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Want to help share the wonder of the natural world?  Apply for seasonal educator and naturalist positions with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies!

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As an Environmental Educator, Naturalist, Intern, or Volunteer with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, you’ll have the opportunity to share your energy and enthusiasm by leading educational programs for children, school groups, and visitors to Alaska.  A non-profit environmental education and stewardship organization, the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies’ mission is to foster responsible interaction with our natural surroundings and to generate knowledge of the unique ecosystems of Kachemak Bay.  Our seasonal staff and volunteers  are work at the Wynn Nature Center (a 140-acre boreal forest preserve) and the semi-remote Peterson Bay Field Station

Positions available for the Spring Season (March 30-May 31) and Summer Season (generally late May - late August), with opportunities to combine spring and summer positions into 5 months of employment.  

All Successful CACS Staff Will:

      • Dress ClubBe able to work both independently and as part of a team
      • Be eager to work with children and adapt programs to various ages
      • Have a background in marine sciences, oceanography, forest ecology, education, or a related field
      • Be able to maintain a positive, solution-oriented attitude as challenges arrive
      • Be capable of working long-hours in typical and inclement coastal Alaskan weather (cold, windy, rainy, but sometimes hot and sunny, and always downright beautiful)
      • Be customer service oriented, including the ability to continuously convey positivity and politeness toward visitors, guests, and program participants
      • Be open to feedback and willing to be coached
      • Have effective communication and strong interpersonal skills
      • Be able to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends as needed
      • Have current First Aid/CPR certification, WFA or WFR certification a plus
      • Be physically fit and able to lift at least 50 lbs

Benefits include compensation of $1,300 - $1,800 per month DOE and housing.  

Qualified applicants are energetic and flexible, have background in environmental education and forest and/or marine ecology, and the maturity to live in group situations. 

To apply please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 professional references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Please indicate in both the cover letter and e-mail subject line the positions for which you are applying.

Responsibilities vary by position.  Please click on the position title below for full job descriptions.

Spring Season 2015 

Environmental Educator, March 30-May 31st. Instill wonder, scientific understanding, and love for coastal ecosystems with school groups (grades 3- college) from throughout Alaska!  Two positions available. 

Summer Season 2015 

Peterson Bay Field Station

Lead Environmental EducatorMay 25-August 30. Plan and lead programs for youth from throughout Alaska and the country to connect with the coastal ecosystems of Kachemak Bay, become better stewards, and develop a love for the natural world.  One position available.

(NEW APPLICATION PROCESS) Environmental Education InternMay 25-August 30. Gain the skills and experience necessary to guide youth and adults from throughout Alaska and the country to connect with the coastal ecosystems of Kachemak Bay, become better stewards, and develop a love for the natural world.  One position available.  Important Update: The 2015 PBFS Environmental Education Internship will be through the Alaska Conservation Foundation's conservation internship program. Interested applicants need to apply through ACF.

NaturalistMay 25-August 30. Impart knowledge and a sense of stewardship with diverse visitors and groups from around the world as you lead interpretive natural history hikes and multi-day field studies in the coastal forest and intertidal zones. One position available.

Carl E. Wynn Nature Center

Program CoordinatorMay 25-September 6. Lead a team of naturalists, educators, interns and volunteers to share the unique ecosystems of Kachemak Bay with visitors and groups from around the world. One position available.

NaturalistMay 25-September 6. Impart knowledge and a sense of stewardship with diverse visitors and groups from around the world as they visit this 140-acre boreal forest preserve on the ridge above Homer, Alaska.  One position available.

Naturalist Intern, May 25-September 6. Gain the skills and experience needed to impart knowledge and a sense of stewardship with visitors and groups from around the world as they visit this 140-acre boreal forest preserve on the ridge above Homer, Alaska.  One position available.  

Environmental Education InternMay 25-September 6. Gain the skills and experience needed to help young people get excited about the natural world at this 140-acre boreal forest preserve on the ridge above Homer, Alaska. One position available. 

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Homer Day Camp

Lead Environmental Educator, May 18-August 21. Plan and lead day camp programs for kids from Homer and beyond to connect with the ecosystems of Kachemak Bay, become better stewards, and develop a love for the natural world. 

Environmental EducatorJune 1-August 21. Help kids from Homer and beyond connect with the ecosystems of Kachemak Bay, become better stewards, and develop a love for the natural world.

High School Internships

Summer High School Intern, June 1-August 1. This year we are seeking four energetic and responsible teens to act as guides, greeters, and program support for our summer programs.  Application Packet

Volunteer Opportunities 

Thanks for your interest in volunteering for CACS. Our volunteers are the heart of our organization. No matter what your interests and abilities are, we need you! Contact Melanie Dufour at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information about being a CACS volunteer.

VOLUNTEER BENEFITS:
After 30 hours – a 20% discount on promotional items sold in the office
After 50 hours – 3 vouchers for free Peterson Bay natural history tours (excluding boat transportation). Two days advance notice required.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE IN:

Fundraising * Public Relations * Education * Membership * Volunteer
Facilities Maintenance * Newsletter * Wynn Nature Center 

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