Environmental Educator

Environmental Educator, Crissy Field Center (Project 1 FT)

The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is the nonprofit support partner of the Golden Gate National Parks—84,000 acres of national parkland throughout the Bay Area, including Muir Woods, Ocean Beach, Crissy Field, and Alcatraz. The Parks Conservancy is a membership organization created to preserve the Golden Gate National Parks, enhance the experiences of park visitors, and build a community dedicated to conserving the parks for the future. Park projects and programs include the Crissy Field Center, the promoting of leadership and environmental justice training for youth; the Native Plant Nurseries, which grows over 100,000 plants annually to restore habitat; Trails Forever, which is at work building and rehabilitating miles of trails throughout the parks; and volunteer programs that inspire over 25,000 people annually to take action in support the parks.

Position Overview:
The primary responsibility of the Environmental Educator is to deliver environmental science education programs to youth that are engaged in the following Crissy Field Center’s programs: School Programs, Project WISE, and Community Group Programs. The Environmental Educator assists with the planning and facilitation of education programs, conducted at the Crissy Field Center, in the Golden Gate National Parks and in schools and communities. Youth learn about and explore environmental and social topics using science, media, and art. The Environmental Educator also helps plan and deliver outdoor activities such hikes and camping trips.

School Programs partners with several elementary schools in San Francisco, and the Environmental Educator will lead programs for students around topics such as migration, immigration, and environmental justice. Project WISE partners with two San Francisco high schools, Galileo Academy of Science and Technology as well as Mission High School, engaging students in weekly field trips, using the national park as a place for learning about environmental science topics such as water quality, air pollution, wildlife populations, and geology. Community Group Programs partners with community-based organizations to lead programs for youth of all ages, with visits throughout the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

This is a benefited, seasonal position (September to May) that works 40 hours per week. The Environmental Educator will generally work a Tuesday-Saturday schedule, with some Mondays. The Environmental Educator will assist in the organization and facilitation of 3-5 overnight trips that occur during the school year. The Environmental Educator reports to the Manager of Community Services and Programs.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • This is a science education position that includes the instruction and mentorship of students and providing program support to the School Programs, Project WISE, and Community Group Programs teams.
  • Works in partnership with other Crissy Field Center staff and community partners in delivering environmental science curriculum to youth.
  • Facilitates in-classroom activities and presentations.
  • Leads groups in outdoor activities such as hiking, team-building activities, and scientific field investigations.
  • Develops lesson plans for field trips at the Crissy Field Center, as well as at off-site locations.
  • Assists in the planning and facilitating of overnight camping trips with youth.
  • Facilitates small group research projects.
  • Responsible for the physical and emotional safety of the youth participating in programs at all times.
  • Assists in the set-up and clean-up of lessons.
  • Performs administrative tasks and other duties as assigned.
  • Supports and facilitates other Crissy Field Center programs as needed.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Commitment to education, youth development, and social justice.
  • Knowledge of environmental issues. Ability to make connections between environmental and social issues.
  • Ability to connect with diverse groups of youth. Interest and ability to make curriculum relevant to youth audiences. Understanding of issues related to the urban environment, as well as current local, regional, and global events that may impact the communities that youth are part of.
  • Experience working with underserved communities in San Francisco, including high school aged youth.
  • Teamwork: Contributes to achieving group goals and supports the organization’s mission. Relates effectively to others when encountering difficult situations. Collaboratively develop curriculum and brainstorm lesson plans. Able to co-lead programs. Balances team and individual responsibilities.
  • Good Judgment: Exhibits sound and accurate judgment. Able to analyze calculated risks while prioritizing the safety of both staff and campers. Includes appropriate staff and/or community members in decision-making process.
  • Flexible: Balances team and individual responsibilities. Able to work in a variety of outdoor and indoor environments, including a flexible work schedule that does include some overnights, as well as weeknight and weekend trainings before the start of summer. Able to change or revise lessons on-the-spot based on the group’s needs.
  • Ability to stay positive, energetic and creative during program planning and implementation.
  • Ability to take initiative and recognize what tasks need to be done.
  • Ability to receive direction and feedback in a constructive manner.
  • Ability to stay organized, and pay attention to detail.
  • Leadership: exhibits confidence in self and others; inspires and motivates others to perform well.

Physical Requirements and Work Environments:

  • Ability to hike 5 miles on uneven terrain.
  • Work is performed in an outdoor and indoor setting, working primarily with youth during programs.
  • Work is primarily performed standing or walking with a backpack.
  • Frequently lifts, carries and positions objects weighing up to 25 pounds.
  • Occasionally sits at a computer station up to 3-4 hours.
  • Regularly drive youth in a 15-passenger vehicle.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Knowledge of environmental science and a desire to become more knowledgeable in this area.
  • Experience [IS1] teaching middle or high school students in environmental science, ecology, or biology curriculum.
  • CPR and First Aid certification. Training can be provided after hire if necessary.
  • Multilingual: Able to speak language(s) other than English that serve Bay Area communities.
  • Experience teaching in informal and outdoor settings.
  • Education, experience, or a strong interest environmental studies, education, child development, recreation, or other related field.
  • A valid California Driver’s License. Must be eligible for coverage by Company insurance carrier and be willing to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License.
  • Competent in the use of Microsoft Office and Google Drive.
  • Past youth program participants are encouraged to apply (ie. IYEL, LINC).


  • This is a benefited, Project I position working 40 hours per week, from August 2018 through May 2019. Compensation for this position will be commensurate with work experience, skills, and educational background.

To Apply: 


Please submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume.

Applications will be accepted until August 17, 2018.

Please no phone calls about this position.

The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Recruitment, placement and promotions are conducted without regard to an individual's race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical handicap, veteran status or sexual orientation, or any other classification protected by Federal, State, and local laws & ordinances.

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