The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Specialist is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the ENC’s early childhood programs – including public programs and camp – as well as acting as a resource specialist for the Nature Preschool. The Early Childhood Education Specialist will connect families with young children to the ENC, its programs, and its mission. The ECE Specialist also teaches outdoor science and social science education programs, when available.
1. Commitment to the ENC’s mission.
2. Comfortable with MS Office and the ability to learn new software quickly (i.e. CampBrain).
3. Extremely motivated, organized and detail-oriented. Ability to multi-task and work under pressure.
4. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and demonstrate flexibility.
5. Knowledge of animal care is desirable. Ability to handle birds, mammals, arthropods, amphibians and reptiles.
6. Knowledge of California plant and animal life
1. Effectively communicate environmental education concepts to students of all ages.
2. Interact successfully with supervisors, teachers, parents, and students. Demonstrate an understanding, patient, and receptive attitude toward students of all age groups, including adults, in small as well as large groups.
3. Communicate effectively in the English language, in both oral and written forms.
4. Understand and carry out oral and written instructions in an independent manner.
About Environmental Nature Center
Founded in 1972, the Environmental Nature Center (ENC) is a world class facility that provides transformative experiences resulting in a deeper connection to nature. The ENC’s mission is to provide quality education through hands-on experience with nature. Our vision is to provide equitable access and inspire all to protect the natural world by serving as our community’s leader in ecological responsibility, sustainable practices and environmental education. The ENC connects over 50,000 community members to nature annually through school field trips, Traveling Naturalist programs, community programs, nature camps, service learning programs, and professional development programs.
The ENC’s 5-acre Newport Beach campus features 15 California native plant communities, wildlife habitat, walking trails, and sustainably designed construction. The ENC’s LEED Platinum certified facilities are nationally recognized and provide an essential connection between nature and the built environment.