Organization: Ecology in Classrooms and Outdoors (ECO)


Mission: Connect students to nature and inspire tomorrow?s environmental stewards

Position: Lead Educator Start Date: January 2, 2019

FTE: 35 hrs/wk (0.875 FTE)

Hours of Work: Primarily Monday to Friday 8am – 5pm, occasional evenings and weekends. Location: Includes the ECO office: 4214 SE 12th Ave Portland, OR (near a MAX line and major bus route), school and partner sites, and remotely, as arranged with supervisor Compensation: DOE

Benefits: FTE equivalent of 40 hours of PTO + 9 holidays + 5 day year-end break
To Apply: Email resume and cover letter to:<>

Summary of Position:

The Lead Educator is the face of ECO. They provide the key connection to our schools and outdoor sites. The Lead Educator creates the educational setting and ambiance that helps students meaningfully engage with nature. They understand our program?s parameters and specifics, from curriculum development to outdoor project management to educator training. Lead Educators must also be able to understand grant deliverables. Additionally, they are pivotal in sharing knowledge and supporting partnerships with the school and surrounding community. The Lead Educator can have a strategic role, too, in shaping program growth and evolution.

This position continues into the summer, as a member of the summer camp educator team. Summer camp dates are June 10th-August 30th and time on site is 8:30 am-4:30 pm or 9:30 am-5:30 pm.

Essential Functions:

  • Deliver ECO programs
  • Lead classes of 20 to 40 students outside with chaperone support
  • Maintain current relationships with schools and partners
  • Coordinate field experiences with schools and partners
  • Connect grant deliverables to programming
  • Collaborate with Program Director, co-educators, and other ECO staff as needed
  • Participate in staff meetings to discuss programs, curriculum, and new ideas
  • Utilize<> to view and be responsible for your calendar and schedule
  • Prepare, set up, and clean up all teaching materials
  • Bring positive energy and enthusiasm to the curriculum
  • Create and maintain a safe space for students? physical and emotional well-being
  • Consistently begin each day onsite, on time
  • Have reliable transportation to sites
  • Build an environment of learning, inclusion, and FUN!

Desired Skills:

  • 2+ years of experience teaching
  • Demonstrate self-motivation, independence, and a positive attitude
  • Enthusiasm for environmental education and environmental issues
  • Resourceful and problem-solver
  • Excellent communicator with people of all backgrounds
  • Ability to arrange transportation to/from work sites
  • Ability to multitask and adapt quickly to changing situations
  • Background knowledge in natural resources/ecology
  • Willing to grow and evolve with the organization
  • Knowledge of DEI and trauma informed care