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Seasonal Environmental Education Instructor


Position Type

Seasonal (Late September- November), Part-time with no benefits

4-5 days a week – roughly 6-hour programs


  • Bachelor’s Degree in science, education or related experience and training
  • Excellent communication skills are required
  • Experience with informal environmental education is preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct interactive environmental education programs 
  • Knowledge of bay ecosystem, science communication strategies, etc, or a willingness to learn
  • Demonstrated competency with Microsoft Office software and email
  • Weekday availability October- November

Preferred Qualifications

  • National Association for Interpretation training
  • Familiarity with Project WILD, WET, Learning Tree or Aquatic. 

Description of the Position

Every spring and fall semester, students arrive at the James Farm Ecological Preserve for full-day extension activities that introduce students to the Inland Bays. Seasonal Environmental Education Instructors support the activities of the James Farm Educational Program under the supervision of the Outreach and Education Coordinator. Instructors will be taught 3-4 BEETLES activities and will facilitate these student-led outdoor science activities for groups of 15-20 elementary-aged students. Instructors will be introducing students to the bay, forests, and meadows of the James Farm in this all outside experience! 

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Learn and present an approved curriculum to provide engaging hands-on environmental education to groups of students and adults. 
  • Facilitate 3-4 lessons/activities for a single group of 15-20 students each day and assist in the overall group management of 50-60 visiting students per day.
  • Manage and care for educational supplies and equipment.
  • Report hours, program attendance, and feedback on programming to Outreach and Education Coordinator.
  • Complete timesheet and paperwork through electronic means.
  • Attend 2 training days prior to program start date- early October
  • Other tasks as assigned by the Outreach and Education Coordinator and/or
    Executive Director.


Physical Demands and Work Environment

Work is performed primarily in the field at the James Farm Ecological Preserve in Ocean View, DE. There are no indoor facilities at the site. Instructors will be individually working with 15-20 students and as a team will work with 50-60 students per day. Field assignments may require bending, climbing, crawling, kneeling, lifting up to 25 pounds, pulling, reaching, sitting, standing, stooping, walking in rough terrain, wading into water up to the waist, and occasionally contending with adverse weather conditions requiring special clothing and safety precautions. This position is contingent on the continued availability of grant funding. A flexible schedule is permitted. The position is subject to the Center’s Office Policy Manual.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political belief, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or military status, genetic information, and marital or familial status.


Pay Rate: $15/ hour


Application deadline: September 20, 2019. Expected training day to be held October 1st. Interested candidates should submit an electronic resume and cover letter to:

Amy Barra

Outreach & Education Coordinator


Subject Line: Seasonal Instructor Application