Associated Recreation Council, Seattle

Nature Programs Environmental Educator

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 Seattle Parks & Recreation. Visit for an overview of its history, staff and teaching philosophy, and descriptions of all of its 2017 program offerings.

The Nature Programs Environmental Educator is responsible for teaching environmental education programs for children and families of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Programs include school field trips, nature camps during summer, public nature walks, special events, and other programs that promote environmental stewardship.


Pay rate: $23.00 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 and Assistant Director/Educator
  • Refine and implement existing field trip, nature walk, nature class and camp curricula
  • Create new curricula as needed
  • Assist with outreach to teachers and other school staff, and with Magnuson Nature Docent volunteers
  • Assist with evaluating program results and reporting for the Magnuson Community Center Advisory Council and King Conservation District
  • Plan the quarterly schedules, new programs and events as needed

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education (or working towards a degree), or equivalent training and experience
  • 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
  • Experience with building curriculum and leading activities
  • 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: 

  • 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.