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Teacher Naturalist I

Wellfleet MA

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is an 1100-acre coastal sanctuary on Cape Cod with extensive school, public and camp education programs. We are seeking an experienced and enthusiastic Teacher Naturalist to join our year-round staff.



During the school year, the Teacher Naturalist will teach introductory level programs on local ecology to school groups. School groups are generally preschool and elementary grade levels, with some middle and high school groups. This work will take place inside classrooms at local schools and outside at our sanctuary and other conservation areas including the salt marsh, tidal flats, and forest.

The Teacher Naturalist will lead interpretative nature walks, engage students in exploration and inquiry activities, and identify local wildlife species. This position is also responsible for being a lead teacher in our four-day Vacation Adventures programs in February and April, as well as leading group and public programming as needed. The majority of hours will be planning and teaching programs and general maintenance of teaching supplies, but the position will also require assistance with curriculum development, scheduling school programs, and working with development staff.

In mid-June, the Teacher Naturalist will transition into teaching public programming and assisting with Wellfleet Bay’s natural history day camp as needed.

Training is provided, but previous experience in science and/or environmental education is desirable. The work week is primarily Monday through Friday with occasional weekend days. This position is 40 hours/week with full benefits.



BS or BA degree, preferable in environmental education, biological, earth science, environmental studies, or a related field.

Ability to develop good rapport and positive relationships with students, teachers, and other educators.

Experience in teaching children in classroom settings and in the outdoors. Experience in early childhood education is desirable.

The ability to relate complex concepts to a diverse range of people and ages. Working knowledge of Cape Cod natural history and coastal ecology, especially birds and marine life is a plus.

Skilled in verbal and written communication and good organizational skills.

Ability to lead programs outdoors on trails and rough terrain. Ability to lead programs on a boat is desired.

Interest and ability to create and oversee children’s content and activities in exhibit hall and nature play area.

Strong work ethic, love of nature, desire to work outside, willingness to learn, and sense of humor.

Demonstrated ability to promote and respect diversity of ethnic, cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and physical and intellectual disabilities.

Must have a valid driver’s license.

Current First Aid and CPR certification or willing to obtain.

This position requires successful completion of a CORI and SORI and Drivers Records checks.


Compensation and Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience; includes full benefit package.


Additional Comments

The work week is primarily Monday through Friday with occasional weekend days.

This position is 40 hours/week


How to Apply

Send cover letter and resume to:

Spring Beckhorn, School Programs Coordinator


Job# 2358

Posted October 30, 2019

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