Position Announcement: Naturalist/Educator

Naturalist/Educator

Join Blue Ridge Discovery Center as our Naturalist/Educator and spend your days in the field
working with regional youth and adults.
 This is an excellent opportunity to become a leader
within a growing organization and be creative in a flexible work environment. Working as a
Naturalist/Educator will be some of the most rewarding experiences of your life. Time not spent directly on programs, will be dedicated to expanding your knowledge in one of the most
beautiful places on earth!

Position Description:

  • Full-time, year-round position
  • Salary based on experience
  • 40hrs/week with expectation of working on weekends
  • Location: Centered around Mount Rogers, Virginia in the Blue Ridge Mountains

The Naturalist/Educator is our point of connection with the public and is primarily responsible
for implementing BRDC programming. The role of the N/E is to help participants develop a
deeper understanding and appreciation of the wonders of the Blue Ridge. The N/E does this
through the discovery method of guiding: an inquiry-based education technique. The position
will be trained in the discovery method, along with being cross-trained in an array of Natural
History subjects (ornithology, insects, geology, botany, etc..) The N/E works with all ages of
participants. These include grade school kids, summer camp attendees, researchers and adult
participants. The N/E is expected to work in a wide variety of settings, including wilderness
areas, public classrooms, meeting halls and summer camp facilities. The N/E works closely with
and directly reports to the Program Director.

Responsibilities:

Organize BRDC club activities; guide during summer camps; lead community programs;
implement grade school programming; assist with citizen science projects; document activities
through writing/drawing/photography; assess program success, and develop new BRDC
programs. Weekend, night time, and multi-day summer programs are expected responsibilities.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in environmental education, outdoor recreation, biology or similar
  • Energetic, outgoing, enthusiastic personality
  • Experience in environmental education working closely with youth and/or general public
  • Photography and documentation skills
  • Excellent verbal and written skills
  • Person must be able to meet the physical demands of outdoor activities related to BRDC programming.
  • Passion for and eagerness to expand knowledge of natural history
  • Willingness to work in inclement weather conditions and wilderness settings

About Blue Ridge Discovery Center:

Blue Ridge Discovery Center (BRDC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to exploring,
discovering and sharing the natural history of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Founded in 2008,
BRDC has built a reputation for innovation in designing programs and initiatives that address a
wide range of outdoor interests. Attracting all age groups from children to adults, including
professional researchers and amateur naturalists, BRDC draws on a rich vein of local knowledge to highlight the enormous variety of flora, fauna, geology, and habitats that make up the globally unique Blue Ridge ecosystem. Emphasizing education and community service while also encouraging higher levels of visitor appreciation for natural attractions within the Blue Ridge region are goals that shape BRDC’s work and its vision.

To learn more about Blue Ridge Discovery Center please visit: blueridgediscoverycenter.org
Please email resumes to info@blueridgediscoverycenter.org
To fill out an online application visit: blueridgediscoverycenter.org/naturalist-educator-application