Employment Opportunity: Part-Time Educators (Level I Educator)

800 450 Stroud Water Research Center

Position Description

The education department is seeking to add environmental educators to our pool of part-time hourly personnel to assist in teaching stream study programs to various audiences (see Stroud Center Education Department webpages for more information about our education programs). The primary audience is students in grades 4 through 12 that participate in school stream study programs based at the Stroud Center and off-site venues. Additional programming includes education and outreach to audiences of all ages within the community, scout groups, family programs, etc.

Primary Duties

Education Program Delivery and Outreach Duties:

  • Teach engaging environmental education programs to a wide variety of audiences, primarily grades 4-12 stream study programs. Common program instructional content areas include macroinvertebrate life history and bioassessment, stream water chemistry, sustainable building and laboratory tour, stream habitat assessment, overall stream and watershed ecology topics, riparian restoration and monitoring, and other topics designed and selected for school and other youth programs.
  • Staff exhibit tables at community events and conferences.
  • Lead professional development workshops for teachers and non-formal educators.
  • Assist with training citizen scientists in stream monitoring protocols.
  • Assist with other department activities and grant funded projects.

Minimum Qualifications and Job Expectations

Applicants should have demonstrated teaching experience (formal and/or non-formal), watershed subject matter and pedagogical knowledge, and be able to interact with participants of all ages and types in an engaging educational and professional manner. Our programs include leading hands-on activities, getting in and out of streams to collect samples and data, and walking and standing for long periods of time.

Preferred Qualifications

Applicants with PreK-12 teaching credentials, environmental educators, interpreters of natural history, and professionals with similar degrees and/or credentials and prior work experiences in watershed education are preferred. Familiarization with instructional technology is also preferred. In this hiring cycle we are particularly looking for two to three educators that have experience and enjoy teaching watershed science across all age levels and those that are bilingual (English and Spanish speaking).

Employment Requirements and Process

  • Use the application form below to submit a cover letter (including which water education topics and audiences you have experience teaching and prefer to teach), resume, and contacts for three professional references. All applications MUST be submitted online. Applications MUST include “ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATOR” and your last name in the file name. Applications will be processed by the education staff as they are submitted. Finalists will be interviewed. Educators are hired on a rolling basis whenever the job announcement is posted on the employment page.
  • All educators must complete and submit background checks and clearances as detailed in Stroud Water Research Center Policy PD 14 SWRC Child Abuse Policy and Risk Management Program. This documentation is not needed at the time of application but is needed prior to employment. The Stroud Center will reimburse employees upon hire for the costs of these clearances and background checks.

Salary and Benefits

Part-time personnel in the environmental educator pool are scheduled as needed and paid as hourly employees (with FICA benefits only). There is no guarantee of a minimum number of hours per week or per instructional season. Paid education staff training days are also scheduled each year. Instructors will be contacted by the assistant director of education as needed to be scheduled to teach. Educators will be paid at an hourly rate comparable to local substitute teacher pay, based on qualifications and experience ($12–22 per hour). The position reports directly to the assistant director of education.

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About Stroud Water Research Center
Since its creation in 1967, teams of scientists have conducted pioneering research on streams and rivers locally, regionally, and throughout the world. Today, the Stroud Center’s research team blends its talents in chemistry, microbiology, aquatic entomology (insects and other invertebrates), ichthyology (fish), hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, and ecosystem modeling in collaborative studies of the physical, chemical, and biological processes of streams and rivers. The Stroud Center’s Education team helps to interpret our research findings and builds education and outreach programs about freshwater ecology, management, and stewardship that are oriented to a wide audience. The Stroud Center’s Watershed Restoration program develops and implements watershed restoration programs that connect landowners, stakeholders, and the general public with best management practices for conserving, restoring, and protecting watersheds. While we work in watersheds all over the world, most of our ideas are generated and pilot tested at the Stroud Center’s main campus in the White Clay Creek experimental watershed where the Stroud Center has a 50+ year research and monitoring record and a unique facility that includes indoor “wet” labs and streamside flumes fed by flowing water pumped in from the creek.

In 2012, the Stroud Center expanded its campus to 55 acres and constructed the Moorhead Environmental Complex, a Platinum-certified LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building. The “green” building provides improved and expanded space for education, outreach, and watershed restoration programs.