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:

School, Scout and Outreach Programs Manager:

Join a progressive team of environmental educators, dedicated to ensuring that all children have access to nature. This position will be critical in implementing a new strategic plan and delivering high quality programming to advance Riverbend.

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), after-school, scout and Outreach to Children/Access to Nature programs. The School, Scout 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, Scout and Outreach Programs Manager reports directly to the Director of Education and Strategic Initiatives.

Program Areas: School Programs (field trips, Riverbend on the Road, after school nature clubs, Project Change), Scout Programs, Outreach to Children/Access to Nature Programs (PCAN, Norristown, Headstart, Green League with Urban League, Sponsor a Camper, ASTM – Conshohocken and Bridgeport, Aquaponics).

Reports to: Director of Education and Strategic Initiatives

Supervises: Per Diem environmental educators and volunteers

Key Responsibilities:

Collaboration

  • 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 PCAN, NASD and Head Start programs.
  • The Director of Development, Director of Education and Strategic Initiatives, Senior Marketing Manager and Community Engagement Coordinator relative to development and marketing initiatives for school, scout and Outreach to Children/Access to Nature programs.

Program Management

  • Hire, train and supervise Environmental Educators for all school and scout programming. Assist with management of seasonal camp staff.
  • Manage reservation process for school and scout programming, including but not limited to taking reservations, implementing marketing plan, scheduling staff and programs, confirming dates and invoicing clients.
  • Manage online calendar for school, scout and outreach programs.
  • Support teacher professional development through programming planning, implementation and teaching.
  • Teach Onsite and Offsite School and Scout programming.
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  • Assist with planning and implementation of weekend Public Programs like Shiverfest, Family Campouts and Summer Solstice.
  • Support "sponsor-a-camper" recruitment.
  • Perform animal husbandry and habitat maintenance as needed to support the animal ambassador, aquaponics and field trip programs.
  • Other duties as assigned based on departmental and institutional needs.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science, Wildlife Management, Education, Biology, or Ecology.
  • Minimum 3 years' experience in teaching, professional educational program development and management.
  • At least two years demonstrated experience managing staff and volunteers.
  • Demonstrated experience teaching using informal education strategies like inquiry based, place based, project based and experiential learning.
  • Experience working with audiences from various age groups, backgrounds and cultures.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Excel, Google platforms and other educational technology.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal skills and organizational skills.
  • Strong decision making skills and ability to work independently.
  • Grant writing, grant implementation experience a plus.
  • Creative and solution oriented problem solver.
  • Self-starter, highly motivated with a strong work ethic.
  • Good computer skills and understanding of current educational technologies. Ability and willingness to learn new technology quickly.
  • Passionate about Riverbend's mission

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements

  • Work will be split between an office environment in a renovated barn, offsite classrooms and outdoors in natural areas on Riverbend's property and other nature preserves.
  • Manage and teach programs outdoors in all conditions.
  • Regularly will need to walk trails with lots of hills and uneven ground.
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  • Regularly will need to work with live animals including insects, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and fish.
  • No allergies to plants or animals that may interfere with the ability to perform the job.
  • Must have immunocompetence (able to respond appropriately to infectious diseases which may be present in the animal collection).
  • Ability to safely lift and carry 40 lbs.
  • No impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch, balance, and agility of movement (which cannot be corrected with appropriate device) which may interfere with the ability to perform work.
  • Able to remain on feet for long periods of time, in all weather conditions.
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle with either a standard or automatic transmission.
  • Ability to maintain focus under pressure and make adjustments to accommodate program and client needs.

Additional Requirements

  • Successful completion of a post-offer background check, including criminal, driving records and ability to obtain PA Child Abuse History Clearance and FBI Fingerprinting.
  • Must be available to work Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays including occasional holidays as needed for programming.

 

To apply, email resume, cover letter and list of three references to:
Erin McCool, Director of Education
emccool@riverbendeec.org
610-527-5234


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

 

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