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Cradle of Forestry Heritage Site - Seasonal Educator 2020 (2) positions available

Pisgah Forest, NC
  Position Title
  Seasonal Educator – Cradle of Forestry Heritage Site, North Carolina
Job Type: Non-Exempt; Seasonal Part Time 28 hours per week
Season Dates:  March 31- November 21,   $13/hr.
Reports to: Cradle Education Manager
  • Bachelor’s Degree or combination of college and direct experience in implementing environmental education programs to various ages in a classroom, nature center/preserve or similar setting.
  • Exemplary oral and written communication skills with a strong focus on the creation of lesson plans, flyers, and other media. 
  • Ability to work closely with the Director of the Cradle and Cradle Managers to provide updated information and quality programming.  
  • Strong service ethic and ability to interact well with people of all ages.  
  • Engaging public speaker and comfortable managing large groups of Cradle of Forestry guests. 
  • Knowledge of the flora and fauna of the Southern Appalachians, forest ecology and/or forest management.  
  • Willingness to provide support to CFAIA staff, volunteers, hosts, and interns. 
  • Facilitate education and interpretation programs and activities in an indoor and outdoor setting to participants of all ages.  
  • Assist in the creation, planning and implementation of a summer nature series for children, including leading lessons and hands on activities.  
  • Assist in planning and implementing special events and programs at the Cradle of Forestry. 
  • Lead groups on paved and natural trails as interpreter of trail stories and as a guide to observing the surrounding forest and its dynamics. 
  • Create and offer thematic talks as a roving interpreter along the Cradle’s trails. 
  • Work on special projects contributing to new group activities and/or public programs. 
  • Assist with staffing outreach booths at appropriate events and expos as assigned.  
  • Provides general customer service and information to visitors.
  • Prepare for school groups and breakdown/clean up after programming is completed. Cleaning duties include the classrooms, conference room and education offices when needed.
  • Facilitate lessons and activities in the Citizen Science Lab within the exhibit hall. Develop and conduct interpretation programs for visitors in the exhibit hall. Maintain and clean interactive exhibits, data collection, and displays.
  • Assist with the cleaning, care, and interpretation of the Cradle’s animal collections and gardens.    
  • Ability to use computer software, including but not limited to MS Word, Excel, Publisher and Powerpoint.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to meet the public and communicate several projects simultaneously within a strict time frame.
  • Certified in basic first aid and/or CPR is preferred but not required
  • Ability to walk up to four miles with elevation changes of up to 350 feet.
This is a part-time, 28 hours per week position and includes on-site housing.  Typical work week will be Wednesdays through Saturdays, 8:30am to 4:00pm, but may be flexed as needed to cover programming requests.

Lodging: Can be provided at the Cradle of Forestry Heritage Site in Pisgah National Forest.

*Upon completion of this seasonal employment contract, individuals ages 16-30 will qualify for the Public Lands Corps Individual Placement Program as part of the framework in developing the next generation of natural and cultural resource conservation stewards which is critical to the long-term sustainability of our public lands legacy.  
Exposure and training for the CFAIA’s seasonal educators in this program will increase their familiarity with the U.S. Forest Service and increase their employment-ready skill sets for potential work both in the U.S. Forest Service and in broader industry. For qualifying individuals, a Certificate of Eligibility for Noncompetitive Hiring Status Based on Public Lands Corps Program Completion will be issued. The objective of the partnership is to prepare and qualify individuals to compete for GS-3-5, U.S. Forest Service positions. The General Schedule Qualification Standards can be found on the Office of Personnel Management’s website: www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/
For more information about the Cradle of Forestry in America Heritage Site, please visit www.cradleofforestry.com.

For questions about this position, please contact Stephanie Bradley, Education Manager, at 828-884-5713 x226 or email cradleprograms@cfaia.org
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