Environmental Education Jobs

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Job, Intern, & Volunteer Positions

AEEA features job, intern, and volunteer positions around the state in the environmental and outdoor education field. We also include positions of our organizational members that are slightly outside the environmental education field.

We encourage all posted positions to include an hourly wage or salary range.

Inquiries about open positions should go directly to the organization with the open position.

Posting positions is open to all organizations in environmental education and related fields. As a benefit to our organizational members, posting is free. Other organizations may post for a small fee for 60 days. Those interested in posting should contact AEEA at info@arkansasee.org.

Environmental Education Employment Opportunities

Ozark Natural Science Center Teacher Naturalist (TN)

Position Type: Seasonal

Start Date: varies, depeding on season
Mid-August through mid-December, mid-February through mid-May, and mid-May through mid-July

Join the ONSC team of Teacher Naturalists (TNs)! TNs take students into the Ozarks for overnight wilderness immersion programs. For many students, this is a trip that changes their life and opens their eyes to how the natural world is connected and essential for human survival. TNs help students understand nature through hands-on science, inspire appreciation of nature through explorative play, and teach stewardship through a love of the natural world

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Teach, manage, and lead groups of program participants of any age both in the field
    (guided hikes) and the classroom. Student program participants are generally in 5th
    Grade
    • Participate in staff training/enrichment sessions for field staff and general ONSC staff
    training and information sessions
    • Assist with the on-going development and refinement of current ONSC educational
    programs and the development of new programs as assigned
    • Reside on-site during the overnight stays of students if they are scheduled for the
    programming of those students
    • Console homesick student participants during overnight field trips and provide first-aid to
    injured/sick students
    • Provide logistical and supervisory support for ONSC programs and participants, including
    during ONSC meals, student/guest orientation, and the maintenance of facilities and
    equipment
    • Ensure, at all times, the safety of students and peers and other ONSC guests to the best
    of your ability
    • Knowledgeably use, maintain, and return all teaching and safety equipment assigned at
    the time of your departure
    • To be maintained in an appropriate manner, staff housing is provided for you during your
    time of employment at ONSC
    • Provide on-call availability for emergencies during the entirety of your scheduled
    programming

Qualifications:

  • BS/BA degree required. Degrees in environmental or natural science (i.e. biology,
    geology, environmental science, ecology) preferred.
    • Passion for the ONSC mission and genuine appreciation for the natural world and
    conservation
    • Demonstrated time management skills
    • Great speaking and oral presentation skills
    Physical ability to hike long distances, over uneven terrain, in all seasons and varying
    weather conditions
    • CPR & basic First Aid and Wilderness First Aid (provided onsite for no cost)
    • Ability to work as a team
    • Desire to continually develop as both an educator and a naturalist

Compensation:

  • Competitive hourly rate plus room and board:
  • Staff housing provided with all utilities
  • Meals provided when programming is in session
  • Training opportunities including certifications (CPR, WFA, and CIG) paid for entirely or
    partly by ONSC for employees
  • An opportunity to share your love of the natural world with an amazing and supportive
    team of naturalists while sparking and feeding the love of nature in the next generation –
    priceless.

Detailed Description and Application Information 

Lake Nixon Operations Coordinator

The new Operations Coordinator will report to the Executive Director and will provide administrative support for our two primary programs–Summer Day Camp and Outdoor Preschool–and will also oversee logistics for group rentals and community events. General areas of responsibility include admissions/enrollment management, communication with parents and rental event guests, basic financial reporting, and more. In addition, this new staff member will work with the Executive Director to provide general organizational support, including communications and resource development.

Qualifications: a Bachelor’s degree and previous administrative experience are both preferred but not required. Social media and website editing experience are a plus, but not required. We are most concerned with finding candidates who demonstrate these characteristics:

  • Professionalism in written and verbal communication;
  • Ability to develop and manage multiple systems and processes;
  • Comfortable in the digital world. From collaborative document editing to scheduling to video calls to social media, an ability to work in an environment that relies on cloud-based tools and workflows.
  • Strong organizational skills – including time management/prioritization;
  • Proactive/Problem-solving mentality (eagerness to learn and willingness to create new systems when and where needed);
  • Attention to detail;
  • Identification with the mission of Lake Nixon (see more below);
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and maintain confidentiality.

Salary and Benefits: full-time salary ranging from $37,000-$40,000, depending on experience and qualifications, plus benefits. Qualified applicants interested in slightly less than full-time hours are also invited to apply.

The Lake Nixon Outdoor Center (www.lakenixon.com) is an inclusive ministry of Second Baptist Church, downtown Little Rock (www.2bclr.com). Applicants need not be 2BC members or Baptist, but should be generally supportive of the church and its commitments and aware that Lake Nixon staff are indirect representatives of the congregation.

To Apply: Send resume to Lake Nixon Executive Director, Andy Black, at ablack@2bclr.com

 

Environmental Education Intern Opportunities

Summer Internship with Arkansas Game & Fish Commission

LITTLE ROCK – A Feb. 14 deadline is fast approaching for high school students to apply for one of four American Fisheries Society’s Hutton Scholar paid internships that will be available through the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission this summer. The AFS’ Junior Fisheries Biology Program internship and mentoring program is a summerlong, hands-on education experience designed primarily for minority and female high school students.

The AGFC has increased its eight-week internships from two last year to four in 2023, adding two internships for high school students to work in the Education Division conducting fishing education, as well as the two it has provided in the Fisheries Division alongside fisheries biologist mentors.

“I’m really excited to pair students with a mentor and help them see fisheries and conservation through an education lens,” J.J. Gladden, AGFC assistant chief in the Education Division, said. “Fishing is a way to teach people how conservation and fisheries management works through understanding fish needs and habitat.”

Gladden said the two education division interns will be paired with a member of the AGFC Fishing Education team, working “side-by-side with people in fish culture and management to learn what our agency does, so they can spread that knowledge to their peers and be better equipped for a career in conservation.”

The program is a partnership between the American Fisheries Society, with its Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program, and the AGFC, which will fund the internships at a cost of $3,000 each, with the scholars also receiving an all-expense-paid trip, from AFS, to the Hutton Scholars Summit (the location has not yet been determined).

To apply, students must go to the Hutton Scholar website for the application and complete each step and all required fields in five sections along with submitting the student’s most recent transcript and a student reference form (which the student’s reference may submit by email). Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The program is open to all current high school students in the classes of 2023, 2024 and 2025 regardless of race, creed or gender. Past participants of the Hutton Program are not eligible.

Students are selected by the members of both the Hutton Oversight Committee and the Hutton Review and Selection Committee. Students from Arkansas that are selected will be paired with an AGFC mentor within a 30- to 45-minute commute of the student’s home. For example, a student intern from southwestern Arkansas was mentored last year by Dylan Hann, an AGFC fisheries district supervisor based in Hope.

An AFS Hutton Scholar internship could be the beginning of a lifetime of work within the field of outdoors conservation and study in the world of conservation agencies, particularly for someone from traditionally underrepresented groups in fisheries science and management. Nationally, since 2001, 750 high school students have received a Hutton internship and 787 biologists have served as mentors. In the past 10 years, 72 percent of the interns attributed their internship to increasing their interest in fisheries, aquatics or environmental science studies and careers.

Darrell Bowman, the AGFC’s assistant chief of fisheries and a former Hutton Program mentor and AFS member, is serving as the AGFC’s point of contact. Students who serve as Hutton Scholar interns in the Fisheries and Education divisions will be immersed in the work of the AGFC, Bowman said.

The Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program was established in memory of Robert F. Hutton, who served as the AFS’ first executive director. The AGFC participated in the program from 2002-06, when it was solely funded by the AFS, with 12 students and 12 mentors involved.

The eight-week internships will be scheduled between June 1-Sept. 1. Bowman says the AGFC will develop a project specifically for each student and supervise each intern in all aspects of the program.

For more information on the Hutton Program, visit https://hutton.fisheries.org.

Environmental Education Volunteer Opportunities

Join an AEEA Action Team

AEEA Action Teams provide assistance and support for the planning and implementation of events and programs. Joining an Action Team is a great way to support AEEA’s mission, connect with other professionals, and build skills. Action Teams currently looking for additional members are the EE Awards Team and the Development Team. Contact us at info@arkansasee.org if you would like to learn more. 

Other Environmental Education Job Boards

North American Association for Environmental Education – eeJobs

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