Environmental Educator

Living Classrooms Foundation - Great Falls, VA


2019 Educator Job Description:

Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region is seeking educators to provide overnight, outdoor, educational programming for 5th grade students at Camp Fraser in Great Falls, VA - located just 45 minutes away from downtown Washington, DC.

About Living Classrooms:

Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region (LC-NCR) is an affiliate non-profit of the Living Classrooms Foundation. LC-NCR is responsible for the operation of educational programs in the D.C. Metropolitan area.

LC-NCR is operated for the benefit of the community at-large, providing hands-on education and job training programs for students from diverse backgrounds, with a special emphasis on at-risk youth. Utilizing challenging settings, community revitalization, and a small staff-to-student ratio, LC-NCR provides experience-based educational programs emphasizing the applied learning of math, science, language arts, history, economics and ecology.

About Camp Fraser:

Camp Fraser lies on approximately 76 acres of wooded land, surrounded by more than 230 acres of Fraser Preserve, an undeveloped area managed by the Nature Conservancy. Located a few miles from Great Falls, Virginia and just a 45-minute ride from downtown DC, Camp Fraser provides campers with opportunities to grow physically, mentally, and socially in nature.

Program goals for the MWEE:

Develop a comprehensive, overnight Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) program that connects students to their local watershed and the Chesapeake Bay.

Provide three day/two night overnight experiences (MWEEs), to include in-classroom preparatory lessons, field experiences, and post-trip reflection activities, for 1500 fifth grade students from District of Columbia schools.

Engage students in outdoor educational programming through nature hikes, leadership and teambuilding activities, and adventure courses (climbing wall, high/low ropes courses).

Responsibilities for Environmental Educators:

Provide MWEE programming and instruction at Camp Fraser for classes of students that will be staying 2 nights and 3 days. Most programs run Mon-Weds and Weds-Fri.

Engage and lead groups of students in all-day programming; serve as "on-duty" camp counselor during all time periods students are present

Lead engaging activities that include: interpretive hikes in the woods; educational programs and games; and hands-on, science-based lessons

Work directly with the education team in the creation of engaging lessons and activities

Facilitate low ropes and climbing wall

Oversee all program supplies, ensure that quality is of the right standard and that supplies are re-ordered promptly

Prepare for school groups and breakdown/clean up after programming is completed. Cleaning duties include preparing the lodge, restrooms, and bunk rooms for school groups.

Prepare and clean up dining space before and after meals

Assist with the maintenance of Camp Fraser in coordination with the Facilities Manager who resides on-site. This includes assisting with turning the site over for new groups and reporting any facilities challenges and concerns.

Attend all trainings and staff meetings as assigned

Required Skills and Experience:

Preferred background in environmental science, education, or a related field

Excellent communication and public speaking skills

A passion for nature and working with children in an informal setting

Previous experience working with youth in and out of the classroom, with an emphasis on youth development for underserved communities

A friendly and engaging personality and the ability to work with large groups of students and teachers

Experience facilitating high/low ropes course and climbing wall, or willingness to be trained to do so

Additional Requirements:

Rotational schedule: once every 3 programs, educator must be willing to stay at Camp Fraser while program is occurring, including residing in the lodge with students overnight (in a separate room). Educator will be "on-call" while schools are on-site. When staying overnight, educator will receive $30 per night and dinner is provided.

Will be expected to lift moderately heavy objects and participate in outdoor exercise (such as hiking, climbing, etc.)

Must be prepared to work outside in a variety of weather conditions including light to moderate rain, warm and cool weather

Will be expected to work all educational programs that take place at Camp Fraser during the season.

Additional opportunities with Living Classrooms may be available after the season.

All employees will undergo federal and state background checks and a drug test.

Additional Information:

This is a seasonal position that runs September to December 2019.

Hours: 9 am - 6 pm during programs

Payment: $100/day during programs; lunch provided during program sessions

Please inquire about housing on site, if interested

Educators are required to attend a one-week training that will take place at Camp Fraser and the DC office. Expected training dates are August 26 – August 30.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Living Classrooms Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities, Women, Handicapped Persons are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap status, Vietnam era or disabled Veterans status.

Job Type: Temporary

Salary: $100.00 /day


  • outdoor, informal, or classroom teaching: 1 year (Preferred)


  • Bachelor's (Preferred)

Employment Length:

  • 4 - 6 months


  • Monday to Friday