Educator, Ecology in Classrooms and Outdoors (Portland)


Ecology in Classrooms and Outdoors (ECO) mission is to inspire students to care for nature andEcology in Classrooms and Outdoors (ECO) mission is to inspire students to care for nature andtheir local communities through hands-on science education and climate action. We workevery day to provide hands-on, ecology education both in classrooms and outdoors in localnatural areas. We teach science and stewardship to foster personal connections betweenstudents and nature that grows a community of environmental stewards, scientists, andadvocates. ECO exists because people protect what they love and our world needs to be caredfor. Our values are steeped in collaboration, curiosity, and commitment.

ECO’s Educator is the face of the organization. They provide a key connection between ourschools, outdoor sites, and students. Educators help to create the educational setting andambiance that helps students meaningfully engage with nature. They work closely with both theElementary and Secondary Program Managers to understand our program’s parameters andspecifics, from curriculum delivery to outdoor project management. They will work in the schoolon a daily basis to maintain the safety of students, create an engaging and enjoyable outdoorand classroom experience for students, and deliver curriculum.This position provides in school programming as an Educator for both the elementary andsecondary programs. As an ECO Educator, you will be able to gain a wide variety of knowledgeand experience throughout the layers of our programming. It takes all of us working together, aswell as independently, to make ECO strong and resilient. Visit our website and download the full job description.

The Essentials

  • Status: 28-32 hours/week, non-exempt
  • Compensation: $20.00/hour
  • Benefits: FTE equivalent of 80 hours of PTO + 8 floating holidays; 50% employer-paid health,dental/vision insurance; 401(k) employer 2% match
  • Schedule: Monday - Friday daytime hours
  • Location: Portland, OR (work from home office)
  • Start date: November 2022
  • Application deadline: open until filled; applications submitted by Oct 31 will be given priority

View the full position description at

How to Apply

Prepare a one-page cover letter that describes how your life and professional experiences are agood fit for this position, and why you’re excited about the opportunity to support ECO and thestudents we engage. Include a two-page resume and save along with your cover letter as a Ecology in Classrooms and Outdoors single PDF file. Do not attach any other documents to your initial application. Email materials to:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with subject line: Educator, First & Last Name

ECO is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in allfacets of the organization. We seek to develop a diverse candidate pool and welcomenominations and applications from all qualified candidates regardless of race, gender, sexualorientation, age, disability, religion, or national origin. As an ECO team member, your work will help educate and inspire students from all backgrounds and perspectives by making theirnature-based experiences truly meaningful and long-lasting. To best serve our communities, weneed passionate, committed staff with steadfast faith and trust in the ability of a small group ofdedicated individuals to make our world a better place. Our team culture is evident inrespectful, open, and authentic communications that support ECO’s mission and ourengagement of students in nature’s classroom.We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be onewho comes from a unique background and may not be a formally trained educator. If you areinterested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background andqualifications for the role. We believe that diversity is the key to human creativity in our dailyadventures.Position Responsibilities- Collaborate with the Program Managers to deliver ECO programs in elementary andsecondary schools and at our habitat enhancement sites- Co-lead groups of 25 to 30 students both indoors and outdoors- Deliver ECO curriculum in elementary and secondary school settings- Deliver ECO curriculum at outdoor settings connected to service-learning projects- Support program managers on specific projects as needed- Bring engaging energy and enthusiasm to the curriculum, field sites, and schools- Create and maintain a safe and brave space for students’ well-being- Maintain positive relationships with school, guardians, and community partnersDesired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities- Combination of relevant education, training, and experience that demonstrates yourability to fulfill the duties of this position- Demonstrate self-motivation, independence, and a positive attitude- Commitment to, and enthusiasm for, ECO’s mission and cultural values- Commitment to work with diverse teammates- Ability to multitask and adapt quickly to changing situations- Background knowledge in natural resources/ecology/gardening- Willingness to grow and evolve with the organization- Knowledge of DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) and trauma-informed practice


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