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Environmental Education Instructor - Science Adventure School

West Virginia University
United States, West Virginia, Morgantown
September 08, 2023

is a 4-day, 3-night outdoor science school serving sixth grade students in West Virginia. Our goal is to integrate high quality, engaging, adventure sports-driven science and environmental curriculum with experiential education and student development. Environmental educators will play a crucial role in meeting that goal by teaching students in an outdoor classroom on a variety of inquiry-driven environmental education lessons and activities.

Environmental Educators will:

  • Facilitate indoor and outdoor environmental education lessons for sixth grade students.
  • Facilitate group and project-based learning initiatives.
  • Use and maintain scientific equipment and sensors.
  • Promote students' science and ecological literacy through hands-on activities and open inquiry.
  • Facilitate students' ability to observe, ask questions, collect data, and communicate findings.
  • Maintain excellent group/classroom management.
  • Build a safe and strong learning culture.
  • Maintain a positive attitude, professional language, appearance, behavior, and willingness to take initiative.
  • Spend Tuesdays with a pair of Outdoor Education Guides and their group facilitating experiential education activities.
  • Assist with other camp duties as needed.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Competitive pay starting at $100/day and up to $160/day
  • Additional pay will be allotted as per SAS pay matrix with increases for education, experience, and/or relevant certifications.
  • Shared lodging in the form of sturdy tents, cabins, and/or yurts will be provided for the duration of contract, including weekends and days off.
  • All meals will be provided Monday-Friday. Space and kitchen equipment will be available for food preparation on the weekends.
  • Showers, laundry, and internet will be available on site at no charge.
  • All training will be paid and provided for free.


Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Friendly personality and with the ability to connect and communicate effectively with youth.
  • Basic knowledge of science-related topics.
  • Awareness and knowledge of the natural environment and a passion for conservation.
  • Be comfortable living in and working in an outdoor setting that requires moderate physical activity.
  • Excellent organizational skills and effective problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to pass a federal background check.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Teacher certification or prior experience working with youth aged 10-14.
  • Hold a First Aid, WFA, or WFR and CPR certification.
  • Experience with youth schools and camps.
  • Experience with residential environmental education programs.

Time Commitment: Science Adventure School will begin staff training on August 13th. We expect that you will be available to work with us through and including November 7th with minimal time off throughout, except for a mandatory five days off near the middle of the programming season. Additional unpaid days off can be accommodated, if requested in advance.

Staff will be expected to work Monday-Friday with weekends off. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday will be "on-duty" nights where staff are expected to remain on-site at camp to assist with evening programming. Although sufficient breaks will be scheduled throughout the week, expect to be working long days with students Tuesday morning through Friday afternoon. Hours vary, but while students are on-site, days frequently start around 7:00 AM and end around 10:00 PM.

Well qualified applicants can expect to hear back from our team within seven days of application submission. For more information about SAS, visit our website at , especially the Staff FAQ page at . If you have questions, please feel welcome to email .

At West Virginia University, we leverage our talents and resources to create a better future for our state and the world. As West Virginia's land-grant university, WVU has three campuses that touch each corner of the state. The WVU System includes 518 buildings on 15,880 acres, Extension Service offices in all 55 counties, ten experimental farms and four forests.

From the groundbreaking R1 research of our flagship campus in Morgantown to the career-oriented programs of WVU Potomac State in Keyser to the technology-intensive programs at WVU Tech in Beckley - the contributions of WVU employees directly impact the 1.8 million people of West Virginia every day, no matter their role or position.

Service, curiosity, respect, accountability, and appreciation are the core values that unite Mountaineers, inspiring one another to work tirelessly and support others as they seek to reach new heights. After all, when you're a Mountaineer, impossible is just another mountain to climb.

Creating an inclusive, engaged, and dynamic learning environment is core to WVU's academic mission. We welcome candidates who can contribute a range of ideas, approaches and experiences.

To learn more about West Virginia University, visit go.wvu.edu. View current career opportunities at careers.wvu.edu.

West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.

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