
  • Ability to work well with others
  • Attention to detail
  • Knowledge in adobe and other graphic programs a plus


Sophomore, Junior or Senior Marketing, Communications, or English majors can apply. We seek a commitment on average of 8-10 hours per week.

To apply:

Please send resume, cover letter and a list of three references to: Lisa Matthews, Development and Communications Associate Riverbend Environmental Education Center
1950 Spring Mill Road
Gladwyne, PA 19035
Email: lmatthews@riverbendeec.org
Fax: 610-527-1161
Questions: Call Lisa at 610-527-5234 x104 or email at above address.

 

Spring Habitat Management Internship:

Dates: Seasonal (Spring), 6-10 hours per week. Specific days of the week will be determined by the intern and volunteer coordinator.

Salary: $7.50/hour

Riverbend Environmental Education Center is accepting applications for a Habitat Management Intern to assist with the stewardship of our 30 acre nature preserve. The Habitat Management Intern, under the supervision of the Property and Volunteer Manager, will help maintain our trails, gardens, ponds, and woodland and meadow areas, assist with our reforestation project where 2000 saplings have been planted over the past few years. Primary tasks will include planting, watering, weeding, mulching, pond maintenance, clearing trails of fallen branches, stocking our woodpile, and the removal of invasive species. Interns will also help to supervise other volunteers and help to manage volunteer groups. They may also help with minor repairs and general maintenance of the barn, outdoor classroom, tool sheds, deer fence, and parking lot area.

The Property and Volunteer Manager will work with the interns to develop management skills. Management tasks will include working with individual volunteers, helping to manage corporate and school work days, assisting with garden design and plant selection, and other administrative projects.

The Habitat Interns should be available to work for at least eight weeks for 6-10 hours per week. It is preferred that interns in the spring also be available for the last three weeks of May, when we have high school interns. Specific days of the week will be determined by the Intern and the Volunteer Coordinator. Pay for interns will be $7.50 per hour.

Riverbend is located in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. We are not accessible by public transportation, so interns would need access to a car. Interested students should contact Jeanne Angell, Property and Volunteer Manager at jangell@riverbendeec.org or 610-527-5234 x110 for an application. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Qualifications:

  • College student or recent graduate over the age of 18
  • Experience with and/or interest in gardening
  • Interest in ecology, botany, environmental studies, conservation, or landscape architecture
  • Ability to work independently and in groups
  • An outgoing, cheerful leader who can comfortably supervise other volunteers
  • Physically strong and able to work outdoors in all kinds of wether and on a hilly terrain

 

To apply, contact:
Jeanne Angell, Property and Volunteer Manager
jangell@riverbendeec.org
610-527-5234 x110

 

Summer Camp Assistant Director:

Dates: May 15th, May 31st – September 2nd; Monday-Friday (40 hours/week – hours vary from day to day)

Salary: $18/hour

Riverbend is seeking a self-motivated, energetic, and experienced person to assist the Children and Family Program Manager with the day to day running of Riverbend’s eleven week summer camp. Each week 60-80 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 created 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.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Program management and staff supervision experience
  • Understanding of basic principles of education
  • Knowledge of environmental/science/natural history concepts
  • Experience educating and managing groups of children
  • Organized, detail-oriented, and able to multi-task.
  • Strong oral communication skills
  • Ability to work actively outdoors during the summer
  • First Aid and CPR trained (will offer training option if not current)

 

To apply, please email resume, cover letter and a list of three references to:
Kelly Myers, Children and Family Programs Manager
kvoorhees@riverbendeec.org
610-527-5234 x106

 

Summer Environmental Educator:

Dates: June 6th – September 2nd; Monday – Friday, 8:00 – 4:00 (some evenings and overnights required)

Salary: $12/hour

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 60-80 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 created 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 no more than 14 children per educator and the younger age groups have an assistant educator.

Responsibilities:

  • Educators will work with a specific age group for the majority of the summer. Age groups will be designated based on experience.
  • Educators will be required to create age appropriate lesson plans according to the weekly themes and Riverbend guidelines. Educators are encouraged to collaborate in this process.
  • Educators implement the lesson plans with a group of approximately 10-14 campers for whom they have primary responsibility, which includes group management, chaperoning field trips, and organizing cook-outs and overnights when teaching the older groups.
  • Educators will also be working with and supervising assistant educators and EIT’s (volunteers) throughout the summer.
  • General upkeep of the facility will be expected.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Understanding of basic principles of environmental education
  • Knowledge of environmental/science/natural history concepts
  • Experience educating and managing groups of children
  • Strong oral communication skills
  • Ability to work actively outdoors during the summer
  • Ability to work independently and in groups

 

To apply, please email resume, cover letter and a list of three references to:
Kelly Myers, Children and Family Programs Manager
kvoorhees@riverbendeec.org
610-527-5234 x106

 

Early Childhood Environmental Educator: Age 3:

Dates: June 6th – August 19th; Tuesday-Thursdays, 8:45am – 12 pm

Salary: $12/hour

Riverbend is seeking a self-motivated, energetic, and passionate educator to be a part of the staff of Riverbend’s Summer Exploration Day Camp. Each week around 8 Tadpole campers, age 3, come to our 30-acre Gladwyne site for outdoor hands-on exploration and discovery. The atmosphere is friendly and low-key; curriculum is created by professional staff with a strong emphasis on exploring and expanding children’s interests and stimulating investigation. You will be accompanied by an Assistant Educator and an EIT: Educator in Training throughout the week.

Responsibilities:

  • Educator will work exclusively with our three year old campers.
  • Create age appropriate lesson plans according to the weekly themes and Riverbend guidelines.
  • Implement lesson plans with a group of approximately 8 campers for whom they have primary responsibility, which includes group management.
  • Work with and supervise Assistant Educators and Educators in Training (volunteers) throughout the summer.
  • Providing daily updates and feedback to parents about their children’s activities, behaviors, and accomplishments each day at pick-up.
  • General upkeep of the facility will be expected.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience (Early Childhood Education a plus)
  • Understanding of basic principles of environmental education
  • Knowledge of environmental/science/natural history concepts
  • Experience educating and managing groups of pre-school aged children
  • Strong oral communication skills
  • Ability to work actively outdoors during the summer
  • Ability to work independently and in groups

 

To apply, please email resume, cover letter and a list of three references to:
Kelly Myers, Children and Family Programs Manager
kvoorhees@riverbendeec.org
610-527-5234 x106

 

Early Childhood Environmental Educator: Age 4:

Dates: June 6th – September 2nd; Monday – Friday, 8:00-4:00

Salary: $12/hour

Riverbend is seeking a self-motivated, energetic, and passionate educator to be a part of the staff of Riverbend’s Summer Exploration Day Camp. Each week 60-80 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 created 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 no more than 14 children per educator and the younger age groups have an Assistant Educator to assist.

Responsibilities:

  • Early Childhood Educator will work exclusively with our four year-old campers.
  • Create age appropriate lesson plans according to the weekly themes. Educators are encouraged to collaborate in this process.
  • Implement the lesson plans with a group of approximately 10-14 campers for whom they have primary responsibility.
  • Educators will work with and supervise an Assistant Educator and EIT (volunteer) each week.
  • General upkeep of the facility will be expected.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience (Early Childhood Education a plus)
  • Understanding of basic principles of environmental education
  • Knowledge of environmental/science/natural history concepts
  • Experience educating and managing groups of pre-school aged children
  • Strong oral communication skills
  • Ability to work actively outdoors during the summer
  • Ability to work independently and in groups

 

To apply, please email resume, cover letter and a list of three references to:
Kelly Myers, Children and Family Programs Manager
kvoorhees@riverbendeec.org
610-527-5234 x106

 

Assistant Educator

Dates: June 6th – September 2nd; Monday – Friday, 8:00-4:00 (some evenings and overnights required)

Salary: $10/hour

Riverbend is seeking self-motivated, energetic, and passionate people to be a part of the staff of Riverbend’s Summer Exploration Day Camp. Each week 60-80 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 created 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 no more than 14 children per educator. Assistant Educators will be paired with an Environmental Educator and work primarily with the youngest camper’s ages 4-8 years old. The Assistant Educator position is an opportunity to gain leadership experience and valuable hands on experience in the field of environmental education. Director can serve as supervisor for course credit if offered through your university.

Responsibilities:

  • Assistant Educators provide support to educators in the preparation of camp curricula and materials for lessons.
  • Assistant Educators assist with group management, chaperoning field trips and assisting with cook-out and overnight programs.
  • Assistant Educators prepare at least one lesson each week to be taught for a variety of ages.
  • Assistant Educators provide supervision for the extended day program, which includes both early morning and after camp responsibilities. Assistant Educator’s schedule will be adjusted to accommodate these responsibilities.
  • Assistant Educators may have the opportunity to lead a group towards the end of their internship; this opportunity can be discussed with the Camp Director and Assistant Camp Manager.
  • General upkeep of the facility will be required.

Qualifications:

  • One or more years of college education or equivalent experience
  • Interest in the field of environmental education/education/biology
  • Knowledge of basic environmental/science/natural history concepts
  • Experience working with children
  • Ability to work actively outdoors during the summer
  • Ability to work independently and in groups

 

To apply, please email resume, cover letter and a list of three references to:
Kelly Myers, Children and Family Programs Manager
kvoorhees@riverbendeec.org
610-527-5234 x106

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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