Educator: Virginia

The Clifton Institute
Warrenton, Virginia
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The Clifton Institute seeks an Educator to provide environmental education programs to children. This is a part-time position working 16 to 20 hours a week on Thursdays and Fridays, with the potential to work occasional Wednesdays and/or Saturdays. We would like the Educator to start sometime between mid-February and mid-March. We expect to need a part-time Educator through May 2024. In Spring 2024, we will reevaluate demand for our programs and funding to decide on future staff needs. The Clifton Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located two miles north of Warrenton, in the northern Piedmont of Virginia. Our 900-acre field station, which includes forests, grasslands, shrub fields, and wetlands, is permanently protected under a conservation easement. In 2022 over 2,000 pre-K-12 students attended our environmental education programs; about half of those attended a field trip with their school. On our inquiry-based field trips, students learn about the scientific process and help collect data on ongoing scientific research projects. We also provide summer day camps, nature hikes for children and their families, and walks and workshops for adults. You can learn more about our field trips at and and about our other education programs at The Clifton Institute is a small but dynamic organization and the successful applicant will play an important role in our organization.  Duties for this position include: Helping run half-day environmental education field trips for groups of up to 75 students. This includes communicating with teachers about the logistics of the field trips, setting up materials beforehand, working with other staff to give an introduction to the project of the day, helping students collect data (e.g. conduct plant surveys, conduct insect surveys, do phenological monitoring, count birds…), helping students visualize and analyze their data, and finally cleaning up after the field trip. The Educator will be trained in the research methods we use in each project and will be responsible for leading a group of up to 25 students (plus one to two teachers) on their own. Depending on availability and interest there are (limited) opportunities to help with our other education programs, including Piedmont Polliwogs, Nature School, Nature Club, and summer camps.  Other duties as assigned.
A personal interest in natural history, conservation, and education.  Knowledge of the natural history of the forests and grasslands of eastern North America. Teaching experience and / or other relevant experience working with children. A Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, education, or related field.  Excellent interpersonal skills required. Ecological research or habitat restoration experience a plus. Ability to walk on hilly terrain for 1-2 miles and be outdoors for 4+ hours in rain or shine. Must be available to work 16 hours each week but may work up to 20 hours. The Educator must be available to work six hours on both Thursdays and Fridays, usually starting between 8AM and 9AM. The Educator may work exclusively on Thursdays or Fridays or work remaining hours on a mutually convenient schedule. Currently all of our programmatic staff work Tuesday through Saturday. Ideally, the Educator could increase to 40 hours in the summer to help with our 4 weeks of summer camp. Must be authorized to work in the US and able to work at our office in Warrenton, VA.
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