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National Opportunities

Job: Parks and Nature Director
Location: Portland Oregon
Deadline to apply: April 21, 2017 @ 5:00 PM, PD
Type of job: Full Time


The new director will guide the future of Metro’s work to protect clean water, restore fish and wildlife habitat, and connect people with nature close to home. Metro manages 17,000 acres of public land – from expansive forests to sensitive wetlands, suburban trails to historic cemeteries, beloved destinations to new nature parks. Over the past two decades, voters have created this unique park system by passing two bond measures to protect the landscape and two levies to make the most of it.

Under a new director, the Parks and Nature Department must deliver on commitments to voters, build public trust and guide the future of Metro’s park system. That means expanding on a legacy of natural resource conservation while opening more sites for people to enjoy. We’re looking for somebody with the skills and experience to develop strong partnerships, making sure Metro complements greater Portland’s broader network of parks, trails and natural areas. At Metro, you would lead and inspire a team of 90 talented staff. The director oversees land acquisition, maintenance and restoration, as well as park planning, operations and programming, trails planning, community grants and partnerships.

At Metro, we hire a workforce representative of the communities we serve, understanding that a diverse workforce strengthens our organization. We value diversity and support a positive and welcoming environment where all employees can thrive.


  • Bachelor's degree in business or public administration, natural resource management, parks management or a directly related field
  • Eight to ten years of progressively responsible management experience with responsibility for strategic planning, budgeting, personnel management, collaborative culture building and operational planning
  • Experience advancing equity through leadership and management practices (volunteer and advocacy work will be considered)


Washington State Opportunities

Job: Summer Program Instructor- Brightwater Center
Organization: Islandwood
Location: Woodinville, WA
Job Type: Full-Time Seasonal

  • Develop and teach week-long camp programs for children ages 4-12. These include Summer Day Camp, as well as Voices from the Field.
  • Abide by IslandWood’s safety procedures and protocols as stated in your Summer Camp Instructor Handbook and ensure the safety of participants at all times.
  • Serve as a mentor to a Summer Programs Intern.
  • Participate and lead portions of staff training June 20-23, 2017.
  • Attend weekly debrief and prep meetings on Fridays (4:00-5:00 PM)

Position start date: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

To Apply: Email (link sends e-mail) for full job description and application details.

Contact: Blair Griffin (206) 855-7053


Job: Program Director, Earth Service Corps
Organization: YMCA
Location: Seattle WA
Job Type: Full-Time
Posted: 2/28/17

YMCA of Greater Seattle is seeking a leader to guide one of the Y’s best leadership development programs as the Program Director of YMCA Earth Service Corps (YESC). In this role you will guide and direct all aspects of the YMCA Earth Service Corps program. YMCA Earth Service Corps is a youth-led leadership development program that focuses on environmental education, cross-cultural awareness and service learning. YESC empowers teens to take a hands-on role in addressing environmental issues, creating a sustainable community and developing connections with the natural world.


Jobs: Summer Camps Lead Teacher, Assistant Teacher, and
Camps Aide
Organization: Pacific Science Center & Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center
Location: Bellevue, WA
Job Type: Full time, temporary
Job posted: Feb 24, 2017

Position Start: Training begins June 19, 2017 and camps can run through September 1, 2017

Do you love inspiring children by teaching awareness, understanding, and appreciation for the natural world?  Pacific Science Center is looking for educators to teach science-based environmental education camp programs at the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center in Bellevue (MSEEC).  MSEEC Educators teach awareness, understanding, appreciation, and a sense of stewardship for the natural world.

MSEEC is located on a biologically diverse 320-acre wetland near downtown Bellevue.  The park offers trails for hiking, a slough channel for canoeing, and fields for running around.  Our camp themes range from wildlife to survival skills, nature art and watershed ecology for students in grades PreK-8.  Many of our camps for grades 3 and up go on daily field trips in vans to other local parks, streams, beaches and trails. Some camps include hiking, overnight camping, rock climbing, environmental engineering or water quality chemistry. Experience with one or more of these would make you an ideal candidate. 

If you are a flexible and positive team player with a high level of initiative and enthusiasm who excels at teamwork, we want to talk to you.

Compensation: $13.00/hr. Aide, $13.50/hr. Assistant Teacher; $14.50/hr. Lead Teacher

If you are interested, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Job: Coordinator of School Age Programs
Organization: UW Botanic Gardens
Location: Seattle, WA
Job Type: Full Time

Application Due: March 8, 2017

UW Botanic Gardens has an outstanding opportunity for a Coordinator of our School Age Programs. This position will advance the mission of the UW Botanic Gardens in regards to community outreach and engagement by growing and developing programming for school-age children (primarily but not limited to K-6), including our established school fieldtrip programs, 10 weeks of summer day camp, and family programs.  Through these programs we serve over 7,000 young people each year and more than 100 local elementary schools.  This position will be dedicated to developing and coordinating all aspects of the operation of these programs, including teaching and program delivery, curriculum development, communication with customers and the general public; training and oversight of on-going and seasonal hourly staff; program evaluation and assessment; and marketing and recruitment.

B.S. in education, environmental education, botany, horticulture, biology, or related area and 3-5 years experience leading education programs for and working with diverse audiences, including school-aged children and their families.  Experience developing and implementing environmental education curriculum; training and supporting others, including staff and volunteers....Outstanding planning, organizing, and time-management skills. Experience with curriculum development summer camp programming. Have CPR and First Aid certification or ability to acquire within first 30 days of employment.  Equivalent experience can substitute for education.

Masters Degree in education, environmental education, botany, horticulture, biology, or related areas. Knowledge and understanding of Washington State learning standards and Next Generation Science Standards....Experience working with a wide audience including underserved communities.



Job: Education and Interpretation
Organization: Mount St. Helen Institute
Location: Toutle, WA
Job Type: Internship

Do you love volcanoes? Teaching? The Mount St. Helens Institute (MSHI) and US Forest Service (USFS) are seeking TWO Interns. 1) Education and Interpretation Intern who will work 50% of the season with informal youth program and 50% of the time running Junior Ranger programs. 2) Interpretation Intern will work with USFS leading Junior Ranger Programs.

Job: Youth Leadership Adventures Naturalist Educator
Organization: North Cascades Institute
Deadline to Apply: Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 8:00pm
Location: Rockport, WA

North Cascades Institute is seeking well-qualified candidates who have experience working with a diversity of audiences, are interested in collaborative, team environments, and are driven to improve themselves and the organization they work for. This position is located at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center in the heart of North Cascades National Park.

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Job: Marine science interpreter
Organization: Seattle Aquarium
Posting Expires: Feb 27, 2017
Job Type: Part-time, hourly. Flexible schedule

Duration: Work available through September 2017 with potential to continue in the fall.

About the Seattle Aquarium: The Seattle Aquarium is owned by the City of Seattle and under nonprofit management. The Aquarium currently serves over 825,000 visitors and 40,000 school children and their teachers annually. Guided by its mission of Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment.

Position overview: Temporary marine science Interpreters are shift supervisors in the exhibits at the Seattle Aquarium, leading the interpretation volunteers, running volunteer enrichments and interpreting the exhibits to Aquarium guests both informally and during formal interpretive presentations.

Primary job functions:
Supervise interpretation volunteers, including some training and evaluation of the volunteers’ performance.

Prepare and deliver formal and informal interpretive talks to Aquarium visitors.

Coordinate feedings and interpretive talks.

Some administrative work, such as record keeping for animal care, volunteer activities, etc.

Other projects as assigned

Minimum two years’ academic experience in education, biology, environmental science or similar field, preferred B.S. Degree in education, biology, environmental science or similar field preferred.

Minimum of two years’ experience working in an aquarium, zoo, environmental education center or similar institution required.

Salary and benefits: $14.50/hour, hours vary week to week

This is a temporary position and not eligible for benefits.

The Seattle Aquarium is a progressive, equal opportunity employer that values a diverse workforce.


Job: Program Researcher and Coordinator
Organization: BirdNote
Posted: Feb 8, 2017
Job Type: Part Time

BirdNote seeks an experienced project coordinator who:

  • has a background in environmental education, conservation, or science-related outreach
  • is skilled in program design
  • has experience working with media (preferred) and diverse constituencies (required)
  • has experience developing RFPs and managing grant programs
  • is based in Seattle or its environs

The coordinator will research, develop, and launch “Next Gen,” a new multi-year grant program. Next Gen will fund the adoption of BirdNote resources by established environmental education programs across the country. Additionally, it will fund the production of new media by national producers who serve young audiences.

The coordinator’s key tasks will be to conduct grant program research, develop relationships with program partners, craft the RFP, manage the grant process (including the timeline, marketing strategy, and launch), track the grant awards and deliverables, and coordinate the evaluation processes and related communications.

The successful applicant will be a confident, dynamic, results-oriented project manager who meets deadlines, builds partnerships, and engages and inspires key stakeholders. The coordinator will be able to visualize, design, and launch a new program on an accelerated timeline.

Position: Outdoor Educator

Organization: YMCA, Camp Orkila

Application Posted: 2/3/17

Location: Orcas Island, Washington

Primary Category: Jobs

For more than 135 years the YMCA of Greater Seattle has been transforming lives, encouraging healthy lifestyles and developing future leaders. Enabling people of all ages to achieve their potential and instilling that spirit in others - is at the core of everything we do. We have an immediate job opening for a qualified candidate whose values align with our organization: Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, and Caring.


Provide outdoor environmental education, challenge education programs and weekend recreation programs for participants attending YMCA Camp Orkila on beautiful Orcas Island.


  1. Act as part of the total camp staff team to provide a quality outdoor education program to school groups and weekend family camps.
  2. Actively contribute to the camp staff team by communicating ideas and concerns openly, by making solution-oriented suggestions, by exhibiting a service-minded attitude, by being an appropriate role model, and by participating in staff meetings.
  3. Prepare and teach classes in Environmental Education, Challenge Education, Outdoor Living Skills, and or Science-based classes daily as assigned.
  4. Assist with ongoing training and program development by contributing to staff workshops, critiquing and revising existing curriculum, and developing new curriculum.
  5. Facilitate activities (crafts, archery, row boating, large group games, campfires, etc.) during the daily Open Recreation period and Evening Activity period as assigned.
  6. Plan and facilitate program orientation meetings for school groups.
  7. Cooperate with Program Directors to provide activities for weekend groups....(find more online)


  1. Have previous experience working with youth
  2. Strong communication and leadership skills.
  3. Current Red Cross First Aid and CPR certifications.

Job: Naturalist

Organization: Seattle Audubon

Location: North and Central Seattle

Date Posted: Feb 3, 2017

Job Type: Full Time

Deliver top-notch educational programs for youth through Nature Day Camps and support and promote the mission of Seattle Audubon.


Requires BA/BS in science, education, or related field and experience working with children. Camp and/or teaching experience preferred.  Bonus skills such as art, painting, music, and writing are highly desirable, as is enthusiasm for learning about PNW ecology.  First Aid and CPR certification required by start of work.


Full time, seasonal: 11 weeks* between June 19th – September 1st, (includes one week of training/set-up, 10 weeks of camp, and breaking down camp at the end of the summer).                     *Naturalist staff may be asked to take 2-5 days off during the season if camper enrollment is low; however, no more than 5 days will be requested during a summer season.  Hours are 8:00a.m. to 4:00p.m., Monday through Friday during camp. 


$14.50-$15.50 per hour DOE

Position Summary:

  • Teach age-appropriate ecology, cultural, and art education activities to children between the ages of 5-15.  Field groups range in size from 8-12 campers.  Lead educational lessons, games, songs and team-building activities with your assigned field groups to foster a fun and respectful camp spirit.
  • Supervise campers while on field trips, conduct regular head counts and assist in loading and unloading vehicles. 
  • Assist with curriculum and systems development, create activity materials, and help train interns and volunteers.  Act as a mentor to volunteer high school students assigned to your group.  Assist with camp set-up, breakdown, and cleanup according to weekly theme.  Treat materials and natural specimens appropriately; assist with inventory and packing as needed. 
  • Maintain appropriate camper conduct; deal effectively with inappropriate behaviors and other problems.  Monitor camper and staff safety and comfort; assist with health care and First Aid as needed; respond to accidents and emergencies appropriately. 

How to Apply:
Submit a cover letter, resume, and list of references in one (1) combine electronic pdf document to  No phone calls please.


Position: Summer Programs Intern

Deadline to Apply: March 31, 2017

Organization:  IslandWood

Location: Bainbridge Island, WA

Job Category: Internship

Designed to mirror the experience of a camper, but over a longer period of time, this program provides valuable skills in teaching, behavior management, reflection, and community building. Begin the summer by getting to know our forest on Bainbridge Island, then gradually work up to creating your own week-long day camp experience with the assistance of a mentor.
Strong applicants will be creative, flexible and dependable undergraduate with a sincere interest in education, science, art, sustainability, or a related field. Skills in education can translate well to many fields, so a variety of majors are encouraged to apply.

Experience working with children in the outdoors is preferred. A strong work ethic, excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with a team will assure success in this position.
Summer Programs Interns will gain valuable skills in experiential education and access to a network of like-minded professionals. Housing for the duration of the program is provided, as well as a food stipend. Our programs are primarily day camps, so at no point will any staff live with campers. College credit may be applied for through your school.


  • Undergraduate student working toward a four-year degree with a sincere interest in Environmental/Science/Multicultural Education, Environmental Science, or related field
  • Some experience working with children and environmental education preferable
  • Creative, flexible, and able to work closely with a Summer Programs Instructor
  • Ability to work as a team member
  • Strong work ethic, punctual, dependable, and ability to work long hours
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with staff, children, and parents
  • Must be able to comply with and maintain a smoke-free and drug-free work environment
  • Current First Aid and CPR required by training start date (WFA desirable but not required)
  • Must be at least 18 years-old


  • Valuable skills in teaching, behavior management, reflection, and community building
  • Housing for the duration of camps (afternoon of June 20 through noon on August 6, 2017)
  • Food stipend at the beginning of the program
  • Possible college credit approved by your school
  • Valuable networking opportunities in the world of environmental & progressive education

Organization: Sound Experience Educator/Deckhand

Date Posted: 1/11/2017

Date Needed: Feb /2017

City: Port Townsend

Location: Washington

Primary Category: Education

Teach the Sound Experience education curriculum. Facilitate SE environmental education models. Actively participate in all aspects of ship board life and program. Train new crew in program models and format. Actively support the mission of Sound Experience. Work positively with youth. Promote Sound Experience programs.

Other positions available.


School Assistant Teacher

Organization: Fiddleheads Forest School

Location: Seattle, WA

Posted: January 11, 2017

Tucked within the University of Washington Botanic Gardens is the Fiddleheads Forest School, an entirely outdoor preschool. At Fiddleheads, we aim to foster a sense of wonder, to guide rather than compel, and to provide room for possibility. Unlike traditional programs, at the Forest School our classroom grows and changes along with its students. This dynamic environment offers an unparalleled setting for the development of self-regulation and fundamental appreciation for the natural world.

Lead Educator/Deckhand

Organization: Deep Green Wilderness

Posted: January 9, 2017

Deep Green Wilderness, an environmental education organization based out of Seattle that provides marine science and sailing expeditions in the San Juan Islands and British Columbia for junior high, high school and adults is seeking a Lead Educator/ Deckhand for the 2017 season onboard s/v Orion. The position begins March 31 and continues through Fall 2017.