About the Cahaba Environmental Center:
The Cahaba Environmental Center (CEC) is the flagship education program of the nonprofit Living River, a residential center nestled within a deep bend of the Cahaba River. The CEC, located in Montevallo, Alabama, is focused on inspiring students of all ages to become stewards of the natural world through hands-on, experiential environmental science programming. Our residential environmental education program offers students from schools across Alabama the opportunity to live and study for 3-5 days at our center, exploring standards-aligned content while utilizing the US’s fifth most ecologically diverse river and surrounding forest as a classroom and laboratory. In this unique environment, traditional classroom learning is brought to life through full immersion into, and hands-on exploration of, the natural world. Beyond providing a deep connection to place, the CEC facilitates social and emotional learning as well, connecting students to their peers and to themselves.
Summary of Position:
A CEC educator provides high-quality environmental education to K-12 learners in and around Central Alabama. Our educators create a community within their students and teach about the rich cultural history and diverse ecosystems found on our site, telling the ongoing story of the Cahaba River watershed through inquiry-based education. Each educator leads one field group of 8-12 students throughout the school’s 1-5 day visit. This provides a chance for our talented educator to develop meaningful relationships with their students and tailor lessons and activities to best meet the interests and needs of the group. During off-times throughout the season, educators will take on personal projects that benefit both their individual goals and the overall betterment of the CEC.
• Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Environmental Science, Education, Environmental Education, Biology, or a related field
• Enthusiasm for learning and teaching about the natural world and human cultural history
• Creativity, initiative, sense of humor, flexibility and team spirit
• Ability to work and live in a small community and contribute as a collaborative team member
• Comfortable working in the outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
• Willingness to work flexible hours including evenings and occasional weekends
• Current CPR and First Aid certification
• Pre-employment or post-hire background screening and criminal history check
• Facilitate an engaging natural and cultural history experience for K-12 students
• Create a safe, positive learning environment for learners through positive reinforcement, role-modeling, and cultural sensitivity
• Lead safe and engaging canoeing trips on the Cahaba River
• Facilitate teambuilding experiences
• Provide leadership in risk management before, during, and after classes (e.g., respond to emergencies, administer first aid, maintain first aid kits, complete incident reports)
• Serve as a positive role model to visitors and fellow staff members
• Maintain teaching materials and perform regular maintenance duty each week, or as necessary
• Participate in staff meetings
• Represent and support the Cahaba Environmental Center in marketing and activities that promote enrollment, as needed
• Complete projects that support and improve the CEC’s education program
The fall season runs August until the end of November 2017
Compensation and Housing:
$300 per week + room and board. Cahaba environmental education staff will live in shared housing. Each educator will have his or her own bedroom and a shared bathroom. The Cahaba staff house will have a community living space, laundry facilitates, and a kitchen. The educator community will be provided meals during programs.
Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Director Kim Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, please contact Kim Hall at (205) 208-0035 or email@example.com.