Associated Recreation Council, Seattle

Nature Programs Environmental Education Assistant

Magnuson Nature Programs is dedicated to bringing quality nature education to children, adults, and families through hands-on, experiential learning in the diverse natural areas, ecosystems, and cultivated gardens inside Warren G. Magnuson Park. The program is sponsored by Magnuson Community Center and the Associated Recreation Council, a non-profit partner with the Seattle Dept. of Parks & Recreation. Visit for a representational overview of all the existing Magnuson Nature Program offerings. 

The Nature Programs Environmental Educator Assistant is responsible for assisting with teaching environmental education through summer nature camps for the general public, and grant-funded summer camps and nature walks for residents of Magnuson Park. 


Pay rate: $17.50 Hourly 



The job will begin in mid-March, 2018. Most work is seasonal, with more to work in the spring, summer, and fall months, and fewer hours needed in the winter months. There is a strong possibility for continued part-time employment beyond spring and summer 2018, in the following programs: Camps that are held during other Seattle Public School breaks such as the week of Thanksgiving, the Winter Break, Mid-Winter break, Spring Break, and teacher development days. There is also the opportunity to continue field trips at Magnuson Park for Schools and private groups.


Start & End Dates: Monday, February 26 - Thursday, November 1, 2018



  • Working closely with Magnuson Nature Programs Director/Lead Educator 
  • Set up materials for classroom and outdoor learning at the start of each day
  • Review camp or nature walk curricula prior to the start of each work day
  • Assist in carrying out camp or nature walk curricula
  • Maintain a safe and positive environment for children and families
  • Do end-of-day clean up as needed 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Familiarity with environmental studies, particularly related to watersheds and water quality, wildlife and habitat, plant/animal relationships, and organic gardening
  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for and/or experience relating to and working with a wide variety of ethnicities, cultures, and age groups
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm and stamina for an active and energetic work experience 
  • Ability to lift 30-40 lbs if needed 
  • Environmental Education degree or equivalent training and experience is preferred
  • Identification skills for native plants, birds, aquatic invertebrates, insects, and/or other wildlife is preferred

Preferred Requirements: 

  • Bachelor's Degree in an Environmental Education field of study
  • Intermediate identification skills for Pacific Northwest native plants, birds, mammals, insects, aquatic invertebrates, and/or other wildlife
  • Intermediate organic gardening experience
  • Fluency in Spanish or another foreign language


To apply submit resume, cover letter and references. 

This a part-time, non-exempt, non-benefited summer camp position.

This position is open to all candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. ARC is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer and values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. ARC encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experiences.

Position opened until filled. Applications are reviewed as soon as it is received.