Part-time Naturalist Educators

The Nature of Things Published: April 20, 2019
North Salem, New York
Job Type
Education / Natural Resources/ Restoration /

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~ Since its early days in Somers, New York, The Nature of Things has been a family-based animal and nature educational program housed at the Mumford home. ~

For more than 30 years, the family’s home in North Salem, New York has provided shelter and care to over 160 live animals.  Following several trial sites, such as the kitchen and a bedroom, the ground-level floor of the Sugar Hill house became The Nature of Things office, reptile room, and mammal/bird room following a series of renovations to accommodate the variety of living creatures. 

An outdoor area houses the rabbit and poultry barns. Various species of reptiles, mammals, amphibians, insects, fish, birds, arachnids and more are lovingly cared for by professionally trained animal curators and veterinarians. As required by law, federal and state inspections take place annually, and periodic improvements are provided for in a timely manner.

The educational staff includes office personnel and professional educators who work under the direction of Dr. Deborah Mumford. The Nature of Things continues to thrive after more than 35 years, and offers thanks to the many educators who have shared their love of science and nature with our audiences.

Position Overview

We are looking for a Part-time Naturalist Educators assist in development and implementation of education programs and special events. Come join our talented teaching staff! Successful candidates for this position are dependable, motivated and self-starting. Our naturalist/educators work with people of all ages and must feel comfortable speaking in front of a group. Good written and oral language skills are a must. Safe animal handling practices are required as this person will also assist with the care of each of our animals in our animal collection when working in the field.


Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Teaching nature and science curriculum featuring live animals in an outreach educational setting
  • Utilizing props and educational materials in the teaching of science curriculum
  • Safe and proper handling of reptiles, mammals, birds, amphibians, insects, mollusks among other animal orders
  • Some weekend and evening work


Successful candidates will have the following skills and qualifications:

  • Clean NYS Driver’s License and a cost-effective vehicle accessible for loading/unloading animals and supplies
  • BA/BS in biology, ecology, or related field
  • Clean and school-appropriate appearance suitable for young children
  • Proficient in English-speaking educational environments
  • Group teaching experience is mandatory and a demonstrated teaching ability with early childhood through elementary students must be collaborated through references
  • Exotic animal experience is helpful, but not mandatory
  • Willingness to work long hard hours and lift 25 pound animals/caging is essential
  • Must be enthusiastic, flexible, possess a good sense of humor and a passion for learning


  • Compensation for this position is commensurate with education and experience.

To Apply

Your resume with cover letter in MS Word, PDF or Text Format  may be sent via:


  • The Nature of Things
    7 Sugar Hill Rd.
    North Salem, NY 10560


  • Fax: (914) 276-1279

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