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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!

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Do you enjoy getting people excited about our natural world?  As an Environmental Educator, Naturalist, or Intern with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies or trip instructor with Homer Wilderness Leaders, you’ll have the opportunity to share your energy and enthusiasm by leading fun educational programs for children, teens, school groups, locals, and visitors to Alaska.  As a non-profit environmental education and stewardship organization, the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies’ mission is to foster responsible interaction with our natural surroundings and to generate knowledge of the unique ecosystems of Kachemak Bay. Our seasonal staff are employed at five locations in the Homer/Kachemak Bay area: the  Wynn Nature Center (a 145-acre boreal forest preserve), the Inspriation Ridge Preserve, the semi-remote Peterson Bay Field Station, the Yurt on the Spit, and the CACS Headquarters Building in downtown Homer (where Day Camp starts and ends each day). We also partner closely with Homer Wilderness Leaders (HoWL) to lead Alaskan wilderness expedition camps. Responsibilities vary by position. Click on the job titles below to view detailed job descriptions.

Benefits include compensation of $2,000 - $2,480 per month depending on experience (DOE) and responsibilities of each particular job. Shared housing is provided. (Staff who do not utilize CACS housing will be compensated at a higher rate).

Qualified applicants are energetic and flexible, possess curiosity and enthusiasm about the natural world and human communities, have experience or a desire to develop skills in place-based environmental education or natural history interpretation, and demonstrate the maturity needed to live in group situations. 

Equal Opportunity Employer & Equity Statement:

The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies recruits, employs, trains, compensates and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, class, veteran status and other protected status as required by law.

We recognize that the field of environmental education has long excluded Black, Indigenous, and people of color as well as people from working class backgrounds, people with disabilities, and other marginalized groups.  We also recognize that environmental injustice and climate change disproportionately impact the most marginalized people in society- including people of color, Indigenous people, people from working class backgrounds, women, and LGBTQ+ people. We believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do and that environmental education will be stronger and richer with more diverse perspectives. Hence, we strongly encourage people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities to apply for positions with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. You are encouraged to self-identify in your cover letter, if you feel comfortable doing so.  Please contact Katie Gavenus (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 907-235-1974) with any questions or concerns.

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To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by January 24, 2022.

In your 1-page cover letter, please explain why you are interested in this position and describe the relevant work, academic, and/or life experience that you will bring to this position. Please indicate in both the cover letter and e-mail subject line the position for which you are applying. Those interested in multiple positions are encouraged to write a separate cover letter for each, detailing how your skills, experience, and interests fit with the responsibilities of that specific job.

Your application materials will be reviewed by a team. If you'd like to address the cover letter to an individual, Beth Trowbridge is our Executive Director. 

Please note that there are two positions that require a different application process:

To apply for the HoWL Trip Instructor, e-mail your cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Application deadline for the HoWL Instructor position is February 10, 2022. 

Candidates for the Peterson Bay Field Station Intern position must apply through the Alaska Conservation Foundation.  Deadline to apply for the Peterson Bay Field STation Intern postition is February 17, 2022.


Summer Season Positions for 2022

 

 

Carl E. Wynn Nature Center

Wynn Naturalist: May 30-September 5 (possibility for earlier end date if needed by applicant). Impart knowledge and a sense of stewardship with diverse visitors and groups from around the world as they visit this 145-acre boreal forest preserve on the ridge above Homer, Alaska.  Full-Time and Half-Time positions avaialable.

Wynn Naturalist Intern: May 30-September 5 (possibility for earlier end date if needed by applicant). 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 145-acre boreal forest preserve on the ridge above Homer, Alaska.  

 

Inspiration Ridge Preserve

Inspiration Ridge Coordinator: May 30-September 5 (possibility for earlier end date if needed by applicant). Guide a small team of naturalists and interns as you all work to impart knowledge and a sense of stewardship with diverse visitors and groups from around the world as they participate in guided walks to this 693-acre wildlife habitat preserve on the ridge above Homer, Alaska.

Inspiration Ridge Naturalist: May 30-September 5 (possibility for earlier end date if needed by applicant). Impart knowledge and a sense of stewardship with diverse visitors and groups from around the world as they participate in guided walks to this 693-acre wildlife habitat preserve on the ridge above Homer, Alaska. 

Inspiration Ridge Naturalist Intern: May 30-September 5 (possibility for earlier end date if needed by applicant). Gain the skills and experience needed to impart knowledge and a sense of stewardship with visitors and groups from around the world as they participate in guided walks to this 693-acre wildlife habitat preserve on the ridge above Homer, Alaska.

 

Homer Day Camp

Day Camp Coordinator: May 23-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.

Day Camp Educator: May 30-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.

Day Camp Educator InternMay 30-August 19. Gain the skills and experience needed to 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 

Yurt Coordinator: May 30-September 5. Lead a small team of educators and naturalists to inspire visitors to connect with the nature of Kachemak Bay, as well as planning for and leading Creatures of the Dock Tours, where you help visitors, local families, and youth groups uncover the facsinating invertebrate and fish life that calls the Homer Harbor home. Assist with Ocean Connection Tours and youth programs as needed.

Environmental Educator: May 30-September 5 (possibility for earlier end date if needed by applicant). Work primarily with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies SPIT Kids (3-hour programs) and also lead Creatures of the Dock Tours for visitors and youth groups.

Marine Educator: May 30-September 5. Plan and lead boat-based Ocean Connection Tours for small groups. These tours feature plankton tows, collection of basic oceanographic data, viewing of a seabird nesting colony, and a visit to a local oyster farm.

Part-Time Yurt Naturalist: May 30-September 5. Lead Creatures of the Dock Tours, where you help visitors, local families, and youth groups uncover the facsinating invertebrate and fish life that calls the Homer Harbor home. Will include working Saturdays & Sundays.

 

Homer Wilderness Leaders (HoWL)

HoWL Instructor: June 1-August 8, 2022. Co-lead wilderness expedition camps and trips for youth ages 10-18, with a focus on fun, connecting with the outdoors, and building wilderness skills. Trip activities are varied and include backpacking, rock-climbing, paddle boarding, and kayaking.  Optional part-time work available in April, May, and September.

Please note: To apply for the HoWL Trip Instructor, e-mail your cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Application deadline for the HoWL Instructor position is February 10, 2022.  

 

Spring Season 2022 - FULL

Environmental Educator: March 21-May 23. Learn from and assist Education Coordinator and Senior Environmental Educators in leading residential programs for school groups from around Alaska.  Please note: Our spring season is taking place at only one rather than two locations due to COVID-related constraints. Therefore we will be hiring fewer environmental educators for the spring season and believe that all positions will be filled by returning staff this year.  If you'd like to be alerted if a position does open up, please send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. requesting this notification. Otherwise, please check back next year. 

 

High School Internships

Summer High School Intern Early-June through Mid-August. Interns will act as guides, greeters, and programs support for CACS summer programs. Enjoy interacting with the public, spending time outdoors, and helping to make the most of visitors' experience with CACS. The 2022 application packet is now available.  


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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 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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