Seeking Staff: Environmental Educators

Common Ground is seeking educators with experience teaching programs on farms and food, gardening, nutrition and cooking, wildlife and ecology, environmental stewardship, nature arts, and outdoor adventure! Applicants do not need experience in all of these areas as we are seeking educators for many different K-8 environmental education programs for Spring through Fall 2016. Programs include Kids Unplugged (grades K-4) and West Rock Rangers (grades 5-8) after-school programs, Every Child Outside school field trip program and summer camp for applicants interested in summer work. Activities in programs include science and nature lessons, healthy cooking, farm-based activities, nature arts, local flora and fauna, conservation and stewardship, hiking, and more! For more information on Common Ground, see 

Job Title: Environmental Educators

Seeking applicants interested in teaching programs for the spring and summer 2016 seasons. 

Job Schedule
  •  Kids Unplugged and West Rock Rangers meet from 3:30 – 5:30, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week, for 9 weeks in the fall (Sept – Nov) and 9 weeks in the spring (April – June). Program staff work 3:00 – 6:00 PM.

  • K-8 field trips run 10 am -noon each weekday morning September through November and March through June with some limited winter programming. Program staff work 9:30 – 12:15, 3-5 days per week.

  • All programs include additional hours for staff meetings and trainings as scheduled.

  • Hours per week: Between 10-40 hours per week in the busy season depending on availability.


Common Ground, 358 Springside Ave, New Haven, CT 06515

Job Description for all positions

Common Ground Environmental Educators plan and teach farm and forest based programs for students in grades K – 8. The primary purpose of our programs is to give children a chance to explore and learn about science & nature, farms & food in a fun, adventurous way. Educators will lead groups of 10 –15 children in activities on the farm, in the forest or in a schoolyard outdoor education space. Educators are responsible for planning and running activities, coordinating with other staff, behavior management, daily prep and clean-up, and any other tasks necessary to run a fun, safe youth program. Training is provided, however staff should have experience in developing and lead activities.

Minimum Qualifications
  • College degree in education, science, or ecology, or degree in progress is preferred, however significant relevant experience may be substituted.

  • Experience with teaching formal or informal education programs for children.

  • Excellent group dynamic and behavior management skills, ability to engage children and direct them in an active teaching environment.

  • Ability to represent Common Ground in a positive and professional manner.

  • Genuine desire to be part of a diverse community that is working to make a positive impact on the lives of the children and families that we serve.

  • Common Ground is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants who love nature and children are welcome and encouraged – our typical staff represent a wide range of ages and backgrounds.



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