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Lead Environmental Educator/Pedagogista


Blue Heron Nature Preserve
Atlanta, GA, USA

Start Date: August 12, 2019

Description, Responsibilities, & Duties

Position Summary: This position will support the co-directors of education in the development and implementation of emergent curriculum programs at Blue Heron Nature Preserve.The ideal candidate will understand and embrace the values and principles of the Reggio Emilia philosophy, have proven experience implementing an emergent curriculum, and be passionate about upholding and communicating the Preserve’s mission to “create a personal experience with nature through conservation, education, research and advocacy.” The ideal candidate will be highly creative, motivated, and a self-starter, who is comfortable communicating with a variety of people.

Major Responsibilities:
Upholding and communicating Blue Heron Nature Preserve’s educational philosophy as it relates to the mission and values of the organization.
Working with Blue Heron’s onsite partners, The Atlanta Audubon Society and The Amphibian Foundation, to expand current program partnerships and cultivate new partnership opportunities.
Development and Implementation of emergent curriculum programs for community and school programs.
Teaching community and school programs on a regular basis. This includes but is not limited to birthday parties, scout programs, community and school field trips, summer camp instructor duties, school outreaches, and after school programs.
Teaching and supporting school break and summer camp director duties during camps
Sourcing materials for the development of programs and needs of BHNP education
Be willing to work Tuesday to Saturday Schedule.
Spend a minimum of 80-90% of their week teaching programs, depending on the season.
Support co-directors with training of educators during the school year
Support co-directors with training of summer camp staff.
Model Reggio-Emilia inspired teaching methods to educators.
Collect and maintain materials for educational programming

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements

Must Have:
Certification in education, art, natural history/sciences or related fields.
Very comfortable in an outdoor setting, has knowledge of the natural world.
Minimum 5 years teaching in a formal or informal learning environment, with
Minimum 2-4 years experience teaching in a Reggio Emilia inspired learning environment or working with a similar emergent curriculum.
1-2 years developing and implementing environmental education program
Adult and Pediatric First Aid, CPR/AED certification.

WFA/WFR and lifeguard or ability to complete lifeguard certification a plus.
Experience with various art mediums, teaching art
Ability to speak Spanish

This is a 20 hr/week position, with a Tuesday-Saturday schedule. Potential for growth for a motivated candidate.

Salary & Benefits

Salary: $20,000/yr
Health benefits are not currently included with this position.

Application Procedures

Please email a cover letter and resume to Lauren Reynolds and Nicole Thurston, Co-Directors of Education at Blue Heron Nature Preserve:

Program Description

Blue Heron Nature Preserve is a 30-acre green space in the urban environment of Atlanta. It is also a City of Atlanta Public Park. Our education programs formally started in August of 2014 and have grown rapidly to include summer and school break camps for children ages 2-12, field trips, offsite outreach, boy and girl scout programming, homeschool programming, adult programming, family programming, and birthday parties. Our environmental education programs are rooted in the Reggio philosophy and we believe immersive outdoor experiences facilitated by professional environmental educators are the best way to connect people to the environment.

Contact Info

Please contact Lauren Reynolds and Nicole Thurston, Co-Directors of Education, with any inquiries:

Lauren Reynolds,
Nicole Thurston,

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