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:



Children and Family Programs Manager:

Responsible for leading, managing and evaluating informal education programs for individuals and families to meet the mission, vision and strategic goals of Riverbend Environmental Education Center. The Children and Family Programs Manager is charged with directing the Summer Exploration and Adventure Camp programs and the scheduling and implementation of year round camp, birthday parties, scout and public programs. The Children and Family Programs Manager reports directly to the Director of Education and Strategic Initiatives. The Children and Family Programs Manager supervises camp counselors, and a seasonal camp coordinator. Additionally, the Children and Family Programs Manager will assist the School and Outreach Programs manager in oversight of per diem educators.

Program Areas: Summer Exploration Camp and Adventure Camp, Year Round Camp, Birthday Parties, Weekend Family Programs, Afterschool programs, Scout programs.

Key Responsibilities::

  • Collaborate with:
    • The Director of Education and Strategic Initiatives on curriculum content, program design and budgets for camp, birthday parties, weekend family programs and nature clubs.
    • The Director of Education and Strategic Initiatives on staff hiring, training and management of Summer Exploration Camp
    • The Director of Development and Senior Marketing Specialist relative to development and marketing initiatives for children and family programs
    • The Habitat Management Coordinator relative to preparation of summer camp
  • Train and supervise per-diem staff for birthday parties, weekend family programs, afterschool clubs and scout programs
  • Schedule and confirm dates for birthday parties, weekend family programs, afterschool clubs and scout programs.
  • Teach programs as necessary
  • Invoice and receive payment for birthday parties, weekend family programs, afterschool clubs and scout programs.
  • Manage supply inventory and purchasing for birthday parties, year round camp, summer camp, afterschool programs and scout programs.
  • Manage on-line calendar for areas of responsibility
  • Direct summer camp program - overall responsibility for the quality and implementation of the program and the safety of campers, staff and volunteers. Key responsibilities include:
    • Develop camp themes and descriptions, schedule field trips and overnights.
    • Develop and implement evaluation plan for camp
    • Manage ACTIVE Online Database Reserve
    • Promote camp through camp fairs, local events and distribution of camp brochures.
    • Design and order summer camp t-shirts
    • Interview and hire summer camp staff with Director of Education
    • Recruit, interview and schedule Camp Jr. Volunteers
    • Train environmental educators, interns and camp junior volunteers including the planning and implementation of staff training week.
    • Manage the day-to-day running of camp including the supervision of staff and volunteers.
    • Manage inventory and purchase summer camp supplies
    • Teach programs and assist with supervision as necessary
    • General upkeep of the facility
    • Send out weekly pre and post newsletters via constant contact to summer camp families, including a post-camp survey in each newsletter.
    • Provide daily care and husbandry of program animals.
    • Sponsor a Camper

Qualifications and Skills::

  • Minimum BS degree in Environmental Science, Education, Biology, or Ecology
  • 3-5 years of experience managing summer camp or childcare programs
  • Background / interest in biology, ecology, environmental studies or education preferred
  • Knowledge of standard laws and best practices related to summer camp
  • Proven management skills
  • Exceptional teaching skills
  • Experience delivering effective, inquiry based science instruction in a natural setting
  • Creative and solution oriented problem solver
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse audience including senior leaders, peers, employees, teachers, parents and students using a variety of methods.
  • Proven relationship building skills
  • Self-starter, highly motivated
  • Strong work ethic
  • Good computer skills including word, excel and ability to learn new technology quickly
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule which includes early morning and evenings and occasional weekends and holidays
  • Successful completion of pre-employment screening including child abuse history clearance and driving record
  • Ability to facilitate programs with adults and children outdoors in all conditions.
  • No allergies to plants or animals that may interfere with the ability to do the work
  • Ability to lift and carry 25 lbs. at a distance of 25 ft
  • No impairments of sight, smell, hearing, touch, balance or agility of movement (which cannot be corrected with appropriate devices) that would interfere with the ability to work
  • Passionate about Riverbend’s mission

To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Erin McCool, Director of Education & Strategic Initiatives at emccool@riverbendeec.org, and no phone calls please.



School and Outreach Programs Manager:

Responsible for leading, managing and evaluating formal education programs for groups to meet the mission, vision and strategic goals of Riverbend Environmental Education Center. This includes schools (off-site and on-site), Aquaponics, and Outreach to Children/Access to Nature programs. The School and Outreach Programs Manager will schedule and oversee the implementation of group programs including the leadership, training and management of per-diem employees as needed. The School and Outreach Programs Manager reports directly to the Director of Education and Strategic Initiatives.

Program Areas: School Programs (including onsite field trips and offsite programs) Aquaponics, Outreach to Children/Access to Nature

Key Responsibilities::

  • Collaborate with:
    • The Director of Education and Strategic Initiatives on curriculum content, program design and budgets for school, scout and Outreach to Children/Access to Nature programs
    • The Director of Development and the Director of Education and Strategic Initiatives relative to grant writing for education programs./li>
    • The Director of Development, Coordinator of Community Engagement and Senior Marketing Specialist relative to development and marketing initiatives for school, scout and Outreach to Children/Access to Nature programs.
    • Children & Family Programs Manager to ensure efficient and high quality program management across the Education Department.
  • Hire, train and supervise per-diem staff for all school, outreach and aquaponics programs. Schedule and confirm dates for school programs including outreach and Aquaponics
  • Invoice and receive payment for school programs including outreach and Aquaponics.
  • Manage supply inventory and purchasing for school programs including Aquaponics.
  • Manage on-line calendar for school, aquaponics and outreach programs.
  • Co-lead, lead professional development workshops on place-based and inquiry science for teachers.
  • Assist Director of Education with management of PCAN program.
  • Provide daily care and husbandry of program animals.
  • All other duties as assigned

Qualifications and Skills::

  • Minimum BS degree in Environmental Science, Education, Biology, or Ecology
  • Minimum 5 years' experience in teaching, professional educational program development and management
  • Proven management skills
  • Exceptional teaching skills
  • Experience delivering effective, inquiry based science instruction in a natural setting
  • Creative and solution oriented problem solver
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse audience including senior leaders, peers, employees, teachers, parents and students using a variety of methods.
  • Proven relationship building skills
  • Self-starter, highly motivated
  • Strong work ethic
  • Good computer skills including word, excel and ability to learn new technology quickly
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule which includes early morning and evenings and occasional weekends and holidays.
  • Successful completion of pre-employment screening including child abuse history clearance and driving record
  • Ability to facilitate programs with adults and children outdoors in all conditions
  • No allergies to plants or animals that may interfere with the ability to do the work
  • Ability to lift and carry 25 lbs. at a distance of 25 ft.
  • No impairments of sight, smell, hearing, touch, balance or agility of movement (which cannot be corrected with appropriate devices) that would interfere with the ability to work.
  • Passionate about Riverbend's mission

To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Erin McCool, Director of Education & Strategic Initiatives at emccool@riverbendeec.org, and no phone calls please.



Fall Environmental Educator (Part-time):

Dates: Seasonal, (September through December) typically 2-5 days per week, 9:00-2:00 (includes afternoon, evening, weekend and occasional overnight hours

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, afterschool 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 8,000 students each year. During these field trip programs, each educator is responsible for teaching a group of between 15 and 25 students at a time, ranging in age from Pre-K to 7th grade. Lessons can include, but are not limited to, pond and stream study, watersheds, habitats and ecosystems, soil and geology, Aquaponics, and animal adaptations.

Responsibilities::

  • Educators will work with a variety of ages of school groups visiting Riverbend and implement pre-written lesson plans
  • Educators may be asked to deliver pre-designed curriculum in area classrooms
  • Educators will be required to interpret existing curriculum and differentiate it as needed, based on the needs of the group
  • Educators’ responsibilities will include group management, crowd control, and set-up and break-down of supplies and materials used for school visits
  • Educators and assistant educators are expected to both work together as a team and function independently

Qualifications and Competencies::

  • At least one year experience working with children in outdoor settings
  • Comfortable with the basic natural history of the area
  • Background / interest in biology, ecology, environmental studies or education preferred
  • Effective classroom / group management skills
  • Excellent oral communication skills and the ability to project
  • Ability to work cooperatively with a team or individually
  • Comfortable interacting with live animals
  • Reliability and flexibility
  • Some knowledge of inquiry-based learning strategies
  • Successful completion of pre-employment screening including drug test and Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance and criminal background check.
  • A valid Driver’s License is preferred
  • Ability to work actively outdoors in all weather conditions without correctable physical impairments that would interfere with ability to work on the Preserve
  • Ability to remain on your feet, hike, and carry up to 40 lbs.

To apply, email resume, cover letter and list of three references to:
acote@riverbendeec.org

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. EOE.






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