Environmental Educator

Job Information

  • Location: Bynum, NC
  • Close Date: 06/01/2024
  • Hiring Organization: Haw River Assembly
  • Contact Name: Hannah Welborn-Lewis
  • Contact Email: events@hawriver.org
  • Job Website


Applications are open for an Environmental Educator position with the Haw River Assembly, a river protection organization based in Bynum, in central NC. This is a half-time, permanent position with flexible hours. It requires some weekend and evening hours. The Environmental Educator will take part in our watershed education and outreach programs for schools and the public throughout the year. Compensation is $26 per hour (pre-taxes), with benefits. The anticipated start date for this position is June 1, 2024. If interested in applying, send a cover letter and resume in PDF format to events@hawriver.org, with the subject line “(YOUR LAST NAME), Environmental Educator Position”.

The full job description is available at this link.

We are an equal opportunity employer.


The Environmental Educator duties include:

  • Assisting the Events & Volunteer Program Manager for school education programs: including the Stream Investigation Program (middle-high school students)
  • Assisting the Events & Volunteer Program Manager with the 3 week long Learning Celebration Program for fourth grade students each fall (see more below).
  • Tabling and representing HRA at public events such as: Creek Week events, local fairs, Earth Day events
  • Identifying new programs, events, and outlets where HRA can be represented
  • Assist with other HRA events: Annual river clean-up, Haw River Festival, and Saturday on The Haw monthly series
  • Creating educational and presentation content & materials Haw River Learning Celebration [September 21-October 11, 2024]: Since 1990, this program has brought fourth grade students (up to 120 per day and up to 1200 children each year) to the Haw River for a day-long field trip. The Learning Celebration takes place at three outdoor venues along the river [Chatham, Alamance, and Rockingham counties] where we set up kitchen, storage and camping tents along the river. For three weeks, our volunteer crew of educators, performers, and river-enthusiasts (led by Learning Celebration staff) guide the students through a hands-on riverside environmental education one day field trip program. The volunteers camp for the week and share meals together, or come as day volunteers. We also have volunteers who cook lunch and dinner meals for our on-site volunteers and staff during the three weeks of the program. The overall responsibilities of organizing the Learning Celebration (LC) for the environmental educator includes assisting the Program Manager, supporting accessibility, reviewing curriculum standards, and research and implementation of climate change education ideas. The Environmental Educator is expected to be on site during the school program hours and encouraged to camp with the other staff and volunteers.

Other Responsibilities—and Being Part of the Team! The Environmental Educator is part of a team of people – HRA staff, Board of Directors, volunteers and members – who are dedicated to the mission of protecting and restoring the Haw River through our educational and advocacy programs. The Environmental Educator supports the mission and activities of the Haw River Assembly and shares that knowledge with volunteers and the community.


Job Qualifications:

  • North Carolina Environmental Certification, Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental or Educational field, or equivalent work experience
  • Previous work experiences teaching and working with students and the public
  • Outdoor experience, with physical ability to hike on trails, and carry supplies
  • Willingness to camp onsite with volunteers and other staff for all or a portion of the three weeks of the Learning Celebration program in September and October each year
  • Competency with word processing, spreadsheet, and database programs as well as social media
  • Strong team ethic and integrity in collaborative, inclusive, and highly-effective organization
    Other Desired Qualities
  • Awareness and involvement with environmental issues
  • Bilingual in English / Spanish
  • Lives within the Haw River Watershed


Compensation, Benefits, and Values

This is a part-time staff position for approximately 85 hours per month at $26 per hour (pre-tax). The hours may be averaged over a month. Additional working hours accrued during the three week Learning Celebration will be compensated at $26/hour. The position will be supervised by the Events & Volunteer Program Manager. Benefits include paid annual leave, paid holidays, and a monthly stipend of $125 to assist with health insurance costs. We value a healthy work-life balance and offer opportunities for staff development. Mileage reimbursement is paid for travel expenses to events.

Application Instructions

Application Process If you are interested in this position and meet the essential qualifications, please send a cover letter and resume in PDF format to events@hawriver.org, with the subject line “(YOUR LAST NAME), Environmental Educator Position”. If your materials indicate a potential match for our requirements, we will contact you for an interview. The position is open until filled; interviews will be scheduled in late April and early May. The projected start date is June 1, 2024. The Haw River Assembly is an equal opportunity employer, and we welcome a diverse field of candidates.

About Haw River Assembly

The Haw River Assembly is a 501(c)(3) non-profit citizens’ group founded in 1982 to restore and protect the Haw River and Jordan Lake, and to build a watershed community that shares this vision. Our goals are to promote environmental education, conservation and pollution prevention; to speak as a voice for the river in the public arena; and to put into peoples’ hands the tools and the knowledge they need to be effective guardians of the river.

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