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Schools and Curriculum Coordinator

SUMMARY: The Elizabeth River Project is seeking a professional in science education to help integrate a pre-K-12th grade Elizabeth River curriculum into the classroom in Hampton Roads, Va. Schools (Norfolk metropolitan area). The successful candidate will work from a new “green” River Academy at the award-winning Paradise Creek Nature Park to help create a continuum of Elizabeth River education initiatives across the spectrum of age levels, integrating our floating classroom, the Learning Barge; our 40-acre Paradise Creek Nature Park, our Wetlands in the Classroom and River Star School programs.  Innovative, grant-funded position of no more than two years, with some possibility of continuation if additional funding is found. FT, flexible hours, must have availability during the school day.

Help our award-winning team reach 7,000 students a year with innovative, place-based, outdoor education, integrated with the classroom. Work with a professional team to develop and test a pioneer curriculum in sea level resilience, ecology, native plants and animals, water quality testing and more, closely related to Virginia Standards of Learning, and other duties as assigned.  Design education programs that empower students to find hope through real-world action alongside adults, helping implement projects that make a measurable difference to reduce climate change impacts and restore sustainable wildlife habitat (examples: Schools over time might restore 2 miles of shore with native plants and measure increase in wildlife species, or contribute to a community-wide goal to reduce schools’ carbon footprints by 2020).

This position includes visiting the classroom to pilot resilience and ecology education and helping integrate lessons across our outdoor programs, also piloting working with the community to incorporate hands-on student involvement in real-world projects such as planting wetland grasses.  Ideal applicant is self-motivated, great communicator, creative and energetic with a strong science and teaching background. Landscaping experience a big plus, especially regarding native plants, wetland restoration and resilient shorelines. Back ground check will be required. Competitive salary based on qualifications. 

TO APPLY: Please email resume, cover letter and references to Robin Dunbar, Deputy Director – Education, No phone calls please.

Environmental Education

SUMMARY: Seasonal, part-time. Non-profit Elizabeth River Project is looking for seasonal educators to teach environmental education with one of two education platforms: The Learning Barge, America’s Greenest Vessel; and Paradise Creek Nature Park a 40-acre urban park in Portsmouth, VA. Be a part of educating elementary, middle and high school students participating in outdoor field investigations with hands on activities. Work with a team while teaching Elizabeth River environmental education, sea-level rise, ecology, native plants and animals, water quality testing and more. Learn in-depth about Elizabeth River environmental challenges and solutions while fostering a new generation of river stewards throughout its restoration. Ideal applicants are team players and have a science, recreation, or teaching background, although diverse backgrounds are welcome. Must be physically able to stand and walk distances over 3-miles in the course of an hour while carrying field trip materials sometimes up to 50 lbs. Experience working with youth preferred. First aid/CPR and kayaking experiences preferred, but not required. We are looking for self-motivated, energetic, people-oriented candidates with strong communication skills, proven reliability, punctual and professional attitudes. Great opportunity to serve as a mentor for young environmental stewards. Must be enthusiastic about working outdoors.

TO APPLY: Applications accepted year round, but hiring only occurs in February and August. Applications will be held until ready for review. Seasons are from March-June and September-December. Up to 25 hours per week, weather depending. Typical hours are between 8-2 pm Monday – Friday with occasional evening and weekend hours. Seasonal Educators must be available to work Monday – Friday during the times listed above. Background check will be required. Must have reliable transportation. This seasonal, outdoor position is $10/hour. Please e-mail resume and references to Sarah Sumoski at with subject line: “Seasonal Educator Position”. No phone calls please.

It is the policy of the Elizabeth River Project to provide equal employment opportunities for all persons, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender, age, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation or genetic information. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.