Education Programs Specialist

Elachee Nature Science Center, one of the nation’s preeminent environmental education and conservation organizations, seeks a qualified, focused and motivated individual to join our team in the role of Education Programs Specialist. This entry-level, salaried position is full-time, Monday-Friday (June, July and December through February) and Tuesday-Saturday (August through November and March through May), requiring evening and additional weekend work, as needed. Position is eligible for benefits.



  • Bachelor’s degree in education, science, environmental education or related field.
  • Demonstrate a passion for teaching and proven experience working with children and youth.
  • Physical ability to hike each day up to 1-2 miles in a variety of outdoor conditions and terrains.
  • Hold or obtain a current CPR/First Aid Certification.
  • Satisfactory national background check, drug screening and driving record check.


  • Experience working as a naturalist, educator or camp counselor at a nature center, science center or other non-formal educational facility.
  • Experience working with and caring for reptiles and amphibians. 


The ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively and independently in three core areas to fulfill job-related responsibilities:

1. Teacher Naturalist

  • Learn and master Elachee’s grade-specific, environmental education programming to enthusiastically teach children of all ages and backgrounds and assist in training other teaching naturalists.
  • Daily responsibility for teaching Elachee’s curriculum, for programs scheduled at the Nature Center, at schools and other outreach sites or on Lake Lanier.
  • Collaborate with the Education Programs Manager and staff of 15 part-time teaching naturalists to fulfill scheduled field trip and outreach program assignments and responsibilities.
  • Provide oversight for inventory and upkeep of program-related teaching supplies and equipment.
  • Collaborate with the Education Director and Education Programs Manager to plan and execute Elachee’s seasonal and monthly public nature programs and festivals.

2. Camp Elachee Counselor

  • Work Spring Break Camp and Weekly Summer Day Camps
  • Plan weekly camp activities for groups of children ages preschool through middle school. 
  • Supervise Counselors-in-Training (CITs) assigned to your group.
  • Collaborate with other Camp Counselors to create skits, crafts and other camper activities.

3. Assistant Animal Curator

  • Assist animal curator with the daily care, feeding and cleaning habitats of residents in Elachee’s Live Animal exhibit (including reptiles, amphibians, a Red-tailed Hawk, beehives and more).
  • Assist in planning tasks for and supervision of volunteer team assigned to help feed, clean and care for resident animals.

For consideration, please submit the following:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Contact information (Name, Business/Organization, Address, Telephone and Email) for three (3) educational or professional references

Mail or E-mail

  • Mail completed package to:
    Elachee Nature Science Center
    Re: Education Programs Specialist
    2125 Elachee Drive
    Gainesville, GA 30504
  • E-mail completed package to
    Subject Line: Education Programs Specialist Inquiry