Job and Internship Opportunities 2018


Contract Environmental Educator 

Blue Heron Nature Preserve is seeking contract educators with experience teaching programs on wildlife and ecology, environmental stewardship, gardening, nature arts, and outdoor adventure!

Our educational programs include school field trips for PK-8th grade, after school programs, school break camps, Girl and Boy Scout programs, birthday parties, and weekend public programs. Hours range from 0-25 hours per week, depending on program demand and educator availability. Candidates must have prior experience teaching and working with children, and a college degree in education, ecology, biology, art or a related field. Candidates must provide their own transportation to off-site programs. At least one year of environmental education experience is preferred. CPR and First Aid Certification is required. Ability to speak Spanish is a plus. All candidates must pass a background check prior to employment. 

Job Schedule

  • Blue Heron schedules field trips and off-site school programs weekday mornings on an as-demand basis.
  • Boy and Girl Scout programs and after school programming typically run weekday afternoons from 3-5 p.m. Some Saturday scout programming is scheduled, based on educator availability.
  • School Break camps run during Atlanta Public School holidays from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Summer Camp runs weekdays from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., for 11 weeks during June, July and August.
  • Birthday parties are scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays based on educator availability.
  • Educators are expected to arrive 30 minutes prior to scheduled on-site programs and allow sufficient time to gather supplies and teaching materials for on-time arrival to off-site school programs.
  • All programs include additional hours for staff meetings and trainings as scheduled.
  • Hours per week: Between 0-25 hours per week depending on availability.

Job Description
Blue Heron Environmental Educators plan and teach nature based programs for students in grades K-8. The primary purpose of our programs is to give children a chance to explore and learn about science, nature, and the urban environment in a fun and engaging manner. Educators will lead groups of 5-25 children in activities at the Preserve or at local schools. Educators are responsible for planning and running activities, coordinating with other staff, behavior management, daily prep and clean-up, and any other tasks necessary to run a fun, safe youth program. Training is provided, however staff should have experience in developing and leading activities.

Minimum Qualifications

  • College degree in education, science, ecology, art or related field. Ability to speak Spanish is preferred, but not required.
  • Experience with teaching formal or informal education programs for children.
  • Excellent group dynamic and behavior management skills, ability to engage children and direct them in an active teaching environment.
  • Ability to represent Blue Heron in a positive and professional manner.
  • Genuine desire to teach about nature in an urban environment.
  • CPR and First Aid Certification. 

$15 - $18 per hour based on experience and qualifications.

Blue Heron Nature Preserve, 4055 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, GA 30342.

To Apply
Email a resume and a cover letter describing your relevant experience to Amy Zvonar, Education Director, at Applications will be accepted starting in December 2017. Interviews will be scheduled for qualified applicants at the convenience of Blue Heron and the applicant.  Hiring is ongoing until positions are filled. 

Apply by January 31, 2018.

All candidates should visit our website,, to familiarize themselves with our organization. 

Environmental Education Intern: Spring 2018

Blue Heron Nature Preserve is seeking college sophomores, juniors or seniors interested in outdoor and environmental education to serve as environmental education interns. Interns will work alongside BHNP's Education Director and Lead Environmental Educator to develop skills as outdoor educators. BHNP's education programs are entering their fourth year and experiencing an exciting amount of growth and change! The intern will have the opportunity to learn the foundations of being an effective environmental educator, while being actively involved with helping our organization create new education programs and opportunities. This is an unpaid internship.

Preferred candidates will be able to commit to 6-12 hours per week from mid-January to mid-May. The schedule is flexible and based on the intern’s availability. Work is available during the week and on weekends. Morning and afternoon times are available. The intern will work with the education director to create a schedule that allows for a healthy combination of observing education programs, assistant teaching education programs, leading education programs, and office work. All interns must pass a background check prior to starting work.

Required Experience
None. BHNP values outdoor time and providing our program participants the space and time to experience the urban wildlife of Atlanta for themselves. Interns should expect to spend the majority of their time outside and be prepared to work in all types of weather and conditions. A knowledge of Georgia's native wildlife is a plus, but not required. Experience with teaching or working with groups is beneficial, but not required. What is required is a strong desire to work outside with people of all ages and help them value and treasure the wildlife we find in our own backyards.

The EE intern will report directly to the Lead Environmental Educator and the Education Director. The internship will include, but is not limited to, the following duties:

  • Assist Lead Educators with planning, teaching, and evaluating of school programs, Scout programs, day camp programs, and public programs
  • Help maintain an organized classroom and outdoor space
  • Observe and reflect on BHNP education programs and practices; the intern will keep a weekly journal that will be read by the Education Director and Lead Environmental Educator
  • Read articles and sections of books as assigned by the Education Director on the history, theory, and practice of environmental education; cite articles in journal entries, to provide support for observations, reflections, and evaluations
  • Complete a self-evaluation at the start and end of the internship; review the evaluation with the Education Director
  • Create three lesson plans that reflect an understanding of environmental education theory and practice, and the educational practices of the BHNP Education department; submit lesson plans for evaluation to the Lead Environmental Educator and Education Director; make any suggested alterations and teach at least two of the programs by the end of the internship
  • Observe and document Blue Heron education programs through note taking and photography
  • Assist with the gathering and organizing of tools and materials prior to programs, ensure clean-up and return of all program materials, and help ensure supplies stay well-stocked and available
  • Assist with group management and learn skills for working with large groups and mixed-age groups

Other Details
This is an exciting internship opportunity for a dedicated college student with an interest in the environment and education. The work will be very hands-on and the intern can expect to be involved with teaching programs throughout the course of the program. Our education staff is small, but highly experienced and the intern can expect to be able to work with environmental professionals from a variety of backgrounds. Additionally, we partner with two other non-profits, Atlanta Audubon Society, and the Amphibian Foundation, and the intern can expect to have opportunities to learn from these highly skilled professionals too. This is our first education internship opportunity, and we are excited to welcome one or more dedicated interns to our staff!

To apply, email Amy Zvonar at expressing your interest in the position.

Apply by January 31, 2018.