The Naturalist is responsible for teaching environmental and social science education programs to children. The Naturalist’s goals are to encourage students’ awareness and appreciation of the environment, broaden students’ knowledge of science concepts, and foster students’ commitment to the protection of the natural environment.
1. Knowledge of California’s plant and animal life highly desirable.
2. Knowledge of California Native Americans and local indigenous people highly desirable.
3. Ability or willingness to handle a variety of animals including amphibians, mammals, arthropods, and reptiles.
4. Ability to memorize and recall facts, figures, and information.
5. Ability to move up to fifty pounds and set up equipment.
6. Ability to hike on trails, and traverse stairs and uneven terrain while carrying equipment.
7. Ability to make independent decisions and respond to immediate needs of students, emergency situations, and program needs.
8. Ability to work outside in a variety of weather conditions and temperatures.
1. Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university with major course work in science, education, or related field is desired.
2. At least one year of experience as a formal or informal science educator, working with children in an environmental education setting as an interpreter, naturalist, or equivalent. Background strong in thematic, hands-on programs.
3. Demonstrate an understanding, patient, and receptive attitude toward students of varied age groups, including adults.
About Environmental Nature Center
Founded in 1972, the Environmental Nature Center, known simply to thousands of visiting students through the years as “The ENC”, is a fascinating combination of 15 California native plant communities (ranging from desert, to oak woodland, to fresh water marsh, to redwood forest); wildlife habitats; walking trails; and sustainably designed, LEED Platinum certified learning center. For over four decades the ENC has been shaped and caressed into a 5 acre landscape for learning, a sanctuary from life’s pressures and a place of preservation and instruction. Serving over 28,000 students and thousands of visitors annually, the ENC is recognized as a leader in science and social science education providing opportunities for increasing our community’s knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the natural world. The ENC is a non-profit 501(c)-3 public benefit corporation.