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Employment Opportunities

Picture working for a small, non-profit nature center situated on a beautiful, wooded 86 acre nature preserve. Wetland ponds, native tree plantings, and wildlife viewing are just outside of the center's doors providing opportunities for picnic lunches and after-work hikes.  

Want to join our team?  Check out the opportunities below:

Environmental Educator
Summer 2024

Fred L. Waterman Conservation Education Center has provided environmental education and outdoor recreation opportunities to the residents of Broome and Tioga counties for over 40 years.  Our mission is to promote environmental literacy while encouraging people to get outside and enjoy our natural areas.  For over 20 years we’ve offered a youth recreation day camp during the summer for children between the ages of 6 and 11 which includes games, hikes, crafts, and other activities.  Camp will run between July 8th until August 16th from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM.



Environmental Educators are responsible for implementing and helping to execute a dynamic, high quality environmental education curriculum for our on-site camp programs. The majority of the program is held outside and combines environmental education with fun recreation camp activities.


Specific Responsibilities but not limited to:

  • Report to, and work closely with, the Camp Director.

  • Prepare and teach educational programs for children, including maintaining camp inventories.

  • Assist co-educator with design and implementation of environmental science curricula (including crafts, games, and scientific investigations)

  • Facilitate and participate in daily hikes

  • Assist with set-up and clean-up of the daily programs.

  • Maintain a safe and exciting atmosphere for children and staff.

  • Administer first aid to campers as needed and appropriate.

  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Must be 18 years of age or older.

  • Previous relevant teaching experience with youth audiences (informal, outdoor experience preferred).

  • Knowledge of and passion for the natural world.

  • Enthusiastic, outgoing, patient, and flexible when working with children and adults.

  • Strong interest in sharing nature with children.

  • Ability to work both independently and in a team.

  • Ability to present a professional appearance, punctuality, demonstrated responsibility.

  • Ability to walk all the trails of Waterman Conservation Center.

  • Ability to work outdoors in variable weather conditions and terrain.

  • First Aid and CPR certifications preferred, but can certify in house


Dates of Responsibilities:

  • Paid staff training June 24-28 (tentative dates). Camps run July 8th until August 16th (M-F from 9-3).

  • Work hours from 8:30-3:30 Monday – Friday (additional hours available)

This is a paid position, compensated at $15.00/hour.

How to Apply

  • Please send a cover letter, a resume, and contact information for three professional references to Courtney Fitzgerald, Camp Director at

  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.

  • Please include where you saw the job listing in your application.

For more information about the Waterman Center as an organization, please visit  Questions specific to this job posting may be e-mailed to

The Waterman Conservation Education Center is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the workplace.  Environmental education and access to outdoor recreation are vital for all human beings. We recognize that marginalized people--including people of color, LGBTQIA+ people, and people with disabilities--often have unequal access to these resources and opportunities. We wish to ensure that members of these and other marginalized communities are represented within, benefit from, and contribute to our organization. Minorities, women, people with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

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