Nature Weeks Environmental Educator

Nature Weeks Environmental Educator
Frosty Drew Nature Center in Charlestown, Rhode Island
10-Week Seasonal Position June 18 – August 27, 2018
Scope of Work:
§ Assist in management of overall daily program content and structure of
Nature Weeks program – which runs 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Monday
through Friday, June 25 through August 24, 29018. Responsible for
planning, leading, and implementing core and non-core programs and
experiences for children aged 6-10 in a small group setting.
• Provides day-care for program participants before and after the Nature
Weeks program as needed from 8:00 am – 9:00 am and from 3:00 pm
– 5:00 pm. Ensures that each child is picked- up by authorized person.
• Supervise as many as 12 children on a daily basis with additional
environmental educator to maintain 6:1 ratio of children: adult.
• Work closely with Nature Weeks Director, program participants, and
families on a daily basis.
Background Needed:
§ Possesses knowledge of natural science subjects
§ Experience in environmental education
§ Experience in teaching children (background check required)
§ Experience teaching outdoors
§ Certified lifeguard a plus; current certification in Child First Aid and
CPR required
Duties and Responsibilities:
§ Help coordinate pre-summer planning and organization so that the
daily structure of Nature Weeks is arranged in advance and nature-
based themes are implemented. As part of daily program offerings,
guided play is encouraged through active exploration, discovery, and
curiosity with time for reflection and creating daily journals.
§ Help plan activities that give children the opportunity to participate in
activities that are both recreational, educational and nature based
§ Facilitate activities that give children a sense of accomplishment that
comes from mastering techniques and completing projects in a fun and
engaging way.
§ Use group management skills to engage all children in daily activities.
§ Plan activities that give children the opportunity to express themselves
§ Enrichment activities consist of science, nature, environmental
education, creative arts, art and crafts.
§ Develop age appropriate activities that keep children active and help
them develop skills, teamwork and sportsmanship.
§ Plans and develops “hands-on, minds-on” environmental educational
activities for Nature Weeks program as needed.
§ Works with Nature Weeks director, Nature Center director and
program assistant, maintaining good communication.
§ Communicate with parents, community partners, and other outside
liaisons prior to and throughout the summer.
§ Monitor the health and safety of all campers.
§ Responsible for the general safety and development, growth, and skill
achievement of the participants in program.
§ Foster positive youth development.
§ Work closely with parents and families.
§ Serve as liaison with parents/guardians.
§ Model positive program participation and appropriate interaction with
§ Use group management skills to engage all children in daily activities.
§ Works directly with children of all swim levels on a daily basis.
§ Direct and assist with all waterfront activities, including lifeguard duties
while seining and netting in ponds.
§ Monitor safety of children and staff in water and changing areas.
§ Work one-on-one with children who are having difficulty participating in
the program.
§ Ensures waivers and forms are completed for each program participant
and daily pick-ups of children are authorized.
§ Help children resolve conflicts appropriately.
§ Intervene if children are having significant behavior issues.
§ Help manage all medical issues and emergencies that occur on site.
§ Help manage all documentation relating to all medical occurrences.
§ Follow all RI Department of Health rules and regulations.
§ Create safety systems throughout the sites to prevent illness and
§ Help manage all medical supplies.
§ Help dispense medication and keep related records.
• Help monitor voicemail and calls from parents during Nature Weeks.
• Cares for live exhibits as needed.
• Purchases supplies as needed.
• Keeps Nature Center, Sky Theatre, office, restrooms, shed and
basement clean and in good working order
• Gains knowledge of Ninigret Park, Ninigret Wildlife Refuge, Frosty
Drew Nature Center & Observatory.
• Reports building /site issues as needed – sometimes this will be to the
Charlestown Parks and Rec Department if there are issues in Ninigret
No housing available. No transportation reimbursement available. Interested
persons should respond with a resume, cover letter, and 3 references by COB on
April 1, 2018. Please email PDFs to: [email protected] OR mail to:
Frosty Drew Nature Center Director, PO Box 160, Charlestown, RI 02813
Frosty Drew Memorial Fund, Inc., is dedicated to environmental stewardship and
delivering environmental education to people of all ages, with a primary focus on
marine and aquatic habitats and the night sky.
Frosty Drew Nature Center
Physical address: 62 Park Lane, Ninigret Park, Charlestown, RI 02813