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.

Positions Currently Available:



Paid Part-Time Summer Internship in Habitat Management

Dates: 10 Weeks (12 hours per week) between mid-May to mid-August.

Salary: $7.50/hour

Riverbend Environmental Education Center is accepting applications for 2017 Summer Interns to assist with the stewardship of our 30 acre nature preserve. Four positions will be available so that the interns can expect to work in a team environment. The Habitat Management Interns, under the supervision of the Habitat Management Coordinator, will help maintain our trails, gardens, ponds, and meadow areas, and assist with our ongoing woodland restoration project where more than 3000 saplings have been planted over the past few years. Primary tasks will include caring for native plant communities, managing and improving our meadow, tending trees, weeding, mulching, pond maintenance, clearing trails of fallen branches, stocking our woodpile, and the identification, mapping and removal of invasive species. They may also help with camp activities, minor repairs and general maintenance of the barn, outdoor classroom, tool sheds, deer fence, and parking lot area.

The Habitat Management Coordinator will work with the interns to develop management skills. Management tasks will include working with individual volunteers, helping to mentor and manage the Teen Summer Volunteer Program, and other administrative projects.

Successful applicants can expect to gain practical habitat management experience, as well as working on volunteer management skills.

The Habitat Interns will work approximately 10 weeks for 12/hours week, and will receive a stipend of $7.50/hour. Work weeks are flexible to accommodate family vacation plans but the interns must be available for 10 weeks of work between mid-May to mid-August. Three mornings per week are strongly preferred. Specific days of the week will be determined by the Intern and the Habitat Management Coordinator and in coordination with other interns, but must include Wednesday, which is when we offer the Teen Volunteer Program each week. College credit can be arranged by the intern and his/her college, if desired.

Requirements:

  • College student or recent graduate over the age of 18
  • Child Abuse and Criminal Background checks
  • Current driver's license
  • Experience with and/or interest in gardening, ecology, botany, environmental studies, conservation, or landscape architecture
  • Ability to work independently and in groups
  • An outgoing leader who can comfortably supervise other volunteers, especially teenagers
  • Physically strong and able to work outdoors in all kinds of weather and on a hilly terrain

 

To apply, email application to:
Lorna Atkinson, Habitat Management Coordinator
latkinson@riverbendeec.org
610-527-5234 x110

 




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:
Erin McCool, Director of Education
emccool@riverbendeec.org
610-527-5234

 



Summer Camp Job Positions



Summer Camp Assistant Manager:



Dates: May 15th, May 30th - September 1st; Monday-Friday (40 hours/week - hours vary from day to day)

Program:

Riverbend is seeking a self-motivated, energetic, and experienced person to assist the Camp Manager with the day to day running of Riverbend's eleven week summer camp. Each week 80-100 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 interpreted and delivered 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.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Camp Manager with the administration, management, and supervision of the day to day running of all camp programs and staff.
  • Assist with the implementation of EIT training day, Sunday, May 21st
  • Assist with planning and implementation of staff training week.
  • Assist with ongoing training of Environmental Educators, Assistant Educators, and EIT's.
  • Plan and supervise Summer Camp Aftercare Program from 4-6 pm.
  • Assist with parent communications including phone calls and emails.
  • Facilitate weekly lesson planning sessions with staff.
  • Lead a weekly activity for each group.
  • Supervise camper lunches (11:15 am, 12:00 pm, 12:30 pm)
  • Lead "Activity Day" programs.
  • Supervise Thursday evening cook-out.
  • Assist with "Circle Time"
  • Assist with daily Facebook group updates.
  • Assist with management of supply inventory and purchase supplies as needed.
  • Teach programs as necessary.
  • General upkeep of the facility.

Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of pre-employment screening including drug test and Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance and criminal background check.
  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field
  • 1-2 years program management and staff supervision experience
  • Understanding of basic principles of education
  • Knowledge of environmental/science/natural history concepts
  • 1-2 years of 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 hot summer months
  • First Aid and CPR trained (will offer training option if not current)

Physical and Medical Standards:

  • Ability to work actively outdoors during the hot summer months and in all weather conditions.
  • Ability to work independently and in groups
  • No allergy to plants, animals or chemicals that may be used on the job that may interfere with ability to perform work.
  • Ability to safely lift, carry, and load 40 lbs at a distance of 50 ft.
  • No impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch, balance or agility of movement (which cannot be corrected with appropriate devices) that may interfere with ability to perform work.

 

To apply, email resume, cover letter and list of three references to:
Hadley Kunz, Camp Manager
hkunz@riverbendeec.org
Questions: Call 610-527-5234 x106 or email at above address

 




Summer Environmental Assistant Educator:



Dates: June 5th - September 1st; Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 4:00 (some evenings and overnights required)

Program:

Riverbend believes that amazing things happen when a child spends time in nature.

Studies show that when kids spend time in nature they:

  • Think more creatively and critically
  • Are more social and less likely to be bullied or experience bullying
  • Feel less stressed, allowing their emotional development to flourish
  • Increase their fitness level and distance vision.

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 80-100 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 interpreted and delivered 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 12-14 children and are led by a lead educator and supported by an assistant educator.

Responsibilities:

  • Assistant educators will work with a specific age group for the majority of the summer. Age groups will be designated based on experience and interest.
  • Assistant educators will be required to assist Educators in interpreting existing curriculum and amend it to be age appropriate lesson plans each day. Assistant Educators and Educators are encouraged to collaborate in this process.
  • Assistant educators support Educators with behavioral and group management and implement some of the lesson plans with a group of approximately 12-14 campers for whom they have primary responsibility. This could include chaperoning field trips, and organizing cook-outs and overnights when teaching the older groups.
  • Assistant educators and Educators are expected to work together as a team and supervise any Educator-in-Training (teen volunteer) assigned to their group.
  • General upkeep of the facility each day will be expected with weekly chores completed on Fridays.

Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of pre-employment screening including drug test and Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance and criminal background check.
  • Working towards or earned Bachelor's degree in a relevant field (Education, Biology, Geology, Outdoor Recreation, etc.).
  • Understanding of basic principles of environmental education
  • Knowledge of environmental/science/natural history concepts
  • Some experience educating and managing groups of children in a professional setting.
  • Strong oral communication skills
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule which will include early mornings, late afternoons and occasional overnights.
  • First Aid and CPR trained (will offer training option if not current)

Physical and Medical Standards:

  • Ability to work actively outdoors during the hot summer months and in all weather conditions.
  • Ability to work independently and in groups
  • No allergy to plants, animals or chemicals that may be used on the job that may interfere with ability to perform work.
  • Ability to safely lift, carry, and load 40 lbs at a distance of 50 ft.
  • No impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch, balance or agility of movement (which cannot be corrected with appropriate devices) that may interfere with ability to perform work.

 

To apply, email resume, cover letter and list of three references to:
Hadley Kunz, Camp Manager
hkunz@riverbendeec.org
Questions: Call 610-527-5234 x106 or email at above address

 




Early Childhood Environmental Assistant Educator: Age 4:



Dates: June 5th - August 25th; Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 4:00 (some evenings and overnights required)

Program:

Riverbend believes that amazing things happen when a child spends time in nature.

Studies show that when kids spend time in nature they:

  • Think more creatively and critically
  • Are more social and less likely to be bullied or experience bullying
  • Feel less stressed, allowing their emotional development to flourish
  • Increase their fitness level and distance vision.

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 12-14 Ranger campers, age 4, come to our 30-acre Gladwyne site for outdoor hands-on exploration and discovery. The atmosphere is friendly and low-key; curriculum is interpreted and delivered by professional staff with a strong emphasis on exploring and expanding children's interests and stimulating investigation. Groups are generally 12-14 children and are led by a lead educator and supported by an assistant educator.

Responsibilities:

  • Assistant educator will work exclusively with our four-year-old campers.
  • Assistant educators will be required to assist Educators in interpreting existing curriculum and amend it to be age appropriate lesson plans each day. Assistant Educators and Educators are encouraged to collaborate in this process.
  • Assistant educators support Educators with behavioral and group management and implement some of the lesson plans with a group of approximately 12-14 campers for whom they have primary responsibility.
  • Assistant educators and Educators are expected to work together as a team and supervise any Educator-in-Training (teen volunteer) assigned to their group.
  • General upkeep of the facility each day will be expected with weekly chores completed on Fridays.

Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of pre-employment screening including drug test and Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance and criminal background check.
  • Working towards or earned Bachelor's degree in a relevant field (Early Childhood Education a plus)
  • Understanding of basic principles of environmental education
  • Knowledge of environmental/science/natural history concepts
  • Some experience educating and managing groups of children in a professional setting (pre-school age a plus)
  • Strong oral communication skills
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule which will include early mornings, late afternoons and occasional overnights.
  • First Aid and CPR trained (will offer training option if not current)

Physical and Medical Standards:

  • Ability to work actively outdoors during the hot summer months and in all weather conditions.
  • Ability to work independently and in groups
  • No allergy to plants, animals or chemicals that may be used on the job that may interfere with ability to perform work.
  • Ability to safely lift, carry, and load 40 lbs at a distance of 50 ft.
  • No impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch, balance or agility of movement (which cannot be corrected with appropriate devices) that may interfere with ability to perform work.

 

To apply, email resume, cover letter and list of three references to:
Hadley Kunz, Camp Manager
hkunz@riverbendeec.org
Questions: Call 610-527-5234 x106 or email at above address

 




Early Childhood Environmental Educator: Age 4:



Dates: June 5th - August 25th; Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 4:00 (some evenings and overnights required)

Program:

Riverbend believes that amazing things happen when a child spends time in nature.

Studies show that when kids spend time in nature they:

  • Think more creatively and critically
  • Are more social and less likely to be bullied or experience bullying
  • Feel less stressed, allowing their emotional development to flourish
  • Increase their fitness level and distance vision.

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 12-14 Ranger campers, age 4, come to our 30-acre Gladwyne site for outdoor hands-on exploration and discovery. The atmosphere is friendly and low-key; curriculum is interpreted and delivered by professional staff with a strong emphasis on exploring and expanding children's interests and stimulating investigation. Groups are generally 12-14 children and are led by a lead educator and supported by an assistant educator.

Responsibilities:

  • Educator will work exclusively with our four-year-old campers.
  • Educators will be required to interpret existing curriculum and amend it to be age appropriate lesson plans each day. Educators are encouraged to collaborate in this process.
  • Implement lesson plans with a group of 12-14 campers for whom they have primary responsibility, which includes group management.
  • Educators and assistant educators are expected to work together as a team and supervise any Educator-in-Training (teen volunteer) assigned to their group.
  • 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:

  • Successful completion of pre-employment screening including drug test and Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance and criminal background check.
  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field (Early Childhood Education a plus)
  • Understanding of basic principles of environmental education
  • Knowledge of environmental/science/natural history concepts
  • 1-2 yrs experience educating and managing groups of children in a professional setting (pre-school age a plus)
  • Strong oral communication skills
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule which will include early mornings, late afternoons and occasional overnights.
  • First Aid and CPR trained (will offer training option if not current)

Physical and Medical Standards:

  • Ability to work actively outdoors during the hot summer months and in all weather conditions.
  • Ability to work independently and in groups
  • No allergy to plants, animals or chemicals that may be used on the job that may interfere with ability to perform work.
  • Ability to safely lift, carry, and load 40 lbs at a distance of 50 ft.
  • No impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch, balance or agility of movement (which cannot be corrected with appropriate devices) that may interfere with ability to perform work.

 

To apply, email resume, cover letter and list of three references to:
Hadley Kunz, Camp Manager
hkunz@riverbendeec.org
Questions: Call 610-527-5234 x106 or email at above address

 




Summer Environmental Educator:



Dates: June 5th - September 1st; Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 4:00 (some evenings and overnights required)

Program:

Riverbend believes that amazing things happen when a child spends time in nature.

Studies show that when kids spend time in nature they:

  • Think more creatively and critically
  • Are more social and less likely to be bullied or experience bullying
  • Feel less stressed, allowing their emotional development to flourish
  • Increase their fitness level and distance vision.

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 80-100 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 interpreted and delivered 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 12-14 children and are led by a lead educator and supported by 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 and interest.
  • Educators will be required to interpret existing curriculum and amend it to be age appropriate lesson plans each day. Educators are encouraged to collaborate in this process.
  • Educators implement the lesson plans with a group of approximately 12-14 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 and assistant educators are expected to work together as a team and supervise any Educator-in-Training (teen volunteer) assigned to their group.
  • General upkeep of the facility each day will be expected with weekly chores completed on Fridays.

Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of pre-employment screening including drug test and Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance and criminal background check.
  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field (Education, Biology, Geology, Outdoor Recreation, etc.).
  • Understanding of basic principles of environmental education
  • Knowledge of environmental/science/natural history concepts
  • 1-2 yrs experience educating and managing groups of children in a professional setting.
  • Strong oral communication skills
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule which will include early mornings, late afternoons and occasional overnights.
  • First Aid and CPR trained (will offer training option if not current)

Physical and Medical Standards:

  • Ability to work actively outdoors during the hot summer months and in all weather conditions.
  • Ability to work independently and in groups
  • No allergy to plants, animals or chemicals that may be used on the job that may interfere with ability to perform work.
  • Ability to safely lift, carry, and load 40 lbs at a distance of 50 ft.
  • No impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch, balance or agility of movement (which cannot be corrected with appropriate devices) that may interfere with ability to perform work.

 

To apply, email resume, cover letter and list of three references to:
Hadley Kunz, Camp Manager
hkunz@riverbendeec.org
Questions: Call 610-527-5234 x106 or email at above address

 




Early Childhood Environmental Assistant Educator: Age 3 (Part time):



Dates: June 5th - August 18th; Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 12:30pm

Program:

Riverbend believes that amazing things happen when a child spends time in nature.

Studies show that when kids spend time in nature they:

  • Think more creatively and critically
  • Are more social and less likely to be bullied or experience bullying
  • Feel less stressed, allowing their emotional development to flourish
  • Increase their fitness level and distance vision.

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 10 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 interpreted and delivered by professional staff with a strong emphasis on exploring and expanding children's interests and stimulating investigation. Groups are generally 10 children and are led by a lead educator and supported by an assistant educator.

Responsibilities:

  • Assistant educator will work exclusively with our three-year-old campers.
  • Assistant educators will be required to assist Educators in interpreting existing curriculum and amend it to be age appropriate lesson plans each day. Assistant Educators and Educators are encouraged to collaborate in this process.
  • Assistant educators support Educators with behavioral and group management and implement some of the lesson plans with a group of approximately 12-14 campers for whom they have primary responsibility.
  • Assistant educators and Educators are expected to work together as a team and supervise any Educator-in-Training (teen volunteer) assigned to their group.
  • 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 each day will be expected with weekly chores completed on Fridays.

Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of pre-employment screening including drug test and Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance and criminal background check.
  • Working towards or earned Bachelor's degree in a relevant field (Early Childhood Education a plus)
  • Understanding of basic principles of environmental education
  • Knowledge of environmental/science/natural history concepts
  • Some experience educating and managing groups of children in a professional setting (pre-school age a plus)
  • Strong oral communication skills
  • First Aid and CPR trained (will offer training option if not current)

Physical and Medical Standards:

  • Ability to work actively outdoors during the hot summer months and in all weather conditions.
  • Ability to work independently and in groups
  • No allergy to plants, animals or chemicals that may be used on the job that may interfere with ability to perform work.
  • Ability to safely lift, carry, and load 40 lbs at a distance of 50 ft.
  • No impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch, balance or agility of movement (which cannot be corrected with appropriate devices) that may interfere with ability to perform work.

 

To apply, email resume, cover letter and list of three references to:
Hadley Kunz, Camp Manager
hkunz@riverbendeec.org
Questions: Call 610-527-5234 x106 or email at above address

 




Early Childhood Environmental Educator: Age 3 (Part time):



Dates: June 5th - August 18th; Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 12:30pm

Program:

Riverbend believes that amazing things happen when a child spends time in nature.

Studies show that when kids spend time in nature they:

  • Think more creatively and critically
  • Are more social and less likely to be bullied or experience bullying
  • Feel less stressed, allowing their emotional development to flourish
  • Increase their fitness level and distance vision.

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 10 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 interpreted and delivered by professional staff with a strong emphasis on exploring and expanding children's interests and stimulating investigation. Groups are generally 10 children and are led by a lead educator and supported by an assistant educator.

Responsibilities:

  • Educator will work exclusively with our three-year-old campers.
  • Educators will be required to interpret existing curriculum and amend it to be age appropriate lesson plans each day. Educators are encouraged to collaborate in this process.
  • Implement lesson plans with a group of 12-14 campers for whom they have primary responsibility, which includes group management.
  • Educators and assistant educators are expected to work together as a team and supervise any Educator-in-Training (teen volunteer) assigned to their group.
  • 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:

  • Successful completion of pre-employment screening including drug test and Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance and criminal background check.
  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field (Early Childhood Education a plus)
  • Understanding of basic principles of environmental education
  • Knowledge of environmental/science/natural history concepts
  • 1-2 yrs experience educating and managing groups of children in a professional setting (pre-school age a plus)
  • Strong oral communication skills
  • First Aid and CPR trained (will offer training option if not current)

Physical and Medical Standards:

  • Ability to work actively outdoors during the hot summer months and in all weather conditions.
  • Ability to work independently and in groups
  • No allergy to plants, animals or chemicals that may be used on the job that may interfere with ability to perform work.
  • Ability to safely lift, carry, and load 40 lbs at a distance of 50 ft.
  • No impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch, balance or agility of movement (which cannot be corrected with appropriate devices) that may interfere with ability to perform work.

 

To apply, email resume, cover letter and list of three references to:
Hadley Kunz, Camp Manager
hkunz@riverbendeec.org
Questions: Call 610-527-5234 x106 or email at above address

 



Latest News

12.05.2016

Summer Camp Registration is OPEN!

Fun, sun and discovery await! Visit our summer camp page to see the exciting camp themes and adventures.

01.19.2017

Be a part of our team!

Riverbend is hiring for various positions for seasonal teaching, habitat management and our summer camp program. Check out the jobs link at the top of the page.

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