Education Volunteer openings
*Homeschool Assistant | Sep-Nov, Jan-Mar, Apr-May
Description – Volunteer will assist a staff educator during the class. Assistants are not expected to teach or lead the program, but to help with student needs and materials used during activities.
Time commitment – Classes are 3 hours every other week on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays. Volunteers are asked to sign up for at least one season, which consists of 5 classes, and are welcomed to assist for the entire school year of all three seasons, with breaks in between.
Age Requirement – Assistants must be at least 14 years old, with a signed parent or guardian letter if under 18 years.
*Field Trip Educator | September – May
Description – Volunteer will first shadow and train for any programs of interest. These can include, but are not limited to : Looking at Life, Communities and Ecosystems, Garden Explorations, Sensitizing, and many more based on the season. Once they are comfortable with the material, they will lead school groups of about 10-14 students on their own for that designated program, usually including a teacher or parent chaperone.
*If teaching Pond or River programs, the volunteer educator will always be co-teaching with another Staff Educator.
Time commitment – programs typically run anywhere between 90 minutes and 3 hours, with both morning and afternoon options available. We ask that volunteers lead at least three programs each season if available (Fall, Winter, and Spring).
Age requirement – Volunteer Educator Leads must be at least 18 years old.
*4K Hike Leader | September-November, March-May
Description – Volunteers who are comfortable with the trails at Riveredge are asked to help guide nature-based 4k classes, with their teachers, around the land for some extra exploration during the Fall and Spring seasons. Based on comfort, you may also lead some games or activities along the way!
Time Commitment – 4k is offered at two, half-day times, morning and afternoon. The guided hikes would last for about an hour or so, occurring at different times throughout the weeks.
Age Requirement – Volunteers need to be 16 years old, with a signed parent or guardian letter if under 18 years.
*Weekend Naturalist | Year-Round Opportunities
Description – Volunteer would train and, based on comfort levels, guide weekend programs for groups such as birthday parties, scouts, or family events.
Time commitment – Programs vary by event and group, but typically run 1.5-2 hours long.
Age Requirement – Volunteers must be at least 18 years old to lead programs on their own.