Fields: environment, education, children, science, sustainability
Location: Warrenton, Virginia
About the Organization: The Clifton Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located two miles north of Warrenton, in the northern Piedmont of Virginia. Our 900-acre field station, which includes forests, grasslands, shrub fields, and wetlands, is permanently protected under a conservation easement. Our education programs include field trips for local school groups, summer day camps, and monthly natural history programs for children, as well as regular workshops for adults that cover topics like dragonfly biology, breeding bird songs, and nature photography.
About the Position: The Clifton Institute seeks an Education Associate to provide environmental education programs to children and adults, to communicate with the public about our education programs, and to assist with our ecological restoration and research programs. The Clifton Institute is a small but dynamic organization and the successful applicant will play an important role in the growth of the organization. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to plan and implement projects in the areas of environmental education, ecological restoration, and biological research that interest you. Duties for this position include:
- Contributing to our curriculum of half-day programs to be provided to groups visiting from local schools and other organizations. These programs focus on ecology, natural history, and conservation biology, but draw on topics in geology, hydrology, math, history, and English.
- Providing half-day programs to groups visiting from local schools and other organizations. This includes coordinating with teachers to arrange the date and time of the visit and to decide what program from our curriculum they would like to do.
- Teaching children natural history, ecology, and conservation biology during our monthly YHikes! (Youth Hikes) Saturday morning program.
- Managing two weeks of day camp where we explore natural history with children ages 8-13. This includes planning activities and hiring camp counselors.
- A Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, education, or related field. A graduate degree in environmental sciences or education a plus.
- A personal passion for natural history, conservation, and education.
- A working knowledge of the natural history of forests and grasslands of eastern North America. Ecological research or grassland restoration experience a plus.
- Substantial teaching experience and / or other relevant experience working with children.
- Excellent writing skills essential. Social media skills required. Digital design skills a plus.
- Must be willing to work periodically on Saturdays. Our program team often works Tuesday through Saturday.
Estimated Salary: $30,000-$34,000 per year. Benefits: 15 paid days off during their first year of employment. In addition, we observe ten public holidays. We have competitive health, dental, and retirement benefits as well as life insurance. The employee will enjoy a flexible work schedule.
The Clifton Institute