Temporary Environmental Educator

Alexandria, VA
$15.71 Hourly
May 28, 2021
Jun 26, 2021
Part Time
Temporary Environmental Educator

The City of Alexandria is located in northern Virginia and is bordered by the District of Columbia (Potomac River), Arlington and Fairfax counties. With a population of approximately 150,000 and a land area of 15.75 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Alexandria has a charming waterfront and is a unique and historic place to live and work. About one-quarter square miles in the city have been designated as a national or local historic district. We proudly embrace our rich history and seize the endless opportunities that lie ahead. If you are interested in working for the vibrant City of Alexandria, we invite qualified candidates to apply for our seasonal Temporary Environmental Educator position.


In pursuit of service excellence, the Recreation Leader II/Environmental Educator will greet and assist Nature Center patrons; deliver impromptu programs for visitors; conduct nature-based programming; assist in the care of the Nature Center’s live animals and plants; and support the administrative needs of the organization. The candidate will work under the supervision of the Recreation Leader IV. This position is located at the Jerome "Buddie" Ford Nature Center, 5750 Sanger Avenue in Alexandria, VA 22311.

What You Should Bring

As a member of our team, you are responsible for the outstanding delivery of services to the community. This position requires excellent customer service skills and the ability to comfortably interact with customers of all ages and backgrounds. You will need to be energetic, responsive, professional, courteous and accountable. You should be comfortable around animals and intermediate knowledge of nature and natural systems. You must have experience working with youth or leading group activities - experience in informal environmental education or professional work with animals is a plus. You need to be able to assist in planning and implementation of informal educational programming for a wide range of audiences. You must ensure that you encourage a fun, safe, and orderly environment in order to be successful.

The Nature Center is a seven-day per week operation, therefore, your flexibility to work on weekdays and/or weekends will be highly desired.

The Opportunity
  • Deliver impromptu programs for visitors;
  • Conduct nature-themed birthday parties and scout programs;
  • Lead hikes and activities in the park on rough, uneven terrain;
  • Help develop, plan and conduct nature-based programs and activities;
  • Assist with the care of the Nature Center's live animals and plants;
  • Ensure all necessary safety precautions and guidelines are followed, particularly as they relate to COVID-19;
  • Keep Nature Center clean and safe;
  • Ensure all equipment and supplies are organized and appropriately stored;
  • Participate in staff meetings and trainings;
  • Perform front desk and administrative tasks;
  • Other duties as assigned

About the Department

The mission of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities is to enrich the City of Alexandria by creating meaningful experiences through public space, cultural activities, and programming. The Department’s vision is to improve the well-being of every person in our community by connecting them to each other and their environment. The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities received national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). National accreditation requires park and recreation agencies to meet 155 standards representing elements of effective and efficient park and recreation operations.

Minimum & Additional Requirements

High School Diploma or GED;plus, multiple years of experience leading youth activities and/or working with animals; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Intermediate knowledge of nature, science and the environment including local flora and fauna; the ability to handle and care for reptiles and amphibians, or a willingness to learn. Must be able to hike in all conditions over uneven terrain and lift 42 pounds. First Aid/CPR/AED certification or willingness to obtain it within 30 days of employment; and a valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications

Successful completion of two or more of years of college with primary coursework focused on biology, ecology, zoology, environmental science, veterinary science, or early childhood education; plus, experience developing and conducting nature-based programs for youth, and/or handling or caring for amphibians and reptiles. Some supervisory experience preferred; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities


This is a seasonal, at-will employment opportunity, and is limited to a maximum of 1,500 hours per year. There are no employee benefits for retirement, hospitalization, or other benefits. Work hours may vary and can range from 0-40 hours per week.

Successful completion of a drug screening and criminal record check will be required.

The Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center is operational 7 days a week and work may reflect any combination of hours and days of the week.

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