Spring Valley features 135 acres of restored prairie, woodlands and wetlands, three miles of walking trails and a 1880s living history farm. Our newest amenity is Bison’s Bluff Nature Playground, a unique play area custom designed to engage children in active and passive play in a natural setting.
Job Summary: We are currently looking for individuals who are interested in leading environmental education programs for our school field trips. All training is provided! In this role, you will offer children a unique way to experience and learn about the natural world and our pioneer past. You will lead activities and themes that change seasonally and are geared toward specific age groups, especially for ages 3–12. Children will be involved in hands-on investigation and active participation in a small group setting.
Qualifications: All training is provided! The best applicants will have a sincere interest in nature, education / teaching, and love working with children of all ages. Some background in the natural sciences and Illinois ecosystems and/or experience leading programs in the outdoors a plus but not required. NOTE: This position requires sufficient ability to be outside in all weather conditions including light rain, heat, cold, wind, etc. This position also requires sufficient ability to safely traverse the Spring Valley campus which includes uneven, unpaved surfaces and steps / stairs.
Scheduling & Pay: This is a part-time position paying $9.75/hour. Position starts on August 19th and runs through the school year. Exact schedule will vary based on school field trip bookings (but is often from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) so scheduling flexibility is a must. Candidates must be available to work at least 3 programs per week, up to 2.5 hours each and be able to attend a monthly training 11:30am – 1:30pm.
Perks & Privileges: These are part-time Level 3 positions and are eligible for the following internal privileges:
Free fitness center membership!
Free admission to indoor and outdoor pools!
One free program registration per season (maybe used for family member – see definition)!
10% discount on other program registrations, one-to-one services, parties & rentals, group exercise!
Free boat rental at Volkening Lake!
Free open gym admission!
50% off nursery services!
If interested, please apply early. Positions will be open until filled.
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