Job Openings

Blue Heron is looking for Contract Educators, Summer Camp Assistant Instructors,
and an Education Director.


Education Director

Position Summary:

Blue Heron Nature Preserve in Atlanta, GA seeks an Education Director to manage, cultivate, and expand their place-based environmental education programming.

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 Educational Director will report to Blue Heron Nature Preserve’s Executive Director. This is a full-time, 40 hour + position. Benefits include paid vacation and sick leave. Some nights, holidays, and weekends are required.

Salary: $41,000-$46,000 dependent upon experience and qualifications

Expected Start Date: On or before May 20th.
Start date is negotiable.

Major Responsibilities:

The Education Director is responsible for ensuring the integrity, vitality, implementation and expansion of education programming and initiatives at the Preserve. The major responsibilities involved include but are not limited to:

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

  • Increasing revenue and number of educational offerings

  • Developing partnerships with schools and other organizations.

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

  • Coordinating, creating, and teaching new programs

  • Recruiting, training, evaluating, and communicating openly with a small staff of contract environmental educators.

  • Working closely with and overseeing the work of the Community and Public Programs manager.

  • Working closely with senior staff at the Preserve, to ensure education programs reflect the interconnectedness of the organization.

  • Serve as the Director for summer and school break day camps.

The Education Director will also support
the mission of Blue Heron Nature Preserve by:

  • Coordinate/teach and train staff to teach all onsite and outreach programming such as after school, scout programs, school programs, homeschool programs, etc.

  • Coordinate and teach professional development workshops for educators

  • Teach after school programs, school field trip programs, and other education programs as needed to establish familiarity with our community and grow an understanding of how our programs are impacting the community.

  • Represent the Preserve at environmental and educational events

  • Report to the PROPS committee, submit a quarterly education report to the BHNP board of directors and attend majority of meetings

  • Research and apply for educational grants

  • Participate in membership cultivation and engagement activities as needed.

  • Manage the education budget

  • Coordinate and manage volunteers, assist with volunteer days and events

  • Advertise and market programming to the public

  • Organize, schedule, and serve as summer camp and school break camp director, hire and train support staff and counselors

  • Post educational information on the website, BHNP newsletter and other BHNP social media outlets

  • Document, record, and evaluate education programming using methods developed in Reggio Emilia schools.

  • Represent BHNP at local, national and international conferences. Submit conference presentations and present at conferences at least once per year.

  • Maintain Blue Heron’s membership in the Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia, the North American Association for Environmental Education, and the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance.

Qualifications:

Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, environmental education, biology or another life science, arts, or equivalent.

  • 5 + years of experience teaching environmental education in a non-formal setting.

  • 2+ years experience managing and training education staff.

  • 2+ years experience as a day camp director or assistant director.

  • Current Adult, child and infant CPR/First Aid.

  • Familiarity with values and principles of Reggio Emilia, place-based education, and with implementing an emergent curriculum.

Preferred:

  • Master’s degree in education, environmental education, environmental management or equivalent.

  • Ability to speak Spanish

  • WFA or WFR certification

  • Lifeguard certification

To Apply

Email a resume and a cover letter describing your relevant experience to Amy Zvonar, Education Director at amyz@bhnp.org.

Application submission is rolling until the position is filled.


Assistant Summer Camp Instructors

Position Summary

Blue Heron Nature Preserve is seeking educators with experience teaching programs to children ages 2- 13 on wildlife and ecology, environmental stewardship, gardening, nature arts, and outdoor adventure! Our summer camp emphasizes direct experiences with nature, and instructors are expected to develop their own lesson plans and activities based on a weekly theme. The ability to be flexible and responsive to children’s interests is required. Candidates must have prior experience teaching and working with children, and preference will be given to college graduates or students in college pursuing degrees in Education, Ecology, Biology, Art or a related field. Candidates must be able to start work in May 2019 and be able to commit to working at least four full weeks of Summer Camp, although the ability to work more is preferred. Camp will be held weekly from May 28th until August 9th. Assistant Camp Instructors will work the hours of 8:30 am - 1:30 pm, or 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. The pay rate is $15-$17/hr dependent on experience. At least 1 year of environmental education experience is preferred. Ability to speak Spanish is a plus. Candidates with Lifeguard certification will be given preference. CPR/ First Aid Certification is required, and candidates must be able to show proof of certification.

Job Schedule

  • Assistant Camp Instructors must attend 8 hours of summer camp staff training in May 2019, dates TBD.  

  • Assistant Camp Instructors may work the hours of 8:30 am - 1:30 pm or 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, dependent upon availability.

  • 11 weeks of Summer Camp are available to Assistant Camp Instructors, starting the week of May 28th and ending the week of August 5th. Assistant Camp Instructors must be able to commit to four full weeks of camp, and can work up to 11 weeks.

  • Hours per week: 25-40 hrs.

Job Description

Blue Heron Assistant Camp Instructors plan and teach nature based day camps for children ages 2- 13. 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. Assistant Camp Instructors will work under the direction of a Lead Instructor and the Summer Camp Director. Our camp groups are kept purposefully small to ensure a positive and engaging experience for all children, with no more than 14 children in any one camp group. Assistant Camp Instructors are responsible for planning and running activities, coordinating with their Lead Instructor and 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 or pursuing a degree in education, science, ecology, art or related field.

  • Current CPR/ First Aid Certification

  • Lifeguard certification is a plus.

  • Experience with teaching formal or informal education programs for children.

  • Experience using an emergent curriculum preferred.

  • Knowledge of Reggio Emilia philosophy preferred.

  • 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.

  • While not required, ability to speak Spanish is a plus.

Additional Information

  • Housing is not provided. Instructors should live locally or be able and willing to relocate, and are responsible for their own moving costs and transportation.

  • This is a seasonal contract position. The option to continue as a seasonal contract educator with Blue Heron Nature Preserve may be extended at the end of the summer if the Education Director is satisfied with the instructor’s summer work, however this is not guaranteed.

Salary

$15.00- $18.00/hour based on experience and qualifications.

To Apply

Email a resume and a cover letter describing your relevant experience to
Amy Zvonar, Education Director: amyz@bhnp.org

Application submission is rolling until all positions are filled.


Contract 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.

Position Summary

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.

Position 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.

Position 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.

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.

Salary

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

Expected Start Date

We are seeking candidates able to start in January 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 Amy Zvonar, Education Director, at amyz@bhnp.org. Applications will be accepted starting in October 2018. Interviews will be scheduled for qualified applicants at the convenience of Blue Heron and the applicant. Hiring is ongoing until positions are filled.

Application submission is rolling until all positions are filled.