Environmental Educator

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Deadline to Apply:

Sunday, July 10, 2022, 11:00pm


Amherst, MA
United States

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The Hitchcock Center for the Environment is looking for a full time environmental educator to join our innovative and unique education team. We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic, passionate, and interested in being a part of growing our high quality environmental education programming at our new Living Building.

Responsibilities include:

  • Design and teach education programs both in the classroom, outdoors, and in afterschool settings
  • Work with the education manager and director to develop and implement education programs that advance the center’s mission, vision and values
  • Lead outdoor nature play afterschool programs during the school year (September-June)
  • Facilitate unstructured play outdoors 
  • Ensure a safe and positive outdoor play experience 
  • Support social-emotional development through appropriate risk-taking and team-building activities
  • Foster a deep connection to the natural world
  • Mentor a college intern assistant 
  • Lead field trips for elementary aged school children 
  • Provide inquiry-based instruction on a wide range of science topics for school groups, ages preK-6
  • Develop, plan, and execute Second Saturday Science program (Saturday 9-1pm)  for children and families once per month during the school year 
  • Be a friendly and welcoming representative of the Hitchcock Center
  • Foster fun and engaging science education for families       
  • Develop, plan, and teach 2-3 school residencies 
  • Direct school vacation days and teacher curriculum days for children ages K-6 
  • Co-Direct Nature Summer Camp 
  • Conduct other children and family programs as-needed 


  • Bachelor’s degree in education, biology, environmental education, or equivalent experience 
  • Minimum five years of environmental education experience-both field and classroom teaching and supervising young children
  • Proven abilities in designing, writing, and evaluating environmental education curricula, lesson plans and activities
  • Must have a deep passion for working with young children and commitment to Hitchcock’s mission, vision and values
  • Working knowledge of informal and formal education theory and practice, including program development and evaluation
  • Have excellent written and spoken communication skills
  • Must be people oriented, have a team-focused attitude, and the ability to professionally represent Hitchcock Center to the public
  • Must have reliable transportation to travel to and from schools with teaching materials
  • The desire to educate diverse audiences and share our commitment to dismantling white supremacy and a commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work. 
  • Have a positive attitude, even in the rain and extreme temperatures

Physical Demands

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to: climb, walk nature trails, be outdoors, run, bend, stoop, kneel, twist, reach with hands, sit, stand for extended periods of time, walk, lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, have finger dexterity, grasp, perform repetitive motions, talk, hear, and have visual acuity. 

Note:  Hiring is contingent upon passing a CORI background check.

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation Range: $18-20hr ($ 37,440- 41,600 annually)  The total compensation package includes health insurance and generous paid time off benefits.

About the Hitchcock Center

The Hitchcock Center for the Environment, founded in 1962, connects people with nature and encourages a deeper bond with the natural world that sustains us all. Through educational programs that offer a particular focus on children, the Center helps to develop a community that understands connections among human health, ecosystems and economies. Our mission is to educate and to inspire action for a healthy planet. We envision a world where people, communities and ecosystems thrive.

We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to adapting our operations and programs to create a relevant, meaningful, and inclusive culture where all are welcomed, supported, and engaged. This includes increasing the diversity of our Board, staff, and volunteers to be responsive to the communities we serve.


How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to careers@hitchcockcenter.org by July 10, 2022