Job Openings

Currently hiring contract educators, a Lead Environmental Educator (Pedagogista), and a Development Manager.

Lead Environmental Educator, Pedagogista

Position Summary: This position will support the co-directors of education in the development and implementation of emergent curriculum programs at Blue Heron Nature Preserve.The ideal candidate will understand and embrace the values and principles of the Reggio Emilia philosophy, have proven experience implementing an emergent curriculum, and be passionate about upholding and communicating the Preserve’s mission to “create a personal experience with nature through conservation, education, research and advocacy.” The ideal candidate will be highly creative, motivated, and a self-starter, who is comfortable communicating with a variety of people.  

This is a 20 hr/week position, with a Tuesday-Saturday schedule.
Potential for growth for a motivated candidate.

Health benefits are not currently included with this position. 

Salary: $20,000/yr 

Expected Start Date: August 19th, 2019

Major Responsibilities:

  • Upholding and communicating Blue Heron Nature Preserve’s educational philosophy as it relates to the mission and values of the organization. 

  • Working with Blue Heron’s onsite partners, The Atlanta Audubon Society and The Amphibian Foundation, to expand current program partnerships and cultivate new partnership opportunities.  

  • Development and Implementation of emergent curriculum programs for community and school programs.

  • Teaching community and school programs on a regular basis. This includes but is not limited to birthday parties, scout programs, community and school field trips, summer camp instructor duties, school outreaches, and after school programs.

  • Teaching and supporting school break and summer camp director duties during camps

  • Sourcing materials for the development of programs and needs of BHNP education

  • Be willing to work Tuesday to Saturday Schedule.

  • Spend a minimum of 80-90% of their week teaching programs, depending on the season. 

  • Support co-directors with training of educators during the school year

  • Support co-directors with training of summer camp staff. 

  • Model Reggio-Emilia inspired teaching methods to educators. 

  • Collect and maintain materials for educational programming


Must Have

  • Certification in education, art, natural history/sciences or related fields. 

  • Very comfortable in an outdoor setting, has knowledge of the natural world.

  • Minimum 5 years teaching in a formal or informal learning environment, with 

  • Minimum 2-4 years experience teaching in a Reggio Emilia inspired learning environment or working with a similar emergent curriculum. 

  • 1-2 years developing and implementing environmental education program

  • Adult and Pediatric First Aid, CPR/AED certification.


  • WFA/WFR and lifeguard or ability to complete lifeguard certification a plus. 

  • Experience with various art mediums, teaching art

  • Ability to speak Spanish

This is a 20 hr/week position, with a Tuesday-Saturday schedule.
Potential for growth for a motivated candidate.

Please send your resume/CV and cover letter to the Blue Heron Co-Education Directors, Lauren Reynolds and Nicole Thurston: and

Development Manager


Blue Heron Nature Preserve in Atlanta, GA seeks a Development Manager to lead and manage the organization’s fundraising efforts.

The ideal candidate will understand and embrace the Preserve’s mission to “create a personal experience with nature through conservation, education, research and advocacy.”

The Development Manager will report to Blue Heron Nature Preserve’s Executive Director.

This is a part-time 20-25 hour/week position. Benefits include paid vacation, sick leave with a flexible schedule.


  •  Must embrace the mission of Blue Heron Nature Preserve

  • Strong interpersonal and writing skills.

  • Have knowledge and experience in fundraising techniques: planning, annual campaign, capital campaigns, major gifts

  • Possess the skills to work with and motivate staff, board members and other volunteers.

  • Be a “self-starter.”

  • Be organized and exhibit “follow through” on tasks and goals.

  • 5 years minimum experience in professional fundraising.


  1. Create a viable plan of action for integrating 2019 annual fund and membership renewal

  2. Direct creation of integrated database for annual fund campaign and capital campaign using all resources, including internally provided, partners, neighborhoods, etc.

  3. Create a major gifts program including identification, cultivation and solicitation of major donors.

  4. Oversee grant seeking including research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements.

  5. Direct the annual fund program, including mailings and annual fundraising drives.

  6. Direct capital campaigns and other major fundraisingdrives.

  7. Coordinate fundraising specialevents.

  8. Coordinate with communication team, our public relations efforts, including celebratory/measuring signage, news releases, interviews, outreach to community/neighborhood, civic and government meetings.

  9. Oversee prospect research.

  10. Coordinate all fundraising efforts and work closely with appropriate staff, Board members andpartners.

  11. Develop fundraising calendar and method of timely communication to all stakeholders

  12. Coordinate public appearances/accept speaking engagements to share information about BHNP with the community.

  13. Staff Board Development Committee meetings and Capital Campaign meetings.

  14. Maintain fundraising database and tracking systems.

  15. Oversee creation of publications to support fund raising activities.

  16. Develop and activate a structured gift recognition program.

  17. Perform other related duties as requested.

COMPENSATION: Commensurate with experience.

Please email a copy of your CV/resume and cover letter to Executive Director, Kevin McCauley:

Contract Environmental Educators 

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 should be familiar with, or willing to become familiar with, the Reggio Emilia philosophy and an emergent curriculum.

Candidates must provide their own transportation to off-site programs.

Two or more years 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 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.

We are guided and inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy, and use an emergent curriculum. 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.

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 May-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 remain 30 minutes after a program's conclusion. Educators must 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. 

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. Lifeguard certification a plus. 


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


Blue Heron Nature Preserve
4055 Roswell Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30342

Expected Start Date:

We are seeking candidates able to start in August 2019.  We do have some flexibility on start date. Please note that this position does not include housing, and any educator hired must be able to live locally and provide their own transportation to and from Blue Heron. 

 To Apply

Email a resume and a cover letter describing your relevant experience to Lauren Reynolds and Nicole Thurston Co- Directors of Education, at and Interviews will be scheduled for qualified applicants at the convenience of Blue Heron and the applicant.

Hiring is ongoing until positions are filled.

Please explore the education pages on this website to learn more about our organization prior to applying.