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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 28-May 20) and Summer Season (generally late May - 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 $1,200 - $1,800 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 15, 2016.  Please indicate in both the cover letter and e-mail subject line the positions for which you are applying.  (Application period for the part-time yurt positions extends into February)

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

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

 


 

Spring Season 2016 

Environmental Educator, March 28-May 20th. Instill wonder, scientific understanding, and love for coastal ecosystems with school groups (grades 3- college) from throughout Alaska!  

Environmental Education Internship, March 28-May 20th. Learn from and assist Education Coordinator and Environmental Educator in leading programs for school groups from around Alaska.  

 

Summer Season 2016

Peterson Bay Field Station

Lead Coordinator (position description coming soon!) May 22-September 5. 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.  

NaturalistMay 22-September 5. 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. 

(NEW APPLICATION PROCESS) Environmental Education Intern, May 22-September  5. 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.  Important Update: The 2016 PBFS Environmental Education Internship will be through the Alaska Conservation Foundation's conservation internship program. Interested applicants need to apply through ACF. 

 

Carl E. Wynn Nature Center

NaturalistMay 22-September 5. 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.  

Naturalist Intern, May 22-September 5. 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 22-August 19. 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.

Environmental Educator,  May 22-August 19. 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

Part-Time Environmental Educator, May 22 -September 5.  Lead short programs harbor- and beach-based programs for the CACS SPIT Kids (3 hour programs), Little SPITS (1 hour programs), and visiting youth groups.  

Part-Time Visitor Services SpecialistMay 22-September 5. Impart knowledge and a sense of stewardship with visitors and groups from around the world as they visit Homer Harbor and discover the amazing creatures that inhabit it. Work primarily with scheduled and daily drop-in Creatures of the Dock Tours.  Participants in these programs range from families with small children to senior citizens.

 

Volunteer Opportunities 

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.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE IN:

Fundraising * Public Relations * Education * Membership * Volunteer
Facilities Maintenance * Newsletter * Wynn Nature Center 

Contact us for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (907) 235-6667

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High School Internships

Summer High School Intern, June 1-August 1. This year we are seeking four energetic and responsible teens to act as guides, greeters, and program support for our summer programs.  Application Packet 

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