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Environmental Education

Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies


Homer, AK

Categories:
Education
Nat. Resources/ Restoration

Skill Level: Entry level

Position Type: Full Time

~ Beautiful Kachemak Bay is home for the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. We offer many opportunities for people of all ages to connect with the outdoors through guided walks, tours, educational programs, overnights, school programs and more. ~

As a non-profit organization in Homer, Alaska, we deliver educational programs and guided tours to over 12,000 students and visitors every year. Our grassroots organization, started in 1982, enjoys the support of over 350 members, 100 volunteers and a variety of businesses in Homer that assist us in fulfilling our mission.

Since 1984, CACS has held the annual Kachemak Bay CoastWalk event that involves more than 200 volunteers who adopt a section of the Kachemak Bay shoreline and walk it annually, surveying changes, collecting data on marine life and human impacts, and cleaning up beach litter and marine debris.

Position Overview 

As an Environmental Educator during the Spring Season, you'll instill wonder, scientific understanding, and love for coastal
ecosystems with school groups (grades 3- college) from throughout Alaska. Position runs from March 23 - May 26, 2017.

Duties include instruction, leading beach and forest hikes, assisting with training and coaching of interns and performing routine maintenance at the semi-remote Field Station facility. Educational programs are well-developed and supported but provide opportunities for creativity and flexibility. Field sites feature rocky intertidal areas of outstanding diversity, a coastal forest trail system, and salt and freshwater wetlands.

Programs located at the Peterson Bay Field Station, Kasitsna Bay Laboratory, Homer Harbor, and Beluga Slough. 

Responsibilities 

  • Team lead 2-4 day coastal ecology programs for school groups (3rd grade - college) at remote locations across Kachemak Bay
  • Facilitate group transitions from Homer Harbor to program location and back
  • Orient groups to Peterson Bay Field Station or Kasitsna Bay Laboratory
  • Lead coastal ecology environmental education activities such as tide pooling, forest ecology hikes, plankton tow, microscope lab, and water quality monitoring
  • Model positive interactions with the natural world, practice good environmental stewardship, and lead marine stewardship activities for the group
  • Assist teachers in the facilitation of evening activities such as campfires, games, and beach walks
  • Develop and ensure a safe, fun, and positive learning environment for students
  • Work cooperatively with teachers, administrators, parents, chaperones, and other CACS staff and volunteers to provide the best possible experience for students
  • Set behavior guidelines for the group and maintain discipline as necessary
  • Administer basic first aid and comfort homesick or otherwise upset students
  • Lead CACS day programs as needed, including Creatures of the Dock, Beluga Wetlands, and Onboard Oceanography programs
  • Maintain CACS facilities and program supplies
  • Perform routine facility and trail maintenance at the Peterson Bay Field Station, including snow removal, troubleshooting water system problems, and maintenance of the composting toilets
  • Maintain the health and upkeep of intertidal organisms in saltwater aquaria and touch tanks
  • Keep CACS education kits in order and well-supplied
  • Perform administrative tasks, including education program data entry and correspondence with teachers and other participants 
Qualifications 
  • Position requires knowledge of basic intertidal, marine, and forest ecology
  • Experience instructing and organizing school groups or children
  • Good physical condition
  • Ability to live and work in a residential setting with school groups and other staff 
  • Alaska or similar experience
  • Experience with stocking and maintaining salt water aquaria preferred  

Compensation: $1,700-1,900/month DOE + housing. This position may also be combined with a summer position as an Environmental Educator for 5 months of employment. 

To Apply 

  • Please click below: "Apply Now Online!" to email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 professional references by January 20, 2017.
  • Please indicate desired position.

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Contact Information:
http://www.akcoastalstudies.org

 
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