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Co-Director of Education:
School Programs at Blue Heron

Position Summary:

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

The Co-Director will be specifically responsible for Blue Heron’s school programs, including our field trip programs, outreach programs, afterschool programs, and homeschool programs.

The Co-Director will have shared responsibilities with our Co-Director of Education: Community Programs. 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 Co-Director of Education will work closely with the Co-Director of Community Programs and report to Blue Heron Nature Preserve’s Executive Director.

This is a 30 hour/week position.

Benefits include paid vacation and sick leave.

Health benefits are not currently included with this position.

Some nights, holidays, and weekends are required. This position has the potential to grow into a full-time position for a motivated candidate.

Salary: $32,000-$36,000 dependent upon experience and qualifications

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

Major Responsibilities

  • The Co-Director of Education is responsible for ensuring the integrity, vitality, implementation and expansion of education programming, specifically school programs, 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 the number of school program educational offerings.This includes our on-site field trips, outreach programs, after school programs,and homeschool programs.

  • Developing partnerships with schools, teachers, 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, and supervising Blue Heron’s Lead Environmental Educator/Pedagogista.

  • Recruiting, training, evaluating, and communicating openly with a small staff of contract environmental educators, along with the Co-Director of Education: Community Programs.

  • Working closely with and sharing responsibilities with our current Co-Director of Education.

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

  • Sharing Summer Camp Director responsibilities with our Co-Director of Education: Community Programs.

Other Individual Duties:

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

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

  • Coordinate and teach professional development workshops for formal 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.

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

  • Represent the Preserve at local school and community functions, to ensure knowledge of our education programming expands in our community.

  • Manage the education school programs budget.

Duties shared with Co-Director of Education

Community Programs:

  • 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.

  • 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 when needed, hire and train support staff and counselors

  • Supervise the education programs Administrative Assistant.

  • 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.


Must Have:

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

  • 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.

  • 3-5 years of experience as a non-formal educator, 2+ years in a leadership position, 1+ years experience working in a non-profit organization.


  • Master’s degree in education, environmental education, environmental management or equivalent. 1+ years experience in a formal classroom.

  • Ability to speak spanish, WFA or WFR certification, Lifeguard certification.

To Apply:

Interested applicants should submit their cover letter and resume to Amy Zvonar, Education Director:

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.


$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:

Application submission is rolling until all positions are filled.