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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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

 

Summer Environmental Educator (7 Positions Available)

Dates: June 2nd - August 29th; Monday – Friday, 8:00 – 4:00 (some evenings and overnights required)

Salary: $12/hour

Program:
Educators will be part of the staff of Riverbend’s Summer Exploration Day Camp.  Each week 60-80 children, ages 3 – 14, come to our 30-acre Gladwyne site for 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.  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 intern to assist. 

Responsibilities:

  • 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 are required to lead groups of various ages during the season, including students as young as four and as old as eleven.
  • Educators will also be working with and supervising interns and 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, Camp Coordinator
Email: kvoorhees@riverbendeec.org
Questions: Call 610-527-5234 or email at above address

 

Summer Camp Intern (4 Positions available)

Dates: June 2nd to August 29th; Monday – Friday, 8:00-4:00 (some evenings and overnights required)

Salary
: $10/hour

Program:
Interns will be part of the staff of Riverbend’s Summer Exploration Day Camp.  Each week 60-80 children, ages 3 – 14, come to our 30-acre Gladwyne site for 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.  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.  Interns assist educators who lead the groups, primarily working with the youngest camper’s ages 4-8 years old.  The internship is an opportunity to learn about the field of environmental education. Director can serve as supervisor for course credit if offered through your university. 

Responsibilities:

  • Interns provide support to educators in the preparation of camp curricula and materials for lessons. 
  • Interns assist with group management, chaperoning field trips and assisting with cook-out and overnight programs.
  • Interns prepare at least one lesson each week to be taught for a variety of ages.
  • Interns provide supervision for the extended day program, which includes both early morning and after camp responsibilities.  Intern’s schedule will be adjusted to accommodate these responsibilities. 
  • Interns may have the opportunity to lead a group towards the end of their internship; this opportunity can be discussed with the Director of Education and Camp Coordinator.
  • 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, Camp Coordinator
Email: kvoorhees@riverbendeec.org
Questions: Call 610-527-5234 or email at above address

 

Early Childhood Environmental Educator (1 Position available)

Dates: June 2nd to August 29th; Monday – Friday, 8:00-4:00

Salary: $12/hour

Program:
Educators will be part of the staff of Riverbend’s Summer Exploration Day Camp.  Each week 60-80 children, ages 3 – 14, come to our 30-acre Gladwyne site for 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.  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 intern to assist. 

Responsibilities:

  • Early Childhood Educator will work exclusively with our three and four year-old campers. 
  • The educator will be required to create age appropriate lesson plans according to the weekly themes.  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. 
  • Educators will work with and supervise an intern and 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, Camp Coordinator
Email: kvoorhees@riverbendeec.org
Questions: Call 610-527-5234 or email at above address
610-527-5234 x108

 

Summer Weekend Naturalist

Riverbend is seeking an enthusiastic and experienced naturalist to staff the center during weekend hours during the summer of 2014.

Hours:  Saturdays and Sundays from 9-5 (hours may vary depending on program needs, some evenings and overnights will be expected)

Compensation:  $12/hour

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Greet visitors and provide information about Riverbend’s facilities, trail system and program offerings.
  • Host Birthday Parties for children ages 3-10 (typically only a few per month in the summer).
  • Host public family programs, such as family camp-outs, family fun nights and daytime programs.
  • Host barn rentals.
  • Supervise individual volunteers on projects assigned by volunteer coordinator.
  • Help host groups of volunteers on projects assigned by volunteer coordinator.
  • Maintain small live animal collection as needed.
  • Field phone inquires and perform basic administrative tasks, time permitting.
  • Light upkeep of facilities, including cleaning and organizing of public areas, both indoors and outdoors, and light habitat work, such as watering and weeding.
  • Additional tasks assigned as needed.


Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Understanding of basic principles of environmental education
  • Knowledge of environmental concepts
  • Experience educating and managing groups of children
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Ability to work actively outdoors in the heat and humidity

 

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.

 


 

 

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