Lower Rappahannock Environmental Educator

Friends of the Rappahannock is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religious creed, gender, national origin, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, or disability. We are inclusive. We believe diversity drives innovation. We are always growing our partnerships and believe it takes a watershed to make a difference. We strongly encourage applications from People of Color, LGBTQ+ people, and those who are members of other marginalized communities.

Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) is a 501c3 watershed protection organization. FOR works to be the voice and active force for a healthy and scenic Rappahannock River. We accomplish this through three program pillars – advocacy, restoration, and education. FOR is seeking a part time, (20-25 hours/week) Environmental Educator to support our robust environmental education program. This will include classroom and outdoor education, including on-water programs and physical restoration work, as necessary. This position is located in our Tappahannock, VA office.

Reports To: Lower Rappahannock Education Manager

Top Skills Desired: 

  • The ability to deliver advanced scientific concepts to a wide range of age groups, through hands-on activities, with a special focus on Watershed Science
  • River paddle safety and river trip leading/assisting
  • Watercraft and trailer handling on and off water
  • Working dynamic of a small environmental non-profit: Participate in staff meetings and cross-learn in other departments as needed

Duties Include:

  • Support Lower Rappahannock Education Manager in the planning of education programs, including school visits, field experiences including some on-water (kayak/canoe) programs, and professional development
  • Support the Lower Rappahannock Education Manager in the development and implementation of lessons focused on climate resilience, oyster education, watershed science, and the diverse ecosystems within the coastal plain region
  • Develop an understanding of the goals and objectives of Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEE) and support these experiences through classroom visits, field experiences, and professional development
  • Assist in keeping detailed records of education activities
  • Support the Lower Rappahannock Education Manager and Lower Rappahannock restoration staff to plan student action projects when needed
  • Support the Lower Rappahannock Education Manager in coordinating and implementing community education programs
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • Capable of lifting 50 lbs
  • Ability to drive company vehicles and ability to pull a trailer, or willingness to learn
  • Comfortable working in all types of weather conditions 

Additional tasks may include:

  • Supporting education activities in other regions, as approved by the Lower Rappahannock Education Manager
  • Supporting restoration activities, as approved by the Lower Rappahannock Education Manager
  • Supporting administrative activities, as approved by the Lower Rappahannock Education Manager
  • Riverfest and other event support, as approved by Lower Rappahannock Education Manager

The Lower Rappahannock Environmental Educator will report to the Lower Rappahannock Education Manager. This position is part-time, hourly, with no benefits. Approximately 20-25 hours a week. Starting pay range: $16 to $18

Send your resume to the Education Director at [email protected]

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