Want to help share the wonder of the natural world?
Apply for seasonal educator and naturalist positions with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies!
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.
Our seasonal staff and volunteers work at the Wynn Nature Center (a 145-acre boreal forest preserve), the semi-remote Peterson Bay Field Station, the Yurt on the Spit and our Headquarter's Building (Day Camp starting and ending point).
Positions are available for the Spring Season (March 30-May 22) and Summer Season (May 25-Labor Day), with opportunities to combine spring and summer positions into 5-6 months of employment. Qualified applicants are energetic and flexible, possess curiosity and enthusiasm about the natural world and human communities, have experience or a desire to develop skills in place-based environmental education or natural history interpretation, and demonstrate the maturity needed to live in group situations.
Hiring information for Spring and Summer 2021 will be updated by December 1st, 2020. Please check back then.
Past Hiring information: Overview of 2020 Jobs
Benefits include compensation of $1,600 - $2,080 per month DOE and housing.
Please indicate in both the cover letter and e-mail subject line the positions for which you are applying.
Spring Season 2020
Environmental Educator: March 30-May 22nd, 2020. Learn from and assist Education Coordinator and Senior Environmental Educators in leading residential programs for school groups from around Alaska.
Summer Season 2020
Lead Environmental Educator : May 25-September 7. The Lead Environmental Educator Educator will work primarily with organizing and leading our residential summer camps as well as assisting with special groups at the Peterson Bay Field Station.
Peterson Bay Field Station Naturalist: May 25-September 7. 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.
Peterson Bay Naturalist Intern: May 25-August 10 (possibility for extending later). 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. Separate application process. This internship is generously supported by the Conservation Internship Program of the Alaska Conservation Foundation. Please visit https://alaskaconservation.org/community-resources/internships/ to apply. Application for this internship will be available through ACF from January 16-February 16, 2020. Please note that the application process and deadline differs from other CACS summer positions.
Wynn Naturalist: May 25-September 7. 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.
Wynn Naturalist Intern: May 25-September 7. 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.
Homer Day Camp
Day Camp Coordinator: 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.
Assistant Educator-Homer Day Camp: May 25-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.
Yurt on the Homer Spit
Environmental Educator: May 25-September 7. Work primarily with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies SPIT Kids (3-hour programs), while also leading Creatures of the Dock Tours.
Yurt Visitor Services Specialist: May 25-September 7. Work 1/2 of your time leading Creatures of the Dock Tours and greeting visitors at the Yurt on the Spit, and 1/2 your time at either the Wynn Nature Center as Naturalist Intern, or at the Homer Day Camp as an educator.
Marine Educator: May 25-September 7. Based out of the Yurt on the Spit, split your time between planning for and leading educational and enjoyable 3-hour Ocean Connection programs aboard a 15-passenger boat on Kachemak Bay, guiding 1-hour Creatures of the Dock Tours at the Homer Harbor, and leading full day naturalist guided tours of the intertidal and coastal forest at the Peterson Bay Field Station.
High School Internships
Summer High School Intern, Early-June through Mid-August. Interns will act as guides, greeters, and programs support for CACS summer programs. Enjoy interacting with the public, spending time outdoors, and helping to make the most of visitors' experience with CACS. Find the application here: Application Packet
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