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Field Instructor (WNC and Piedmont)

Brevard And Salisbury, NC


Muddy Sneakers (MS) is seeking motivated and passionate educators to join their Field Instruction team for the 2019-2020 school year. Field Instructors are responsible for teaching science curriculum to fifth graders in small groups in an outdoor setting.

Positions are open in the Piedmont of NC (home office: Salisbury, NC) and Western NC (Home office: Brevard, NC).

Field Instructors report directly to the region’s field office Program Director.

Experience and Attributes: Ideal candidates will be committed to MS’ mission and possess relevant experience and key personal attributes including the following:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, ideally in a related field
  • At least 2-3 years of experience in education, including significant experience in experiential education and teaching
  • Strong leadership capabilities in small group settings
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Basic knowledge of the local natural history of the program area
  • Basic map/outdoor navigation skills
  • Positive work ethic and attitude
  • Access to and comfort with communication via email, text, and phone
  • Ability to respectfully give and maturely receive feedback

Essential Functions:

  • Effectively communicate in both verbal and written communications
  • Listen to and comprehend oral communication
  • Read written documentation both on paper and on screen
  • Be comfortable and work effectively in an outdoor or natural setting
  • Work with and have the patience for children for up to 8 hours a day
  • Hike up to three (3) miles each day on a terrain of varying difficulty
  • Lift and carry up to fifty (50) pounds
  • Comfortable making difficult decisions in stressful situations with full knowledge of organizational policy and procedure
  • Recognize and respond positively to the social cues of children and adults
  • Utilize discretion when faced with sensitive issues that could impact individual parties involved in/with MS or the organization as a whole
  • Work in a team, perform interactive behaviors and respect a chain of command

Specific duties include:

  1. Education/Program Delivery
    • Provide high-quality field instruction to 5th-grade students while ensuring exemplary field safety
    • Responsible for delivery of the MS curriculum during each expedition while maintaining good time management
    • Maintain appropriate behavior and group management in an outdoor classroom
    • Arrive at the field site on time and in a professional manner
  2. Resupply/Logistics
    • Responsible for helping to maintain and organize the field vehicle
    • Maintain individual instructor kits keeping materials in good shape and organized
    • Coordinate with the Assistant Program Director when resupply items are needed
    • Communicate with teaching team via email before the expedition on carpooling and vehicle logistics
  3. Administrative Duties
    • Responsible for submitting pay and mileage logs on time each month
    • Complete mid and end-of-season personal evaluation forms
    • Submit lead instructor reports following each expedition
  4. Staff meetings/Training
    • Responsible for attending pre-season training days (3-5) in addition to mid-year staff meetings (2)
    • Obtain Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR certification
    • Enroll in (if not already) the NC Environmental Education Certification Program

Term of Position: The Field Instructor positions are part-time, seasonal positions with a weekly commitment ranging from 1-5 days per week. The 2018-19 season will run from late August to late May with a 4-6 week break from mid-December to mid to late January.

Pay: Field Instructors are paid on a per expedition basis. Pay is commensurate with experience depending on the individual’s degree, advanced training, and years of teaching experience.

Muddy Sneakers is a 501(c)3 non-profit, science education organization with offices in Brevard, NC and Salisbury, NC.

Muddy Sneakers

44 W. Jordan Street | P.O. Box 146

Brevard, NC 28712

office:spacer(828) 862-5560



Special Activities Instructor at the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

JOB TITLE: Museum Technician I

Working Title: Special Activities Instructor

VACANCY #: 60093252

APPT TYPE: Seasonal/Temporary

DIVISION: NC Aquarium Pine Knoll Shores

LOCATION: Carteret County

SALARY $11.35 per hour

RECRUITMENT RANGE: $11.35 per hour

CLOSING DATE: 9/16/2019

This is an eleven month seasonal position; hours may vary per week. It is classified as temporary/part-time and does not include state benefits.

Department Information:

The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) vision is to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Our mission is to improve quality of life by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature throughout North Carolina. The Department works to stimulate learning, inspire creativity, preserve the state's history, conserve the state's natural heritage, encourage recreation and cultural tourism, and promote economic development. Our goal is to promote equity and inclusion among our employees and our programming to reflect and celebrate our state’s diverse population, culture, and history by expanding engagement with diverse individuals and communities. We encourage you to apply to become a part of our team.

Division Information:

The mission of the North Carolina Aquariums is to inspire appreciation and conservation of our aquatic environments. This mission is achieved by attracting, retaining and developing a world class team of professionals; providing visitors with outstanding exhibits, experiences and customer service; practicing sustainability, internal customer service and fiscal responsibility; and working to save and restore aquatic species and habitats.

The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is located 6 miles from Morehead City, NC, on Bogue Banks, sits adjacent to Bogue Sound. A living collection of over 2,500 animals in 90,000 square feet of exhibit space attracts and engages over 400,000 visitors each year. The Aquarium is located in the middle of Roosevelt Natural Area, a state park of maritime forest and wetland ecosystems.


The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores seeks talented, enthusiastic instructors to assist with a wide range of programs and activities. The Special Activities branch of the Aquarium’s Education Department offers fee-based programs and activities to school groups and the general public. This position will help with summer camps and our public programming. This includes, but is not limited to: salt marsh explorations, sleepovers, paddle trips, behind the scenes tours, and live animal presentations. Instructors typically work up to 32- 40 hours per week during the 11 month position.

Job Requirements:

  • Public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Understanding of coastal ecology and general biology.
  • Commitment to education partnered with a strong work ethic.
  • Safety minded with experience working around the water.
  • Enthusiastic and positive attitude.
  • Flexible work schedule that may include long work days.
  • Must be able to work weekdays, weekends and some nights.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Ability to lift 40 lbs.
  • Comfortable handling live animals.
  • Ability to work outdoors in summer heat for hours at a time.

Training and Experience:

High School or General Educational Development (GED) diploma and one year of experience as related to knowledge, skills, and abilities in area of assignment; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Graduation or enrollment in a Bachelor of Science or Arts in education, marine biology, biology, parks and recreation, environmental studies or related field experience.

How to Apply:

Mail, fax or deliver a completed PD-107 State Application for Employment to the address below by 5 p.m. on the closing date. Please complete the state application form completely and indicate the desired position on the application. All relevant experience must be included on application to receive proper credit. A resume and cover letter may be submitted along with the completed state application. However, cover letters or resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the state application form.

The Department of Natural & Cultural Resources (DNCR) uses the Merit-Based Recruitment and Selection Plan to fill positions subject to the State Personnel Act with the most qualified applicants. Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institution. The State of North Carolina is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

It is the policy of the State of North Carolina and the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources that all employees provide proof of employment eligibility (immigration and naturalization) on the first day of employment. We participate in E-Verify (Employment Eligibility Verification System).

Wayne Justice, Special Activities Coordinator

North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

1 Roosevelt Blvd., Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512

Ellie Fallaize, Educator

North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

NC Dept. of Natural and Cultural Resources

252 247 4003 ext. 226


1 Roosevelt Blvd. | Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512

Work with CEFS! Spiderwort Plant Scout

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For more information about this position, or to apply online, visit the North Carolina State University employment website

Essential Job Duties:

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) Tropical Spiderwort eradication program is seeking a highly-motivated individual to help us scout and remove tropical spiderwort from CEFS’ Field Research, Education, and Outreach Facility at Cherry Research Farm in Goldsboro, NC. The majority of the scout’s work will focus on scouting crop fields and border areas by foot and by Gator. If a plant is found it is marked with a flag, GPS located and then dug up and bagged for disposal. A monthly calendar is created to outline fields to be scouted that week. Many of the fields are in corn and so each corn row must be walked. Other fields are in hay or pasture. Conditions can be hot and difficult on occasion, but breaks and drinking water are encouraged.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 30-40 hrs per week

Job Location: Goldsboro , NC

Minimum Education/Experience: High School Diploma or equivalent

Departmental Required Skills:

  • Must be able to lift up to 45 pounds.
  • Ability to work in inclement weather including heat
  • Have exceptional attention to detail
  • Self-motivated and reliable
  • Ability to use or learn to use basic GPS technology

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education:

  • Previous coursework or applicable experience identifying plants
  • Previous field experience
  • Able to be flexible with schedule, Monday-Friday to work around weather conditions

Primary Function of Organizational Unit:

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) is a partnership of NC State University, NC A&T State University and the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. CEFS develops and promotes just and equitable food and farming systems that conserve natural resources, strengthen communities, improve health outcomes, and provide economic opportunities in North Carolina and beyond.

Want to apply, click here. You will be prompted to upload a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references.

Find this job posting on the CEFS website, here.

Amber Polk

Business Manager

Center for Environmental Farming Systems

North Carolina State University

Campus Box 7609/NCSU

Raleigh, NC 27695

office: 919-513-3924



Environmental Education Intern Position at WNC Nature Center

Are you, or is someone you know, seeking experience in environmental education or interpretation? Interested in working with animals and youth volunteers? Planning to be in or around Asheville this fall?

The WNC Nature Center has an opening for a fall volunteer internship position with the Education Department!

The Education Internship is an unpaid volunteer position that provides the opportunity to gain valuable experience creating and delivering public interpretive programs, teaching environmental education programs for school groups, working with teen volunteers, and assisting with care for our education animals.

The fall internship runs from Sept-Nov and the intern will ideally work at least 20 hours per week (dates and schedule are flexible). The priority deadline for applications is August 20th and applications are accepted until the position is filled. Please see our internship info page for more details and the application.

Alayna Schmidt

Education Specialist

Young Naturalist Coordinator

WNC Nature Center

75 Gashes Creek Rd, Asheville, NC 28805



Costa Rica - Field Instructor

Verto Education is currently seeking candidates for an opening on our upcoming Costa Rica Semester to teach Environmental Science.

This a short-term position. The instructor will travel with a group of freshmen students and Verto staff for 5 weeks in Costa Rica during the fall semester, teaching an experiential course in Environmental Science.

Please find more information in the job description here.

We are looking to fill this position immediately and encourage candidates to apply as soon as possible. Candidates must possess a minimum of a Master's degree in a natural science for consideration.