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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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.


  • 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


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
Fax: 610-527-1161
Questions: Call Lisa at 610-527-5234 x104 or email at above address.


Habitat Coordinator

Salary: $15 to $20/hour, depending on qualifications and experience

Organization Description
Riverbend Environmental Education Center is a non-profit organization established in 1974 and located on a 30 acre preserve in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania. Our 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.

General Job Functions
The Habitat Coordinator will report directly to the Executive Director and is currently offered at as seasonal, part-time position with the opportunity to grow into a permanent position with additional responsibilities. The Habitat Coordinator will work with key staff and manage interns and volunteers on general and ongoing habitat related maintenance and improvement projects, guided by our Master Site Plan and Integrated Pest Management strategies.

Key Responsibilities:
Habitat Work

  • Regularly walk the property to observe issues and problem areas
  • Manage and implement IPM strategy to maintain habitat and control of invasive species
  • Survey grounds, including parking lot, outdoor classroom, pavilion and trails to make sure all trash is picked up and paths are clear of nature debris for safety and aesthetics
  • Ensure that firewood is adequately supplied
  • Monitor the health and safety of trees, prune as needed
  • Monitor stone walls and repair as needed
  • Plant trees, shrubs, etc.
  • Mulch trails
  • Maintain AWBOA & other gardens
  • Inspect deer fence
  • Inspect ponds, clean out and fill with water as needed
  • Check public access areas for wasps, etc. and poison ivy and spray as needed
  • Special projects as approved
Volunteer Work
  • Engage volunteers and interns in meaningful work experiences including special projects and ongoing habitat work as outlined above
  • Maintain positive relationships with individuals, corporate groups and school groups, including Shipley Senior Interns
  • Manage summer habitat interns
  • Manage summer Teen Volunteer Program (Wednesdays)
  • Cultivate relationships with local scout troops to engage Eagle Scouts in potential projects.
  • Work to keep storage room, garden shed and Little Barn organized and clean
  • Maintain and care for all tools and garden supplies

BA or BS in related field

Knowledge of land management practices and some experience with key habitat related tasks

Familiarity with native plants and integrated pest management strategies

Physically strong and able to work outdoors in all kinds of weather and on a hilly terrain
Current driver’s license
Ability to work independently and in groups
An outgoing leader who can comfortably supervise volunteers

Hours and Compensations

The position is somewhat flexible on hours worked (20-25 hours per week) and days. Must be available to manage interns and volunteers and some weekend work may apply. Riverbend is located in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. We are not accessible by public transportation.

Hourly rate is $15 to $20 per hour, depending on qualifications and experience.

To Apply

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Laurie Bachman, Executive Director at No phone calls please.


Development and Administrative Coordinator

Salary: Competitive hourly rate commensurate with experience.

Riverbend Environmental Education Center seeks a highly motivated individual with development and administrative skills who is passionate about advancing the goals and mission of our dynamic and growing non-profit. Located in Gladwyne, PA, Riverbend teaches 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.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Development support including management of donor database and membership.
  • General administrative and office support
  • Volunteer coordination- point of contact between volunteers and staff

Donor and Member Management

  • Coordinate Riverbend’s on-going membership acquisition and renewals.
  • Coordinate once-a-year annual fund mailing.
  • Create reports to advance development goals and input all donations into Raiser’s Edge.
  • Create paper copies of donations for record filing.
  • Generate and mail donor acknowledgement letters.
  • Assist with donor cultivation events.

Administrative and Office Support

  • Prepare bank deposits, process credit cards and reconcile QB donation reports with Raiser’s Edge reports.
  • Purchase supplies, printed material; manage IT relationships.
  • Answer the telephone and route messages.
  • Provide general meeting support, including set-up and ordering food.
  • Field barn rental inquiries and give tours of facilities as requested.

Community Relations and Special Events

  • Summer Solstice – Lead staff/volunteers in management and implementation of event.
  • Shiverfest & Farm to Table – Support staff in implementation of events.
  • Our Table, Our Planet Supper Series – Manage and implement quarterly suppers.

Volunteer Program

  • Serve as point of contact between volunteers and staff.
  • Duties include recruiting volunteers, processing volunteer applications, and placement.

Key Qualifications and Skills

  • Minimum 2 years office experience, non-profit sector preferred.
  • Excellent organization and time management skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Detail oriented.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, knowledge of Raiser’s Edge a plus.
  • Self-starter with strong work ethic.

This 25 to 30 hour-per-week position offers a competitive hourly rate commensurate with experience. Email a resume and cover letter to Lisa Hancock, Director of Development. No phone calls please.









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