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Want to help share the wonder of the natural world?  Apply for seasonal educator and naturalist positions with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies!

As an Environmental Educator, Naturalist, Intern, or Volunteer with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Jess with kidsStudies, you’ll have the opportunity to share your energy and enthusiasm by leading educational programs for children, school groups, and visitors to Alaska.  

CACS is a non-profit environmental education and stewardship organization whose mission is to foster responsible interaction with our natural surroundings and to generate knowledge of the unique marine and coastal ecosystems of Kachemak Bay through science-based environmental education and stewardship. 

Our seasonal staff and volunteers work at the Wynn Nature Center (a 145-acre boreal forest preserve), the semi-remote Peterson Bay Field Station, the Yurt on the Spit and our Headquarter's Building (Day Camp starting and ending point). 

Positions are available for the Spring Season (March 23-May 26) and Summer Season (May 28 - Labor Day), with opportunities to combine spring and summer positions into 5 months of employment. 

All Successful CACS Staff Will:

  • Be able to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Be eager to work with children and adapt programs to various ages
  • Have a background in marine sciences, oceanography, forest ecology, education, or a related field
  • Be able to maintain a positive, solution-oriented attitude as challenges arrive
  • Be capable of working long-hours in typical and inclement coastal Alaskan weather (cold, windy, rainy, but sometimes hot and sunny, and always downright beautiful)
  • Be customer service oriented, including the ability to continuously convey positivity and politeness toward visitors, guests, and program participants
  • Be open to feedback and willing to be coached
  • Have effective communication and strong interpersonal skills
  • Be able to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends as needed
  • Have current First Aid/CPR certification, (WFA or WFR certification a plus)
  • Be physically fit and able to lift at least 50 lbs

Qualified applicants are energetic and flexible, have background in environmental education and forest and/or marine ecology, and the maturity to live in group situations. 

Benefits include compensation of $1,570 - $1,900 per month DOE and housing.

To apply please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 professional references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by January 20, 2017. 

Please indicate in both the cover letter and e-mail subject line the positions for which you are applying.  

* If you plan on applying for multiple positions, please make sure to create a new cover letter for each!

 

Please click on the position title below for full job descriptions. 


 

Spring Season 2017 

Environmental Educator: March 23-May 26th. Instill wonder, scientific understanding, and love for coastal ecosystems with school groups (grades 3- college) from throughout Alaska!  

Environmental Education Intern: March 23-May 26th. Learn from and assist Education Coordinator and Environmental Educator in leading programs for school groups from around Alaska.  

 


Summer Season 2017

Peterson Bay Field Station

Lead Coordinator (position description coming soon!): May 28-September 4. Plan and lead programs for youth from throughout Alaska and the country to connect with the coastal ecosystems of Kachemak Bay, become better stewards, and develop a love for the natural world.  

Peterson Bay Field Station NaturalistMay 28-September 4. Impart knowledge and a sense of stewardship with diverse visitors and groups from around the world as you lead interpretive natural history hikes and multi-day field studies in the coastal forest and intertidal zones. 

Peterson Bay Naturalist InternMay 28-September  4. Gain the skills and experience necessary to guide youth and adults from throughout Alaska and the country to connect with the coastal ecosystems of Kachemak Bay, become better stewards, and develop a love for the natural world.  

 

Carl E. Wynn Nature Center

Wynn NaturalistMay 28-September 4. Impart knowledge and a sense of stewardship with diverse visitors and groups from around the world as they visit this 140-acre boreal forest preserve on the ridge above Homer, Alaska.  

Wynn Naturalist Intern: May 28-September 4. Gain the skills and experience needed to impart knowledge and a sense of stewardship with visitors and groups from around the world as they visit this 140-acre boreal forest preserve on the ridge above Homer, Alaska.   

 

Homer Day Camp

Day Camp Coordinator: May 28-August 22. Plan and lead day camp programs for kids from Homer and beyond to connect with the ecosystems of Kachemak Bay, become better stewards, and develop a love for the natural world.

Assistant Educator-Homer Day CampMay 28-August 22. Help kids from Homer and beyond connect with the ecosystems of Kachemak Bay, become better stewards, and develop a love for the natural world. 

 

Yurt on the Homer Spit

All Positions Filled

 

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Thanks for your interest in volunteering for CACS. Our volunteers are the heart of our organization. No matter what your interests and abilities are, we need you! Contact Melanie Dufour at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information about being a CACS volunteer.

VOLUNTEER BENEFITS:
After 30 hours – a 20% discount on promotional items sold in the office.

After 50 hours – 3 vouchers for free Peterson Bay natural history tours (excluding boat transportation). Two days advance notice required.

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