Columbia Springs Environmental Educator

Do you remember the first time you saw a banana slug? Did you spend your childhood outside, exploring moss-covered forests or turning over rocks in the stream to see what lives underneath? Join our fun and passionate team of Columbia Springs Educators and guide the next generation of nature explorers! If you want to make a lasting impact on kids in our community, this is the job for you. Columbia Springs is a non-profit dedicated to connecting people with nature and inspiring stewardship. See website for more info:

Columbia Springs Environmental Educators lead groups of students during science-based educational field trips at Columbia Springs. These hands-on, experiential field trips are designed to teach kindergarten through 6th grade students about local ecology, scientific practices and stewardship.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead a full class of elementary students (up to 30) through our 2-4hr education programs
  • Conduct outdoor activities in all kinds of weather on earth trails and uneven terrain
  • Manage the behavior of students through positive feedback
  • Set-up and clean-up all educational activities
  • Assist Education Coordinator with tasks as needed


  • Generally 5-6 hours per shift (usually between 9am-2pm), 1-3 shifts per week. Potential for some weekend work associated with events and an increase in hours over the summer to lead summer camp programming
  • Planned work dates and times will be provided by the Education Coordinator in advance and are subject to change based on mutual agreement

Compensation: $13/hr with accrued paid sick leave

Desired Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Availability beginning October 1st, 2018
  • A bachelors degree in education or natural sciences OR 2-3 years relevant work and/or academic achievement
  • Experience with inquiry-based environmental education
  • Basic understanding of PNW forest ecology, natural history subjects, and environmental stewardship
  • Excellent verbal communication
  • Demonstrated ability to take direction and follow through on assignments
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Possess a positive, ‘Can-Do’ attitude and curiosity of the natural world
  • Ability to lift 50lbs and walk 3-4 miles over uneven ground

To Apply:

Submit a cover letter stating why you are interested in this position, resume and two (2) references, preferably past supervisors, to Jenna Kallestad, Education Coordinator by Monday, September 24th by email. If you are selected for an interview you will be asked to complete a background check.