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Seasonal Teacher Naturalist

Hunstville AR

Teacher/Naturalist at the Ozark Natural Science Center


Are you an environmentalist or outdoor enthusiast who wants to help shape the future and change the world one student at a time? Join the ONSC team of teacher/naturalists (TN's)!

TN's take students (mostly 5th graders from public schools) into the Ozarks for overnight wilderness immersion programs. For many students, this is the field trip that changes their life and opens their eyes to how the natural world is connected and essential for human survival. TN's help students understand nature through hands-on science, inspire appreciation of nature through explorative play, and teach stewardship through a love of the natural world. Through this one-of-a-kind opportunity, TN's are not only paid and housed, but also given a professional development experience that exceeds a simple workshop or class. Each season begins with an intensive training including your First Aid, CPR and Wilderness First Aid Certification, followed by additional shadowing, coaching, and evaluations. Each TN is a wealth of knowledge, just like you, so the learning amongst the TN team members is ongoing and encouraged. Don’t pass up this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Apply today and help us enhance the understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of the Ozark Natural Environment!


Start/End Date: September through June


General Description:

The Teacher Naturalist (TN) is the front-line educational staff for all ONSC programming and program-related operations. TN’s lead educational activities including interpretive hikes/field investigations on the trail, interactive classes in field and classroom and various other activities.

Programs range from one day to a full week for the duration of the season. Generally, programs include a one-night stay of students in onsite lodges and two days of educational programming led by TN’s. Work hours are determined based on program length. Teacher Naturalists are typically assigned to programs in their entirety. TN’s are required to stay onsite overnight during assigned programming (housing provided).

We are hiring 3 Teacher Naturalists for the 2019-2020 season. One of the positions could be part-time mostly Tuesday-Wednesday if a local person is interested.


Main Duties:

Teach, manage, and lead groups of program participants of any age both in the field (guided hikes) and the classroom. Student program participants are generally in 5th Grade

Participate in staff training/enrichment sessions for field staff and general ONSC staff training and information sessions

Assist with the on-going development and refinement of current ONSC educational programs and the development of new programs as assigned

Reside on-site during the overnight stays of students if they are scheduled for the programming of those students

Console homesick student participants during overnight field trips and provide first-aid to injured/sick students

Provide logistical and supervisory support for ONSC programs and participants, including during ONSC meals, student/guest orientation, and the maintenance of facilities and equipment

Ensure, at all times, the safety of students and peers and other ONSC guests to the best of your ability

Knowledgeably use, maintain, and return all teaching and safety equipment assigned at the time of your departure

To be maintained in an appropriate manner, staff housing is provided for you during your time of employment at ONSC

Provide on-call availability for emergencies during the entirety of your scheduled programming


Additional Duties:

Actively participate in appropriate group briefing and debriefing meetings

Organize personal equipment and supplies in preparation for field science instruction duties, including, but not limited to: backpack supplies, hand-held radios, water bottles, etc.

Giving educational presentations to special interest groups, hosting and providing supplies and assistance for visiting groups and other duties as assigned.

To be a professional representative of ONSC at all times

Actively engage in self-improvement and self-education as a naturalist and informal science educator

Maintain active communication with the Program Manager on issues of importance relating to programming and operations


Candidate Requirements:

BS/BA degree required. Degrees in environmental or natural science (i.e. biology, geology, environmental science, ecology) preferred.

Passion for the ONSC mission and genuine appreciation for the natural world and conservation

Demonstrated time management skills

Great speaking and oral presentation skills

Physical ability to hike long distances, over uneven terrain, in all seasons and varying weather conditions

CPR & basic First Aid and Wilderness First Aid (provided onsite for no cost)

Ability to work as a team

Desire to continually develop as both an educator and a naturalist



$370.00 per 40 hour work week

Staff housing provided

Meals provided when programming is in session

Training opportunities including certifications (CPR, WFA, and CIG) paid for entirely or partly by ONSC

An opportunity to share your love of the natural world with an amazing and supportive team of naturalists while sparking and feeding the love of nature in the next generation - priceless.


How to Apply:

To apply, send a cover letter, resume and three references to:

Renee Valentine


Or call 479-202-8340, extension 103 for more information

Posted August 5, 2019

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