High School Environmental Educator
School Environmental Educators are valued members of the Living Classrooms of
the National Capital Region team, with responsibility for providing
environmental education for DC-area high school students and other educational
and community program services.
About Living Classrooms Foundation
Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region is the DC-based affiliate of the Living Classrooms Foundation, established in 2001. Living Classrooms works to strengthen communities and inspire people to achieve their highest potential through hands-on learning opportunities in education, workforce development, and health and wellness, often leveraging environmental assets and maritime resources to serve as “living classrooms.” For more information, visit livingclassrooms.org.
The Living Classrooms Foundation provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.
About the Kingman and Heritage Islands Conservation Area and Camp Fraser
Kingman and Heritage Islands is a 50-acre State Conservation Area in the Anacostia River near RFK Stadium. Living Classrooms has managed the area on behalf of the DC government since 2007. Camp Fraser is located about four miles from the town of Great Falls, Virginia, a 45-minute ride from downtown DC. Living Classrooms leases Camp Fraser from DC’s Calvary Baptist Church.
environmental education and field trip instruction primarily for high school
students at Kingman Island or on school grounds of DCPS high schools.
Instruction may also take place at Camp Fraser or the James C. Dent House with
other grades as assigned. Deliver engaging, hands-on science-based lessons and
programs as field trips, in-school visits, virtual, or any combination of those
as restrictions and safety guidelines change.
with LCF-NCR education manager to develop curricula based on the Meaningful
Watershed Education Experience (MWEE) model and create engaging educational
lessons and activities and communicate as needed with school staff.
teacher professional development to high school teachers engaged in the
Anacostia Watershed High School MWEE program.
ongoing partnerships with schools and other organizations that support
environmental student action projects.
and maintain educational supplies necessary for school and community group
appropriate safety guidelines and guidance, plan and lead informal community
events, volunteer activities, and field trips.
break down, and clean up facilities for students and visitors to Kingman
help to maintain trails and other landscape and perform other outdoor
maintenance duties on Kingman Island as needed to maintain a safe learning
in other communication and fundraising efforts for LCF-NCR as requested.
Skills, Experience, and Other[TM3] [DS4]
BA or BS
degree from an accredited college or university, preferably in environmental
science or education.
passion for nature and working with children in formal and informal settings.
working with middle or high school youth in and out of the classroom, with an
emphasis on youth from urban communities.
leadership and writing skills.
with Next Generation Science Standards and outdoor education.
with the Microsoft suite of tools.
and engaging personality; excellent public speaking skills; ability to work collaboratively
as part of the education and LC-NCR teams; outdoor classroom management skills.
access to a computer and the Internet for virtual teaching, if necessary, and
virtual office, as needed.
to work outdoors as needed in all weather conditions.
to pass federal and state background checks, drug, and TB tests; fully
vaccinated against covid-19 strongly preferred.
School Environmental Educators report to the Education Manager and will
regularly receive both informal and formal feedback on job performance. Salary
starts at $40,000 annually, plus a full benefits package. LCF-NCR’s principal
office is located at 515 M Street SE, Suite 223. The Kingman and Heritage
Islands Conservation Area can be accessed from RFK Stadium Lot 6, off Oklahoma
Avenue in Northeast DC. The James C. Dent House is in Southwest DC. Camp Fraser
is located near the Potomac River in Northern Virginia, about four miles from
the village of Great Falls. Much of the work in school year 2021-22 is expected
to take place on school grounds of DCPS high schools with some field trips to Kingman
Island being allowed. The High School Environmental Educators must be able to
get to and work from any of these locations in a reliable manner.
principal environmental education format is the “Meaningful Watershed
Educational Experience (MWEE)” as developed by the NOAA Bay Watershed Education
and Training program. MWEEs are learner-centered experiences that focus on
investigations into local environmental issues that lead to informed action and