Nature Bridge

At NatureBridge, we foster environmental literacy to sustain our planet.

NatureBridge provides hands-on environmental science programs for children and teens. Our multi-day programs take place outdoors in the magnificence of nature’s classroom, where students are immersed in the wonder and science of our national parks in Yosemite, Golden Gate, Olympic, Santa Monica Mountains, Channel Islands, and Prince William Forest.

Founded as Yosemite Institute in 1971, today NatureBridge welcomes more than 700 schools and 30,000 students and teachers each year to our six campuses. After more than 40 years of teaching and inspiring students, NatureBridge has provided life-changing experiences for more than 1 million participants and is a national leader in the field of environmental education. 
 

Providing access for all students

NatureBridge environmental science programs are inclusive. Access for all to transformational science experiences and diversity of participants and educators are core organizational values. We strive to make our programs available to students from all communities and work intentionally to bring students from underserved communities to our programs and to our national parks. More than 50% of our participating schools receive scholarship support, and more than 30% of our students are from underrepresented communities.

Nature Bridge United States
Dec 15, 2018
Environmental Science Educators NatureBridge environmental science educators are skilled professionals who provide diverse student groups with meaningful experiences in nature's classroom. Our educators have significant experience and training in environmental education content, curricula, and pedagogy. NatureBridge values diversity, equity, and inclusion. We strive to diversify our workforce and seek applications by individuals from all backgrounds, abilities, cultures, orientations, identities, and communities.   NatureBridge encourages opportunities for growth and professional development.  Primary Duties and Responsibilities Lead students through multi-day, hands-on, experiential learning experiences in outdoor settings. Using a student-centered approach, facilitate interactive, community-building environmental education activities for diverse student groups. Provide opportunities for students to engage in the practices of science. Lead by example to demonstrate positive and responsible environmental literacy and behavior. Differentiate and tailor programs that honor the backgrounds and needs of each school group, incorporating teacher requests within our educational framework, program logistics, and student interests. Cultivate an inclusive learning community using sensitivity to bring cultural relevance to program content and community relationships including students, teachers, and schools. Create and lead evening programs and/or assist National Park Service staff during evening programs weekly for up to 200 audience members. Provide occasional on-call and evening support when not teaching in the field. Manage student's physical, social, and emotional safety in outdoor settings using sound judgment and applying appropriate risk management decisions; administer and document first aid as needed. Actively participate in NatureBridge's efforts to assess and evidence student learning and program outcomes.  Provide comprehensive post-trip program debriefs.  Collect and share stories from the field to support NatureBridge's fundraising efforts. Actively participate in staff community by attending meetings and trainings as assigned. Shared housing is provided as a condition of employment. By providing housing, NatureBridge can ensure that educators are available and accessible to provide support for program participants in emergency situations, and that educators can work odd hours and split shifts required during typical programs. Other duties as assigned. Qualifications To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. NatureBridge honors various types of work and training experiences as equivalencies to formalized education with a Bachelor’s degree. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. Required experience and education Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in science, environmental or multi-disciplinary studies, or a related field. Current Wilderness First Responder* and CPR certification or willingness to complete training at your own expense shortly after being hired. *Wilderness First Aid accepted at some locations  Relevant formal or informal teaching experience. Ability to perform physically challenging work in the outdoors and in all weather conditions on uneven terrain. Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion within your teaching and community. Effective communication and interpersonal skills. A willingness to be coached and openness to feedback. Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and occasional weekends. Valid and current driver’s license necessary in some locations. Desirable qualifications Working experience with racial and ethnic minority groups, English Language Learners, urban youth, low-income communities, immigrant communities, LGBTQ communities, people with special needs, and other groups that are underrepresented in the field of environmental education. Involvement in community service projects, leadership, and social and environmental justice. Ability to speak and teach in a language other than English relevant to our student populations. For example, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, and Vietnamese in California; Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, and Somali in Washington; Spanish, French, Amharic/Ethiopian, and German in the Mid-Atlantic region. Working experience with environmental education, science education, or residential outdoor education. Working knowledge of inquiry-based, multi-disciplinary science, and natural history. Advanced degree or teaching credential. Compensation Competitive compensation. Paid training days and sick pay. Full-time hires can elect to receive a comprehensive benefit plan, including: medical, dental, and vision; retirement; and paid vacation. Shared housing. The opportunity to live and grow in a spectacular location with an amazing community. Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com