Environmental Educator

Forest County Potawatomi
Jobs - Full Time
Crandon, WI

Environmental Educator

Full Time

Location: Crandon, WI

Forest County Potawatomi



Position Summary:

Under general supervision of the Environmental Education Manager, plans, delivers, and evaluates environmental education programs for youth and the tribal community as a whole. Assists Natural Resources Department staff with implementing environmental studies, collecting samples, and completing projects.  Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information.


This list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only of the essential duties and responsibilities.  The employee is expected to perform other duties as assigned.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Teaches and leads groups of program participants of any age both in the field and the classroom, independently and with other Natural Resources staff.
  • Assists with the on-going development and refinement of current program activities and the development of new activities as assigned.
  • Coordinates school programs including communicating with teachers, requesting program evaluations, and other administrative duties related to education programs.
  • Assists with the supervision of summer youth staff.
  • Maintains active communication with the Environmental Education Manager on issues of importance relating to programming and operations.
  • Creates and updates environmental education materials as assigned.
  • Ensures program supplies and classroom are clean and organized.
  • Assists in the implementation of on-going grants and associated reports.
  • Assists staff of the Natural Resources Department (Air, Wildlife, Botany & Wetlands, Land, and Water) in conducting environmental studies and projects following specified protocols.
  • Conducts sample collection ensuring proper sampling methods and equipment are used, and that quality assurance and control protocols are followed.
  • Utilizes a variety of monitoring, sampling, and analytical equipment and instruments to gather and enter data records.
  • Checks to ensure tools are in proper working order; reports defects and broken parts found on equipment. May repair equipment as directed.
  • Observes safety rules, and ensures and maintains a safe environment.
  • Completes and maintains necessary reports and paperwork.
  • Acts as a positive role model for the preservation and respect of the natural environment.
  • Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information.
  • Contributes to a team effort and accomplishes related results as required.
  • Maintains regular and punctual attendance.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Associates Degree in Education or related field.
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
  • In lieu of education requirement, FCPC will consider a candidate with two years’ experience in environmental education or teaching
  • Previous experience conducting natural resources field surveys preferred.
  • Previous experience working with all ages in an educational and/or outdoor setting preferred.
  • Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license and be eligible for coverage under the Tribe’s Insurance.
  • Must successfully pass a background check and pre-employment drug screening.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state, county and local laws, regulations, and requirements.
  • Knowledge, understanding and appreciation of American Indian culture and values.
  • Knowledge of northern Wisconsin plant and animal life preferred.
  • Ability to independently manage time in order to stay on schedule with activities and programs.
  • Ability to communicate efficiently and effectively both verbally and in writing. Demonstrated ability to adapt complex information to appropriate age group preferred.
  • Ability to interpret applicable federal, state, county and local laws, regulations, requirements, ordinances and legislation.
  • Ability to learn new skills quickly, be resourceful and self-reliant, and take initiative.
  • Ability to work independently, exercise good judgment, and meet strict time lines.
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Availability to work days, evenings and weekends as assigned.
  • Skill in driving vehicles over unimproved, dusty, muddy, and slippery roads. Previous experience transporting students and/or other passengers preferred.
  • Skill in using safety and equipment devices; and utilizing safe and proper lifting techniques.
  • Knowledge of the techniques, methods and devices used to obtain samples for testing.
  • Ability to research and compile data relating to natural resource management.
  • Possesses positive attitude, love of nature, and a willingness to learn.
  • Desire to continually develop both as an educator and a naturalist.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly is required to sit and stand; taste or smell; have manual and finger dexterity; stoop, and talk or hear.  The employee is frequently required to walk.  The employee is occasionally required to crawl, climb heights, reach above shoulder level, crouch, kneel, balance, push/pull, and carry.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Work Environment:

Work is performed in an office setting with a moderate noise level and in outside environments with moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.   Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, and requires following basic safety precautions.   Evening and/or weekend work may be required.  Extended hours and irregular shifts may be required.


As authorized by federal law, Forest County Potawatomi Community reserves the right to exercise preference in hiring for qualified Tribal members/Indians in connection with all positions and job openings.


POSTED:     10-15-18


CLOSING:   Until Filled