The Distance Learning Educator position is designed to engage students in our mission through virtual program delivery to both classroom and individual audiences. Distance Learning Educators will be based at our National Park campuses. Applicants will indicate their campus preferences in their application.
Distance Learning Educators will need to adapt to a changing program delivery landscape (i.e., hybrid classrooms) as we build our offerings and understand program success.
Program Delivery & Implementation (75%)
Teach programs using a variety of virtual platforms, including Google Meet, Zoom, and Microsoft Teams
Deliver “live” synchronous programming using existing curriculum:
Sense of Place: Yosemite, Golden Gate, Olympic, and Prince William Forest
Meet standards of quality program delivery and professionalism
Collaborate with distance learning team members (sales/marketing, operations) across all NatureBridge locations to develop and refine programming
Catalog curriculum digitally and support version control
Train and support others in remote program delivery methods and techniques
Collaborate with classroom teachers/administrators to plan and implement programming
Provide documentation, feedback and reflect upon program delivery to support continuous improvement
Adhere to all risk management protocol and guidance regarding virtual program delivery and managing risk appropriately for oneself and participants, including new and emerging protocols for COVID-19
Maintain and disinfect distance learning equipment, office space, and technology (video cameras, microphones, etc.) following COVID-19 protocols
Organizational Support (15%)
Collaborate with distance learning team members across non-education departments to leverage learnings
Provide on-campus support duties such as inventorying/maintaining supplies, opening and routing mail, and reporting risk management concerns
Support communications and marketing by contributing to blogs or other social media efforts or online events, including video production work, etc.
Participate in organizational-wide efforts as appropriate, such as donor engagement events, welcoming guests and board members during sessions
Other duties as assigned
Support Strategic Explorations for Future Distance Learning Programs (10%)
Collaborate with strategic team on efforts to advance Distance Learning at NatureBridge
Support developing and piloting new curriculum adhering to the NatureBridge Theory of Change
Ability to create a fun, relevant, student-centered learning experience in a virtual classroom
Minimum one year of relevant formal or informal teaching experience, including environmental education, science education, or outdoor education
Bachelor's degree/equivalent experience.
Awareness of and continual commitment to engage in professional development opportunities to refine distance learning craft and share those learnings with others
Commitment to equity and inclusion within your teaching and our community, and willingness to explore these topics professionally and personally.
Experience in cultivating an inclusive learning environment by delivering culturally relevant content and presenting multiple and balanced perspectives that connect NatureBridge curriculum to students’ communities
Flexible, innovative, and dedicated to continuous improvement and reflection
Comfort with and excitement to engage with a variety of technologies and virtual platforms
Ability to adapt the curriculum for virtual formats
Familiarity with NGSS and other related standards
Willingness to navigate new programmatic territory with humility, confidence, flexibility and a positive attitude
Work well both independently and as part of a team
Founded in 1971, NatureBridge is the largest residential environmental science education partner of the National Park Service. The mission of NatureBridge is to connect youth to the wonder and science of the natural world, igniting self-discovery and inspiring stewardship of the planet. Prior to COVID-19, NatureBridge served more than 30,000 students and their teachers each year and offered programs in four national parks: Yosemite National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Olympic National Park, and Prince William Forest Park. The recent addition of the Distance Learning Program represents an expansion of offerings designed to extend our mission’s reach.
NatureBridge is committed to becoming a more equitable organization. We actively work to change our organizational practices and culture to support our employees and program participants impacted by sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, ageism, ableism, classism, misogyny, and other harmful current and historic systems.