Full-Time Environmental Educator (Maui Env)

Nov 21 2018
Hawaii Nature Center |Honolulu|Full Time, $11.00 - $14.00 / hour
Category: Environmental
Job Description

Job Title: Full-Time Environmental Educator (up to 40 hours a week)


Department: Educatio​n

Reports To: Maui Program Coordinator

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt


Location: Hawai‘i Nature Center -‘Īao Valley, Maui

Available: December 2018


Summary: The Full-Time Environmental Educator works closely with fellow Environmental Educators and reports to the Maui Program Coordinator. The main responsibility of the Part-Time Environmental Educator is to carry out Hawai‘i Nature Center’s (HNC) mission through its high-caliber programs to connect children and families to nature and create future stewards of Hawai‘i. 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Education Program Manager, Part-Time Environmental Educators are responsible for: 
• Teaching outdoor environmental education field programs to elementary school children and the public. 
• Sharing their knowledge of environmental science and Hawai‘i’s ecology while leading groups in forest, stream, coastal, and wetland habitats. 
• Leading nature-based day camps during school intersessions and summers, and teaching occasional weekend family and adult programs. 
• Assisting in all aspects of program preparation, set-up of equipment and field sites, and post-program cleaning duties.
• Contributing to curriculum development, and assisting in registration for school and community programs. 
• Interacting directly with HNC staff, docents, and volunteers. 
• Working on other varied projects as required, including hiking trail maintenance, and maintenance of facilities. 
• Supporting the mission of the Hawai‘i Nature Center.


Supervisory Responsibilities: This job has no supervisory responsibilities.



• B.A. or B.S. degree. 
• Experience teaching and working with children, and an ability to work with all ages (Pre-K through adults). Candidates must have a genuine interest in child development and mentorship. Experience in environmental education is preferred.
• Strong knowledge of environmental science, and Hawai‘i’s flora, fauna, natural history, and cultural history. 
• Candidates must be dependable, punctual, and take pride in their work. 
• Ability to work in a team setting with enthusiasm and creativity. Candidates must have well-developed communication skills and a positive attitude.
• Must be comfortable with remote supervision and have the ability to work both independently and in a group. Candidates must possess leadership skills and the ability to follow directions. 
• Must be able to work extended hours in natural elements (sun, rain, wind) and be able to carry up to 50 pounds of weight.
• Driver's license preferred. 
• If you do not have all of the above requirements, you may apply as a volunteer teaching docent, which would provide additional training. We often hire from our docent pool and this is a great way to get hands-on experience teaching in the field with the potential to be a paid educator.

Other Qualifications:

Physical Demands –

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.


Work Environment –

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Hours/Pay: Full-​time up to 40 hours per week. Pay ranges from $11-$14/hour depending on experience.

About the Hawai‘i Nature Center: The mission of the Hawai‘i Nature Center is to foster awareness, appreciation, understanding, and stewardship of the environment by educating children with an interactive and immersive approach.. Established in 1981, the Hawai‘i Nature Center has been a leader in environmental education in Hawai‘i for more than thirty-five years. We deliver award-winning programs to more than 20,000 elementary and middle school children from both public and private institutions each year, helping to encourage environmental stewardship through hands-on investigative field study and experiences. Our programs are primarily conducted outdoors in the field, exposing children to a range of ecosystems in watershed, coastal, marsh and forest environments.