Substitute Naturalist

Belwin Outdoor Science
Jobs - Full Time
Afton, MN

Belwin Outdoor Science is seeking a substitute naturalist, Educational Assistant- Belwin Outdoor Science from early September until mid-October, 2019. This job posting closes on July 19

About Belwin Outdooor Science: Our mission at Belwin Outdoor Science is, "To connect children to nature through engaging outdoor science experiences." We are part of the science program in Saint Paul Public Schools. We serve over 10,000 SPPS students every year in single-day, science-focused field investigations. This includes every 3rd and 5th grade student in SPPS, about 1,000 middle and high school students and about 1,800 special education students. All SPPS teachers, however, are invited to request additional visits during our open dates.


One of the following:

  • An AA, AS, AAS (or higher) degree, or
  • Two years of post-secondary coursework (60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits) from an accredited institution of higher education which are applicable toward a bachelor's degree, or
  • A passing score of 460 (or higher) on the ParaPro Assessment and either a high school diploma or a GED certificate.
  • Experience providing outdoor instructional assistance to children or youth

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the major biological environments present in Minnesota and the interdependencies among organism living in each.
  • Ability to monitor and manage the behavior of small groups of students to be safe and successful in an outdoor environment.
  • Ability to interact effectively with children and adults representing diverse cultural, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Ability to demonstrate science topics to students with a variety of learning styles and abilities.
  • Ability to recognize the changing aspects of the outdoor environment and incorporate it into assisting with daily science lessons.
  • First aid, CPR and AED certification or willingness to obtain certification within 3 months of hired.
  • Ability to utilize computer software to perform work duties such as email and Microsoft Word.
  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) Training, or willingness to obtain training
  • Ability to work effectively, both independently and as part of a team.
  • College level coursework in natural history, natural sciences, education, biology, child psychology, cognitive development or teaching strategies.
  • Work experience or an internship as a naturalist.
  • Knowledge of educational or instructional techniques.
  • Wilderness First Responder (WFR) or Wilderness First Aid certification, or a willingness to obtain training
  • Knowledge of bird, insect and plant identification
  • Knowledge or experience on working with students with special needs in an outdoor environment.
  • Experience or willingness to learn outdoor activities such as cross country skiing, nature photography, and water quality monitoring.
  • Ability, or willingness to learn to utilize computer software to perform work duties such as iPhoto and uploading information to a website.


The essential job functions include, but are not limited to, the following fundamental duties:

  • Assist the Teachers on Special Assignment and the district science lead to implement an outdoor curriculum focused on meeting selected Minnesota science standards; provide feedback on the effectiveness of the science topics that demonstrated to students.
  • Work with small groups of students to implement the science curriculum developed by the Teacher on Special Assignment.   Over 90% of this working with students is performed outdoors.
  • Work with other staff members to plan activities, review lesson plans and obtain information about individual students.
  • Modify the science topic being demonstrated in accordance with the cognitive and physical needs to students.
  • Enforce rules and policies pertaining to students in a manner that is fair, timely and effective and which ensures student safety.
  • Assess the environment daily in order to utilize the changing natural resources and conditions to most effectively incorporate science concepts into the lesson.
  • Prepare and clean up for programs
  • Develop and maintain demonstration tools and teaching supplies
  • Maintain first aid, CPR and AED certification and review safety scenarios.
  • Epi-pen and inhaler training
  • Attend staff meetings and/or other meetings related to students and the program.
  • Contribute to the District's Strong Schools, Strong Communities efforts by partnering with other staff to contribute to student achievement and the alignment and sustainability of resources.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are functions that the individual holding the position must be able to perform unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation through the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and the Americans with Disability Amendments Act (ADAAA). The essential functions are typical duties as outline under Responsibilities.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

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This position working 30 hours per week.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the EA negotiated labor agreement. The labor agreement and salary schedule can be found at The minimum rate of pay for this position is $16.24 per hour.

Benefits are available to new employees after 30 days of active employment.  Benefits include medical insurance, life insurance, sick leave, pension plan, tax-free retirement account, and flexible spending account.  Some employee groups also receive vacation, dental insurance and disability insurance.  A benefits summary is available at


How To Apply

To be considered further, please apply for this position and attach a resume and cover letter to your online application.

The Human Resource Department will review your application materials and contact you regarding the next steps.

To attach additional documents to your online application, click on the "Additional Attachments" link from the applicant homepage and upload your documents as attachments.  Valid file extensions for attaching a document include .doc, .txt, .rtf, and .pdf.

Other Information

Transcript - Unofficial transcripts are accepted at the time of hire.  You must submit official transcripts within 30 days of your start date.  Formal credential evaluation is required for post-secondary education completed outside of the United States.

Veteran's Preference - If you are an eligible veteran applying for a job where veteran's preference applies and wish to claim Veterans Preference you must submit a legible copy of your DD214 to the Human Resource Department with your employment application. If your claim is approved, five or ten additional points will be added to your final passing score.

Criminal Background Investigation and Reference Checks - Reference checks and a criminal background investigation will be completed as a condition of hire for all new employees and for former employees who have not been employed by the District for more than six months.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Saint Paul Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and supports an inclusive workplace environment.

Equity Statement

SPPS is committed to eliminating racial disparities and predictability in achievement and to a workforce which embodies this commitment.